Criterion will release The Royal Tenenbaums ($40) on Blu-Ray on August 14, 2012.
Synopsis: Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from Wes Anderson.
-Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Audio commentary by Anderson
– With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles, featuring Anderson
-Interviews with and behind-the-scenes footage of actors Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover
– The Peter Bradley Show, featuring interviews with additional cast members
-Scrapbook featuring young Richie’s murals and paintings, still photographs by set photographer James Hamilton, book and magazine covers, and storyboards
– Studio 360 radio segment on painter Miguel Calderón, along with examples of his work
-Insert with Eric Anderson’s drawings of the Tenenbaum house
-An essay by film critic Kent Jones