Royal Tenenbaums, The
Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow,
Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray
Review Posted: 7.19.02
Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman ) and
his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston )
had three children and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller)
started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have
an almost preternatural understanding of international finance.
Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a
Braverman Grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade.
Richie (Luke Wilson ) was a junior
champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in
a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young
Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal,
failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to
be their father's fault. The Royal Tenenbaums is the story of
the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.
is purely remarkable entertainment. For those who enjoy warped
and unexpressive humor, The
Royal Tenenbaums has enough to satisfy the desire.
Wes Anderson draws out powerful performance from
the whole cast. The film is brilliant
and sophisticated. The manner is dark and pleasantly puzzling
and the thinking observer will unquestionably obtain more from
this film. The Royal
Tenenbaums takes family drama into an invigorating
and boisterously entertaining new dominion with impractical
characters and their inept venture to come to terms with love
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appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this single-sided,
dual-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9
televisions. The picture looked excellent. The film appeared
flawless. Sharpness appeared solid, crisp and precise; no
problems with jagged edges; I did notice a random shake but
nothing influential; no significant edge enhancements issues; no
signs of grain or speckles. Colors remained solid and dazzling.
The film notability furnished a broad array of vivid and active
colors. Black levels were deep and lush.
is presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. This film is not
a very busy piece, so I don’t have much to voice regarding
audio. Forward speakers remain the focal point for the
soundfield the extent of the time. The surrounds were
unnoticeable. Dialogue appeared typical and distinct. The music
presented an expanded substance.
Commentary by director Wes
New widescreen digital transfer,
supervised by director 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
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 Calderón, and storyboards
Collectible insert including
Eric Anderson's drawings
Criterion did a great job getting
these onto the DVD.
The DVD offered very strong
picture quality along with rudimentary sound and a very nice
collection of extras. I can’t recommend
The Royal Tenenbaums
to everyone, for some viewers will clearly be annoyed by it.
However, if this type of film charms
you then this 2-disc DVD comes highly recommend.