BUENA VISTA has released a Special Edition via "CRITERION" of "THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU". As is typical with Wes Anderson's films, viewers will either "love" it or "hate" it. However, "LIFE AQUATIC" is even more polarizing in terms of its humor than any of his previous films, including "ROYAL TENNANBAUMS."
This reviewer "hated" "LIFE AQUATIC". It just never seemed to work! However, many others loved it. The cast is great and there are some innovative things taking place, but its humor is more understated than in Anderson's previous works, and "LIFE AQUATIC" just feels too smug with its humor. Murray stars as Zissou, a oceanographer out to kill the shark that killed his partner during filming of a documentary. Along the way, he's joined by his wife, a journalist, a young man who may be his son, and many other quirky characters.
Interspersed throughout the film are episodes involving violent pirates and more, but these moments seem more confusing and forced than engaging. Again, viewers will either love it and be engrossed in Andeson's world, or hate it, becoming bored very fast.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a great transfer, with rich, vibrant colors throughout. Anderson has always utilized great imagery, but never before has his color scheme been so beautiful as it is here.
BUENA VISTA has included a DTS mix along with the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Both are engaging, although surrounds are fairly restrained. The front soundstage has more than enough separation effects to enhance the film's atmosphere. While both mixes are fine, the DTS clearly offers more bass and range. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
The "2 disc" release offers much more than the audio commentary offered on the single disc presentation. There are a number of deleted scenes, featurettes and a lengthy documentary. Perhaps the best extra is the section offering Brazilian artist Seu Jorge's version of 10 Bowie Songs.