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Masterpiece in every way. It might be Wes Anderson's best film all told. It certainly is an amazing work and all the artists and people working on it are in the bountiful extras you can navigate to in this Criterion package.
The bitrate for this bluray is better than the previous release, and the digipack is very well done. Overall, stunning package from Criterion with great extras and a detailed transfer.
Last year my daughter rented this film from the library, I passed it off as just another "kids movie" and didn't really pay attention to it, only catching tidbits here and there while she was watching it. Weeks later, I couldn't explain it but I just could not get this movie out of my head. I decided to buy it for her, and discovered that this Criterion release would be coming out soon so I figured I'd just wait for it. It wasn't until later that I discovered that it was a Wes Anderson film. I guess that explains why this movie stuck with me after only seeing parts of it. Wes Anderson is the kind of director that - if his movie manages to get inside your head, it won't get out. Not everybody enjoys his brand of humor - I do and this was a Fantastic movie!
What can I say about this particular release of the movie that hasn't already been said by people who bought the Criterion Collection edition. Well, compared to the 20th Century Fox blu-ray release, this definitely has more bonus features for anyone who wishes to know certain behind-the-scenes aspects. In terms of picture quality, the Criterion Collection release is slightly better than the earlier 20th Century Fox release, though unless you are a visual-phile it's not that big of a difference. This release is also the second time in over 20 years Criterion Collection has released an animated film (the first being the 1989 Streamline Dub of Akira on laserdisc); so for people who want to try and get Criterion Collection to release either cult-classic or obscure animated films, buying and supporting this release may help give Criterion Collection the incentive to do more animated film releases. Because otherwise the general consensus is that the only reason Criterion Collection is even giving this film a release is because it's part of Wes Anderson's directing catalog.
One very minor nitpick I have about this release though is that unlike the earlier 20th Century Fox release which has both Spanish and French audio tracks and multiple subtitles, the Criterion Collection release sadly only has an English language audio track and subtitles. This makes it especially disheartening for those who wish to try and import this release..
What a great stop motion [animation] movie. It has all the typical Wes Anderson quirks--odd and completely captivating supporting characters [the 3 farmers; the rat guard, voiced by the great Willem Defoe], gorgeous visuals--especially the night scenes [for this viewer]. The Criterion 2K blu ray disc is simply astonishing visually. I loved the Introduction. For anyone who loves Wes Anderson movies or anyones who love blu ray disc clarity, visuals; this is a great movie.
This movie is the rare adaptation that exceeds the source material in such a fantastically wondrous way. Mr. Fox was always a Dahl book that made minimal impression on me, so it's a real hoot to have it expanded and enhanced by an auteur such as Mr. Anderson to such riotous results. The visuals are sumptuous. The characterization is poignant. The humor is priceless.
I had this as a regular Blu-Ray for a while, but when I discovered Criterion and I saw they had this, I knew I needed to sell off my old copy and get this one! It’s still a really great animated film and the supplements you get with it make it all the more enjoyable!