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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [DVD]

Bill Murray , Owen Wilson , Wes Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe
  • Directors: Wes Anderson
  • Writers: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y2K2N2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,780 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Comedy adventure starring Bill Murray as internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou. Steve and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their last adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.


In The Life Aquatic, director Wes Anderson takes his familiar stable of actors on a field trip to a fantasy aquarium, complete with stop-motion, candy-striped crabs and rainbow seahorses. And though Anderson does expand his horizons in terms of retro-special effects and a whimsical use of color, fans will otherwise find themselves in well-charted waters. As The Life Aquatic opens, Zissou (Bill Murray), a self-involved, Jacques Cousteau-like filmmaker, has just released a documentary depicting the death of his best friend Esteban, who was eaten by some sort of sea creature--possibly a jaguar shark. Zissou’s troubles also include his waning popularity with the public, and a nemesis (Jeff Goldblum) who hogs up all the grant money. Hope arrives in the form of Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), an amiable Kentuckian who may be Zissou’s son. Despite his lack of enthusiasm for fatherhood, Zissou welcomes Ned--and Ned in turn saves Zissou’s new documentary (in which he seeks revenge on the jaguar shark) in more ways than one.

One of Wes Anderson’s greatest achievements as a director to date has been launching the autumnal melancholy phase of Bill Murray’s career, starting with Rushmore in 1998, and Murray delivers a similarly comedic yet low-key performance here. Unfortunately, Zissou is one of the few characters in this ensemble to achieve multi-dimensionality. Even co-star Wilson doesn’t get to develop Ned much beyond Noble Southerner, and he ends up seeming more like a prop for illustrating Zissou’s emotional development rather than his own man. The Life Aquatic probably won’t be remembered as a great film, but it is still one that no Anderson (or Murray) fan can afford to miss.--Leah Weathersby,

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Beautiful 17 April 2007
This is one of those movies, like Lost in Translation or Eternal Sunshine, that you are either going to love or hate. I don't think it will allow a middle ground. As such it's maybe one to rent before you buy.

It's also one of those films that are about nothing and everything all at the same time. So, at once, it's a fable about friendship, the difficulties (and rewards) of marriage, the insidious nature of professional jealousy, the pain and joy of fatherhood. But it's also about pursuing a dream in the face of ridicule. It's about camaraderie, bravery and foolhardiness.

But, arguably, it's also a critique on the sort of men who never grow up and who, metaphorically, will forever yearn to be the omniscient captain of a boat, venturing to sea to hide from their responsibilities and commitments.

And, then again, it's about the hunt for a great big fish.

Strange and beautiful. Frustrating and mystifying. Elegant and elegiac. Surreal and realistic. All of these things and none of them.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but great 24 Sep 2006
This is an unusual film, but all the better for it. If you have a dry, slightly offbeat sense of humour then this film will be perfect for you. Bill Murray is typically brilliant to watch and the rest of the cast add talent and flair to their roles. Yes it is kooky, and yes it is a little slow at times, but it is original and different and I love it for that alone. Give it a try, you've nothing to lose.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I must protest! 10 Aug 2006
I don't normally review DVDs, but having read the other reviews I feel very strongly that I must stand up for this lovely film. Like Wes Anderson's other masterpiece "The Royal Tennenbaums", this film defies categorisation: if you are looking for a straigtforward action, drama, comedy or romance, you will probably be disappointed, yet this film contains all of those elements and a great deal more, and who wants straightforward anyway? I found the film beautiful, touching, lyrical, astute and very, very funny. If you can appreciate it's unique visual language and subtle humour, you will be richly rewarded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strange, very strange 7 Dec 2006
i absolutely loved it. although i am a massive bill murray fan. still not completely sure wot the point of the film is. murray is excellent, the rest of the cast are great and the music is inspired. give me a red hat and some speedos. watch it. you know you want to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste Worth Acquiring 25 April 2007
Let's start by saying if you only like Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters" then this probably isn't for you. If you like deadpan dry humour with a truly quirky view of the world then it probably is. This was the first Wes Anderson film I saw and I have since seen "Rushmore" which I also like. This really is something else, however.

From the opening shot of the strange cut open boat you should be prepared for something different. There's plenty here to enjoy. The cast is uniformly good and whilst it's not a laugh out loud kind of movie it does manage to be quite funny at times. Too many good performances here to pick out many but Owen Wilson is effectively dorky and Angelica Houston manages to out-deadpan Bill Murray which is quite a feat. Additionally you also have the wonderful Seu Jorge interpreting Bowie songs in all manner of places. Incidentally, if you buy the 2 disc set and you can watch the full performances of each of the songs too.

I really enjoyed this film and freely admit it includes a good many ingredients I enjoy in a movie - some of which I've listed above - and would recommend it to anyone who likes something a little different. It is a slow paced quietly funny film which demands your patience. An acquired taste, but one well worth acquiring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars buy it. 19 Feb 2006
This film is fantastic. missed it in the cinema, finally got around to being persuaded to watch it on dvd this evening, and am just about to buy it an hour later. Its just awesome. Very subtle at times, but still really nice audio and visual gags, completely over the top and brilliantly stupid at others. Everyone is perfect in this. no-one completely steals the show, because it seems everyone manages too at different times. perfect silly/feel good/want-to-be-an-old-adventurer-taking-on-the-world inducing stuff. just buy it, watch it, and then find yourself some speedos and a red hat. relax and enjoy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Order your red cap and speedo's 22 Oct 2006
By zissou
This film is most definitely not made for the mainstream, however it has to be ranked as one of the best films of recent years. A strong cast with Wes Anderson at the helm, the pace is somewhat sluggish but this is only beneficial to the quirky and unusual nature of the film. Bill Murray leads his team on the quest to find the Jaguarshark that killed his working partner. Along the way he must come to terms with the arrival of what may possibly be his son (Owen Wilson), derision from a journalist along for the ride and some joyful competitiveness with his rival in both work and love (Jeff Goldblum). The imagery is striking and the narrative is bittersweet and effecting. For those of the necessary disposition this will be one of your collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very good film 29 Aug 2006
By Jjbrown
I had to write a review for this film because of the other reviews I've just read. Non of them mention 1 very important aspect of this film.

Yes it's quirky and yes it is very funny, but it is also a very emotive film. I don't cry often, being a big butch man, but this film has made me cry - twice. (The only other film that has succeeded in doing this is the big lebouski, when they scatter Donny's ashes).

So, if you like to laugh and like your films shot with imagination with very real characters, no matter how unbelievable the situations they are placed, then watch this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars replacement for lost DVD as my boyfriend's favourite Wes Anderson film
replacement for lost DVD as my boyfriend's favourite Wes Anderson film, but he can't remember who he lent it to (plonker)
Published 7 days ago by Emily Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Fantastic film, one of Wes Anderson's best.
Published 17 days ago by Oli Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is different under water
As 'off the wall' as they come. Bill Murray is great as Steve Zissou, the undersea explorer searching for the jaguar shark. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
a word i use alot when describing wes anderson films is quaint and that applies here again in an odd film, heck odd is another word i use alot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sean paul mccann
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as good as the Budapest hotel, but worth having in my collection for its small price
Published 2 months ago by Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought because of the film Director
I can't comment because it is a gift for someone else. He loves this director so I am pretty sure it will be a thumbs up.
Published 2 months ago by Gimartin
1.0 out of 5 stars ... think this may possibly be one of the first worst films ever made...
I think this may possibly be one of the first worst films ever made featuring a cast of generally very accomplished actors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Skylark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an adventure!
I've had the DVD (PAL & NTSC) of this film for many years and was never very happy with the video quality. I presumed it was the film itself but I was wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange
A strange film with lots of arrows pointing to its messages. The best bit was the music - I got the soundtrack as I was so impressed.
Published 4 months ago by ALISON IN FRANCE
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