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

Release Date:07/09/2002
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


    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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