Criterion Press Release: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal. A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family at a new foxhole in a beautiful tree directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms—owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel from Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) is a meticulous work of stop-motion animation featuring vibrant performances by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Bill Murray.

    2009 • 87 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

    DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary featuring Anderson
    • Storyboard animatics for the entire film
    • Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score
    • Interviews with cast and crew
    • Puppet animation tests
    • Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets
    • Animated awards acceptance speeches
    • Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based
    • Gallery of Dahl’s original manuscripts
    • Discussion and analysis of the film
    • Stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson
    • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay; a 2002 article on Dahl’s Gipsy House by Anderson; White Cape, a comic book used as a prop in the film; and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera

    TITLE: Fantastic Mr. Fox (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2319BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11141-6
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-788-3
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 1/21/14
    STREET: 2/18/14
     
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    This may have to be a blind buy for me.
     
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    I already bought THE 2 DISC Fantastic Mr. Fox on Blu-ray thru the Fox blu ray for $11.99 and it looks beautiful

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    Now Available For Preorder

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    If you're buying it on Anderson's name alone, you might already need your glasses checked. :rolleyes:

    Put it this way: Remember when Nicholas Roeg thought he could interpret Roald Dahl? Remember when Tim Burton did? Remember when Danny DeVito...well, okay, he didn't mess it up too much.
    Those were actual film directors, and not self-indulgent w*nkers (uh, except for Burton). At this point, I'd even watch the Henry Selick one again before I watched Wes's track-suits-and-quirky-babble.
     
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    I wonder if you own the previous blu ray what is different/better about this release ?
     
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    You think Matilda was better than The Witches? Wow.
     
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    Big fat "whatever." This is a GREAT movie - utterly hilarious, effortlessly rewatchable, and Andersonian in the best possible sense. I'm in the tank for Wes regardless, but whether he directed it or not, it's a beautifully crafted, joyous thing. Buy with confidence, John. Me, I'll stick with my original Blu (which, btw, is available on Amazon for a very affordable $11.99), as I don't have too much time to dig through extras these days.
     
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    I remember seeing it in the theater--with an afternoon audience of parents and kids who saw "Stop-motion Dahl" in the review and were expecting James & the Giant Peach--and thinking the movie played like a SNL parody of "What if Wes Anderson did a kiddy film?"

    Unfortunately, the real SNL beat me to it a couple years later:
     
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    I can't double-dip on this one. As much as I enjoyed it, it's a little to slight for a Criterion title.
     
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    Yes, I do, and I think THE WITCHES was a delightful, creepy, funny movie that truly captured the spirit of Dahl. I so look forward to an OAR Blu release!
     
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    Me, too. I really loved The Witches and am not satisfied with the open matte transfer on DVD.
     
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    I think Roeg, like most Wonka-struck adults, rather overstated his purpose--
    O-kay, Nick, so you think Dahl straight out of the book is too "twisted" and "disturbing" for kids (and so did Jim Henson who hired him); can we leave off the "weird" fisheye lens for five freakin' minutes? I feel like I'm getting glaucoma! :P

    Wes, OTOH, was making his epic around the same time as Spike Jonze was trying to put his "alternative" spin on Maurice Sendak, and the same hollow hipster-adult ring of talking about children's books as deep philosophy, without actually having read them recently or understanding why children read books. (Wes seems to have had a biological-clock urge to feature children's books in his movies lately, with Moonrise Kingdom, but he's still got a long way to go before he rejoins the human race.)
    Was playing one of those moral-question games with friends lately, and one of the questions was, "Do you believe people who do not have children are selfish?" (Y'see, because they're not "passing their wisdom on to the next generation", or putting their own busy lives aside to take an interest in the future, etc.) I don't know if I ever took a stand on that point, but I noted I did have a subconsciously murderous passion against those who don't understand the value of children's books to children--Those who keep braying about the "sex and violence" in Grimm stories to take it out on their Disney childhoods, for ex., or who parody Dr. Seuss without ever really having read one in the last twenty years. THAT, for some reason, struck me as "selfish", to want to some how embrace your own childhood by deconstructing it, and say that we should have spent our time more valuably embracing good ol' grownup cynicism.
    Wes doesn't want to tell the child-appeal story of Mr. F outwitting the three belching Dahl-baddie farmers, he wants to do the George Clooney Executive character in stop motion, and give him the usual Wacky Dysfunctional Family in fur, with the track suits, breakfast cereals, and weird quirky ambitions. Oh, look, and he calls all the animals by their Latin names, get it, because they're animals!

    Of the three examples named, at least Roeg wanted to tell a "twisted" Dahl story as it was told, and not force it into his own cynically removed outside view of "quirky" humanity.
    Even overdoing it a tad is at least doing it at all.
     
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    I agree with Ejanss, and this is my least favorite WA movie by a long shot, I don't find anything the slightest bit humorous or interesting about it except for the production. So this set looks like it'd be good for that. It is NOT the WA movie I hoped Criterion would be announcing about now...
     

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