DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Special Edition of Kam’s #1 Film of 2007 Released on DVD
The Whitman brothers haven’t spoken to each other since their dad died a year ago. This isn’t surprising, given the sibling rivalry which survived well past their childhood. The tension emanates from a deep-seated dysfunction which has the eldest, control freak Francis (Owen Wilson), always dominating Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman).
So, of course, it would be Francis who’s orchestrated every detail of their joint sojourn across
These brothers’ goal is to settle their differences while traveling across the subcontinent’s desert aboard the Darjeeling Limited, a train outfitted with little in the way of modern amenities. Besides spending quality time with each other, the Whitmans also want to track down their Born Again mother who has changed her name to Sister Patricia (Anjelica Huston) and lives in a convent in the foothills of the
But getting there is all the fun in The Darjeeling Limited, a quirky character-driven dramedy coming courtesy of Wes Anderson. The film is the droll director’s best since Rushmore, and earned the #1 spot on this critic’s Top Ten List of 2007.
It helps immeasurably that
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated R for profanity.
Running time: 91 minutes
Studio: Criterion Collection
DVD Extras: New high-definition digital transfer approved by director Wes Anderson, short film “Hotel Chevalier,” audio commentary featuring Anderson and co-writers, behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman, Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film's music, Anderson's American Express commercial, on-set footage shot by Roman Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia, video essay by critic Matt Zoller Seitz, audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, stills galleries, original theatrical trailer, plus an insert featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and illustrations by Eric Chase Anderson.