Big Night

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There have been a number of movies about food, but one of the best is the smaller, independent film The Big Night. The disc for this title, which was released early in "DVD history," doesn't get the star treatment though, which is unfortunate. The quality of the image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is quite good for this low-budget film, though the transfer does show some signs of wear. The faults are rather minimal though and don't significantly detract from the viewing experience. The sound also ...
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There have been a number of movies about food, but one of the best is the smaller, independent film The Big Night. The disc for this title, which was released early in "DVD history," doesn't get the star treatment though, which is unfortunate. The quality of the image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is quite good for this low-budget film, though the transfer does show some signs of wear. The faults are rather minimal though and don't significantly detract from the viewing experience. The sound also shows the signs of a smaller budget. The Dolby Digital surround track doesn't utilize the surround speakers, but is perfectly clear upfront and without any distracting elements, which, for this type of film, is completely adequate. As for any supplemental materials, with the majority of early Columbia/TriStar titles, there is nothing more than the trailer.
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Special Features

Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Widescreen format
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Editorial Reviews

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By the end of Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's Big Night, you might have the desire to cook like an artist, or at least the desire to promptly head to the nearest authentic Italian restaurant. Tucci and Tony Shalhoub are perfect as the film's sibling restaurateurs forced to confront the reality of a failed American dream. Tucci wrote the script with his cousin Joseph Tropiano, cooking up a wonderfully emotional, personal story full of real characters with real problems. Though the film tells a small story, there are big themes: loyalty, trust, and the need to value integrity over vulgar expedience. Tucci holds the proceedings together, but like the climactic feast itself, the movie is populated with rich supporting moments: Isabella Rosellini, Minnie Driver, Ian Holm and even co-director Scott turn up to add color to the character-driven script.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/1998
  • UPC: 043396810198
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Italiano
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Tucci Secondo
Tony Shalhoub Primo
Minnie Driver Phyllis
Ian Holm Pascal
Isabella Rossellini Gabriella
Allison Janney Ann
Campbell Scott
Marc Anthony Cristiano
Technical Credits
Campbell Scott Director, Co-producer
Stanley Tucci Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Beth Alexander Associate Producer
Lynn D'Angona Asst. Director
Gary De Michele Score Composer
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Jonathan Filley Producer
Andrew Jackness Production Designer
Ken Kelsch Cinematographer
David Kirkpatrick Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Peter Ligouri Associate Producer
Oliver Platt Associate Producer
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Keith Samples Producer
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Tropiano Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:19]
2. Open for business [1:36]
3. "Is this what I ordered?" [3:50]
4. At the bank [5:35]
5. Business across the street [2:07]
6. Alberto [1:47]
7. Phyllis [4:36]
8. At Pascal's [9:44]
9. "Louis Prima's coming." [1:09]
10. Ann [3:21]
11. Need help? [:59]
12. Their last chance [1:58]
13. Pots,pans,and pasta [1:39]
14. Booze call [1:08]
15. Gabriella [3:12]
16. Next year's Cadillac [4:24]
17. Pascal stops by [5:01]
18. Calling Uncle Paolo [:58]
19. Secondo invites Ann [1:02]
20. The Maestro returns [2:26]
21. Phyllis returns [2:22]
22. The party begins [3:20]
23. Buona Sera [1:35]
24. Pascal & Gabriella arrive [2:33]
25. Kitchen of love [1:49]
26. Phyllis & Gabriella [2:08]
27. Mambo Italiano [2:40]
28. Dinner is served [8:48]
29. Ring game [1:54]
30. "No one is coming" [1:54]
31. On the beach [11:24]
32. Breakfast [5:21]
33. End Credits [3:12]
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Side #1 --
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   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Exceptional Film

    "Big Night" is one of those rare films that captures the personality of each character and develops those characterizations throughout the movie, while telling an interesting feature story with sub plots that could stand up against most feature films. While Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci shine in their starring roles as brothers with distinctly different goals and dreams for their shared restaurant, probably the true beauty of this film is how much is said about love and passion through scenes with food, cars, business dealings and character's interactions with each other. While this movie is entertaining for everyone, it is a must see for anyone who is passionate about the food and beverage industry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!!!

    I Absolutely enjoyed this film. Wonderful. Great acting by the whole cast. Parts of it were filmed in my hometown of Keyport New Jersey. Excellent film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is a classic!

    The ensemble cast does a wonderful job with this simple comedy-drama. The camera is practically another actor, and the movie features some brilliant scenes that are shot in a single take. Highly recommended!

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