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MOONRISE KINGDOM Blu-Ray Review

One of the most critically acclaimed movies all year, Moonrise Kingdom, is out on Blu-Ray/DVD today. Wes Anderson‘s detail-rich tale of young love looks absolutely beautiful in this Blu-Ray release. It’s just a shame that the extra features don’t quite live up to the film’s caliber.

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Wes Anderson is an auteur very comfortable in his world. If you’ve seen any number of his films from Rushmore to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou then you know what to expect to an extent. Well, Moonrise Kingdom is his greatest film yet. Check out our review from its theatrical release for all the details.

Overview:

A star-studded and visually stunning box office hit, and a tale of first love directed by two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox), Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with Ultra Violet, on DVD, On Demand, and on Digital Download on October 16, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom follows two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hung them down, a violent storm begins to brew off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside-down and changed forever.

Charming screen newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star alongside Bruce Willis (Die Hard); Academy Award nominees Edward Norton (American History X) and Bill Murray (Lost in Translation); Academy Award winners Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton); Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore); and Bob Balaban (Gosford Park). Moonrise Kingdom is a movie that critis are calling “extraordinary from start to finish” (Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies).

Bonus Features (Blu-Ray and DVD): 

  • A Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom
  • Welcome to the Island of New Penzance: Bob Balaban narrates a series of guided tours from the locations of Moonrise Kingdom feature Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Wes Anderson.
  • Set Tour with Bill Murray: Bill Murray personally takes viewers on a tour of the Moonrise Kingdom sets.

Given that this was such a beloved movie by critics and fans, I’m disappointed the special features were so limited. And what was here felt repetitive. Many of the same shots and stories were told in the Set Tour with Bill Murray that were also used in his section of Welcome to New Penzance. Hopefully they’ll do a more substantial release later with more behind-the-scenes footage. Given Wes Anderson’s attention to detail and the exquisite look of this film, I’m sure there’s a veritable treasure trove of material that is just sitting around until a collector’s or Criterion edition emerges.

Because of its lackluster special features, this release gets only 3 stars despite the movie being so strong.

The Blu-Ray and DVD are available on Amazon.

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.