Blu-ray, DVD: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The Grand Budapest HotelKing of quirky films Wes Anderson (Rushmore) wowed critics and moviegoers with his comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The film gathers a bunch of stars, led by Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman) as Gustave H., the legendary concierge at the famous European hotel. Inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig, the movie follows Gustave’s many adventures with the lobby boy (Tony Revolori, The Perfect Game) who becomes Gustave’s most trusted friend.

Together they must hold the hotel together amidst the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting, battle for an enormous family fortune and a changing Continent between two wars.

Rated R, the rest of the cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel also includes F. Murray Abraham (Inside Llewyn Davis), Adrien Brody (Wrecked), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), Harvey Keitel (The Last Godfather), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Bill Murray (Get Low), Edward Norton (Red Dragon), Saoirse Ronan (Byzantium), Jason Schwartzman (TV’s Bored to Death), Tilda Swinton (The Man From London), Owen Wilson (Hall Pass) and Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys). Phew!
The film was highly praised by both critics and moviegoers, earning 92% and 89% approval, respectively, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The Grand Budapest Hotel grossed a tidy $52 million in theaters, Anderson’s second-highest-grossing movie after 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Blu-ray box

Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include:

  • “Bill Murray Tours the Town”
  • “Kunstmuseum Zubrowka Lecture”
  • “The Society of the Crossed Keys”
  • “The Making of The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • “Part 1 – The Story”
    • “Part 2 – The Society of the Crossed Keys”
    • “Part 3 – Creating the Hotel”
    • “Part 4 – Creating a World”
  • “Mendl’s Secret Recipe”
  • promotional featurettes “Cast” and “Wes Anderson”
  • stills gallery
  • and digital copy on the Blu-ray.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.