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Rushmore (Criterion) (Blu-Ray)

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  • Actors: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Luke Wilson
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Nov. 22 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HK13SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,245 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (The Darjeeling Limited’s Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion, and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (The Ghost Writer’s Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Groundhog Day’s Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization; it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

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By Bluesy200 on March 2 2004
Format: DVD
I wish there were more movies like this one. It's totally off-the-wall, but has intelligence and a warm heart. At first, I wasn't sure if this movie was going to be my cup of tea: The kid and his friends just reek of weirdness.
But, I was hopelessly drawn to them in minutes, and interested in what they were going to do or say.
Bill Murray excels in this movie. Forget "Lost in Translation", THIS film contains his best work. He truly shows an emotional scale that ranges from A to Z.
The supporting oddball characters are mercilessly intriguing. Just when you think they're coming out of left field (or from another planet), they show their humanity. End result: you end up liking them...a lot.
The music is right on target, especially Cat Stevens. The instrumental portions are appropriately playful and memorable.
I loved this movie. It's a masterpiece.
The packaging is superb, and the DVD contains enough bonus material to make this one fine purchase. Yep, it costs a lot, but the old adage is true: You get what you pay for.
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Format: DVD
This promises to be a more satisfying DVD than the mass-market edition as it offers many bonuses along with the very engaging movie. Rushmore took me by surprise when I first saw it. Jason Schwartzman's character, Max Fischer, has to be one of the most original high school protagonists to come along in a long time. He finds himself a square peg in a round hole at a prep school, concocting one fantastic scheme after another which livens up the otherwise dreary academic experience of Rushmore.
Bill Murray provides a remarkable performance as a self-made millionaire, Mr. Blume, whom young Max solicits for his grandest scheme yet, a multi-million dollar aquarium to please the young teacher he is so smitten by. This soon evolves into a very comic love triangle, with Max opting for some rather dark attempts at getting back at Blume for stealing his love interest. The object of affection is a very fetching Olivia Williams.
There are so many odd turns in this movie that it continually catches you by surprise. Most notable are the plays Max stages including a theatrical version of Serpico and one of the Vietnam War. But, probably the most touching scenes are those between Max and his father, played by Seymour Cassel. Max tries to distance himself from the lowly station of his father, a local barber, but eventually is able to reconcile himself with his father.
Max finally accepts that Miss Cross maybe a little too old for him, and places his affections in the more suitable Margaret Yang, having now been kicked out of Rushmore and finding himself having to face the trials and tribulations of public school. The movie is underscored by a fine soundtrack that includes Rod Stewart's Ooh La La, when he sang for the Faces. This is a great movie, ranking up there with Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused as one of the best high school movies of all time.
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Format: DVD
For everyone who agrees that Rushmore is on par with any and all the other "greatest movies of all time", the Criterion Collection DVD will more than pay you back in value for the extra cash you throw down.
Granted, the play's the thing, ....Also granted, some Criterion titles are all prestige and no payoff (Seven Samurai anyone?). But this is one of the very few instances where the potential of DVD technology has been fully and briliantly exploited. You can read the list of special features for yourself in the product description. Let me assure you that the technical enhancements make this transfer look glorious even on a regular television, and the content of the commentary track and other extras truly add to the Rushmore Experience.
If you love this movie, the Criterion Collection version is worth the investment. And my local video guru tells me that it's now out of print, so if you've had it on the back burner, don't put it off much longer.
On a personal note, if Bill Murray doesn't finally win the Oscar this year for Bob Harris that he earned for Herman Blume in 1998, Hollywood should fall into the ocean.
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Format: DVD
Rushmore, the creator's second film, showcases Anderson's orderly and painstakingly precise directorial style. The lighting ideal, the colors vibrant, and the music perfectly compatible, Wes Anderson emerges from Rushmore as perhaps the greatest director in the business today. The greatest thing about Anderson, even besides his proficient directing, is his intelligent writing of Rushmore, co-written by Owen Wilson. Rushmore tells the story of Max Fischer, a poor kid who goes to an exclusive private school, Rushmore, because he wrote "a little one-act about Watergate" when he was in the first grade. His mother's dying wish was for him to attend Rushmore Academy, and thus, Max was accepted. The problem with Max, however, is that, though he is very involved in the school and has started a countless number of extracurricular clubs and societies, he puts none of his attention on his schoolwork and his, consequently, put on academic probation and then asked to leave. In the process he meets Blume [Bill Murray], a jaded tycoon, and Miss Cross, a teacher at Rushmore--both who are fascinated with Max's precocity and ambition. They, however, fall in love with each other, despite Max's love for Miss Cross. This starts an infuriated Max to revenge Blume, who stole his girl, in many strange--if not exaggerated--ways. The music of Rushmore is comprised of nothing but British Invasion--The Who, The Creation, The Kinks, and John Lennon--and fits the defiantly youthful disposition of Max impeccably.
Unlike most comedies, Rushmore never falls into shoddy writing--because of the confidence of the writers, they can pull off any situation or line that they so choose. When asked how he's already got it "pretty figured out," Max replies, "The secret, I don't know...
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