Amélie and Royal Tanenbaums are coming

2001 was filled with a wealth of over-the-top comedies ranging from the zany to the crude, but in the midst of the chaos, two simpler comedies came to theatres filled with an uncommonly chaming wit. Now thanks to Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Royal Tenenbaums and Amélie are coming to DVD this spring.

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children–Chas, Richie and Margot, and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father’s fault. “The Royal Tenenbaums” is the story of a family of geniuses and their sudden, unexpected reunion one winter.

Amélie, a shy waitress in a cafe in central Paris, is looking for love, and perhaps for the meaning of life in general. When she finds a box of childhood toys in her apartment, it inspires her to conduct a series of good deeds for her co-workers and neighbors. In doing so, she gradually finds the route to happiness by coming out of her shell and reaching out to others.

Both presented in anamorphic widescreen with audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. Although both titles are likely to contain some extra features, no information on supplements has been announced.

Coming on July 9th, The Royal Tenenbaums will hit shelves. Amélie will follow one week later. Both titles have a $29.99 suggested retail price, and are available at Shop in Digital for $20.99 each.

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