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The Darjeeling Limited [DVD] [2007]

Owen Wilson , Adrien Brody , Wes Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
  • Producers: Alice Bamford, Anadil Hossain, Jeremy Dawson, Jerome Rucki
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, HiFi Sound, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OTROI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Family tension again provides dramatic comedy in Wes Anderson's new film, The Darjeeling Limited, about three American brothers travelling by train to find their reclusive mother in rural India. Like The Royal Tenenbaums, this film succeeds because of its smart, funny script in addition to the visual beauty of India and its luxurious locomotive transportation. In Darjeeling, the oldest brother, Francis (Owen Wilson), blackmails his two younger siblings, Peter (Adrien Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman), into travelling to a monastery where their mother, Patricia (Anjelica Huston), has been in hiding as a nun. Supposedly embarking on a spiritual quest, the three men reminisce about the recent death of their father, and the family's irreconcilable problems previous to their reunification. Though they do find Patricia, Francis, Peter, and Jack grow immensely from another brush with death, this time an Indian boy they try to rescue, giving the film an added conceptual depth that Anderson's previous films have been accused of lacking.

Co-written by Roman Coppola, The Darjeeling Limited is a finely-tuned critique of American materialism, emotional vacuity, and lack of spiritualism, presented in ironic twists and gorgeous cinematography and lighting recalling Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller. A lovely, poignant sequence occurs while the three brothers attend a traditional Indian funeral, and flash back to their father's one year prior. Moreover, the film's soundtrack culled from Satyajit Ray's films and vintage Kinks gives the film a timeless feel, removing it from the predictable indie rock scoring of independent releases. By far Anderson's best film thus far, The Darjeeling Limited offers a much-needed dose of cultural self-reflection, pillared against India's ever-evolving yet ancient religious backbone. --Trinie Dalton, Amazon.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Darjeeling Limited has to be one of the oddest films I have seen recently, and one of the best. In typical Wes Anderson style it is the tale of redemption and salvation for a dysfunctional family, told in the quirkiest manner possible.

Three brothers who have not spoken since the funeral of their father a year before set off on a journey across India by train. Ostensibly planned by one of them as a journey of self discovery and spiritual healing, the real goal is even deeper and more meaningful.

The film follows the brother's adventures and misadventures as they travel towards their destination. The planned spiritual experiences have limited effect, but after a seismic cataclysm befalls them they slowly start to realise what is important in life and all three start to find the spiritual healing they all need. It's a beautifully told story of discovery, both of the self and of the wider world. Written and directed by an in form Wes Anderson, and featuring some excellent performances from the three leads this is a film that sticks in the memory and manages to deliver a message without being preachy. There is also a great cameo from Anderson regular Bill Murray.

Five stars, no hesitation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eclectic and refreshingly different 1 Sep 2012
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It beggars belief how this movie has got only 3 and a 1/2 stars from other people. ...But I am not other people. This movie is about relationships. It follows the fragile and volatile relationships of three materially privileged brothers (they were raised in a disfunctional family) as they come together to partake in a 'spiritual' journey. It is surely an acquired taste. But how refreshing for those who tire of the way most movies these days seem to be crammed with computer animation and effects and nauseatingly fast action. The soundtrack works well, with an eclectic, bohemian mix of classical, and mostly sixties pop/rock (such as 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely' by Peter Sarstedt, who was himself raised in Darjeeling with several other brothers). I will not attempt yet another long account and critique of the story. The more complimentary reviews here accomplish that more than competently. But if you like the idea of a quirky, often touching comedy, set against the colourful backdrop of old-world India, this could be for you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tea for three 8 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
Having always liked the sound of Wes Anderson's films, `The Life Aquatic' and `The Royal Tenenbaums' both failed to live up to my expectations, despite the latter being a commercial and critical success. His archetypal studies of the human condition through damaged characters and dysfunctional families, is an acquired taste, but I've always been drawn to the intelligence and warmth inherent in his movies; despite their flaws.

The Darjeeling Limited follows the fortunes of three American brothers who have been estranged for years and who all meet up on the eponymous train travelling across India, in order to repair their fractured relationship and to simply be brothers again. Owen Wilson is the domineering older brother, Francis, whilst Adrian Brody and Jason Schwartzman play the younger siblings. Francis' regimented behaviour - at one point even telling the others what they should order from the buffet car menu - soon causes the newly renewed relationship to fracture; this is compounded by the brothers' crazy behaviour getting them kicked off the train by the irate steward.
Eventually, after a further series of trials and bonding moments, the three find their mother - who abandoned them as children - and an emotional reunion takes place. This being a Wes Anderson film though it's not that straightforward, and through flashback we see how the three became estranged in the first place.

The film is a hit and miss affair overall, but I found it altogether warmer and more engaging than the director's previous works. The three actors work well together, and with a brief cameo from Bill Murray and plenty of humourous moments on the train, this is very watchable and not a little entertaining.

The main feature is preceded by a brief film titled `Hotel Chevalier'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good all round. 26 Aug 2008
By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
If you've seen Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" and "Royal Tennenbaums", you will be very familiar with his style of movie making. I certainly enjoyed this film. For me it doesn't quite match the wit, charm of Royal Tennenbaums, but it's very close, and the elements of Humanity are certainly equal to its predecessors. The use of visual metaphors and the skilled use of music to heighten key points of the story, is very effective in Darjeeling Limited. I really like the characters of the three brothers and was very moved by the section of the film when they stay in the village (I won't say too much because I want to avoid spoilers). The acting is superb and natural throughout, by all the cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darjeeling Limited / Hotel Chevalier 21 Jun 2013
By David
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I love all of Wes Anderson's films, (particularly his last four none animated productions), which have all, in their own way, been very different from one another and each a joy to watch a number of times. Quirky, funny, moving, unusual, charming, brilliantly cast, scripted, designed and shot. This however, is his best work to date. Some will disagree no doubt, but I love this one a little more than the rest. Watch the short Hotel Chevalier first, as it really adds something to the main feature. Enjoy !!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars With the cast as good as these are I was bored after 10 mins ...
Disappointing. With the cast as good as these are I was bored after 10 mins but persevered - it was not enjoyable.
Published 2 days ago by ALISON PARR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by lorraine milner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A little long winded but worth a watch.
Published 23 days ago by donna kington
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and not "American" at all
Fantasic film. Very funny and not "American" at all. Great!
Published 1 month ago by C. Schaars
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great actors, funny and original screenplay
Published 1 month ago by Sara Cattarin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quirky and offbeat but not as good as The Royal Tennenbaums
Published 1 month ago by Peter Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and
Truly Original, Touching, Funny and Sad
Published 1 month ago by Critic-101
1.0 out of 5 stars ONE BITTEN-TWICE SHY
This being the first time to view a Wes Allen movie will certanly be the last. An experience not to be wished on one's worst enemy !
Published 1 month ago by An Old Greybeard
1.0 out of 5 stars Wierd film
Perhaps I did not wait long enough but after 30 mins of perservering with what I can only say was a very slow, very weird film I gave up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's really great, it arrived really quickly (the next day) and i just absolutely love all of Wes Anderson's films
Published 3 months ago by Laurence
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