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Criterion Release: Moonrise Kingdom

September 29, 2015

By John Corrado

Moonrise Kingdom Blu-rayWes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom was rereleased on Blu-ray last week, through the Criterion Collection.  Narrated by Bob Balaban, the film follows Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) and young booklover Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), a pair of twelve year olds who fall in love and run away together, prompting a search party to try and find them, under the dedicated guidance of Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) and Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton).

Having never hit a wrong note throughout his unique body of work, Wes Anderson deserves recognition as one of our finest filmmakers, and Moonrise Kingdom is among his most beloved films, a delightful adventure and touching romance that has resonated deeply with both critics and audiences since it was first released in 2012.

With memorably unique characters, a great cast all performing in perfectly choreographed unison, and frame after frame of gorgeously composed visuals that masterfully evoke feelings of nostalgia, this is a true work of art, that ranks as one of the most unforgettable coming of age films in recent memory.  A natural fit for the Criterion Collection, that continues their proud tradition of doing justice to Wes Anderson’s films, this beautifully packaged set really is the definitive edition of Moonrise Kingdom, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.  My original review of the film can be found right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a new commentary track featuring Wes Anderson, co-writer Roman Coppola and cast members Bill Murray and Edward Norton, a series of home movies that Edward Norton filmed on set, and multiple other featurettes.  The package also comes with a nicely illustrated booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a selection of comments from various young writers, as well as a foldout map of New Penzance Island, where the film takes place.

Moonrise Kingdom is 94 minutes and rated PG.

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