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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (889 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JAQJNN0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,576 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel [Blu-ray]

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167 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Dr Nick on 20 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Witty, funny, clever and engaging, and yet with an undercurrent of tragedy and loss that is achingly poignant in places. This film tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a young Lobby Boy and his mentor, the hotel concierge, played to perfection by Ralph Fiennes as Monsieur Gustav H. The story is told in multiple flashback from the present (?) to the 1930's, like peeling back the layers of an onion and centres on the story of his induction into the Grand Hotel Budapest as told by an aged Zero (the Lobby Boy) to an author in the late 1960's. He recounts his adventures with M. Gustav during the early 1930's, in a fictional eastern European republic, when the Grand Hotel, still clinging to a ghost of its turn-of-the Century heyday, is run by the almost bi-polar M. Gustav (poetry-reading Victorian prim one second, swearing like a trooper the next) who likes to see to his lady guests 'every' need, no matter how old they are.

Murder, mayhem, mystery and prison ensue, with a host of marvellous supporting actors, while M.Gustav, ably assisted by Zero, remains unflappable and downright funny to boot. Despite all the comedy, there is no fairy-tale ending. The spectre of 1930's dictatorships and war hovers at the edges of the story and the sadness and loss, not just of friends and loved ones, but of a whole way of life and 'how it used to be' in the words of the aged Zero, is palpable and very touching without detracting at all from the comedy that went before it.

A great film with great actors, that works on so many levels. Definitely one to buy and watch again.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
We all know that some films are good, some are bad, and others you feel completely indifferent about. But at times something comes along that is just that extra bit special and makes you sit up and take notice, The Grand Budapest Hotel being one of these special films. With larger than life characters, a story that is slightly unreal and wonderfully set, this is a film to be relished rather than just watched whilst having a nibble.

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave is in magnificent form as the concierge of the magnificent Grand Budapest Hotel. As he finds that a new lobby boy, Zero, has been employed, he takes him under his wing and teaches him the ropes. But this is 1932 in an Eastern European country, and things start to change with the world and its leaders. When Gustave is accused of murder this starts to swing into a slightly screwball tale of imprisonment, escape and proving your innocence. Both funny and thoughtful this conjures up the world at a certain time in history, namely that before and throughout two World Wars, and the coming of an even newer Communistic leadership.

Told with aplomb this is a story that will more than keep your attention, with great acting throughout, and a very entertaining storyline. Dedicated to Stefan Zweig this is a wonderful tribute in some ways, and how he described the world that he lived in with all its problems. It has to be admitted that Ralph Fiennes steals this film with the role of Gustave, a man well connected, of dubious sexuality, and also being able to act the perfect gentleman and servant.

This DVD does come with subtitles as well as a few extras. If you want to know how to make one of those little confections from Mendl’s you will find the recipe in these extras, as well as some featurettes, etc. In all this is really a wonderful film that I should think will end up on your favourites list.
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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
For all the times I watch mediocre attempts at comedy, I am rewarded with films such as this, "The Grand Budapest Hotel", which is not only visually stunning, it is also the most amusing comedy farce!

Ah Wes Anderson, his films overflow with elaborate detail and occur in their own enchanting world. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is my new classic - it is a wedding cake of a film, it is filled with eccentrics and lunatics and oddballs. It looks delightful, it is delicious!

The film also reminded me why I once fell in love with Ralph Fiennes - he shines in the rare comic role as M. Gustave, a concierge who brilliantly survives between gentlemen and criminals, whose language is a mix of politeness and filth and high poetry and swearing. Yes, his poetry never leaves him, even when M. Gustave finds himself in the middle of murder investigation of a rich woman (the loyal guest of the hotel and his lover, one of many) who (potentially) bequeathed all her property to him. At M. Gustave's side is his loyal apprentice, Zero (and I applaud the newcomer Toni Revolori and his moustache-drawing skills!), and what M. Gustave would do without him!

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a winning whimsical comedy with star appearances of Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray (the moustache!), Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton etc. etc. It challenges your sense of humour - and I dare you not to love it! It's a celebration. Perhaps of a time and age long gone.
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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2014
Format: DVD
Writers and concierges are at the center of director Wes Anderson's nostalgic film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel". Most of the film is set an a large, pink facaded, luxurious hotel, the Grand Budapest, on mountain peaks in a fictitious European country, Zubrowka, during the years leading up to WW II. When the film opens, the hotel has fallen upon hard times with only lonely writers and intellectuals as patrons in a quest for solitude. One of the hotel's few patrons, a visiting novelist, strikes up a conversation with a mysterious individual who proves to be the hotel owner and a long yarn unfolds. The film features three generations of concierges, the young man on duty when the story begins, the primary character and the concierge during the time of most of the story, Monsieur Gustav H, (Ralph Fiennes), and his young refuge protégé and eventual owner of the Grand Budapest, Zero Moustapha (Tony Revolon as a boy, F. Murray Abraham as an elderly man).

The plot is a mixture of action and mayhem. Gustave H. is a suave successful concierge who manages to bed many of the elderly dowagers staying at the hotel. When one of these women dies under suspicious circumstances, she leaves Gustave a near-priceless painting while her family tries to frame Gustave for the murder. Gustave and Zero become fast friends and allies and try to protect and clear themselves. In the meanwhile, shadows of war cross Europe and the Grand Budapest Hotel.

The fast-paced plot has its light elements similar to the pastry concoctions which contribute a great deal to it. It has a distinctly nostalgic feel for a Europe which, as one character remarks, had already essentially disappeared at the time the action took place.
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