Bottle Rocket: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1996) / Region 1
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Bottle Rocket: The Criterion Collection

Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore - then go "on the lam." Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it's the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 18 2008
  • Production Year 1996
  • Empire SKU 1422753
  • UPC Code 715515030724
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Disc One:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and cinematographer Robert Yeoman, with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
- Audio commentary featuring Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson

Disc Two:
- "The Making of Bottle Rocket", an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, producer James L. Brooks, actors James Caan and Luke and Owen Wilson, and others
- The original thirteen-minute black and white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
- Eleven deleted scenes
- Anamorphic test, storyboards, locations photos
- Behind the scenes photographs by Laura Wilson
- The Shafrazi Lectures, No. 1: Bottle Rocket
- Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an appreciation by director Martin Scorsese and an essay by Brooks, Original artwork by Ian Dingman


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)



  • Polly Platt
  • Cynthia Hargrave


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