Big Fish

Big Fish

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup


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A touching tale of a son who sets out to find the truth about his adventurous father, Tim Burton's Big Fish arrives on DVD with an abundance of features that will no doubt have Burton devotees flocking. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near perfect -- with bright, vibrant colors, even skin tones, and no sign of edge-enhancement. BurtonSee more details below


A touching tale of a son who sets out to find the truth about his adventurous father, Tim Burton's Big Fish arrives on DVD with an abundance of features that will no doubt have Burton devotees flocking. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near perfect -- with bright, vibrant colors, even skin tones, and no sign of edge-enhancement. Burton has always been known as a flamboyantly visual filmmaker, and this disc offers a truly fantastic view of his skills behind the camera. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix is bold without being overwhelming, saving directional effects for just the right moments and offering a great showcase for the film's wonderful sound design. An alternate French Dolby Digital Surround mix is also included, along with optional English and French subtitles. Though it's not being touted as a "special edition" of any sort, the features presented on this disc put most so-called comprehensive releases to shame. Beginning with an insightful commentary track that is co-hosted by Burton on Burton author Mark Salisbury, Burton truly opens up while discussing the film. If at first the inclusion of Salisbury seems somewhat intrusive to fans, as the film progresses, the probing interviewer draws details from the director that may have otherwise been left unexplored. From childhood inspiration to technical information, the commentary track reveals a Burton that the casual viewer as well as the dedicated fan will surely find compelling. "The Character's Journey," separated into three parts -- "Edward Bloom at Large," "Amos at the Circus," and "Fathers and Sons" -- expounds on each eponymous subject with insight and clarity while never ceasing to entertain, with "Fathers and Sons" offering a touching look at the familial bond that drives the film. Fans of Burton will get plenty of insight from "The Filmmaker's Path," which is divided into four parts: "Tim Burton: Storyteller," "A Fairytale World," "Creature Features," and "The Author's Journey." From discussing the origins of Burton's career in "Tim Burton: Storyteller" to offering a revealing look at how fairy tales and mythology influenced the film in "A Fairytale World," this segment explores the foundations of the film in a way that will capture viewers' imagination as well as their attention. "The Author's Journey" talks with Big Fish author Daniel Wallace and screenwriter John August, exploring the roots of Wallace's career as a writer while addressing the difficulties of adapting such an imaginative tale for the screen. The adventurous viewer can explore the film itself by opting to enable a pop-up feature that offers revealing facts about the characters and filmmakers, and for viewers who wish to test their knowledge about the director, a Tim Burton trivia quiz offers an opportunity to flex their brains with the promise of a hearty reward.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Filmmaker Tim Burton’s apparently boundless imagination finds inspiration in Daniel Wallace's colorful novel, making this adaptation a delight for fans of both. In the waning days of his life, Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), a seemingly ordinary man who has crafted an elaborate personal mythology, hopes for reconciliation with his adult son, Will (Billy Crudup), who has grown alienated by his father's stubborn adherence to tall tales. Some of these tales are presented in flashback form, and it's in these sequences that Burton's skill at visualization is really put to the test. He paints Bloom's dream world with vivid colors and peoples it with sharply drawn characters. Ewan McGregor plays Edward Bloom as a young man, and he brings an almost childlike sense of wonder to the proceedings -- a quality that's vital to sustaining the willing suspension of disbelief you'll need to fully appreciate the film's charm. Finney has the difficult task of exhibiting passion and vigor in a decaying body, and though he plays most of his scenes in bed, he still manages to make Edward a boyish romantic. Jessica Lange is equally effective in the role of Bloom's adoring wife, the ageless princess to his Prince Charming. And Crudup perfectly conveys not only Will's nagging irritation with his father but also his less-obvious envy of the older man's ability to transcend the realities and heartaches of the workaday world. Burton has often copped to making films as a way of retaining his own youthful sense of wonder, and it's easy to tell that he relates to the character of Edward Bloom. As the film winds down, Will finally comes to grips with his father's character, and he begins to understand the introspective process by which people evaluate their successes and failures as they age. That's a valuable lesson to take away from Big Fish, but Burton doesn't hit the viewer over the head with it: He makes Big Fish an enchanted and entertaining journey, filled with extravagant imagery and beguiling characters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Tim Burton audio commentary (co-hosted by "Burton on Burton" author Mark Salisbury); The Character's Journey: "Edward Bloom at Large" - Take a look at the larger-than-life world of Edward Bloom; "Amos at the Circus" - Danny DeVito takes us through the Calloway Circus; "Fathers and Sons" - The cast and filmmakers share their thoughts on the father and son dynamic; The Filmmakers' Path: "Tim Burton: Storyteller" - A look at the director's process with great moments and insights on how Big Fish came to be; "A Fairytale World" - The importance of fairytales and myths and how these elements were incorporated into Big Fish; "Creature Features" - Explore the magic of Stan Winston Studios; "The Author's Journey" - Bringing "Big Fish" from the page to the screen, with author Daniel Wallace and screenwriter John August discussing the origins and inspirations for Big Fish; Fish Tales pop-up feature: Offers revealing facts about the characters and filmmakers; The Finer Points - A Tim Burton trivia quiz

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Ed Bloom (Young)
Albert Finney Edward Bloom (senior)
Billy Crudup William Bloom
Jessica Lange Sandra Bloom (senior)
Helena Bonham Carter Jenny,Witch
Alison Lohman Sandra Bloom (young)
Robert Guillaume Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Marion Cotillard Josephine
Matthew McGrory Karl the Giant
David Denman Don Price (Age 18-22)
Missi Pyle Mildred
Loudon Wainwright Beamen
Ada Tai Ping
Arlene Tai Jing
Steve Buscemi Norther Winslow
Danny DeVito Amos Calloway
Brandon Carroll Spectre
Miley Cyrus Ruthie (Age 8)
Hailey Anne Nelson Jenny (Age 8)
Billy Redden Banjo Man
Grayson Stone Will Bloom (Age 6-8)
Deep Roy Mr. Soggybottom
Perry Walston Ed Bloom (age 10)
Edward Aldag Municipal Dump Owner
Cathy Berry Lobster Woman
Jake Brake Old Zacky
Jeff Campbell Jump Leader
Karla Droege Ed's Mother
Metz Duites Ventriloquist
John Fugate Side Show Barker
Trevor Gagnon Will's Son
Zachary Gardner Zacky Price (Age 10)
Zach Hanner Cashier
R. Keith Harris Ed's Father
Barry C. Harvard Chicken Plant Owner
Sallie Hedrick Pretty Girl
Russell Hodgkinson Some Farmer
Greg Hohn Townsfolk
Howard Houston Piano Student
Joseph Humphrey Little Brave
Savanna James Little Girl
Morgan Grace Jarrett Will's Date
Bonnie Johnson Teller Woman
Bevin Kaye River Woman
John Lowell Don Price (Age 12)
George McArthur Colossus
Charles McLawhorn Mayor
Jayne Morgan Townsfolk
Joanne Pankow Heavy Set Nurse
James DeForest Parker Shotgun Toter
Jacob Radford Kid
David Ramsey Townsfolk
Alan Rawlins Pretty Man
Michael Garnet Stewart Auctioneer
Lawrence Sykkmon Chinese Emcee
Frank Hoyt Taylor Sharecropper
Darrell Vanterpool Wilbur (Age 10)
Karlos Walkes Dr. Bennett (Young)
Daniel Wallace Econ Professor
Vincent Ybiernas Asian Officer
Don Young Shephard
Tom Tom Actor
Fred Scialla Actor
Nick Ingman Conductor

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Richard Alonzo Makeup
Deborah Ambrosino Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Antonelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
John August Screenwriter
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Barnes Art Director
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Denise Chamian Casting
Bruce Cohen Producer
Sharyn Cordice Makeup
Michelle Croughwell Stunts
Brenda Donoho Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Robert Fechtman Art Director
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Dan George Costumes/Costume Designer
Sean Graham Stunts
Richard L. Hill Special Effects Supervisor
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Yoshio Iizuka Stunts
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Jack Johnson Art Director
Jimmy Jay Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Jinks Producer
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Rhea Lowenthal Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Mack Special Effects Supervisor
Elisa Marsh Makeup
Seth Maury Special Effects
Hans Metz Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Metz Special Effects
William Morts Stunts
Joel Negron Editor
Neal Norton Camera Operator
Cynthia Onrubia Choreography
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
David Rohrer Special Effects
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Mika Saito Stunts
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Spencer Sano Stunts
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Jonathan J. Short Set Decoration/Design
Scott Sproule Stunts
Stan Winston Studio Makeup Special Effects
Sonny Tipton Stunts
Tony Vandenecker Special Effects
Michelle Vittone-McNeil Makeup
Thomas Weinacker Special Effects
Darlene Ava Williams Stunts
Joulles Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. An Alabama Swamp Witch
3. Ed Bloom
4. Three Years Confinement
5. Hotshot in Hicksville
6. Karl the Giant
7. Shortcut Through the Woods
8. Welcome to Spectre
9. The Girl in the River
10. Crow Dreams
11. The Calloway Circus
12. The Love of His Life
13. Amos Calloway
14. The Werewolf
15. Engaged to Be Married
16. Courtship of Sandra Templeton
17. Ping & Jing
18. Iceberg Metaphor
19. The Handi-Matic Salesman
20. Norther Winslow
21. Jennifer Hill
22. An Unusual Thunderstorm
23. Dying Spectre
24. Beaman's Daughter
25. Fixing Jenny's Shack
26. "Your Father Had a Stroke"
27. The River Story
28. Funeral for a Friend


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