Moonrise Kingdom 2012
The film is set on the fictional island of New Penzance, an idyllic little place located somewhere in New England. Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman, Elsa & Fred) is an orphan who has spent a good deal of time moving from foster home to foster home. Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward, Fan Girl) is the oldest of four children, and lives at home with her parents Walt (Bill Murray, Lost in Translation) and Laura (Frances McDormand, Fargo). They meet in 1964 at a church event (a performance of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde) and decide to become pen pals. Over the course of the next year, they write to each other about their assorted struggles at home and at school. In their letters, they planned to run away together and live by the ocean. Eventually, they fall in love and decide to run away together...

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton
Country: USA
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance


Commentary - in this brand new audio commentary, director Wes Anderson, co-writer Roman Coppola, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jake Ryan, and Peter Becker (Criterion) discuss how Moonrise Kingdom was shot in Rhode Island, the unique qualities of the different characters in the film, the intimate nature of the shooting process (as well as the decision to shoot on 16mm), the framing choices, how the title of the film was chosen, the evolution of the relationships between the adults (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), etc. The commentary was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2015.

The Making of "Moonrise Kingdom" - this featurette is broken into four segments that chronicle different phases of the production history of Moonrise Kingdom.

1. Exploring the Set - Martin Scali, who was Wes Anderson's assistant on Fantastic Mr. Fox, shot this segment in Newport, Rhode Island, during the filming of Moonrise Kingdom. In French and English, with optional English subtitles where necessary. (18 min, 1080p).

2. Storyboard Animatics and Narrator Tests - in English, not subtitled. (9 min, 1080p).

a) Opening Sequence
B) Church Flashback
c) The Island of New Penzance
d) The Island of St. Jack Wood

3. Auditions - screen tests with some of the child actors. In English, not subtitled. (5 min, 1080p).

4. Miniatures - a look at the special effects that are used during the flooding sequence. (2 min, 1080p).

Welcome to New Penzance - raw footage from various locations on the fictional island where key sequences from the film were shot. In English, not subtitled. (4 min, 1080p).

Set Tour with Bill Murray - Bill Murray introduces Wes Anderson's film and cast members on the sets in Newport, Rhode Island. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).

Benjamin Britten's "Noye's Fludde" - music extracts with archival photographs. 1958 photographs by Mark Kauffman courtesy of the LIFE Picture Collection/Getty. (2 min, 1080p).

Eleven iPhone Videos by Edward Norton - presented here is a gallery of home movies which Edward Norton made during the filming of Moonrise Kingdom. Also included with the movies is a brand new introduction by the American actor, which was filmed exclusively for Criterion's Blu-ray release. In English, not subtitled. (21 min, 1080i).

Animated Books - the narrator in Moonrise Kingdom, played by Bob Balaban, introduces shorts segments in which Suzy reads paragraphs from her six favorite books. In English, not subtitled. (5 min, 1080p).

Cousin Ben - additional footage with Jason Schwartzman's character, Cousin Ben. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).

Trailer - original trailer for Moonrise Kingdom. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:33:46 | 6.39 Gb + 3.81 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:34:02 | 30 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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