Big Fish

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, Matthew McGrory,
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Directed By: Tim Burton
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
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Each featurette in the Extras section is under 10 minutes long but it covers a lot in that time frame. “Edward Bloom at Large” is a featurette where Ewan McGregor talks about all the things he did to become Ed Bloom like standing in a cage with a lion, playing with wolves, getting attacked by trees, and other things from the movie. “Amos at the Circus” is about Danny DeVito’s character, and Tim Burton talks about how fun it was to work with DeVito again and how Danny understood the filming process since he acts, directs and produces. The featurette “Fathers and Sons” has the cast & crew discussing their feelings on the story, particularly the Father & Son relationship. Billy Crudup and Albert Finney were interviewed mostly for this. I thought they had good chemistry together even though they aren’t suppose to. Other features include “A Fairytale World” (discussions about fairytales & myths), “Creature Features” (Stan Winston Studios feature..very cool, Stan Winston is a genius) and one about the Author Daniel Wallace. Pretty much Wallace said Edward Bloom was his Father and friends and family noticed the similarities. There’s a few other features on here like Audio Commentary with Tim Burton and other people (I listened to it briefly), an Easter egg showing Tim Burton (I think) driving a golf cart with fireworks on it through the town of Spectre, and some other things that I didn’t check out.

Overall, I liked the movie and felt it was made really well. It’s just not one of those movies where you can watch over and over again. Well if you like these types of movies, I guess you can watch it over and over but I can’t. Burton fans will want to check out the movie though and decide if they think this is good or not. I liked it.

n- Tim Burton Audio Commentary

The Character’s Journey:
n- Edward Bloom at Large
n- Take a look at the largern-thann-lifen-world of Edward Bloom.
n- Amos at the Circus
n- Danny DeVito takes us through the Calloway Circus.
n- Fathers and Sons
n- The cast and filmmakers share their thoughts on the Father and Son Dynamic.

The Filmmakers’ Path:
n- Tim Burton: Storyteller
n- a look at the director’s process with great moments and insights on how Big Fish came to be.
n- A Fairytale World
n- The importance of fairytales and myths and how these elements were incorporated into Big Fish.
n- Creature Features
n- Explore the magic of Stan Winston Studios.
n- The Author’s Journey
n- Bringing “Big Fish” from the page to the screen. Author Daniel Wallace and Screenwriter John August discuss the origins and inspirations for Big Fish.
n- The Finer Points
n- A Tim Burton Trivia Quiz

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: I liked the old witch stuff (kind of wished they did a whole movie on her!), Ed playing sports, when Ed is born, and when William tells “how’s it going to happen.”
Rating: Rated PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes
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