Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 28, 2020
Price: DVD $21.99, Blu-ray $27.37
Studio: Criterion

King of quirky films Wes Anderson (Rushmore) wowed critics and moviegoers with his 2015 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!

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

* 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New audio commentary featuring Anderson, filmmaker Roman Coppola, and actor Jeff Goldblum
* Selected-scene storyboard animatics
The Making of “The Grand Budapest Hotel, a new documentary about the film
* New interviews with the cast and crew
* Video essays from 2015 and 2020 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz and film scholar David Bordwell
* Behind-the-scenes, special-effects, and test footage
* Trailer
* Two pieces by critic Richard Brody and (with the Blu-ray) a double-sided poster and other ephemera


Buy or Rent The Grand Budapest Hotel

About Laurence

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.