The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

Gene Hackman
Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
, Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
, Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Wes Anderson

DVD (Wide Screen / DTS)

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The Royal Tenenbaums, featuring one of the most eccentric dysfunctional families ever put to film, comes to DVD, produced by Criterion. Typical for the two-disc sets they release, it's creative and well organized. Hardly unusual for their special edition, this set is loaded with supplemental features. The first disc, along with the movie, has a commentary track from director Wes Anderson, who covers just about everything that could be imagined. The second disc houses the rest, with a featurette on the portraits created for the film, interviews with the cast, outtakes, an extensive photo gallery, storyboards, theatrical trailers, and more. The navigation, look, and atmosphere of these extras is similar to Criterion's other DVD release of Anderson's Rushmore. As for the image, it's presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, and while it does look a little soft at times, detail and color are still quite strong, as well are the black levels. Knowing Anderson's visual style, the way the video image looks is related to the way he makes films and less to mediocre authoring. The sound, which includes 5.1 tracks in Dolby Digital and DTS, is completely adequate for this type of film. It's centered up front, with good volume, but doesn't take advantage of the Surround speakers. Dialogue is clear, which for this film is of the utmost importance. English subtitles are also offered. You would be hard-pressed to find a bad Criterion special edition, and certainly won't find it with this title.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2002
UPC: 0786936165425
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 6,999

Special Features

Closed Caption; New 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Royal Tenenbaum
Anjelica Huston Etheline Tenenbaum
Ben Stiller Chas Tenenbaum
Gwyneth Paltrow Margot Tenenbaum
Luke Wilson Richie Tenenbaum
Owen Wilson Eli Cash
Danny Glover Henry Sherman
Bill Murray Raleigh St. Clair
Seymour Cassel Dusty
Kumar Pallana Pagoda
Alec Baldwin Narrator
Grant Rosenmeyer Ari Tenenbaum
Jonah Meyerson Uzi Tenenbaum
Stephen Lee Sheppard Dudley Heinsbergen

Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Barry Mendel Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Dylan Tichenor Editor
David Wasco Production Designer
Owen Wilson Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Movie
1. Prologue: Family of Geniuses
2. Cast of Characters: The Players
3. Chapter One: 22 Years Later
4. Chapter Two: Reunion of the Tenenbaum Children
5. Chapter Three: A Pretty Bad Case of Cancer
6. Maddox Hill Cemetery: The Salt of the Earth
7. Chapter Four: Royal's Encyclopedias Are Placed in Storage
8. Chapter Five: An Obsolete Vernacular
9. Chapter Six: Between the Buttons
10. Chapter Seven: Mordecai Comes Back
11. Chapter Eight: Etheline and Henry's Wedding
12. Epilogue: BB Gun Salute
1. Five Minutes of Strength
2. The First Thing
3. Stuck in Time/Starting the Story
4. A New York Fable/Key Scenes
5. It Should Be Easy
6. The Third Wilson/Breaking Cinematic Rules
7. Royal's Mission
8. Peaking Early
9. Deep Wounds/The Possibility of Death
10. Bird Trouble/Preferable Sadness
11. A Good Dog/Take 18
12. Exaggerated Familiarity/The Family Plot

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