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Superb picture - soundtrack a disaster
on 11 September 2009
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.