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Big Fish [DVD] [2004]

Ewan McGregor , Albert Finney , Tim Burton    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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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 (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HK0RA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming and heartwarming piece of whimsy 7 Nov 2004
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 Petrolhead VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars spellbinding and thought provoking 3 July 2004
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Fiction is Better than the Truth 16 July 2007
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem 3 Aug 2004
I have been a lover of movies since I was old enough to go to the cinema and I thought I had seen it all by now. We all know that effects get fancier, but true innvoation that works without seeming elitist or fringe - that's harder to come by. This film relies on an excellent plot, and the Director tells the story perfectly. Add some fantastic acting performances and the film becomes essential. It tells the simple tale of the relationship between a boy and his father - a relationship that has been disfunctional for many years. As the film moves towards its conclusion, we are reminded that we are all heroes in our own lives. Truly a brilliant film
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fishy Tales... 30 Jun 2004
By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE
Many critics would have you believe that Big Fish marks a huge departure for director Tim Burton. But while visually this may be true, in essence this heartwarmingly surreal tale of loneliness, inability to fit in, and struggling with being misunderstood by the world make this perfect Burton material. And recovering from his shaky Planet of the Apes remake, he delivers his most mature work so far.
Edward Bloom [Albert Finney] has always told tall tales about his oversized life as a young man [Ewan McGregor]. His fabulous exploits take him from small-town Alabama around the world meeting giants, witches, and a pair of conjoined lounge singers, until he finally meets and woos his true love, Sandra [Jessica Lange]. While his tales capture and charm almost everyone, his frustrated son Will [Billy Crudup] is struggling to learn the truth of his dying father's life before it is too late. Unable to change his Edward, Will must learn to separate the fact from the fiction as father and son are reunited.
The driving force of Big Fish is its characters and the casting is simply superb. Finney's scenes were apparently filmed first, allowing McGregor to watch and assimilate some of his mannerisms into his younger portrayal. Crudup is able to amply portray the Will's frustration as he finds himself unable to connect with his father. And the resemblance between the wonderful Lange and Lohman as the younger and older versions of Edward's wife is uncanny. McGregor is particularly successful in walking the same fine line as the story itself, balancing between the real and unreal without ever seeming absurd or silly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but really good!
My dvd arrived badly scratched like a second hand dvd, but strangely enough it plays fine. This is a very unusual film, like nothing I've seen before, I stuck with it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by David Skinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Strange film but still enjoyed it!
Published 20 days ago by Melissa Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant heartwarming story that reflects on the need for us ...
Brilliant heartwarming story that reflects on the need for us all to pass on our stories and life experiences in a way that captures imaginations. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Eddie Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice story with warmth.
Saw the tail end of this on the TV, liked it and wanted to watch it all. Scoured the internet and found best price and delivery option from Amazon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by johan marks
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite moive.
Very emotional, excellent cast. Ewan McGreggor will always be one of my favorite actors after this movie. Beautiful story and beautiful soundtrack.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film for all the family
Watched this film on TV just by chance catching it and being intrigued by the title. Read more
Published 3 months ago by craftymum
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching
I love Albert Finney, this story is so sweet and is basically about a son's need for truth and not understanding that his dad's story-telling is still a respectable way of telling... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Praise for Big Fish
One of my favourite movies, so I was very pleased when it arrived on time and in perfect condition. The front cover is beautiful and the quality is great
Published 7 months ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment Big Fish
It met all expectations for a good enjoyment. The whole family were taken by this product and it is recommended.
Published 7 months ago by Samuel Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars creative and charming
A story of a story teller. Tales told and the line between fact and fiction have long been blurred. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gloucestershire
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