The Squid and the Whale The Squid and the Whale

The Squid and the Whale

Noah Baumbach

 
The Squid and the Whale (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 2005
  • 81 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #845

With excruciating honesty, The Squid and the Whale chronicles the experiences of two young brothers growing up in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, as they navigate the jagged contours of the divorce of their parents, both writers. The acclaimed third feature by Noah Baumbach marked a critical development for the filmmaker as he turned toward an increasingly personal style—a move that garnered him an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Shot in Super 16 mm and featuring a quartet of nuanced, understated performances from Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, and Owen Kline, this comic and poignant drama, peppered with autobiographical elements, deftly captures the heartache and confusion of a fracturing family.

Cast

Bernard BerkmanJeff Daniels
Joan BerkmanLaura Linney
Walt BerkmanJesse Eisenberg
Frank BerkmanOwen Kline
IvanWilliam Baldwin
Sophie GreenbergHalley Feiffer
LiliAnna Paquin

Credits

DirectorNoah Baumbach
Written byNoah Baumbach
Produced byWes Anderson and Peter Newman
ProducersCharlie Corwin and Clara Markowicz
Executive producersReverge Anselmo, Miranda Bailey, Greg Johnson and Andrew Lauren
Director of photographyRobert D. Yeoman A.S.C.
Production designerAnne Ross
EditorTim Streeto
Costume designerAmy Westcott
Music byBritta Phillips and Dean Wareham
Music SupervisorRandall Poster

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Yeoman and director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

    New cover based on lettering by Leanne Shapton

Film Essays

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The Squid and the Whale: 4 Way Street

By Kent Jones November 25, 2016

In his deeply personal third feature, Noah Baumbach charts a family’s dissolution against the backdrop of 1980s literary Brooklyn. Read more »

Film Essays

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The Squid and the Whale: 4 Way Street

By Kent Jones November 25, 2016

In his deeply personal third feature, Noah Baumbach charts a family’s dissolution against the backdrop of 1980s literary Brooklyn. Read more »


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Behind the Performances in The Squid and the Whale

November 21, 2016

By turns hilarious and heartrending, The Squid and the Whale is one of Noah Baumbach’s most autobiographical works. Rooted in his experiences growing up in a hyperliterate household in 1980s . . . Read more »

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