New Release: Rushmore Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Rushmore movie scene

Jason Schwartzman works it out on the blackboard in Rushmore.

The 1998 sophomore film from Wes Anderson (following Bottle Rocket, his 1996 directorial debut), Rushmore is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, quirky drama and screwball comedy.

The movie tells the story of 10th grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman, TV’s Bored to Death), who’s Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student — and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, Get Low).

Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore sets out to capture the pain and exuberance of adolescence, and it does a pretty good job of it.

Criterion’s Blu-ray edition contains a high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised by director Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.

All of the bonus features are available on Criterion’s previously issued DVD edition of the film. Here’s the list:

  • audio commentary by Anderson, co-writer Owen Wilson (Hall Pass) and actor Jason Schwartzman
  • The Making of “Rushmore,” an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson
  • Max Fischer Players Present: Theatrical “adaptations” of Armageddon, Out of Sight and The Truman Show, staged for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Anderson and actor Bill Murray
  • cast audition footage
  • Wes Anderson’s hand-drawn storyboards, plus a film-to-storyboard comparison
  • props, posters, behind-the-scenes photos and other graphic ephemera
  • original theatrical trailer
  • collectible poster
  • booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dave Kehr

Wilson, Schwartzman and Anderson were reunited in The Darjeeling Limited, which Criterion released on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 12, 2010.


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