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"Rushmore" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Max Fischer is a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the best prep schools in the country.  While he keeps active in many clubs, his academics suffer and he's been put on sudden death academic probation, where the school will expel him if he fails another class.  When Herman Blume comes to the school one day to make a speech to the students, he and Max forge a bond as the middle aged, jaded Blume admires the youthful enthusiasm and exuberance of Max.

Their friendship manages to run into a rough point after they both fall hard for the new grade school teacher, Rosemary Cross.  Their competition leads to consequences for both Max's education as well as Blume's marriage.

Specifications

  • Criterion
  • 1998, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Olivia Williams
  • Directed by Wes Anderson
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Rushmore has always been a favorite of mine, and now being able to watch it in HD is a fantastic treat.  I know that the humor of Wes Anderson doesn't always appeal to everyone, but to me it's a movie I can watch over and over again.  Bill Murray gives a wonderful performance as the cynical, middle-aged Blume who finds new energy and vigor through Max.  The plays that Max puts on for the school are worth watching the film alone.

Technical

Compared to the Criterion DVD, Rushmore looks much better with far better detail.  Early scenes of Max getting his hair cut or his Dad looking over his test bring out details and textures that I couldn't see before, down to reading the individual questions on the test.  Wes Anderson also does a fantastic job with his soundtracks and the lossless audio brings those across as never before.  Subtle audio clues that seemed to get lost on the DVD come across much better on the Blu-ray and bring more information to the film that before.

Extras

All of the features from the DVD come over, including the commentary with Wes Anderson and more, the trailer, audition tapes, featurettes, and more plays that Max Fisher put on for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards.  There is also a foldout map of the world of Rushmore in the case.