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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
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew -- Team Zissou -- set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and his estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Oscar(R)-nominated writer-director Wes Anderson (2001 Best Original Screenplay, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, and Bud Cort in this wildly original adventure-comedy.

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

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer 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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By Virus
This is a brilliant comedy. The problem is that the comedy is subtle, or relies on you paying attention to previous seemingly mundane scenes.

I can definitely see how some people would find this film boring. It's not the typical slapstick comedy that comes out every 4 months. The comedy in this flim relies mostly on portraying the ridiculous character of Steve Zissou and his equally oddball crew. You'll see Bill Murray delivering brilliantly witty lines, as well as a couple of memorable sight gags. You can't really rate the acting in this movie, since all the characters are over the top.

Typical comedy of this film...scenes are occasionally interluded with a guitar player strumming out tunes. It might take a few songs before you realize he's playing David Bowie songs in Portugese.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Jan. 8 2009
By Dobrin
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. It's a lot like The Royal Tenenbaums (Widescreen) [Criterion Collection] so, if you liked that film, this one is a good fit for you. I found the story pretty creative and fun to see what came of it, but I didn't have expectations of things being realistic or easy to follow. I also think the acting in this movie is terrific.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
Wonderful quirkiness that I expect and enjoy from this team
Published 1 day ago by Stephen Godding
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch over and over again
Bill Murray is always at his best under the direction of Wes Anderson. Great movie!
Published 12 days ago by Jon Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favourite movie of all time~!!!!! Funny wacky and tear jerking all at the same time.
Published 1 month ago by carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film great price fast delivery
Published 2 months 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 2 months ago by Heather Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Collection
Loved this movie and once again Criterion did an excellent job. I have bought several Criterion releases and throughly enjoyed them all.
Published 4 months ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great Blu Ray for any Wes Anderson fan!
I actually didnt expect as much as the disc has in special features really, but anyway... The interns shared a glock.
Published 4 months ago by David G Shearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes Anderson is THE BEST!
Another great film by Wes Anderson! I can watch this one over and over and live it more each time!
Published 6 months ago by Tracey A Hutson
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 7 months ago by Ken Allaire
5.0 out of 5 stars The Life Aquatic - a classic.
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???
Published 9 months ago by Some Bloke
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