The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray
Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Bill Murray
Bill Murray
, Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson
, Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
Wes Anderson

DVD (Wide Screen)

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou comes to DVD with all the class that people have come to expect from all of Wes Anderson's Criterion releases. This time, the movie is being released strictly from the renowned company, with this single release and another two-disc special edition release that's ripe with exemplary supplemental material. Anderson's adventure comedy gets its second wind here on DVD and should now have room to flourish not under the critical microscope that plagued its theatrical release, but through a certain acceptance and understanding that comes from repeated viewings and, in this case, a healthy dose of extras that shine a new light on the gifted director's fourth feature. This disc presents the film with a gorgeous new high-definition transfer that, along with dual Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio mixes, gives life to the brilliant soundtrack and superb cinematography. The picture looks stunning, with brilliant colors and just the right amount of film grain in the image. Also included on the disc is a commentary from Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach. Recorded in a café, where they wrote most of the film, the track gives the viewer a look into the director's relationship with his new collaborator, who seems to respect film just as much as his new buddy, while also displaying a keen knowledge of the director's past works. The talk is a bit dry, though that should be expected. By the end of the track, the two hope that they didn't come off too pretentious, given the admission that they aren't prone to delve into this kind of critical self-analysis too often, which is a good thing since the track does tend to dip into heavy cinema talk from time to time. Other extras include a batch of ten deleted scenes (highlighted by a classic bit with a scorched Willem Dafoe), as well as the original theatrical trailer and a 15-minute "Starz on the Set" cable special.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
UPC: 0786936286892
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 2,942

Special Features

Closed Caption; New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson and enhanced for widescreen televisions; Commentary by Wes Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach; Ten deleted scenes; "Starz on the Set": Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailer; Reversible cover and menus featuring Eric Anderson's original illustrations

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Steve Zissou
Owen Wilson Ned Plimpton
Cate Blanchett Jane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica Huston Eleanor Zissou
Willem Dafoe Klaus Daimler
Jeff Goldblum Alistair Hennessy
Michael Gambon Oseary Drakoulias
Bud Cort Bill Ubell
Seu Jorge Pele dos Santos
Seymour Cassel Esteban du Plantier
Noah Taylor Actor
Wallace Wolodarsky Actor
Robyn Cohen Actor
Peter Stormare Actor
Matthew Gray Gubler Intern

Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Renato Agostini Special Effects Supervisor
Douglas Aibel Casting
Daniel Beers Associate Producer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Inti Carboni Asst. Director
Giacomo Carducci Art Director
Roberta Federico Art Director
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Sam Hoffman Asst. Director
Barry Mendel Producer
Simona Migliotti Art Director
David Moritz Editor
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Noah Baumbach Screenwriter
Stefano M. Ortolani Art Director
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Rudin Producer
Rudd Simmons Executive Producer
Enzo Sisti Co-producer
Marco Trentini Art Director
Eugenio Ulissi Art Director
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Adventure No. 12: "The Jaguar Shark" (Part 1) [5:11]
2. He's the Zissou [4:37]
3. "Life on Mars?" [3:42]
4. One Foot Off the Merry-Go-Round [1:35]
5. The Belafonte [1:39]
6. Explorers Club [2:46]
7. Zissou Compound [1:45]
8. Jane Winslett-Richardson [4:04]
9. Catch as Catch Can [2:08]
10. Fake, Phony, and a Bad Reporter [2:23]
11. Kingsley (Ned) Zissou [3:03]
12. Do the Interns Get Glocks? [1:39]
13. Oseary Drakoulias Productions [1:33]
14. "Gut Feeling" [2:05]
15. Season 3: Episode XIV "Trapped in the Ice!" [3:03]
16. Day 1: The Belafonte at Sea [4:05]
17. Dear Ned Plimpton... [1:41]
18. Day 5: Operation Hennessey Underwater Sea-Laboratory [3:05]
19. Daydream Johnny [3:40]
20. 6 AM: Investigating the Phantom Signal [3:11]
21. Day 9: In Unprotected Waters [9:37]
22. Day 14: Mutiny on the Belafonte [5:09]
23. Day 20: Towed Into Port-Au-Patois Harbor [1:58]
24. The Brains Behind Team Zissou [7:51]
25. Day 27: Rescuing the Bond Company Stooge [3:02]
26. Letter From Jane [10:04]
27. All Hands Bury the Dead [5:36]
28. I Wonder if He Remembers Me? [4:45]
29. This Is an Adventure [5:23]
30. "Queen Bitch" [1:17]
31. Color Bars [6:51]

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