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Criterion Collection: Bottle Rocket [Blu-ray] [1996] [Region A] [US Import]

Luke Wilson , Owen Wilson , Wes Anderson    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler, Haley Miller
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson
  • Producers: Andrew Wilson, Barbara Boyle, Cynthia Hargrave, James L. Brooks, L.M. Kit Carson
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EOQCL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,847 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bottle Rocket is a quietly daffy comedy that should have been an indie hit, but ended up being ignored by audiences. Too bad; it's a wonderfully sustained caper movie about friends whose career choice is all wrong. Low-key Anthony (Luke Wilson) and high-strung Dignan (Owen C Wilson--the two actors are brothers) are brought into a life of crime by Dignan's ambition to be a small-time thief. After a few amusingly laid-back trial burglaries, they (and a third buddy) find themselves over their heads when they hook up with an experienced crime boss (James Caan).

Because this movie is so relentlessly deadpan, you really have to be dialled in to its brand of humour--but you're once there, Bottle Rocket shoots off plenty of sparks. Above all, Owen Wilson's portrayal of Dignan is a terrifically original comic creation; Dignan is so sincerely focused on his goals that he can't see how completely absurd his ideas are. Owen Wilson, who has since made something of a trademark out of similarly knuckle-headed performances in everything from Armageddon to Starsky & Hutch, wrote the screenplay with director Wes Anderson. --Robert Horton



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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket away 1 Jan 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Taking a trip into Wes Anderson's head is like going into a parallel universe where most things are the same, but the nature of reality is just slightly warped. And that formula holds true for "Bottle Rocket," his first collaboration with actor Owen Wilson (who also stars), an absurdist crime caper.
Anthony (Luke Wilson) has just been released from a mental hospital after being treated for exhaustion ("You haven't worked a day in your life. How could you be exhausted?"). He hangs out with his idealistically weird pal Dignan (Owen Wilson), who has mapped out his life over the next 75 years. Dignan, having seen a TV special, has decided to become a master criminal.
First they recruitt the timid Bob (Bob Musgrave) as the getaway driver, as he is the only one who has a car. They practice for a while on smaller-time burglaries, such as robbing a bookstore -- then hiding out at a motel, where Anthony falls in love with the pretty South-American maid (Lumi Cavazos). However, the guys find themselves in hot water when they bump into a REAL crime boss (James Caan).
Wes Anderson's touch is a little rough in his movie debut, but it's that slightly unpolished touch that makes his offbeat style a delight here. For example, Anthony "escapes" from a hospital that he can leave anytime he wants. That unnecessarily complex opener sets the tone of the rest of the movie, of thrillseeking young men who are just a little out of sync with the rest of us.
Don't expect stupid puns, toilet humor and bad sex jokes. "Bottle Rocket" shares the dry, funny, erratic humor of Anderson's later movies. Not to mention a thousand funny little lines ("Bob stole his car!"). Anderson and Wilson avoid being self-consciously cool, in favor of being earnestly quirky.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket away 6 Sep 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Taking a trip into Wes Anderson's head is like going into a parallel universe where most things are the same, but the nature of reality is just slightly warped.

And while the world of "Bottle Rocket" -- Anderson's first collaboration with actor Owen Wilson -- is a little rough around the edges, the absurdist crime caper is a jewel. And while it sounds like yet another goofy comedy, Anderson's signature quirkiness is already in place -- a heavy dose of his dry, erratic, clever wit and some lovable misfit characters.

After being treated for exhaustion ("You haven't worked a day in your life. How could you be exhausted?"), Anthony (Luke Wilson) has just been released from a voluntary mental hospital.

His "rescuer" is his idealistically weird pal Dignan (Owen Wilson), who has decided to become a master criminal. To this end, he has created an elaborate 75-year plan of theft and heists. You can guess where that's going to take them. After an absurd first heist, they recruit the timid Bob (Bob Musgrave) as the getaway driver, as he is the only one who has a car.

And so the odd little trio practice for a while on smaller-time burglaries, such as robbing a bookstore and Anthony's own house -- then hiding out at a motel, where Anthony falls in love with the pretty South-American maid (Lumi Cavazos). However, the guys find themselves in hot water when they bump into a REAL master criminal (James Caan), and Bob bails out on them. The hot water is rising.

Comedic crime caper movies are hard to make, because of the need for balance between the criminal activities and the comedy... without making any of it too stupid or over the top.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Low-key, deadpan humor is the name of the game in this quirky comedy that is chock full of Wilson brothers. Owen wrote and starred in the film alongside brother Luke, and yet another Wilson brother plays a small role as their buddy's brother. Bottle Rocket is definitely a quirky little film, and its humor won't appeal to everyone. Inevitably, you'll either enjoy it or wonder why such a nothing story was ever made into a film. By this point, I have to come to terms with the fact that I am actually an Owen Wilson fan; I can't help it - the man's just extremely funny.
The story centers around Anthony (Luke Wilson), who just got out of a voluntary mental hospital, and his one-of-a-kind buddy Dignan (Owen Wilson). Dignan has big plans; in fact, he has the next fifty years charted out. This master plan of his calls for Dignan and Anthony to pull a few burglary jobs and thus impress the local landscaper (I mean, criminal mastermind) Mr. Henry (James Caan) so much that he makes them part of his crew. Dignan obsessively maps out each facet of his plans, treating them as daring capers of great importance, but Anthony and his friend Bob (Robert Musgrave) tend to get distracted rather easily. The first job, a little after-hours bookstore robbery, sort of succeeds despite itself, and the trio goes on the lamb until the supposed heat is off, holing up in a cheap motel out in the middle of nowhere. Here's where things start falling apart, at least insofar as Dignan is concerned. Bob's all worried about his brother having been arrested for the pot that Bob was growing in his own backyard, while Anthony falls in a rather pathetic - but awfully sweet - kind of love with Inez the housekeeper (Lumi Cavazos) - despite her limited knowledge of English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget five. This is a six star movie.
The last film by Wes Anderson I saw was Moonrise Kingdom (another total corker --check it out if you haven't) which, in it's extras featured brief mention of this film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bottle Rocket" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers...
Before he made the brilliantly funny "The Royal Tenebaums" - Wes Anderson made a big splash with "Bottle Rocket". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars couldn't get into it
i will have to try watching it again. can see some of wes andersons characters starting to form. but wasn't a tight enough plot for me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by nicola beattie
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss early film from Wes Anderson is still upbeat all the way.
This film does not get laboured with story or character, just breezes along instead. It's not so much of a moving painting as other Wes Anderson films (neither a good or a bad... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Young, Dumb and Criminal!
If you're an Owen wilson, Luke Wilson or Wes Anderson fan then I strongly reccomend this film as the Wilson brothers are extremaly good in these early roles(although playing... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by j.r
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and hilarious
Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson's first collaborative script, and it shows. Adapted from their short film of the same name, Bottle Rocket tells the tale of loveable... Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by parties
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, oddball first feature with hidden depths
A rambling, oddball shaggy dog story, but it packs some real emotion and laughs along the way. Terrific understated performances, and good use of images and music. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, oddball first feature with hidden depths
A rambling, oddball shaggy dog story, but it packs some real emotion and laughs along the way. Terrific understated performances, and good use of images and music. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes
its got all three wilson brothers, whats not to like. Wes Anderson makes great films.
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by JACEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Bottle Rocket - a charming debut
Martin Scorsese has called Wes Anderson's debut feature film "Bottle Rocket" one of his favorite films of the 1990s. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by NIMROD
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