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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HK0RA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,420 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

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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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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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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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I was told to go rent this movie out by a friend and I'm soooo glad I did, okay the first time I watched it I got abit lost but the second time round it makes sense and see how wonderfully touching it is.
Its good to see a movie that aint like anything else! And with the star studded cast its definately worth a watch. Always been a big fan of Ewan Mcgregor and I gotta say this is one of the best films Ive seen him do.Albert Finney is just wonderful.Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Robert Guillaume, Danny De Vito, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alison Lohman all make this film simply beautiful...
This Tim Burton Movie has his magic to make it work. Its a heart warming film with some great morals behind it.
Big thumbs up from me.
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When i bought Big Fish i had no idea what the film was about. It looked interesting and it was a Tim Burton which, for me, is immediately worth a look.

I have to say i was captivated by this tale of Edward Bloom's colourful life. When the movie ended my first thoughts were that this film is just plain "Lovely".

There was no blood and guts, guns, foul language, sex, lies, inuendo or any of the other elements that frequent most of the movies we a presented with these days. It was just simply wonderful to sit down and become enthralled in such a fantasy story and enjoy.

Like Edward's son, i think we are all in need of someone to pull us into a fantasy life in which the stresses of reality disappear. Where giants exist, and perfect towns are hidden away from the rest of society.

This movie is escapism with plenty of big names involved, albeit in small parts. I loved the beginning, middle and especially the ending which causes you to question the truth in what you have just been watching.

Tim Burton is a gifted story teller and movie maker. He deserves more credit for the work he has done and critics shoud lighten up and, like we all should once in a while, search for the Edward Bloom inside us all. A little fantasy goes a long way and when i am feeling a bit down or fed up with the world i escape into this movie and chill out.

Highly recommend it to anyone who suffers the daily hardships of life and fantasises about a happier way to live.
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