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Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson
  • Producers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson, Barry Mendel, Rudd Simmons, Scott Rudin
  • Format: 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: Aug. 14 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 441 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0083V2W4U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,076 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In a fitting follow-up to Rushmore, writer-director Wes Anderson and cowriter-actor Owen Wilson have crafted another comedic masterwork that ripples with inventive, richly emotional substance. Because of the all-star cast, hilarious dialogue, and oddball characters existing in their own, wholly original universe, it's easy to miss the depth and complexity of Anderson's brand of comedy. Here, it revolves around Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), the errant patriarch of a dysfunctional family of geniuses, including precocious playwright Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), boyish financier and grieving widower Chas (Ben Stiller), and has-been tennis pro Richie (Luke Wilson). All were raised with supportive detachment by mother Etheline (Anjelica Huston), and all ache profoundly for a togetherness they never really had. The Tenenbaums reconcile somehow, but only after Anderson and Wilson (who costars as a loopy literary celebrity) put them through a compassionate series of quirky confrontations and rekindled affections. Not for every taste, but this is brilliant work from any perspective. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Special Features

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 Photographs By Set Photographer James Hamilton, Book And Magazine Covers, Studio 360 Radio Segment On Painter Miguel Calderon, And Story Boards|Theatrical Trailers|Collectible Insert Including Eric Anderson's Drawings|Optimal Image Quality: RSDL Dual-Layer Edition --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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When I first watched this, I was completely lost and dismayed, And a good thing I didn't review it then, or I would've given it 1 star. But on subsequent viewings, it's become a little warmer to me. At best, it's a limousine on fire. Burn ritchies, burn! Wait a minute, maybe they're school kids on their way to the prom? What about the poor chauffeur? I bet he's got kids to feed too! Oh those poor, poor people! Only to find out all are sitting comfortably inside watching the TV report of their impending doom and waiting for the fire trucks to arrive shortly. So it's interesting the initial disdain I had at first thinking these are all rich eccentric geniuses in this totally removed calamity I just don't get. But on second and third viewings, the material aspect becomes immaterial, and the human aspect becomes more apparent. Yes, it will forever be 'quirky'. But think of it like the Titanic had never sunk. We to this day would be envious and despising the elite that got to ride on her, and would fantasize the high life the passengers must've had going back and forth across the Atlantic. But the collision course of it and the iceberg has left us sad, bewildered, romanticizing, and being sentimental over it for generations since. So like the Tenenbaums, they have their successes, tragedies, and trying to steer around the 'Royal Iceburg' to gain safe passage. Two behemoths that can destroy each other, but respecting the fact they are so big and fragile at the same time. Gene Hackman as 'Royal' is hysterical. He definitely has comedic timing I didn't thin possible. But he's ;melting away' in life. Angelica Huston as 'Ethaline' is the eccentric Captain of the Tenebaum liner. Trying to keep family and associates happy and comfortable aboard her vessel of a house.Read more ›
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Will likely go down as the best film Wes Anderson has and will ever make. Knowing the intricacies of the fine details Wes put into every scene is worth reading about, and only expands your enjoyment for this film. People who expect it to be a comedy because of the cast will be sorely mistaken, and likely won't find the intellectual jokes laugh out loud funny, despite the fact they deserve to be. This film hits home, close to the heart, for dysfunctional families. It's a film that is more human than fiction.
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Once again, Wes Anderson brings back Deepak Pallana (Pagoda in the film). He has appeared in every Anderson film, especially as Kumar in Bottle Rocket. My friend and I still wonder why this quirky guy ends up in all of Anderson's movies, but I love every minute of it. He is hilarious!!!! Pagoda yelling "You son of a beeech" and stabbing Royal Tenenbaum is so unexpected and hilarious, I almost fell out of my seat. Tenenbaum's reaction is almost as funny!!!! JUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
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This Criterion edition of The Royal Tenenbaums is predictably thorough and entirely enjoyable. One could not ask for more in the way of extras, and the quality throughout is exceptional. The film itself ranks as one of Anderson's best, and it doesn't lack in ambition, scope, and character. It is my favourite of Hackman's many roles, and he achieves pathos despite caricature like none since Sweet and Low Down's inestimable Penn. A terrific package, and highly recommended.
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I am a skeptic on some prticular actors and actresses, and it so happens that two of them were in the royal tenembaums. Of course I'm referring to Luke wilson, and ben stiller.
Stiller has done nothing for me since appearing in theres something about Mary. He falls into this habit of playing the same two characters in every movie. The nice quiet innocent character who alway seems to be thrown to the wolves. nut stuck in zipper, crap on your dates especially favorite loofa, etc, etc. And of course there's the Ben stiller who is just a total jerk. In tenenbaums, Stiller actually flexes his acting muscles creating a new image of him and lodging it in my brain. Wow!! i guess he can act.
As for Wilson i didn't favor him simply because of the god awful shanghai movies. I admit now that was unfair Luke Wilson has my respect now. Not that he cares, but hey.
Ok well enogh rambling the movie was excellent and the charcters were very well thought out, particularly Margot. I will agree with a former reviewer in that the film was a bit tedious, but you win some and you lose some.
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THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is a film I love to watch again and again. The dialogue is so perfect and the performances so understated that I find something new in the film almost every time I see it.
The Tenenbaums are a family that are far more dysfunctional than most. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), the family patriarch, moved out of the family home and into a hotel about three years before the film opens. His wife, Etheline, however, did not divorce him and she remained in the house where she and Royal raised their three children. Royal and Etheline have the distinction of having three grown children, all of whom were prodigies, yet all of whom have grown up to be both paranoid and neurotic. Chas (Ben Stiller) was a financial whiz kid who's now afraid of even waking up in the morning. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a promising playwright, and the only adopted child, who gave up both her career and her motivation when she married the very intellectual Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray). Now, instead of writing award winning plays, Margot's a closet smoker instead. (If she thinks anyone in her family would care, she'd better think again.) And then there's Richie, a once up-and-coming tennis star who gave it all up because of a burning romantic love for...who else? Margot.
The plot of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is set in motion when Etheline announces she wants to marry her long time accountant, Henry Sherman (Danny Glover). The news that his wife wants to remarry doesn't prompt Royal to give Etheline a divorce, despite their years apart. Instead, he decides he wants to enjoy her love and affection once again, so he fakes a terminal illness and moves back into the family manse, complete with hospital bed, IV tubes, and other assorted "sick bed" paraphernalia.
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