Royal Tenenbaums [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Synopsis

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

Product Details

Release Date
7/9/02 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 50 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • ccNew 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
Number of Discs
2

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