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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  100 minutes, featurettes, vignettes, still gallery, theatrical trailer, digital HD copy

VIDEO:  2.35:1/ 1.33:1/ 1.66:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS Master Audio, English 5.1 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 DTS, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 DD, Russian 5.1 DTS, Cestina 5.1 DD, Hungarian 5.1 DD, Polish 5.1 DD, Turkish 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Danish, Suomi, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Estonian, Latvian, Finish, Hindi, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenski, Turkish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cetsina, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Hungarian, Croatian, Estonian

 

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/ Fox Searchlight Pictures/ Indian Paintbrush/ Studio Babelsberg/ American Empirical

RELEASE DATE: 6-17-2014

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is another nostalgic film from the mind of director Wes Anderson.  It plays between four time periods and various aspect ratios with the 1932 story being told in 1.37:1 and 1968 being in 2.40:1.  It is a story within a story within a story.   The main story is in 1932 resolving around the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), and his lobby boy Zero Moustafa as they go on a great series adventure after one Gustav’s clients Madam D (Tilda Swinton) is murdered and Gustav steals the priceless painting “Boy With Apple” which is left to him in her will.   Mixed up in this plot with unique characters played by a cast of great actors (Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody,  Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and others) begins a desperate chase for a fortune that results in a prison break, a ski chase, train rides, and running.   Willem Dafoe is perfect as Joplin, the murder henchman of Dimitri (Adrien Brody)- the greedy son of Madam D.   Also Zero falls impossibly in love with Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), who works at Mendl’s pastry shop.

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is a joy to watch like previous Wes Anderson movies due to the casting, characters, the details that make up the worlds in his movies, and nostalgia for another time and place and maybe even movies from decades ago.   It is my favorite Wes Anderson since THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

BILL MURRAY TOURS THE TOWN of Gorlitz where the movie was filmed

Vignettes:

KUNSMUSEUM ZUBROWKA LECTURE- a slide lecture from the fictional author of the fictional book about the movie

THE SOCIETY OF CROSSED KEYS- the secret spy network of hotel concierges and their roles in events in 20th century European history

MENDL’S SECRET RECIPE- the recipe for the great pastry in the film and how it is put together.

 

Fetaurettes:

THE MAKING OF THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL- four part making-of featurette

Part 1- THE STORY-

Part 2- THE SOCIETY OF CROSSED KEYS- about the cast of actors Wes uses for the movie and how people gladly sign up to do the movie

Part 3: CREATING THE HOTEL- transforming an empty department store into the hotel and the production offices (after finding no grand hotels existed for the production to take over).

Part 4: CREATING A WORLD- all about the little details created to make a full (lived in) world you may only see glimpses of while watching the movie in addition to creating various signage, newspaper stories, and doing model work.

 

CAST- all about the ensemble cast of the film

WES ANDERSON- all about the single unique vision of Wes Anderson as he collaborates with cast and crew to create so many details that has interviews with cast and Wes Anderson

 

Rounding out the extras is a stills gallery of the various props and fictional newspaper articles, the theatrical trailer, and sneak peaks for DOM HEMINGWAY, 3 DAYS TO KILL, 20th anniversary Fox Searchlight, MGM 90th anniversary, and Discover Digital HD. Also included is a code to download and stream a Digital HD copy of the movie viz various devices (TV, computer, tablets, and smartphones)

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE GRAND BUDAPEST is another enjoyable nostalgia trip as filtered through the creative mind of Wes Anderson.

 

This blu-rayreview is 6-18-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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