The Darjeeling Limited (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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A comic, poignant voyage to India from the director Wes Anderson
Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston
In director Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India one year after the death of their father.
Armed with eleven suitcases, a laminated itinerary, a can of pepper spray, a supply of over-the-counter painkillers, and a host of family conflicts ready to erupt, Francis, Peter, and Jack eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—at which point an unexpected new chapter in their journey begins.
Featuring a sensational cast, including Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston, The Darjeeling Limited is a dazzling and hilarious film that takes Anderson’s work to deeper places than ever before.
Director-Approved Special Edition Features
- Digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson
- Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola
- Behind-the-scenes documentary
- Discussion between Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory
- "Hotel Chevalier"
- On-set footage, deleted scenes
- And more
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.
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : CRRN1935BR
- Director : Wes Anderson
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : October 12, 2010
- Actors : Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B003KGBIS4
- Writers : Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Raunchier than Wes Anderson’s usual upbeat features.
Wes Anderson’s erotic indie romance drama Hotel Chevalier (2007) is a riveting little short film of striking maturity and overt sexuality. If you only are expecting a quick comedy from Anderson are sure to be disappointed, but I gave it a chance and it’s actually quite the poignant short about marriage, divorce, infidelity, love, romance, and goodbyes. Wes’ writing is genuine and feels authentic to a modern couple’s awkward failing language. Hotel Chevalier shows Anderson demonstrating his directorial range. It’s a serious dramatic short and I found it effective and moving despite the meager length. It’s one of the best short films I’ve ever seen. Wes tells a nuanced story with visual and verbal cues just to ease the audience into their unhappy affections.
Vincent Marchand’s editing is sleek and classy with few cuts, only to pass time from the act of making love to their final goodbye. Robert D. Yeoman’s visual flair is dialed back just to make everything look pristine and real. Slower shots are chosen with wide shots for a majority of the movie. You feel like you are voyeuristically looking in on this couple’s farewell. Hotel Chevalier is one hell of a way to say sayonara.
Jason Schwartzman is excellent as the lonely hermit in Paris, staying in a hotel by himself to forget his girlfriend’s implied infidelity. Upon hearing his girl’s voice, Schwartzman is fantastic as he cleans things up and sets up some lovely French music for the backdrop of Hotel Chevalier. He has a great chemistry with Natalie Portman that feels natural and realistic.
Natalie Portman herself is lovely with her cute short cut brunette hair and alluring Marc Jacobs coat. Her eyes tell you everything she cannot bring to speak into existence. The subtle pauses in her speech and estranged body language let the viewer in on how far gone their relationship is already. I must mention that Portman gets fully nude for Hotel Chevalier. She is gorgeous, but Wes Anderson doesn’t make it feel exploitative. The scene itself is tasteful and expresses how much these two characters long for each other physically until they speak their feelings out loud and realize that they sort of despise one another currently. It’s a powerful scene really.
In conclusion, Hotel Chevalier is 13 minutes of pure sorrow and absolute melancholy. There is no hope here, only a kind of catharsis for a dead relationship. It’s the perfect breakup drama.
My review for Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited is below.
Serious drama from the comedy maestro Wes Anderson!
Wes Anderson’s indie drama The Darjeeling Limited (2007) is quirky in its comedic moments, but quite a moving feature of deep feelings and familial revelations. Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola’s script is just devastatingly sad and genuinely melancholic. Their sense of humor is still offbeat and funny, but the comedy is definitely in the backdrop like India here compared to the really resonant drama. The Darjeeling Limited would be a fine comedy, but as a straight up drama from Wes Anderson, it hit me hard. The themes of brotherhood, loss, relationships, and forgiveness are so authentically presented that you cannot help but relate to this feature.
Wes Anderson’s direction is vastly different for The Darjeeling Limited compared to his previous comedies. He opts for a slow burn pace for his 91 minute long drama to allow all your emotions to gradually flood over you in rushes of feeling. Andrew Weisblum’s editing is very crisp and creative as he cuts in time jumps to relate a couple key scenes together. Robert Yeoman’s cinematography is as beautiful as ever with neat smooth pans and centered framing, but with a looser style than his previous fast shots. Everything is lethargic, which I can understand how that turned off initial viewers, but it’s a choice that aged so that you have to sit with the serious subject matter more than just more the camera away from these 3 brothers going through a paradigm shift in their respective lives. Wes Anderson’s films are just pure filmmaking bliss.
Mark Friedberg’s production design is cute and colorful Indian furnishings to make the train and temples feel more real. I just love the passenger train as a set overall. Milena Canonero’s costumes are very lifelike and feel more grounded than the previous exaggerated and silly outfits that tend to end up in Anderson’s films. Satyajit Ray’s score is full of pretty Indian music that fits The Darjeeling Limited’s setting and atmosphere nicely. It’s very ambient in a way and doesn’t force itself to the front like other Anderson musical accompaniments.
Owen Wilson is funny as the forceful Francis with his insecure insistence on traveling through India his way. Jason Schwartzman is relatable and profoundly dejected Jack, who is distraught over his ex-girlfriend Natalie Portman. Who could blame him really? She was sublime in Hotel Chevalier with Jason Schwartzman playing Jack there for the intro to The Darjeeling Limited. I think I liked Adrien Brody’s sly kleptomaniac thief and depressed new father Peter the most. Brody is hilarious and is a perfect foil for Wilson and Schwartzman to bounce insane and heartbreak off of throughout The Darjeeling Limited.
Amara Karan is very pretty and saddening as Schwartzman’s love interest Rita. Waris Ahluwalia is great as the train’s chief steward, who hates the main 3 lead’s guts. Irrfan Khan is devastating as the dead boy’s father in his quick cameo. Bill Murray has a funny cameo as The Businessman. Anjelica Huston’s brief appearance as the 3 men’s mother Patricia is very fun, sweet, and cathartic all at once. I really liked Camilla Rutherford’s quick appearance as Brody’s wife Alice. Lastly, Kumar Pallana once again gets a cameo like in most of Wes Anderson’s pictures.
In short, The Darjeeling Limited is a touching indie film and a successful drama from the otherwise hilarious Wes Anderson.
I love this edition of The Darjeeling Limited. It's everything one can hope for. Almost all of the CC editions of Anderson's films are superior to the regular ones. So many extras and all the bits of art (remember The Royal Tenenbaums?)! Personally, I really like to have those extras, though I know some people that are quite content just to view the film, and that's just as well. It's all a matter of preference.
As for the film itself, I quite liked it. Great product for a fan of the film!
I particularly liked the DVD commentary and the added features. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, but it gave a peek into life behind the scenes.
By Tyler on December 30, 2018
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Reviewed in Canada on December 10, 2018