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New on DVD: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ starring Ralph Fiennes

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

DVD The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in The Grand Budapest Hotel, where the writer-director’s familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment. Delighting in all manner of old movie tropes, from elaborate chases to hair-breadth escapes to Victorian plot devices such as “the second copy of the second will,” this playful yet poignant film, anchored by a knockout performance by Ralph Fiennes, tells the Boys’ Own Adventure yarn of how a celebrated hotel concierge and a lowly lobby boy team up to have the adventure of a lifetime.

Also elevating Grand Budapest is the transformative work of Fiennes as the film’s protagonist, Gustave H, the concierge’s concierge. Anderson has worked with fine actors before, but he’s frankly never had someone so capable of giving his will-o’-the-wisp world heft and reality while still being faithful to the singular spirit that underlies it. On DVD and Blu-ray.

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Also new: House of Cards Season 2; Joe; Walk of Shame; The Attorney;13 Sins; Test; Solo

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