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Big Blue [French] [Blu-ray]

Rosanna Arquette , Andreas Voutsinas , Griffin Dunne    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rosanna Arquette, Andreas Voutsinas, Jean-Marc Barr, Valentine Vargas, Jean Reno
  • Directors: Griffin Dunne
  • Producers: Eric Serra
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002RNOS3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,876 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

A hit in Europe but a flop in the US--where it was trimmed, rescored, and given a new ending--Luc Besson's The Big Blue has endured as a minor cult classic for its gorgeous photography (both on land and underwater) and dreamy ambiance. Jean-Marc Barr is a sweet and sensitive but passive presence as Jacques, a diver with a unique connection to the sea. He has the astounding ability to slow his heartbeat and his circulation on deep dives, "a phenomenon that's only been observed in whales and dolphins until now," remarks one scientist. Kooky New York insurance adjuster Joanna (Rosanna Arquette at her most delightfully flustered and endearingly sexy best) melts after falling into his innocent baby blues, and she follows him to Italy, where he's continuing a lifelong competition with boyhood rival Enzo (Jean Reno in a performance both comic and touching).

Besson's first English-language production looks more European than Hollywood, and it suffers from a tin ear for the language. At times it feels more like an IMAX undersea documentary than a drama about free divers, but the lush and lovely images create a fairy tale dimension to Jacques's story, a veritable Little Merman. More dolphin than man, he's so torn between earthly love and aquatic paradise that even his dreams call him to the sea (in a sequence more eloquent than any speech).

Besson has expanded the film by 50 minutes for his director's cut, which adds little story but slows the contemplative pace until it practically floats in time, and has restored Eric Serra's synthesizer-heavy score, a slice of 1980s pop that at times borders on disco kitsch. Most importantly, he has restored his original ending, which echoes the fairy tale he tells Joanna earlier in the film and leaves the story floating in the inky blackness of ambiguity. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

Product Description

Language: French with English Subtitles,Stereo LPCM 2.0, WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving. One day Jacques' father, who was a diver too, died in the Mediterranean sea. After that incident Enzo and Jacques lost contact. After several years, Enzo and Jacques had grown up, Johanna, a young clerk in a security office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques who works for a group of scientists. He dives for some minutes into ice-cold water and the scientists monitor his physical state that is more like a dolphin's than a human's. Johanna can not believe what she sees and gets very interested in Jacques but she's unable to get acquainted with him. Some weeks later, back in her office, she notices a championship for divers that is supposed to take place in Taormina, Italy. In order to see Jacques again she makes up a story so the firm sends her to Italy for business purposes. In Taormina there is also Enzo, the reigning diving world champion. He knows that only Jacques can challenge and probably beat him. This time Johanna and Jacques get closer, but Jacques, being more a dolphin than a man, can not really commit and his rivalry with Enzo pushes both men into dangerous territory... ...The Big Blue (1988) ( Le grand bleu ) (Blu-Ray)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more like it! 13 Nov 2009
By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
When Optimum released Besson's films on BD a couple of months ago, they made a huge mistake with The Big Blue, releasing a film that was originally filmed in English with only a dubbed French soundtrack. Many people, myself included, sent their copies back in disgust, and I am delighted to say that "people power" has worked for once, as Optimum have seen sense and re-released the film with the original English soundtrack.

The disc includes both the original and director's cut versions of the film, with a choice of English (LPCM) and French (DTS 2.0) soundtracks for both. The uncompressed English track, while stereo only rather than surround, sounds superb - switching between it and the French track shows a noticeable improvement in quality on the PCM over the DTS version. The picture quality is excellent - The Big Blue finally gets the presentation it deserves, and the transfer to BD is pin-sharp and gorgeous to look at. On a quick flick through, the lipsync errors that plague the DVD versions of this film seem to have been fixed, which is excellent news. The only remaining niggle is that the picture is still from the French print - the captions for place names etc are still the French versions (Sicile as opposed to Sicily, for example) - but that hardly detracts from what has been turned from a disaster into a compulsory purchase for Besson fans.

Well done to Optimum for doing the decent thing - I never believed it would happen!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful filmwork and a moving story 23 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
I've just finished watching this film for the first time. I loved it! As a diver and sailor, I really enjoyed Besson's portrayal of a man caught between the two worlds of land and sea, and the filmwork is superb. The original ending seems infinitely superior to the tacky US 'happy' version.
The story becomes even more tragic when you know that the real life Jacques Mayol committed suicide recently, at the age of 74, after suffering from depression. He was a great diver, and a real inspiration to many who free dive today. If you haven't seen the film, and have a passion for the water, watch it as soon as you can!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy 12 July 2006
By o86p
Format:DVD
If you want 2 1/2 hours or so of pure escapism then this is the film for you. Besson's epic film will take you to beautiful lands (Peru, Greece, Sicily) and also to the bottom of the sea. Brilliant performances from the cruelly underatted Jean Marc Barr, Rosana Arquette who starts out as the ditzy blond but becomes much more emotional and Jean Reno who stills every scene he's in and also provides much of the humour.

The film won several awards for the underwater photography which is absolutely breathtaking and also for Eric Serra's dreamy music which gives the movie a whole new feel and puts your right in the action.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I've been waiting for this BD for the last two months, just to discover now that it's coming with the French dubbed sound track.
They did film this movie in English, so it's really disappointment that the original English sound track is not an option.

Buyer beware!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God!!! Dubbed into French!!! 12 Sep 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I can not beleive that the blu ray version of the big blue has been released French dubbed.I can not watch this film shot in English dubbed back into French..Waste of money.This film is my favourite but this version is not original..I am going to send it back.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as beautiful as a film can get 29 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
i decided to write something about big blue as it is one of my top 20 films of all time and i cant understand people who give it one star.. they really dont understand cinema do they ????
it really is an amazing film, dreamy is the right word, one of bessons best together with nikita and leon (especially leon, great but not as unique). music and cinematography are oscar worthy, acting is sublime, photography breathtaking.. story maybe slightly frivolous but touching at same time. a drama with a few drops of comedy here and there, on a subject that was never touched before or after this film came out.
if u generally love the sea and never seen this film just go buy it, u will be enthralled..& if u are indifferent on the sea subject, but u think u can still appreciate a stunningly beautiful film then still go buy it. 6 stars ........
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dubbed in french 25 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
So disappointed by this new edition, no english soundtrack, only french available, dubbed !!!!!
Do not buy it !!!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superb picture - soundtrack a disaster 11 Sep 2009
By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
I'm a huge fan of Luc Besson's work, and The Big Blue is one of my favorite films. As soon as I saw it was coming out on BD, I ordered it on the spot. The DVD version has always annoyed me because the soundtrack wanders in and out of sync with the picture, and I hoped that the BD would give me something close to a perfect copy.

First off, the visuals are superb - Big Blue is entirely about the visuals, rather than the (rather thin) story, and Besson's stunning cinematography is very well served by the high-def transfer.

However, there is a major problem with the sound. Besson is a French director, but Big Blue was the first film he shot in English. It was later dubbed into French, but the actors all spoke English in the original version. So what soundtrack has been applied to the BD? The dubbed French one. The original English track isn't even available as an option - if you buy this disc, you will be watching a film shot in English, dubbed back into French, with subtitles.

Whoever is responsible for this decision should be taken out and shot. (Or forced to watch "Joan Of Arc - The Messenger" for the rest of eternity...) I'm not sure I can even bear to watch Big Blue like this - I may just send it back. The other Besson BDs, such as "Nikita" and "Subway", are great with the French soundtracks - that's how they were intended to be seen. But Big Blue was meant to be seen in English, and this BD has been ruined. What a crying shame, and a waste of the BD format.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird but I love it
No idea why I like this film but I do - it's weird unpredictable, funny and sad - the first time I saw it I had no expectations and loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jean Reno fan.
First saw the film many years ago and was captured by the individuality that Jean Reno brings to the character, he did the same in the movie "Leon". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gran Torino
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical, magical movie that reminds me of my childhood
I purchased this blu-ray for my region free blu ray player here in the US because it hasn't been released yet in the US. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Luc, whats not to like
The transfer isnt brilliant in some of the underwater scenes but is a step up from DVD, This film really excels in the black and white sections and non under water stuff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I Like Stuff
1.0 out of 5 stars PRODUCT NOT ACCORDING TO DESCRIPTION
I ordered "The Big Blue" Bluray version ref: B002RNOS31 described on amazon and in the published image of the back cover as including "English (Stereo LPCM 2. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jerry
3.0 out of 5 stars only has English subtitles version on it.
Maybe I read the advert wrong but I was expecting it to have the dubbed English version on it. I would never usually watch a dubbed movie but the version i have on DVD is. Read more
Published 10 months ago by dimitri
1.0 out of 5 stars Not English
In my village they have a saying....
Even though it is advertised as the English version it is the French dubbed disc/box that is being sent out.
Published 10 months ago by MrSherpa76
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Blue
Brilliant movie, a masterpiece. Luc Besson at his best. Great acting from Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette and specially Jean Reno.
Published 11 months ago by Marko
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE THIS IS IN FRENCH!!!!!!
This version is in French with English subtitles and no English track included. Complete waste of money and no idea who thought that this was a good idea. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film with fantastic music
I sow this film in France in the cinema many years ago ,is base in a true story,it was at the time a huge succes and worth it,if you like the sea and dolphins is the film for you... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Caroline pereira
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