Rushmore Director’s Cut Coming to Criterion on Blu-Ray in November

Rushmore, ($39.95) the dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is 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) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization; it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

The film is due on Criterion Blu-ray on November 22, 2011 and contains the following features:

– New high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut supervised by director Wes Anderson

– Audio commentary by Anderson, cowriter Owen Wilson, 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

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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