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
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 17,863

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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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wes Anderson is an independent American director, noted for his droll dialogue, distinctive visual style, and obsessive attention to detail. His first film, "Bottle Rockets", launched the career of Owen Wilson. His second breakthrough feature, "Rushmore", concerned the battles between a precocious private schoolboy and a steel industrialist played by Bill Murray to win the heart of a pretty kindergarten teacher. The third film, "The Royal Tenenbaums", concerned a dysfunctional New York family - with the mischievious patriarch Royal seeking to overcome his alienation from his talented but wayward childhood. His latest picture, "The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou", is a loving and irreverent homage to the French oceanographer, Jacques Costeau. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" concerns the efforts of an oceanographer, Steve Zissou, to hunt down a Jaguar Shark who killed his best friend, a cinematographer. He is assisted in this quest by Team Zissou, a motley crew of misfits, artists, reprobrates, and interns from the University of Northern Alaska. On the way, Steve Zissou meets an American pilot who claims to be his lost son, a pregnant British journalist, his estranged wife, and his professional rival. There are also diversions caused by kidnapping, piracy, and the ensuing threat of bankruptcy. The plot owes much to Hermann Melville's classic Moby Dick - Zissou is a mad Captain Ahab hunting for his own version of the White Whale. There is also the happy-go-lucky spirit of the Beatles classic song, "We All Live in a Yellow Submarine". There is much too like about the film. The ensemble cast features such talents as Mr Ghostbuster Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, and Noah Taylor. The boat, "The Belafonte", is depicted with loving care. The ocean has an iridiscent otherworldiness, presented brilliantly with stopgap animation. The music features the work of David Bowie - sung in Portugese - and underwater electronica. The film is a quirky and droll arthouse film. There are some great moments. I particularly liked when Steve Zissou warned the interns from the University of Northern Alaska that they would receive a result of "non-complete", if they mutinied. However, the film never reaches great heights of comedy or tragedy. The director explores themes apparent in past films, such as "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums". There are familiar images of errant patriachs, prodigal children, and redemptive quests. The film lacks, though, the heart that made his previous films so loveable. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" is like a beautiful cabinet of curiosities - full of amazing oddities, but a bit sterile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so fantastic, and I laugh harder everytime I see it, it has a great sense of wonder and the jokes are so small and quick you can miss them with a blink. This movie has great fun and sillyness on top with a depth of human emotion underneath that gets me more each time I watch it. For those who gave this movie bad reviews they should stick to steven seigal movies.
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This movie was absolutely under-rated. Critics gave this marvelous movie horrible reviews, and I dont know why. Its cinematography was terrific, and the stop-motion done by Selick was a great addition. I think the critics didnt like it because it didnt live up to the standards of that of a major box-office hit. The soundtrack was dazzling, showing that Wes Anderson is a mad genius, knowing what song will fit the mood of this lachrymose movie. The Bowie songs were great... I even found myself partially dancing in my seat while the end credits rolled. And Seu George did a marvelouse job singing. As for the rating, I absolutely disagree with the MPAA. Yes, it was inapropriate for kids, but for a 13yr old audience, there would have been no problem. I saw no reason why Wes Anderson needed to have Robyn Cohen topless in 2-3 scenes. It would have brought the rating down to a PG-13. Either way, this movie is a true masterpiece. Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson did a surpreme job writing it, and I give it a 5-star rating. Go rent on May 13 on Criterion DVD and Video. (Yes, Criterion... I belive Criterion made a smart choice choosing this picture for their top-notch DVDs)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drink a lot of expresso before you watch this one if you want to get through it awake. Course if you do, you could only hope to have to use the bathroom, at least you would get a much needed break. This movie showed great promise in the begining that sadly went no where. It was a good plot with a great cast and good cinematography but it never amounted to anything. I felt haunted by it after the movie ended. Yes it had it's good moments but we saw most on the trailers, and there just were not enough to make this movie worth the time it takes to watch.
Jason_Y More than 1 year ago
Ok, so this film got rather mixed critical reviews, and with good reason. The plot seems a bit half-hearted, possibly too contrived for even Wes Anderson. But here's why I love it: the plot that everyone harps on, doesn't matter. It seems relatively consistent to me that Anderson's movies are usually less about WHAT happens and more about HOW it goes down. Basically, if you liked The Darjeeling Limited but skipped this, I'd say go back and take a look. Bill Murray and Anjelica Houston are genius together, both have the right dry wit and deadpan delivery for Anderson's style (why did he keep them apart in The Royal Tennebaums?), and the visuals are incredible. Mise-en-scene is one of Anderson's finest qualities, and this film has it in spades. And, as one would expect, the soundtrack is kooky and fun and dead-on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the film's quirky humor and Bill Murray is such a gifted comedic actor. Looking forward to their next outing.
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I liked this movie. It's a little slow at first but picks up nicely in the last half. Bill Murray fans won't be disappointed. It's a funny, albeit strange movie.
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