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The Darjeeling Limited [DVD] [2007]

Owen Wilson , Adrien Brody , Wes Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OTROI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Wes Anderson's comic Indian road-movie, set on a train, follows three brothers on a road-to-nowhere as they try to bond with one another after the death of their father. Trying to rekindle their sibling affections, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) Whitman travel across India to meet up with their mother (Anjelica Huston), who has forsaken western life to become a nun in the Himalayas. Along the way, the hapless brothers fall victim to a range of mishaps, involving, among other things, pepper spray and an unhealthy fondness for pharmaceuticals, as their well-intentioned trip spirals out of control.


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,

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 13 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tea for three 8 Jun 2009
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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual journey 1 Mar 2014
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Three brothers on a journey across India by train, discover more about themselves and their wider family. They're not particularly likeable - in fact I actively disliked one character and started to warm to the others only in the final scenes. However, there's so much that's incredibly engaging and charming about this film - that loving the main characters is not a deal breaker in loving the whole film.

Why does this film work so well for me? it's the pace and the rhythm of the journey - not too fast, not too slow, as the train winds through the hot, dry, terrain; the carefully selected music, from some of the iconic films of Indian cinema and the amazing shots of India. There's the contrast of the dysfunctional Western brothers with the scenes of everyday life in both Indian city and village and some amazing performances by young actors and extras who clearly just absorbed the drama around them.
Shot with care and craft in what at times must have been challenging circumstances - I think this will become one of my all time favourites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars All aboard!
An off-beat family drama set in wonderful scenery and delightfully acted. Highly recommended
Published 1 day ago by Inimay Naelcam
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Bad acting and predictable plot, better off staying with his latest movies like Hotel Budapest, no comparison
Published 7 days ago by Aviaja
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
At first it is quite funny but then it becomes a chore to watch.
Published 10 days ago by Isiwizzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Wes Anderson's finest.
Published 1 month ago by Nell
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly boring film about nothing
The film is terribly boring, nothing like The Grand Budapest Hotel of the same director.
Nothing happens, it is not funny, just a waste of time and money.
Published 1 month ago by Joeri G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like Wes Anderson films you'll love this...he is a master at visuals and a quirky pace
Published 1 month ago by Jane Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it
Unwatchable. Need I say more.
Published 1 month ago by astute customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Typical Wes Anderson, a bit all over the place. Funny/sad and a lovely look at India.
Published 2 months ago by Versailles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant :-)
Published 2 months ago by james craik
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 months ago by ALISON PARR
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