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The Life Aquatic (2-Disc Special Edition) (The Criterion Collection) (Sous-titres français)

Bill Murray , Owen Wilson , Wes Anderson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson and enhanced for widescreen televisions.

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Murray/Huston/Wilson/Dafoe ~ Life Aquatic

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Saying that a movie starring Bill Murray is strange hardly seems a revelation, but "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" is certainly out there in its own little universe. The obvious cinematic reference point for this 2004 film is 2001's "The Royal Tenenbaums," since Wes Anderson directed both of them, but this quirky film has a better payoff, although I would be hard pressed to argue out exactly how that is accomplished. Murray is the hook to get people to see this movie, but the rest of the fishing paraphernalia belongs to Anderson.
Steve Zissou (Murray) is either a parody of, or a homage to deep sea explorer Jacques Cousteau (it works either way but I lean towards the latter interpretation). Zissou has been making documentaries for decades, but now his star is in decline and to add insult to injury, his best friend is devoured by a "Jaguar Shark." This turns Zissou into Captain Ahab but before he can set sail on the good ship "Belafonte" (famous for his calypso singing, which, it turns out, was the name of Cousteau's own good ship), a couple of newcomers show up for the ride. Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), appears to be the son that Zissou never knew he had, and Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett) is a journalist who is doing an article on Zissou and his quest. Zissou is smitten with Jane, who takes a fancy to Ned. Meanwhile Zissou's estranged wife, Eleanor (Angelica Huston), continues to be the brains behind Team Zissou, Klaus (Willem Dafoe) remains Zissou's right-hand man, Bill (Bud Cort) is along to count the money, and even rival Alistair Hennessey (Jeff Goldblum) lends assistance, even if he does not know about it until it is too late to say "no.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost swimmingly Dec 26 2004
Wes Anderson has had a sterling track record up until now: the hilarious "Bottle Rocket," pensive "Rushmore" and darkly funny "Royal Tenenbaums." With "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," he's not quite in top form. The movie is far from bad -- the cast is sterling, and Anderson's style is intact -- but it isn't quite as good as his past work.

Steve Zissou (Billy Murray) is a Jacques Cousteau-like marine biologist and explorer, who seems to be baffled by his own species. After the premiere of his newest documentary, Zissou informs the crowd that he intends to get revenge on the legendary Jaguar Shark that devoured his friend. Why? Revenge. So he starts cobbling together a new expedition.

Among the odd ducks who join the expedition are Ned (Owen Wilson) who believes Zissou is his father, a pregnant British journalist (Cate Blanchett) and an emotionally insecure German (Willem Dafoe). Ned and Zissou try to work out their odd relationship as their whimsical Moby Dick quest starts zoning in on the Jaguar Shark.

"The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" has an intriguing beginning and a glorious finale. The middle just lacks a bit of the necessary meat -- it needs a bit more than a whimsical Ahab quest to keep it moving. But Anderson makes up for storytelling gaps, by using his unique style and the quirky talents of his actors. I didn't know Dafoe -- also known as the Green Goblin -- was so darn funny.

Actually, the whole idea of the movie is pretty intriguing -- Jacques Cousteau with Ahab's revenge thang. And Anderson takes his cinematic quirks and turns them on "high." Dancing fish, Porteguese covers of David Bowie, and pirate attacks take place, surrounded by colorful costumes and impossibly bright settings. The sea never looked so blue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this! July 4 2014
This movie is an awesome display of cinematic art. The comedy is smart and subtle at times. One of my favorites for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Aquatic June 28 2005
I thought is was kinda goofy, but made me giggle. Bill Murray is my hero and all he has to do is stand there and I find him amusing. The cartoon creatures are quite original too.
Great soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Collection June 17 2014
By Cam
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Loved this movie and once again Criterion did an excellent job. I have bought several Criterion releases and throughly enjoyed them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great Blu Ray for any Wes Anderson fan! June 16 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I actually didnt expect as much as the disc has in special features really, but anyway... The interns shared a glock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wes Anderson is THE BEST! May 2 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Another great film by Wes Anderson! I can watch this one over and over and live it more each time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life Aquatic - a classic. Jan. 15 2014
By Some Bloke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I grew up on Cousteau... I get the humour. Bowie in Brazilian Portuguese....awesome..... I need a blu-ray of this!!! when will it come???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film great price fast delivery
Published 27 days ago by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it as much as before
A unique movie. Hadn't seen it in a while. Enjoyed it as much as before,
Published 1 month ago by Heather Kelley
2.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't a real Criterion
It's a replica of a Criterion Collection and It is made in mexico, it is not a real Criterion film, perhaps this movie is wonderful.
Published 5 months ago by Ken Allaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait
Le dvd était en parfait état, tel que décrit. Je suis très satisfaite. Il est arrivé rapidement et était très bien emballé.
Published 21 months ago by joannie lavoie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray still very funny
Very funny bill, would tell everyone to watch. Is one of my favorate movies.......non stop laughs all the way through. Very good
Published 23 months ago by dsetso
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Love Steve Zizu
Great flick of course and the Criterion Edition is loaded with lots of extra features that definitely make it worthwhile!
Published on Jan. 19 2011 by Mike
2.0 out of 5 stars quirky shipwreck
First of all with a cast like this it proves you need a script to make a good movie. It would also help if Bill Murray had not lost his fastball years ago along with his curve,... Read more
Published on March 3 2009 by Brian Maitland
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
If you don't know anything about this film, please realize that you aren't going to laugh like you might have in Meet the Parents or Old School. It isn't that kind of movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2009 by Dobrin
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