Review: Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“They Don’T Make Concierges Like Him Anymore”

By Raymond Benson

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was this reviewer’s favorite film of 2014, and what a delight it is. The brilliant and amazing cast. The gorgeous colors and production design and engaging music. The wit and “history.” The subtle stream of melancholy that runs through the subtext. In short, this is a Wes Anderson picture to the Nth Degree, a masterwork that defines the director’s output after, at the time of release, nearly twenty years in the business.

As expected, The Criterion Collection does a bang-up job in presenting this marvelous movie in a superb product that contains the film in a 2K digital transfer supervised by Anderson with a 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack, tons of supplements, and cool pieces of ephemera in a nifty package.

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