How to Watch ‘The French Dispatch’: Is Wes Anderson’s New Film Streaming?

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Instantly recognizable by its meticulous attention to detail, vibrant color scheme and star-studded ensemble cast, a Wes Anderson film is simply like no other. “The French Dispatch” ticks off all of these boxes.

Set in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, “The French Dispatch” is a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine staffed by a colorful cast of expatriate journalists. A parade of Anderson regulars – Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand and Jason Schwartzman among them – and exciting newcomers – Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, the list goes on and on – play the characters in these stories and the writers who bring them to life.

Following COVID setbacks and a nine-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival, the writer-director’s 10th feature film was finally released in theaters on Oct. 22, but are there other ways to watch the film?

Read below for how to catch “The French Dispatch” at home or at a movie theater near you.

Is “The French Dispatch” Streaming?

“The French Dispatch” is not currently available on a streaming service. However, “HBO First Look: The French Dispatch” – a 12-minute behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film – is currently streaming on HBO Max.

When Is “The French Dispatch” on VOD and Blu-ray?

“The French Dispatch” will be released on VOD to rent or buy on demand on Dec. 14. The film will then be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 28, although as of now the film is not getting a 4K physical release.

Are Wes Anderson’s Other Films Streaming?

  • Bottle Rocket (1996): Available for rental or purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Google Play.
  • Rushmore (1998): Streaming on Hulu and Epix with a subscription. Also available for rental or purchase on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and iTunes.
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001): Available for rental or purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004): Streaming on Amazon Prime and Hoopla for subscribers. Also available for rental or purchase on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, Microsoft and DIRECTV.
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007): Available for streaming on Starz and DIRECTV for subscribers. You can also rent or buy the film on iTunes, Redbox, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Microsoft and DIRECTV.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Exclusively streaming on Disney+. Available for rental or purchase on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft and Redbox.
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Exclusively streaming on HBO and HBO Max, but also available for purchase and rental on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft, Redbox and DIRECTV.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Available for purchase or rental on Amazon, iTunes, Redbox, YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft, DIRECTV and Vudu.
  • Isle of Dogs (2018): Streaming only on Disney+, but you can also buy or rent the film on iTunes, Redbox, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, Microsoft and DIRECTV.

Who Is in the Cast of “The French Dispatch”?

  • Benicio del Toro
  • Adrien Brody
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Léa Seydoux
  • Frances McDormand
  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Owen Wilson
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Bill Murray
  • Steve Park
  • Bob Balaban
  • Henry Winkler
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Elisabeth Moss
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Toheeb Jimoh
  • Stéphane Bak
  • Alex Lawther

…to name a few!