Squid and the Whale

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  • Other formats: Blu-ray Disc
  • Release Date: 11-22-2016
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Overview

Noah Baumbach's THE SQUID AND THE WHALE is an excruciatingly humane, often hilarious portrait of a disintegrating family in mid-1980s Brooklyn. Set in the stately yet off-kilter neighborhood of Park Slope, the film tells the story of the Berkmans, a quintessentially New York family struggling to keep things together. Family patriarch Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a published author and writing teacher whose insecurity over his own lack of recognition continues to plague him. Meanwhile, his wife, Joan (Laura Linney), is grappling with her own sense of unsettlement. Their sons, who are caught in the crossfire, express their confusion in different ways: 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) tries to pass off Pink Floyd's "Hey You" as his own hit in the school talent show, while his 12-year-old brother Frank (Owen Kline) begins to explore his burgeoning sexuality and alcoholism. When Bernard and Joan finally decide to separate, the family must confront their unraveling situation head on.

Rarely has family dysfunction been captured so frankly and honestly as in THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. Baumbach claims his film is only semi-autobiographical, but, from the pitch-perfect writing and nostalgic tone, it feels as if we're watching home videos of the writer-director's past. Featuring an outstanding pop-music soundtrack (Bert Jansch, the Feelies, Lou Reed), the film also boasts performances that seem certain to earn end-of-the-year accolades.
Theatrical Release Date 2005
Format DVD
Number of Discs 2

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R (MPAA)

  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    2
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Criterion Collection
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    81
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French
  • Subtitles
    French
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Region 1
    Note: New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Cinematographer Robert Yeoman and Director Noah Baumbach
    New Interviews with Baumbach and actors Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, and Laura Linney
    New conversation about the score and other music in the film between Baumbach and Composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
    Behind "The Squid and the Whale," a 2005 documentary featuring on-set footage and cast interviews
    Audition footage
    Trailers
    Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and a 2005 interview of Baumbach by novelist Jonathan Lethem

    Widescreen - 1.85
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Release Date
    11/22/16
  • Theatrical Release
    2005
  • Rating
    R (MPAA)
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N
  • Warranty Parts
    60 Day(s)

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Editorial Reviews

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Premiere 10-01-2005 "Baumbach has crafted this tale out of real love....[He] tells the story with great fluidity....It's a breakthrough work and one of the year's most powerful pictures."
New York Times 10-05-2005 "[B]oth sharply comical and piercingly sad....The film's tableau of domestic absurdity is likely to tickle, and also to lacerate, anyone who has either raised a child or been one."
Uncut 05-01-2006 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his charming film swims a complex channel between comedy and melodrama....A great white middle-class film. A truly great one."
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