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. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 demonstrates no drastic improvement over its predecessor, but the clarity and nuance certainly remain.
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. It's strong enough to recommend even if you don't see yourself buying more than a dozen new releases this year.
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. The video and audio presentations are top notch, with some truly incredible extras. This is a must-own.
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 intensely and gleefully. Thankfully, Wes Anderson has prepared the full course cinematic meal with "Fantastic Mr.
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. Beautifully crafted stop-action animation, an expertly-adapted Dahl book and a spectacular cast add up to a charming film that's almost the anti-Pixar: aimed at entertaining adults, while offering enough cute animal antics to be keep older kids...
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”. These films have a very unique look and feel to them and it gives you new appreciation for the term “movie making”.
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 self-self-reflexivity that elevates a pleasant lark into a wry work of art.