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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
  • Producers: Wes Anderson, Alexandre Desplat, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,001 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IONUN34
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is a British-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson and tells the story of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between WW1 and WW2 and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his most trusted protégé… An all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson.

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177 of 187 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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129 of 141 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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96 of 107 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A riot. Funny, sad, original, quirky, brilliant, intelligent, unusual, charming and most entertaining. A lament to the decline of sophistication and the rise of military barbarism. This is the cultural world that Stefan Zweig saw disappearing into the twilight.

Fiennes, in his role as Gustave H, the hotel master concierge, excels in the lead role in a film that was tailor made for his acting talents.

The movie was not shot in Budapest itself. (I would not describe Budapest as even remotely alpine, no more than London is.) The location was in the obscure East German town of Görlitz, lying on the border with Poland. The Grand Budapest Hotel is actually the Görlitzer Warenhaus, a stylish 1913 Art Nouveau department store in the city centre. A few films have been shot in Görlitz over the past few years. So much so that locals have begun calling the town "Gorliwood".

The extras on the DVD are worth looking at too. One of them features, in engrossing detail, the making of the pastry that appears in the film. The three-tiered "Courtesan au Chocolat" (!), a calorific sugar nightmare, consisting of three profiteroles, bursting with chocolate and cream.

A highly recommended movie.

Amazon Update 13th January 2015:-

The Grand Budapest Hotel has just won a Golden Globe award for best motion picture (comedy or musical).

Another Amazon Update 16th January 2015. The Grand Budapest Hotel has been Oscar nominated for Best Picture 2015.
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