Excerpt: While the master is not listed as new, I am tempted to rate it one tiny notch above the 2010 Fox (20th Century, that is) Fox. The 1.85:1 movie was painstakingly captured one frame at a time on the Nikon D3 digital still camera, so there’s no blur whatsoever, and the fine animal fur pops in high def.
Conclusion: A great presentation of a great film, Criterion's new edition of Fantastic Mr. Fox is sure to be one of 2014's most worthwhile Blu-ray and DVD releases. While I'd want you to see this movie even in a barebones edition, this loaded 3-disc set is far preferable.
Conclusion: Criterion has knocked it out of the park, yet again with 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'. The film itself is fun to watch over and over again with great characters, witty dialogue, and a highly entertaining story. It's evident that Wes Anderson was the perfect person to adapt this great work from Roald Dahl.
Conclusion: If "Fantastic" wasn't such a graciously hilarious picture, didn't highlight superb actors embracing their animal instincts with undiluted charm, and failed to execute its cleverness in an endearingly loopy fashion, there would still be this monumental, brilliantly raw animated effort to examine...
Conclusion: If I'm ever disappointed by an Anderson release from the Criterion Collection, it will be a sad, sad day, as they give his wonderful films equally wonderful presentations, and this set of Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception.
Excerpt: It’s hard to imagine films the way “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is made. Literally one frame at a time. If you’ve ever seen films of this genre then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And this genre goes back a long, long way back to “King Kong”.
Excerpt: The mean old farmers - fat Boggis, squat Bunce and skinny Bean have joined forces and have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they are not just dealing with any old fox - it's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and he has a fantastic master plan to save the day.
Excerpt: There's something defiant in the charms of Fantastic Mr. Fox , a nose-thumbing mischief that underlies and yet is of a piece with the film's conspiratorial cheer; director Wes Anderson's terminal self-reflexivity here pushes right past the crisis point, accessing a kind of unlikely afterworld of...