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The Darjeeling Limited (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2007)

Owen Wilson , Adrian Brody , Wes Anderson  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KGBIS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Darjeeling Limited (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer approved by director Wes Anderson
  • Anderson's short film Hotel Chevalier (part one of The Darjeeling Limited)
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman
  • Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film's music
  • Anderson's American Express commercial
  • On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia
  • Audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody

  • Editorial Reviews

    In THE DARJEELING LIMITED, from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox), three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, including Owen Wilson (Armageddon, Wedding Crashers), Adrien Brody (The Thin Red Line, The Pianist), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, HBO’s Bored to Death), and Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor, The Grifters), THE DARJEELING LIMITED is a visually dazzling and hilarious film that takes Anderson’s work to richer, deeper places than ever before.

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    125 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Let's go have a drink and smoke a cigarette December 9, 2007
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Wes Anderson is at his best when he explores a small group of people -- sometimes family, sometimes not -- and explores what makes them tick.

    And after the cluttered "The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou," Anderson returns to those roots with "The Darjeeling Limited." Technically it's an Indian road trip movie, and it's full of his quirky charm... but at heart it's just about three unhapppy brothers with a lot of baggage. Both literally and psychologically.

    The forlorn Peter (Adrien Brody) and his luggage barely make it to an Indian train in time to join his brothers, woman-chasing writer Jack (Jason Schwartzman) and bandaged control freak Francis (Owen Wilson). They haven't spoken for a year, and now they're planning to awkwardly bond as they travel to their estranged mother's convent.

    But after disasters involving a snake, painkillers and pepper spray, the three brothers find themselves (and their monogrammed suitcases) thrown off the train. As they trek back to civilization, the three men set out on a quest to explore the spiritual, deal with life, death, feathers, man-eating tigers, funerals and their own painful memories... and possibly find their mom.

    Nobody in their right mind would expect Wes Anderson to spin up an ordinary good-ol'-boys road trip movie. At least, not the way most directors would. Instead, Anderson crafts this as the baby brother to "The Royal Tenenbaums," exploring a fractured, mildly dysfunctional family with an absent parent.

    And the cinematic flavour of "Darjeeling Limited" is much the same as in "Royal Tenenbaums" -- bittersweetly funny and arch, with a tinge of poetic melancholy underlying the plot.
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    35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars That's Our Train!" March 10, 2008
    Format:DVD
    Synopsis: An ornate and psychedelically colored train known as the Darjeeling Limited transports three estranged brothers; Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) to destinations unknown (actually Francis is attempting to arrange a rendezvous with their constantly disappearing Mother (Anjelica Huston) now living as a nun in Tibet). It has only been a year since their Father's tragic death and each brother carries their own personal heartache over his passing and their Mother's disturbing absence from the funeral.

    As one comes to expect when traveling with others, close proximity, annoying behaviors and old wounds eventually surface which must be dealt with as they arise. Add to the mix unforeseen events both aboard the train and at intermittent stopovers along the way and you have the makings of a transformational experience unlike anything the brothers could have anticipated.

    Critique: The '07 film `The Darjeeling Limited' begins painfully slow and incomprehensibly weird but if you have the fortitude to survive the first 40 minutes you will eventually find yourself on a delightfully oddball, unpredictable trek across the Indian subcontinent on a spiritual journey in search of physical, emotional and relational healing. Serving as a metaphor for life's journey, one might say that we are all aboard the Darjeeling Limited headed in the same direction to parts unknown. In the final analysis one learns that it's not where you're headed but how much baggage you drag along with you.

    There's a lot of food for thought hidden away in this film for those who are willing to put in the effort and watch until the very end. Give it a try if you're in the mood for something obtuse.
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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unlimited comedy and tearful humanity May 28, 2008
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    Wes Anderson directs this movie about three brothers on a spiritual journey. In true comedy form, we get to see the brotherly love and jealously that siblings often have for each other. I knew this was going to be a wonderful comedy, but what always takes me aback is the soulful humanity that is in Wes Anderson movies. Once again we get to see Owen Wilson, Bill Murray (in a cameo), Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston. But we also see the great Adrien Brody playing one of the three brothers. While your laughing, you just might be surprised to find tears falling. This is a wonderful film to share with family.
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Edition Comes Jam-Packed with Extras! October 11, 2010
    By Cubist
    Format:DVD
    The first disc starts off with "Hotel Chevalier," a short film that acts as a prequel of sorts to The Darjeeling Limited and provides a backstory to Jack. In France, he meets with his ex-girlfriend in his posh hotel room. The usually modest Natalie Portman shows quite a bit of skin in this film and shares quite a sensual moment (especially for an Anderson film) with Jason Schwartzman's character.

    Also included is a theatrical trailer.

    There is an audio commentary by writer/director Wes Anderson, co-writers Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola. The three of them start off discussing their writing process and how one's subconscious plays a role. They touch upon various aspects of the production, including production design, cinematography, and so on. Interestingly, the three of them were responsible for their own Whitman brother to write for. A lot of the commentary is spent recounting all kinds of filming anecdotes.

    The second disc starts off with a "Conversation with James Ivory." He and Anderson talk about the Indian music used in the film. Anderson was influenced by and used several musical cues from Ivory's films. The veteran filmmaker talks about some of his early Indian films with clips illustrating some of the music from it that Anderson used.

    There is a visual essay by Matt Zoller Seitz about the film and how it best sums up everything about Anderson's films. Seitz provides fascinating analysis over clips from the film and the short film as well.

    Also included is a 40 minute making of documentary by Barry Braverman. It takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to the production with plenty of footage of Anderson and his crew filming on location.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
    Taking his “Grand Budapest” as my reference to Wes Andersen’s art, I was expecting dazzling photography, stunning interiors, fantastic humor, unusual imagination, surprising... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Samir Sobhy
    5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful movie
    So beautifully filmed, as are all of Wes Anderson's movies. Funny and moving....again, like all of his. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by carrie katz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Fun
    It was a fun cultural experience traveling through India on and off the train with these three unique brothers searching a spiritual quest and finding bit of bonding.
    Published 6 days ago by Bigfoot
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for the soul...
    This is one of Wes Andersons' good movies. I didn't see it in the theater, but I saw it on dvd and I'm a fan. I have seen it 2 more times since then. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by discruss
    4.0 out of 5 stars An indearing Trip
    This offbeat movie is delightful in its recounting of a trip by three brothers through India to recapture a lost relationship. It is looney but marvelous.
    Published 11 days ago by Bret Schlesinger
    4.0 out of 5 stars chasing mom
    I knew nothing about the story behind the movie. I'm sorry that I purchased it, Beautiful scenery, three different attitudes and three different stories.
    Published 16 days ago by leslie nordzin
    5.0 out of 5 stars cinematic art work
    A real surreal feel! Cinema art work for a time in cinema history when the norm is a normal movie punched out in a hollow tree in the jungles of Hollywood.
    Published 17 days ago by Harvey J.
    5.0 out of 5 stars I am fan
    Enjoyed the absurd elements of this film. Am looking forward to the Grand Budapest Hotel. Visually a great film. Go see.
    Published 21 days ago by catwrangler
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Wes Anderson's best!
    Great cast, exotic location, quirky story, it's all here. Even Bill Murray makes his traditional cameo appearance. Great film. Highly recommended.
    Published 21 days ago by sander hull
    2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
    Light, silly but visually very beautiful. The plot was not very clear but sometimes one does not need a plot.
    Published 1 month ago by judith crawford
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    Why is this not coming out on the Criterion label?
    Was this forum moved to this product? I ask only because it say's criterion collection in the title of the product and on the picture cover. It is also the exact same cover as listed on the criterion website
    Dec 22, 2010 by B. Matlock |  See all 13 posts
    Will this DVD have "Hotel Chevalier" on it?
    Yes, it is included.
    Feb 27, 2008 by el Hombre |  See all 2 posts
    Reversed Price!
    criterion seems to list dvd and bd at the same price, and amazon has been known to sell the bd for a lower price than the dvd. the list is $39.95 for both bd and dvd. this is not a mistake.
    Nov 13, 2010 by charles murphy |  See all 2 posts
    change the title?
    Yeah, I was just wondering about that. The Darjeeling Limited is a pretty good (not his best) Wes Anderson film. I've never heard of the Darjeeling Express.

    Amazon better check themselves before they reck themselves.
    May 11, 2010 by paper tiger |  See all 7 posts
    nice cover art Be the first to reply
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