Bottle Rocket 1996 Criterion Collection
"Bottle Rocket" is, without a doubt, one of the best movies of the nineties. It is also one of the most overlooked, which is very very sad. The average person has never heard of "Bottle Rocket" or Wes Anderson or Owen Wilson.

"Bottle Rocket" is the tale of three young dreamers who are all searching for something. Anthony is looking for love, Dignan is aching for adventure, and Bob seeks a sense of belonging. The trio decide to follow a life of crime yet at their best they are inept petty thieves whose every caper becomes a comedic calamity. Dignan decides to seek the wisdom and guidance of a smarmy small-time conman played by James Caan, while Anthony falls in love with a pretty hotel maid, and Bob keeps getting beat up by his goon of a brother called Future Man. In the end all three get what they were yearning for, yet in ways not anticipated.

"Bottle Rocket" is a sweet, funny and touching film. While much of the action is played as broad comedy, themes of young love, friendship, alienation and confusion about life run as a surprisingly rich undercurrent to the film. The film is brilliantly written in such a sly way, that the movie can play out in different ways with each subsequent viewing. Initially, Bottle Rocket might come across as slightly silly, but with time, the film's more emotional core starts to come through. This seems to be a pattern in Wes Anderson's movies as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited all have a similar quality of evolving over multiple viewings.


Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Haley Miller, Robert Musgrave, Andrew Wilson
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:31:43 | 44.2 Gb + 12.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:
• Audio commentary featuring Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson
• The Making of "Bottle Rocket": an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, producer James L. Brooks, actors James Caan and Luke and Owen Wilson, and others
• The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
• Eleven deleted scenes
• Anamorphic test, storyboards, location photos
• Behind-the-scenes photographs by Laura Wilson
• The Shafrazi Lectures, No. 1: Bottle Rocket
• Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman

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