The Grand Budapest Hotel [DVD] [2014]

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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1398 out of 1478)

Special Features


  • Mendl's secret recipe
  • Cast and Wes Anderson featurettes
  • Stills gallery

Synopsis


The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson heads to Europe for the first time with this Indian Paintbrush production starring Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Jude Law. Gustav H., the famous concierge at a legendary hotel situated in the Alps during the 1930's becomes the center of a farcical whirlwind of suspicion when one of his institution's oldest and richest patrons turns up dead, and she suspiciously leaves him her most priceless work of art -- a Renaissance painting of a boy with an apple. Infuriated that she left anything of value to anyone else, the woman's greedy and nefarious heir uses all manner of underhanded and illegal tactics to pin her death on Gustav and to silence anyone who questions his objective of inheriting every penny of her estate, leaving Gustav's trusted lobby boy Zero to clear Gustav's name and prove that the grand lady's killer is none other than her own son. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Saoirse Ronan
    Saoirse Ronan - Agatha
  • Ralph Fiennes
    Ralph Fiennes - M. Gustave
  • Bill Murray
    Bill Murray - M. Ivan
  • Tilda Swinton
    Tilda Swinton - Madame D.
  • Jeff Goldblum
    Jeff Goldblum - Deputy Kovacs



Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Unexpected Discovery

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    wisdomseeker
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    Truthfully, I was looking for another dvd to watch when I unexpectedly came across this movie. The Grand Budapest Hotel contains various action sequences that definitely keep you on the edge wanting to find out more. The front of the dvd cover has multiple famous celebrity names that are attached to this movie (Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Owen Wilson and more names etc). The Grand Budapest Hotel opens with a popular and gifted concierge named Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) who is shown saying farewell to a wealthy and refined older lady named Madame D who loves him very much (Tilda Swinton). Gustave H also takes a young apprentice named Zero (Tony Revolori) under his wing. Gustave’s life starts to change dramatically after Madame D dies. Clues start to abound on what Gustave could be in for once he meets Madame D’s son Dmitri. Gustave admits to Dimitri of a relationship with Madame D that was more than just friends. However, Dimitri does not offer any sympathy to Gustave and rather chastises him for his romantic preferences for both men and women (through this scene alone the movie starts to paint the emotional tension that is starting between Dimitri and Gustave). The Special Features of this dvd include Mendl’s Secret Recipe (they actually show how to make one of the dessert confections from the movie), Cast and Wes Anderson’s Featurettes, and Stills Gallery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Charming, Eye-Popping Stuff From Wes Anderson

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    Quite likely the most widely accessible and entertaining Wes Anderson movie to date, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is (mostly) light-hearted, joyful and wonderfully witty. Using a three-layered narrative, involving two major story-lines, Anderson and co-scenarist Hugo Guinness, tell the tale of M. Gustave, the greatest concierge in history, and his activities in and around the Grand Budapest Hotel. In tandem with "Lobby Boy" Zero Moustafa, the pair fall headfirst into a sinister plot surrounding a huge inheritance, attempt to flee from both a killer (Willem Dafoe) and an Army, all while trying to maintain the decorum and taste one expects from the staff of the legendary Grand Budapest Hotel. Full of flash-backs, flash-forwards and the most riveting on-screen skiing chase in years, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is certainly a confection, but one that can be suddenly bittersweet. If not convinced before that Anderson is truly the "Whimsical Kubrick" of film, this beautiful Blu-Ray will convince. Bonus materials include a walking tour of the quaint locations with Bill Murray, and two featurettes that show how much thought and planning went into the world-building behind this charming (sure to be) classic film. You'll see why this movie deserved 9 Oscar nominations and 4 awards.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An unusual storytelling style, but so interesting

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    davidthawaii
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    This is the story of Gustave H., the Concierge of The Grand Budapest Hotel, told from the viewpoint of Zero, his "Lobby Boy," during the tumultuous period between the First and Second World Wars. Set in the fictitious country of Zubrowka, M. Gustave must deal with amorous elderly women, a valuable stolen painting, the police (looking into the death of an amorous, elderly woman), and fascists everywhere, while he pampers his hotel patrons, avoids the police, and cares for the welfare of his loyal hotel employees. The film has an unusual, cartoonish look at times, with bright, garish colors and patterns, making this visually interesting, though jarring for some people. And, the film may be a bit choppy for others, due to the voiceovers and quick scene changes necessary to move the story along. Take the movie as a fantasy recollection from the (now elderly) lobby boy; a visual representation of his wistful memories of the past, come to life in the telling of the tale of his mentor, Monsieur Gustave H. And, as the cherry on top, this movie additionally benefits from the Blu-Ray treatment of great color and fine detail, particularly appreciated for a film of this type.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wes Anderson Creates Another Masterpiece

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    Wes Anderson is one of the most unique, creative, beautiful voices in art today. Each one of his films is full of absolute wonder, humanity, brilliant comedy, and quiet tragedy. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception to that, as Anderson creates a world stranger and (on the surface) less grounded in reality than most of his other works. But with unabashedly slapstick action scenes, absurdly perfect chase scenes, and a sense of humor that never denies itself, he tells a very human story about the passing of time, a certain kind of mentality, and the world that goes with it. His reverence for specificity, history, characters, and the flaws of people allow for the audience to stare in wonder at the absolutely stunning visuals while also being given a story that lands up timeless and distinctly of Wes Anderson. His uniqueness and perfectionistic tendencies give his films a life full of wondrous magic and theatricality that is stunning. This film is full of love (in more than one way), beauty, and hilarious and heartbreaking moments. It's also heartwarming and romantic, as his films tend to be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wes Anderson does it again!

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    BryanG
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    The whimsical story of H. Gustave and his time as head concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in the time period between the First and Second World Wars. His relationship with Madame D. leads to the bequeathment of "Boy with Apple" (an important Renaissance painting worth a small fortune) to Mssr. Gustave. This incenses Madame D's family to the point that Gustave feels the only option is to abscond with the painting. Assisted by the new lobby boy, Zero Mustafa, they wind their way back to the Grand Budapest, encountering and receiving assistance from all manner of people (from prisoners to the Society of the Crossed Keys) to avoid assassination at the hands of the Desgoff family. The color pallet and locales perfectly set the dated tone of "fond recollection" for this story, as it is told from the point of view of an elder Zero Mustafa. I thought it was a delightful romp with some interesting turns and plenty of the perfunctory Wes Anderson shock in the form of adult situation and language.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Odd Adult Fairy Tale...

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    coiledspring44
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    Best Buy ran a promotion for this movie for $5 plus 200 points towards reward certificates, so I ordered it on-line. That's practically free if you participate in the Rewards program. The shipping was prompt, arriving 3 days before the forecasted delivery date. Shortly afterwards this movie was nominated for various Academy Awards and raved about by critics and stars alike. Wow! I have watched this movie 2 or more times and I think I need to see it again. This is a quirky comedy satire and character driven piece like The Life Aquatic. If you are a fan of this filmmaker's other features, you will enjoy and chuckle at the parade of familiar actors that appear throughout the story. There is an underlying sweetness and romance that is subtlely crafted throughout the feature. There are many unique and intriguing visuals that make you want to pause the movie and soak up the color, clothes, or structures on the screen. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. I wish I could have seen this movie on the big screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Digital Copy didn't work as advertised

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    anotherbill
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    The BluRay disk worked fine but the Digital HD Download advertised I could 'Instantly stream and download' the movie to a TV, Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. Yeah, right. If you follow the directions ("3 Easy Steps") you're forced to select a service to download from. If you select Google (my error) you'll find that you can't download the computer to a Mac computer (!!!) - you can only download it to a google chrome or Android computer. So, I was unable to download this movie to add to my iTunes library and the company didn't care to help - emails were returned with 'we're sorry, but...' BS. And once you redeem the movie from one service you can't redeem it from another one. And the services don't tell you if they have limitations (like won't work for Macs, etc.) Don't assume that the Digital download feature will work for you! If you don't need/want digital download don't spend the extra money to get it as it won't necessarily work for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wes Anderson at his best.

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    friedgold99
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    This is the pinnacle of Wes Anderson's film making career to date. The Grand Budapest Hotel combines all of the elements that make Wes Anderson's films so distinctive into a package that can be enjoyed by anyone. The film's plot has plenty of twists and turns to go along with the multiple layers that common for Anderson. While the film maintains the humor and sweetness of past films, there is an element of darkness that provides texture which makes everything much more compelling. The characters are as interesting as ever. Ralph Fiennes turns in the best performance out of any seen in an Anderson film, and that includes performances by Bill Murray and Gene Hackman. The supporting cast is as stellar as ever, especially the relative unknown Tony Revolori. This film is certainly deserving of all of the awards attention it has received in 2015. Even if you do not especially like Wes Anderson films, this is still a must see.

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