Bottle Rocket :: Criterion Collection (November 2008)


Earlier this month Goldenfiddle reminded us that the latest Wes Anderson addition to the Criterion Collection DVD series is due out November 25th. Anderson’s first feature film, Bottle Rocket, is finally getting the all-star, deluxe, two-disc reissue treatment complete with: Eleven deleted scenes, commentary by Wes Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson, the making of Bottle Rocket: an original documentary, storyboards, location shots, a big fat book, and all sorts of other miscellaneous goodies. If you’ve seen the other Criterion versions of Anderson’s films than you know what to expect. For those of you that have yet to view Bottle Rocket, all I can say is, damn, I am envious.

bottlerocketcriterion.jpgAs this is a music blog, it is worth noting Bottle Rocket was the film that began the long-running partnership between Wes Anderson and Songwriter/Composer Mark Mothersbaugh (he of DEVO fame). Mothersbaugh has since scored every Anderson film with the exception of 2007’s The Darjeeling Limted (see: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). Even casual soundtrack enthusiasts will note the prescence of Mothersbaugh’s score in Anderson’s films. It truly acts as another character, coloring the often whimsical and surreal world Anderson’s characters inhabit. Bottle Rocket also began the continuing run of eclectic artist/song choices in Anderson’s films that often work as set pieces. Due to budgetary constraints, four of arguably the best tracks used in film were left off the official soundtrack. Here are two of them below.

Wes Anderson :: A Soundtrack Enthusiast

MP3: Love :: Alone Again Or
MP3: Abelardo Vasquez & Cumanana :: Prendeme La Vela (Light My Candle)
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Bottle Rocket – The Original Short Film – Wes Anderson – 1994

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10 thoughts on “Bottle Rocket :: Criterion Collection (November 2008)

  1. AD:

    If you can find it, the Damned to a great cover of “Alone Again Or”. If you can’t find it, shoot me an email.


  2. yeah man- great film. Mark M – is a brilliant music supervisor- at least for used LP classics geek like me-self. Rushmore was ace. Was not aware that he did scores too- I used to see Gerard Casale around town when I lived in LA- Devo is world class- somehow- their genius needs to be elevated – not enough bands or music press testify. We need to change that.

  3. Mothersbaugh is a scoring master. I actually wrote a pretty whimsical paper (10 ish pages) for a film music class on the Ping Island scene of Zissou.

    Tracks are bomb, thanks.

  4. This is the best news I have read all week. (And I just read that McCain picked some nobody lady from Alaska, so it had that to compete with). I don’t mean to get all political, I am just very excited about the Criterion Bottle Rocket. Darjeeling needs to be next.

  5. Alone again or is from my favourite ever album, Love’s ‘Forever Changes’. Calexico do a cool cover of this song, better than the dreadful damned

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