The Royal Tenenbaums [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2001]

  • SKU: 4648643
  • Release Date: 07/09/2002
  • Rating: R
The Royal Tenenbaums, featuring one of the most eccentric dysfunctional families ever put to film, comes to DVD, produced by Criterion. Typical for the two-disc sets they release, it's creative and well organized. Hardly unusual for their special edition, this set is loaded with supplemental features. The first disc, along with the movie, has a commentary track from director Wes Anderson, who covers just about everything that could be imagined. The second disc houses the rest, with a featurette on the portraits created for the film, interviews with the cast, outtakes, an extensive photo gallery, storyboards, theatrical trailers, and more. The navigation, look, and atmosphere of these extras is similar to Criterion's other DVD release of Anderson's Rushmore. As for the image, it's presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, and while it does look a little soft at times, detail and color are still quite strong, as well are the black levels. Knowing Anderson's visual style, the way the video image looks is related to the way he makes films and less to mediocre authoring. The sound, which includes 5.1 tracks in Dolby Digital and DTS, is completely adequate for this type of film. It's centered up front, with good volume, but doesn't take advantage of the Surround speakers. Dialogue is clear, which for this film is of the utmost importance. English subtitles are also offered. You would be hard-pressed to find a bad Criterion special edition, and certainly won't find it with this title.
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Special Features


  • New widescreen digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks
  • Commentary by Wes Anderson
  • "With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles," featuring Wes Anderson
  • Exclusive video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover
  • Outtakes
  • The Peter Bradley Show, featuring interviews with additional cast members
  • "The Art of the Movie": Young Richie's murals and paintings, still photography by set photographer James Hamilton, book and magazine covers, Studio 360 radio segment on painter Miguel Calderón, and storyboards
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Collectible insert including Eric Anderson's drawings
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Royal Tenenbaums
Director Wes Anderson and his longtime friend and writing partner Owen Wilson follow up Bottle Rocket (1996) and Rushmore (1998) with this similarly offbeat comedy about a dysfunctional family reunion. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful attorney who had three children with his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston), an archaeologist. Each of the Tenenbaum kids was a precocious genius: Chas (Ben Stiller) made a killing as a child investor. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior tennis champ and three-time U.S. Nationals winner. The adopted Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright who won a $50,000 Braverman Grant in the ninth grade. When Royal abruptly left his family, however, it was the beginning of two decades of betrayal and failure that would scar the Tenenbaums for life. Their past resentments are bitterly held against Royal when he suddenly reappears, claiming to have six weeks to live and a desire to reconnect with his family. Typically, Royal's story is a sham, but his presence and sincere desire for absolution soon have a profound effect on the Tenenbaums, who are each dealing with thwarted desires and relationships. Among them are Richie's lifelong love for Margot, who's unhappily married to Raleigh St.Clair (Bill Murray) and Etheline's eccentric engagement to Henry Sherman (Danny Glover), who wishes to marry her. The Royal Tenenbaums also co-stars Owen Wilson and features narration provided by Alec Baldwin. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Gene Hackman
    Gene Hackman - Royal Tenenbaum
  • Anjelica Huston
    Anjelica Huston - Etheline Tenenbaum
  • Ben Stiller
    Ben Stiller - Chas Tenenbaum
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow - Margot Tenenbaum
  • Luke Wilson
    Luke Wilson - Richie Tenenbaum



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Touching Dramedy Gets the Criterion Treatment!

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    KneelBeforeZod
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    I picked up the Blu-ray during one of those rare occasions where Best Buy actually included a new Criterion release in a weekly circular. I haven't seen another since, but they did have since had a great Criterion sale, so there is hope. The blu-ray itself looks and sounds like a Criterion should, though at first glance, I found the contrast of colors slightly high. I realize this is how the film was originally presented and it's not a distraction or anything, but it seemed a little "strong" at times. This is my favorite Wes Anderson film and I'm very pleased to have it in my collection. Best Buy gave us a great price and was quick to ship with no minimums like 'zon other companies. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gene Hackman's finest performance

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    WhoIsPon
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    Wes Anderson is a polarizing filmmaker; if you like one of his films, you probably like them all, and if you don't like one, you probably don't like any. I happen to love them all. This one features several standout performances from actors who aren't Anderson "regulars"; Hackman, Ben Stiller, and Gwyneth Paltrow all shine in their only Anderson roles to date. Gene Hackman has never been better as the Royal Tenenbaum, the family patriarch. This release is typically excellent for a Criterion disc, full of enlightening supplements.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Royal Criterion Treatment

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    Dandy
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    The film still stands as a Wes Anderson cornerstone, and his involvement with criterion in the fine details of the packaging itself, and the extras, really makes this version of the film a worthwhile purchase for such aficionados.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wes Anderson classic

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    Glennsta69
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    The story of a dysfunctional family full of oddball characters and personalities. Sounds like basically every family right? That is one of the strengths of the film. There are several layers and character plot lines that definitely resonates with day to day life. Very easy to watch and never boring!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Do it

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    gzathagenius
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    I fully believe Wes Anderson is a cinematic genius. He may have a dry sense of humor to some but the journey he takes you on any film is well worth having a few jokes fly over your head. Maybe he's saving those jokes for multiple viewings of his work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    Posted
    Ofie

    In my opinion one of the best comedy's ever. Not only is it my favorite comedy, but one of my all time favorite movies. It features an amazing cast and brilliant soundtrack. A must own for any Wes Anderson fans !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Wes Anderson fan

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    RobG0203
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    I bought this movie because I'm a big Wes Anderson fan and I love the way the package their movies and I was not disappointed by this purchase. The movie is beautifully remastered and it comes with some extra stuff which most movies these days do not.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite

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    alex
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    Can not recommend this movie enough. For its time was unique and original, and to this day holds up. Fantastic visuals, performances, and soundtrack, a modern day classic that will be discussed for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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