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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y2K2N2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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, Amazon.com

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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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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2006
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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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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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By pjr VINE VOICE on 25 April 2007
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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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After seeing Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, I was looking forward to seeing Wes Anderson's next film, the intriguingly titled `Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'.

The film follows the ever great Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, sort of a cross between Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, as he sets out in his improbable ship with his improbable crew to track down the shark that ate his friend, while funding the trip by making a film about it. He also has to find a way to relate to Ned, who may or may not be his son and unexpectedly turns up.

As usual with an Anderson film it is filled with odd directorial quirkiness, which at times gives it an almost surreal air. Bill Murray and the rest of the talented cast (Jeff Goldblum, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe and that old trouper Michael Gambon especially) fit right in with the fell of the film and really deliver in line with the directors vision.

Co-written with Noah Baumbach (never to be forgiven for `Margot at the Wedding') instead of his usual collaborator Owen Wilson, there is a somewhat different feel to this film than to Anderson's previous works. There is an action element, with a sense of real danger for the characters that sits at odds with the surreal and almost sweet nature of much of the rest of the film.

In all 4 stars. There is some great stuff here, especially Bill Murray's portrayal of the an on the edge Zissou, but there are elements of the film that sit uneasily with the rest adn feel out of place. These are so jarring that a star has to be docked.

The Portuguese renderings of classic David Bowie tracks are a real highlight.
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After seeing Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, I was looking forward to seeing Wes Anderson's next film, the intriguingly titled `Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'.

The film follows the ever great Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, sort of a cross between Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, as he sets out in his improbable ship with his improbable crew to track down the shark that ate his friend, while funding the trip by making a film about it. He also has to find a way to relate to Ned, who may or may not be his son and unexpectedly turns up.

As usual with an Anderson film it is filled with odd directorial quirkiness, which at times gives it an almost surreal air. Bill Murray and the rest of the talented cast (Jeff Goldblum, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe and that old trouper Michael Gambon especially) fit right in with the fell of the film and really deliver in line with the directors vision.

Co-written with Noah Baumbach (never to be forgiven for `Margot at the Wedding') instead of his usual collaborator Owen Wilson, there is a somewhat different feel to this film than to Anderson's previous works. There is an action element, with a sense of real danger for the characters that sits at odds with the surreal and almost sweet nature of much of the rest of the film.

In all 4 stars. There is some great stuff here, especially Bill Murray's portrayal of the an on the edge Zissou, but there are elements of the film that sit uneasily with the rest adn feel out of place. These are so jarring that a star has to be docked.

The Portuguese renderings of classic David Bowie tracks are a real highlight.
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