Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Squid and the Whale

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 22, 2016
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion


With excruciating honesty, the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale chronicles the experiences of two young brothers growing up in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, as they navigate the jagged contours of the divorce of their parents, both writers.

Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney in The Squid and The Whale

Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney in The Squid and The Whale

The acclaimed third feature by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha) marked a critical development for the filmmaker as he turned toward an increasingly personal style-a move that garnered him an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay.

Shot in Super 16 mm and featuring a quartet of nuanced, understated performances from Jeff Daniels (Something Wild), Laura Linney (Mr. Holmes), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), and Owen Kline, this comic and poignant drama, peppered with autobiographical elements, deftly captures the heartache and confusion of a fracturing family.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions include the following:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Yeoman and director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Baumbach and actors Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, and Laura Linney
  • New conversation about the score and other music in the film between Baumbach and composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
  • Behind “The Squid and the Whale,” a 2004 documentary featuring on-set footage and cast interviews
  • Audition footage
  • Trailers
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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.