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"The Darjeeling Limited" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

The Darjeeling Limited is about three brothers, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) who reunite on a train travelling through India. The three brothers haven't seen eachother since their father's funeral. They are headed to see their mother (Anjelica Huston) and to experience "spiritual self-discovery," according to Francis.  Jack has written a short story that parallels his life, although he denies that, and he ends up meeting and hooking up with one of the train's stewardess'.  The brother's fight over who was their father's favorite, while throughout the movie there are flashbacks to the moments before their father's funeral. During which, the brothers decide to stop and pick up their dad's porsche from a repair shop.

Specifications

  • Criterion
  • 2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston
  • Directed by Wes Anderson
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The Darjeeling Limited is a character and dialog driven movie and not much really happens. This may turn many viewers off, but the performances by the cast, witty dialog, and beautiful direction make this movie exceptional.

Technical

Excellent video quality based on a Spirit 4k Datacine transfer approved by Director Wes Anderson.  Sound Quality is excellent as well.

Extras

A bevy of extras are presented in this Criterion edition, that truely lives up to the Criterion name. The short film "Hotel Chevalier", a prologue to The Darjeeling Limited, is also included.