The Squid and the Whale 2005 Criterion Collection
The Beekman family is coming apart at the seams in 1986 Brooklyn. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is an academic and once-celebrated novelist who has a tendency to exaggerate his own importance. For example, he refers to Kafka as "one of my predecessors." Currently, his creativity is at a low ebb just as his wife, Joan (Laura Linney), is about to publish her first novel.
After 17 years of marriage, they are separating. Their two sons are not taking the separation very well at all. Sixteen-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) feels closer to his father and mouths his opinions about F. Scott Fitzgerald and other famous writers. He is very angry at his mother and blames her for breaking up the family. Twelve year-old Frank (Owen Kline) knows that his father has a bond with Walt that he can never match; he sides with his mother.

BD50 + 2xDVD | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:21:26 | 38 Gb + 9.2 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, William Baldwin
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Extras:

Noah Baumbach - new interviews with director Baumbach (28 min).

Jeff Daniels - in this brand new video interview, actor Jeff Daniels recalls how he was cast to play Bernard Berkman in The Squid and the Whale and how the film redirected his career, and discusses his initial impressions of the script for the film, Noah Baumbach's vision of the film before it was completed, his interactions with the rest of the cast members, etc. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in Michigan in August 2016. In English, not subtitled. (8 min).

Revisiting "The Squid and the Whale" - in this brand new documentary, actors Laura Linney (Joan Berkman), Owen Kline (Frank Berkman), and Jesse Eisenberg (Walt Berkman) recall how they joined The Squid and the Whale, and discuss their interactions with Noah Baumbach before and during the shooting of the film, some of the interesting dilemmas their characters face in the film, the brittle balance between comedy and drama, the impact the film had on their lives, etc. The documentary was produced by Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (21 min).

Auditions - presented here is raw footage from five auditions. In English, not subtitled.
1. Walt and Frank. Owen Kline and Jesse Eisenberg. (4 min).
2. "Do You Like Franz Kafka?". Jesse Eisenberg and Halley Feiffer. (4 min).
3. "Not an Intellectual". Jesse Eisenberg and Halley Feiffer. (4 min).
4. " Don't Be Difficult". Jesse Eisenberg and Halley Feiffer. (3 min).
5. "I Know it's Over". Jesse Eisenberg and Halley Feiffer. (8 min).

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips - in this recorded conversation, director Noan Baumbach and composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips recall how the soundtrack of The Squid and the Whale came to exist and discuss the role specific music themes have in it (from Pink Floyd to Tangerine Dream). The conversation was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (14 min).

Behind The Squid and the Whale - this archival piece features raw footage from the shooting of The Squid and the Whale in Brooklyn and clips from interviews with various cast members. It was shot by Nico Baumbach in 2005. In English, not subtitled. (10 min).

Trailers - two original trailers for The Squid and the Whale. In English, not subtitled. (5 min).

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