Blu-ray, DVD Release: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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George Clooney provides the voice of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Fantastic Mr. Fox—the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal—is a 2009 animated comedy adventure film adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel and directed by Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom).

A meticulous work of stop-motion animation, it features voice performances by George Clooney (The Descendants), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Jason Schwartzman (TV’s Bored to Death), Willem Dafoe (John Carter), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), and Bill Murray (Get Low).

A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox (Clooney) settles down with his family at a new foxhole in a beautiful tree directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms—owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. It’s quite a tempting proposition, and Mr. Fox simply cannot resist…

The critically-lauded PG-rated  film was release in U.S. theaters in November, 2009 to a healthy domestic box office gross of $21 million.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the movie includes the following features:

• New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring Anderson
• Storyboard animatics for the entire film
• Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score
• Interviews with cast and crew
• Puppet animation tests
• Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets
• Animated awards acceptance speeches
• Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based
• Gallery of Dahl’s original manuscripts
• Discussion and analysis of the film
• Stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring a new essay; a 2002 article on Dahl’s Gipsy House by Anderson; White Cape, a comic book used as a prop in the film; and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.