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Royal Tenenbaums, The
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 63 (Aug 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Luke Wilson, Seymour Cassel, Kumar Pallana & Narrated By Alec Baldwin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Nicely packaged in a bookend sleeve and decorated with Eric Anderson artwork on the liner notes and Tenenbaum house booklet, this two-disc set includes Wes Anderson commentary on Disc One. Disc Two features a selectable art gallery which takes you to the Scrapbook (chock-full of artwork and graphic designs used in the movie such as book and magazine covers, Margot Tenenbaum drawings, Miguel Calder

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): 24022
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some language, sexuality/nudity and drug content
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): DVD-9/DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/09/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Wes Anderson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The writing team of director Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson (Bottle Rocket and Rushmore) deliver another quirky and witty comedy with

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD has a stylish appearance, with a color scheme that stresses a warmer spectrum with lots of reds, golds, and browns. Overall hues are well balanced, with a rich appearance and deeply saturated hues. Fleshtones are nicely rendered and blacks appear deep and solid. Images are sharp and nicely detailed into clothing textures and facial details. There is a bit of pixelization noticed, as well as some edge enhancement that can be bothersome at times. Overall, the picture complements the quirky storytelling. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel soundtracks are quite predictable in nature, with the music providing the majority of the spatiality. The music has also been well-recorded with a nicely stereophonic presence across the screen. Overall, surround envelopment is subtle to moderate in nature, yet is effective with the music. The dialogue sounds slightly forward but otherwise is impressively natural-sounding. The spatial distribution of atmospheric effects is rather conservative. The DTS