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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Wes Anderson Rating:7.6/10 (15 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by I am Luke on August 9th, 2004:Find all reviews by I am Luke
I'm a little embarrassed to say it, but I've played this track to help me sleep. It is very informative, however if you're inclined to pay attention.
Reviewed by Rizor on September 19th, 2004:Find all reviews by Rizor
I agree. This is one of my favorite films and though the commentary didn't put me to sleep and I felt Anderson offered some interesting comments, his voice isn't the most compelling.
Reviewed by The Cubist on January 19th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Andersonís commentary is delivered in his trademark low-key style. He talks about the themes of the movie, recounts many anecdotes that occurred during the making of it and divulges all sorts arcane trivia. This is an informative commentary essential for any fan of Andersonís work. The only drawback is that Owen Wilson, Tenenbaumís co-screenwriter, or any of the cast do not participate in the commentary as had been the case with Criterionís Rushmore DVD. Their presence is certainly missed.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on February 16th, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
While Anderson is quite low-key on this track, there is still some useful information to be had. He provides many details about the choices involved in production design, sets, locations, casting and the selection of source music. He notes how the story changed during the path from script to screen and why some scenes were added. There are some nice anecdotes about moments with the legendary actors involved. He perhaps spends a bit too much time pointing out actors who were part of his previous two films, but this film, and I think his cast and crew, are grounded in what it means to be a family. It is an understated commentary but one that does add value to the film.