The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray
Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Bill Murray
Bill Murray
, Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson
, Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
Wes Anderson


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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou comes to DVD with all the class that people have come to expect from all of Wes Anderson's Criterion releases. This time, the movie is being released strictly from the renowned company, with this two-disc release and another single-disc release that's stripped of most of the supplemental material. Anderson's adventure comedy gets its second wind here on DVD and should now have room to flourish not under the critical microscope that plagued its theatrical release, but through a certain acceptance and understanding that comes from repeated viewings and, in this case, a healthy dose of extras that shine a new light on the gifted director's fourth feature. The first disc presents the film with a gorgeous new high-definition transfer that, along with dual Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio mixes, gives life to the brilliant soundtrack and superb cinematography. Also included on disc one is a commentary from Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach. Recorded in a café, where they wrote most of the film, the track gives the viewer a look into the director's relationship with his new collaborator, who seems to respect film just as much as his new buddy, while also displaying a keen knowledge of the director's past works. The talk is a bit dry, though that should be expected. By the end, the two express hope that they didn't come off too pretentious, given the admission that they aren't prone to delve into this kind of critical self-analysis too often, which is a good thing since the track does tend to dip into heavy cinema talk from time to time. Other extras include a batch of ten deleted scenes (highlighted by a classic bit with a scorched Willem Dafoe), as well as the original theatrical trailer and a 15-minute "Starz on the Set" cable special. Disc two delivers on all of the extras that have become synonymous with Criterion releases. Featurettes on the film's look, costume design, music, and stop-motion animation are all represented, with the highlight being a wonderful sit-down interview with composer Mark Mothersbaugh. This extra is interesting not only for the presence of the ex-Devo rocker's sleepy fat dog on his lap throughout the clip, but for the in-depth discussion of how The Life Aquatic followed a natural progression in his collaboration with Anderson. Through dissections of specific tracks, Mothersbaugh manages to give new insight and respect to the film's Casio-tinged score. More good stuff awaits the viewer in the form of a section of the disc dedicated to Seu Jorge's fantastic Portuguese renditions of classic David Bowie tunes, some of which were not included on the soundtrack. The real highlights come not in the additional featurettes on Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, or Seymour Cassel, but in the very different, yet completely satisfying, documentaries included on the disc. "This Is an Adventure" is a 50-minute documentary created specifically for the disc by acclaimed filmmaker Albert Maysles (The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter) and his two fellow documentarians Antonio Ferrera and Matthew Prinzing. Given free reign during the 2003 shoot in Italy, the doc is a rare look into the loving working relationship between Bill Murray and Anderson, who re-team here for their third feature. The other documentary is a fine compliment, with actor and real-life intern Matthew Gray Gubler presenting a fun look behind the scenes with the jocular ensemble cast as they rough the high seas and intense foosball competitions during downtime between setups. With extra galleries and a humorous appearance from Anderson and Baumbach on the Italian interview show Mondo Monda, the Criterion two-disc Special Edition DVD comes to a close, giving film-lovers a befitting tribute to a movie that will continue to grow in time and hopefully secure its own place in the director's esteemed catalogue.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
UPC: 0786936242942
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 2,547

Special Features

Closed Caption; New high-definition transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson and enhanced for widescreen televisions; Commentary by Wes Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach; "This Is an Adventure," a documentary by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing chronicling the production of the movie; "Mondo Monda," an Italian talk show featuring an interview with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, with host Antonio Monda; New video interview with composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh; Ten complete video performances of David Bowie songs in Portuguese by Brazilian recording artist and actor Seu Jorge (Pelé dos Santos); Intern video journal by actor and real-life intern Matthew Gray Gubler (Intern #1); Multiple interviews with the cast and crew with behind-the-scenes footage; Ten deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes photos and original artwork from the film; Theatrical trailer; A fold-out insert featuring a cutaway of the Belafonte, with Eric Anderson's original illustrations, and a conversation with Wes and Eric conducted in 2005

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Steve Zissou
Owen Wilson Ned Plimpton
Cate Blanchett Jane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica Huston Eleanor Zissou
Willem Dafoe Klaus Daimler
Jeff Goldblum Alistair Hennessy
Michael Gambon Oseary Drakoulias
Bud Cort Bill Ubell
Seu Jorge Pele dos Santos
Seymour Cassel Esteban du Plantier
Noah Taylor Actor
Wallace Wolodarsky Actor
Robyn Cohen Actor
Peter Stormare Actor
Matthew Gray Gubler Intern

Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Renato Agostini Special Effects Supervisor
Douglas Aibel Casting
Daniel Beers Associate Producer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Inti Carboni Asst. Director
Giacomo Carducci Art Director
Roberta Federico Art Director
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Sam Hoffman Asst. Director
Barry Mendel Producer
Simona Migliotti Art Director
David Moritz Editor
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Noah Baumbach Screenwriter
Stefano M. Ortolani Art Director
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Rudin Producer
Rudd Simmons Executive Producer
Enzo Sisti Co-producer
Marco Trentini Art Director
Eugenio Ulissi Art Director
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Film
1. Adventure No. 12: "The Jaguar Shark" (Part 1) [5:11]
2. He's the Zissou [4:37]
3. "Life on Mars?" [3:42]
4. One Foot off the Merry-Go-Round [1:35]
5. The Belafonte [1:39]
6. Explorers Club [2:46]
7. Zissou Compound [1:45]
8. Jane Winslett-Richardson [4:04]
9. Catch as Catch Can [2:08]
10. Fake, Phony, and a Bad Reporter [2:23]
11. Kingsley (Ned) Zissou [3:03]
12. Do the Interns Get Glocks? [1:39]
13. Oseary Drakoulias Productions [1:33]
14. "Gut Feelings" [2:05]
15. Season 3: Episode XIV "Trapped in the Ice!" [3:03]
16. Day 1: The Belafonte at Sea [4:05]
17. Dear Ned Plimpton... [1:41]
18. Day 5: Operation Hennessey Underwater Sea-Laboratory [3:05]
19. Daydream Johnny [3:40]
20. 6 AM: Investigating the Phantom Signal [3:11]
21. Day 9: In Unprotected Waters [9:37]
22. Day 14: Mutiny on the Belafonte [7:07]
23. Day 20: Towed Into Port-au-Patois Harbor [7:51]
24. The Brains Behind Team Zissou [3:02]
25. Day 27: Rescuing the Bond Company Stooge [10:04]
26. Letter From Jane [5:36]
27. All Hands Bury the Dead [4:45]
28. I Wonder if He Remember Me? [5:23]
29. This Is an Adventure [1:17]
30. "Queen Bitch" [6:51]
1. Kid's Idea of a Celebrity [5:11]
2. Feelings About Filmmaking [4:37]
3. Party Scene [3:42]
4. David Bowie [1:35]
5. Belafonte Cutaway [1:39]
6. Secrets of the Trade [2:46]
7. The World of the Film [1:45]
8. Wildlife Documentarian Stars [4:04]
9. The Imagined Blue [2:08]
10. Working With Bill [2:23]
11. Willem's Klaus [3:03]
12. Glocks and Turkeys [1:39]
13. Don't Count On This Helicopter [1:33]
14. Preparation Montage [2:05]
15. What Did It Used to Be Like? [3:03]
16. Made by a Group of Friends [4:05]
17. Getting to Know Your Heroes [1:41]
18. Working at Cinecittà? [3:05]
19. Writing Partners [3:40]
20. Yeoman, Friedberg, and Waris [3:11]
21. Filipino Pirate Attack [9:37]
22. Dry for Wet [7:07]
23. Theatrical Aspects [7:51]
24. The MacGuffin [3:02]
25. Fathers and Father Figures [10:04]
26. Filled With Words [5:36]
27. Following Instincts [4:45]
28. Curtain Call for Fish [5:23]
29. President's Palace [1:17]
30. Easing Out of the Movie [6:51]

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