Bottle Rocket: The Criterion Collection

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  • Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop

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Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore … More >>

Bottle Rocket: The Criterion Collection

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5 Comments
  1. I am a fan of a wide range of movies, including “cult” films of many genres. I am biased to think that movies in the criterion collection are usually good to exceptional. In this case I was disappointed. I imagine that there are some who will disagree and see this as a well executed film and as a clever statement for our times (it probably is, but that wasn’t enough) but I think that it was just a waste of time to watch.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I am a huge Criterion fan and a newly discovered Blu ray addict. To find the greatest distributor contributing to the world of HD is so fantastic. It allows me to start at the beginning of the collection and gradually build up with them. I absolutely love this film. I can’t wait for Rushmore to come out on Blu Ray. The new Criterion Blu rays I have to pick up our Chungking Express, The Wages of Fear, The Third Man, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The 400 Blows, Walkabout, Contempt, and El Norte. I can live without the others. The Last Emperor will look great on Blu ray but there is no way I could watch that all the way through again.

    Taxi Driver is going Blu soon, not through Criterion but excited to see what they can do to it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. this has always been a favorite movie of mine, and now the transfer to HD is a welcome sight. compared to my old dvd, the movie is very crisp looking and the sound is 9/10. the extras aren’t great, but I didn’t expect much from that side since the movie goes so far back. overall, i recommend this blu-ray disc very highly. If you love Wes Anderson films then definitely buy this.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I saw “Bottle Rocket” at my local indie cinema upon its release twelve years ago and have rewatched it again many times since on DVD. Naturally, I was really looking forward to the Criterion version. Overall impression – disappointing. The commentary provided little insight into the actual making of the movie aside from comments like “Remember when we filmed there?”, “That guy was a friend of ours” and “The movie tested badly” (over and over again). The phone call thing between Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson didn’t work (in twelve years they couldn’t get these two guys together in the same room for an hour and a half?) Wes seemed game but Owen seemed a little out of it (or at least, his voice was flat and disinterested). He had a lot more enthusiasm on the commentary for “Rushmore”; even “Wedding Crashers”. The making-of documentary was really bare bones (25 minutes?) and again didn’t shed any real light on the film. (Watch the “Iron Man” DVD for a REAL making-of documentary.) The high point was Laura Wilson’s behind-the-scenes photos. The deleted scenes were okay and it was great watching the short film without the choppiness of YouTube. So – some nice features but the hastily put-together feel of the commentary and the documentary really put me off. It’s too good a movie and it’s been too long a wait for those involved not to have put their best efforts into all of the features on this disc.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Finally Bottle Rocket is now on Criterion and Blu-ray simultaneously. The film that introduced Wes Anderson and his clan to the world.The transfer looks absolutely amazing. All the extras are great too, including deleted scenes, and the original short. The best part though is the very relaxed and candid commentary by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. The two sit and chat and they are so relaxed with one another you eventually feel you are just sitting there with them watching the film. Several times i wished i could just chime in and add my two cents to the mix. Sometimes I feel filmmakers need a fans perspective to add to the depth these commentaries have. Now with every film getting a commentary many get lost in the mix. Still It was fans who enjoyed such commentaries on laserdisc that made DVDs what they are today.

    This disc is also on DVD but for that extra bit of quality the Blu-Ray is worth it. Get a PS3 and this disc and you will be set. Now all we need is a Wes Anderson Blu-Ray collection with all his films. I am sure Rushmore, Tenebaums, Life Aquatic and Darjerling will all look spectacular when they come out.

    Thanks Wes, Owen and the people at Criterion.

    🙂
    Rating: 5 / 5

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