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Big Fish [DVD] [2004]


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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Daniel Wallace, John August
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Katterli Frauenfelder, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HK0RA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Edward Bloom has always been a teller of tall-tales about his oversized life as a young man, when his wanderlust led him on an unlikely journey from a small-town in Alabama, around the world, and back again. His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic tales about giants, blizzards, a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers. With his larger-than-life stories, Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters except for his estranged son Will. When his mother, Sandra, tries to reunite them, Will must learn how to separate fact from fiction as he comes to terms with his father’s great feats and great failings.

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After a string of mediocre movies, director Tim Burton regains his footing as he shifts from macabre fairy tales to southern tall tales. Big Fish twines in and out of the oversized stories of Edward Bloom, played as a young man by Ewan McGregor and as a dying father by Albert Finney. Edward's son Will (Billy Crudup) sits by his father's bedside but has little patience with the old man's fables, because he feels these stories have kept him from knowing who his father really is. Burton dives into Bloom's imagination with zest, sending the determined young man into haunted woods, an idealised southern town, a travelling circus and much more. The result is sweet but--thanks to the director's dark and clever sensibility--never saccharine. The film also features Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito and Steve Buscemi. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
Tim Burton has often been, well, a little too weird for me. This film is one of his more accessible ones, and is very charming with it.
With a great cast (Billy Crudup of Almost Famous is particularly good, as are Ewan MacGregor and Albert Finney), the general impression is of a sort of Alice in Wonderland for the modern age.
A son and a father who haven't talked in 3 years are brought together when the father seems like he's about to die. The son has been embarrassed by his father's tall tales for years, and now he wants to REALLY know what his father did with his life. It appears the truth is at least as stange as the fiction, as we are taken through numerous flashbacks to see the incredible life he led.
There's no huge drama here, and nothing in the way of explosions or other obvious Hollywood tools for manipulating the audience. Just a darn good tale and some wonderful photography to set it off.
The extras on the DVD are excellent too, making this well worth buying for those kind of Saturday nights where you just want to relax and watch a NICE film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Driscoll on 16 July 2007
Format: DVD
Tim Burton's return to genuine film making is a welcome endeavor indeed. Here he creates a film that reminds me of what great film making is all about: fantasy, love and reflecting on the human spirit. I scoffed at a review that compared Big Fish to The Wizard of Oz when Big Fish first came out, but upon viewing it the comparison is really not hyperbolic at all and is actually quite justified. There is a unique carelessness and an innocence that resides perfectly and constantly in both films. To me, both films are truly a breath of fresh air and hope.

Big Fish is a book written by Daniel Wallace and is the delightful story of Edward Bloom, who has reached the twilight of his life and surrounds himself with his son, daughter-in-law and his wonderful wife Sandra. Eddie has seemingly lived a fantastic life of lies and exaggerations and his son has grown to call his bluff on more than one occasion. In fact, his son returns not just to possibly say good-bye to his father, but to attempt to get him to spill the beans on the truth of who his old man really is. Eddie of course, stands by his stories and brushes off his son's accusations nonchalantly. Most of the film we see Eddie revisit his life as a whole, seen through only his own stories. How he once befriended a 12 foot man; how he arrived in a town that was paradise, once to early and once too late when he turned it back into paradise again; how he joined the circus for three years so he could find out pieces information once a month from Amos the ringmaster about the girl Eddie was sure would be his wife and how Sandra would believe Eddie to be dead in war but he would return. The stories are full of details that would clearly indicate they are false but sometimes they are just better that way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Lore on 15 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
One of the biggest achievements of this film (apart from the fish) is that it’s incredibly feel-good without being remotely sentimental. That may not come as a huge shocker considering it’s is a Tim Burton movie, but that’s what stands out most as the viewer is swept along on the tide of emotion and spirit in the mysterious waters of the river in which this big fish swims. There are very few high points, low points or any great tempo changes at all in the course of the film, instead it’s strangely consistent and on an oddly intangible, but intensely enjoyable level throughout, which only makes the finale of the film and conclusion to the fantastic adventures in the life of Edward Bloom all the more transcendent and genuine.
At its core this is the story of a father and son and their fraught relationship that neither can quite restore to what it once was and the quest of the son to finally reconcile the myth and the man and to know his Dad. The performances too are wonderful, even by those actors in small roles- Matthew McGrory as ‘Karl the Giant’, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alison Lohman. But it’s Albert Finney who breathes life into the movie and imbues such truth and believability into an immensely surreal character who could easily have come across as false and shallow. To reduce an entire life down to two hours just doesn’t seem right somehow, but by the end of this film the director, actors and production team had managed to convince me that that was exactly what I’d just witnessed- a whole life and THAT is the biggest achievement of this film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Petrolhead VINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
Big Fish is a truly marvellous film, a tear-jerking, smile-inducing journey through a whole bag of fairy-tales, all wrapped up in the evolving relationship between a good son and his larger-than-life father. The whole film is perfectly judged. The cast is just right, the humour is finely judged, the pathos is heart-warming. (And the DVD has plenty of extras about special effects, the author, the director, the characters, etc, if that sort of thing matters to you.)

A really nice, underrated film to watch with a loved one, or at least someone you won't mind laughing and crying with...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I loved this film. On the surface, it is about a young man, William, who is estranged from his father, Edward Bloom, because of the latter's long absences from home and unbelievable stories he tells. As his father is dying, William tries to come to terms with who his father is, and realises that he cannot separate fact from fantasy so easily. His father was defined by the stories he told, and the son can only truly accept his father by accepting this and entering into his world of fantasy.
This is why the film may seem bizarre, even surreal, as we are drawn into Edward Bloom's fantasies and entertained by them, even while realising their impossibility, as the son does. Our scepticism is put on hold by the end, as we begin to accept the improbable and impossible, and we too are charmed by the stories that are Edward Bloom.
It is, of course, a metaphor for the human condition and consciousness, in which we are no more or less than the stories we tell about ourselves.
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