The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou comes to DVD with all the class that people have come to expect from all of Wes Anderson's Criterion releases. This time, the movie is being released strictly from the renowned company, with this single release and another two-disc special edition release that's ripe with exemplary supplemental material. Anderson's adventure comedy gets its second wind here on DVD and should now have room to flourish not under the critical microscope that plagued its theatrical release, but through a certain acceptance and understanding that comes from repeated viewings and, in this case, a healthy dose of extras that shine a new light on the gifted director's fourth feature. This disc presents the film with a gorgeous new high-definition transfer that, along with dual Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio mixes, gives life to the brilliant soundtrack and superb cinematography. The picture looks stunning, with brilliant colors and just the right amount of film grain in the image. Also included on the disc is a commentary from Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach. Recorded in a café, where they wrote most of the film, the track gives the viewer a look into the director's relationship with his new collaborator, who seems to respect film just as much as his new buddy, while also displaying a keen knowledge of the director's past works. The talk is a bit dry, though that should be expected. By the end of the track, the two hope that they didn't come off too pretentious, given the admission that they aren't prone to delve into this kind of critical self-analysis too often, which is a good thing since the track does tend to dip into heavy cinema talk from time to time. Other extras include a batch of ten deleted scenes (highlighted by a classic bit with a scorched Willem Dafoe), as well as the original theatrical trailer and a 15-minute "Starz on the Set" cable special.
New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson and enhanced for widescreen televisions
Commentary by Wes Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach
Ten deleted scenes
"Starz on the Set": Behind-the-scenes featurette
Reversible cover and menus featuring Eric Anderson's original illustrations
Bill MurraySteve Zissou
Owen WilsonNed Plimpton
Cate BlanchettJane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica HustonEleanor Zissou
Willem DafoeKlaus Daimler
Jeff GoldblumAlistair Hennessy
Michael GambonOseary Drakoulias
Bud CortBill Ubell
Seu JorgePele dos Santos
Seymour CasselEsteban du Plantier
Matthew Gray GublerIntern
David BowieFeatured Music
Mark MothersbaughComposer (Music Score)
Randall PosterMusical Direction/Supervision
Mark FriedbergProduction Designer
Eugenio UlissiArt Director
Giacomo CarducciArt Director
Marco TrentiniArt Director
Roberta FedericoArt Director
Simona MigliottiArt Director
Rudd SimmonsExecutive Producer
Gretchen RauSet Decorator
Milena CanoneroCostume Designer
Pawel WdowczakSound/Sound Designer
Inti CarboniFirst Assistant Director
Sam HoffmanFirst Assistant Director
David GiammarcoSupervising Sound Editor
Henry SelickStop-Motion Animation
Jeremy DawsonVisual Effects Supervisor
Renato AgostiniSpecial Effects Supervisor
Roman CoppolaSecond Unit Director
Scott A. JenningsSupervising Sound Editor
Seu JorgeMusical Performer
Stefano FaliveneSecond Unit Camera
Sea Adventure,Ensemble Film
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Year of Release
Criterion Collection, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [Criterion Collection] [DVD] 
I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson so I'm trying to collect all of his criterion collection movies! Love this one the cover is so nice and quality is great. Would recommend if you're a Wes fan and love this movie
Wes Anderson, known for his quirky style of film making has created yet another wonderful engrossing movie. Staring the always wonderful Bill Murray, the movie looks great! Since it's a newer film Criterion didn't have to do much with it but it really shines in HD. It's funny, sad, interesting and even has a little action in it. Featuring the Wes Anderson regulars, Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston among other stars such as Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett there's enough acting talent to carry the entire movie.
I always saw Life Aquatic as a relatable film about depression and feeling lost at sea (no pun intended). Zissou finds himself after experiencing multiple cliche encounters that are straight out of 80's action 101. He doesn't have complete peace with himself, but there are always more adventures. Anderson keeps the pace brisk and the humor dry and deadpan. Murray gives a career best performance, personally.
Criterion knocks it out of the park in terms of A/V and supplements, as they always do for director Wes.
I purchased this item as a Christmas gift, the receiver had been wanting this movie for quite some time but had been unable to locate one. The first place I looked was Best Buy on-line. Not only did Best Buy have it, but the convenience of ordering it on-line and picking it up in the store, after being notified it was in, was AWESOME! The movie was a big hit with the person that received the gift!!
If you're looking at this, you're already a fan of the movie or interested in picking up the Criterion Version.
Do yourself a favor and get it, but beware, you're going to want the rest of the Wes Anderson criterion collection. The transfers aren't mind blowing, but the quality is definitely good enough to not distract. the features as the dvd version.
Definitely worth a double dip and enjoy!