The Royal Tenenbaums disc 2
Something of a ironic joke on the whole notion of DVD extras, The Tenenbaums bonus disc features a deadpan TV interview with four or five bit players from the film, calling itself 'The Peter Bradley Show'. The interviewer (actually an actor called Larry Pine) doesn't know what to ask them and they don't have much of anything to say, but it's a curio all the same. It's a lot funnier, though, if you've seen anything of 'The Charlie Rose Show', a New York TV movie show a la Jonathan Ross which crops up on a few DVD extras, including for example, 'Capturing the Friedmans' Disc 2. Pine is doing a dead-on impression of Rose, who tends to be pompous, long-winded, short-sighted, and ill-prepared. I'm afraid most Brits will have to take my word for it.
There are also more conventional interviews with the stars of the movie - Bill Murray, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, and the Wilson brothers included. And you can also explore some of the drawings and production design work which went into the film. That may not sound like much, but if you also watch the portrait of the director, Wes Anderson, by the esteemed cinema verité documentarist Albert Maysles, you'll get some idea of his incredible - not to say anal - attention to the smallest design detail, whether it's blink and you miss it magazine covers or original wallpapers. In one funny sequence, we see him talking to a falconer, trying to explain how he wants the falcon to hover just a little before he comes to the glove... The falconer looks understandably non-plussed. After watching this, I'd think twice about taking a job as an assistant to Mr Anderson. But I'd give anything he directed a second and even a third look - there's incredible richness underneath the blithe surface of his films.
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