The Big Blue

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Director Luc Besson presents his stunning drama The Big Blue. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks excellent. The rich colors and dark black levels are all wonderfully detailed with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement showing up in the picture. Overall, Columbia has done an excellent job on this transfer of the film. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in French, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 in English. Both of these tracks do a fine job, though neither ...
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Director Luc Besson presents his stunning drama The Big Blue. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks excellent. The rich colors and dark black levels are all wonderfully detailed with only the slightest amount of edge enhancement showing up in the picture. Overall, Columbia has done an excellent job on this transfer of the film. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in French, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 in English. Both of these tracks do a fine job, though neither is overly exciting. The dialogue, effects, and music are all clear and concise without any distortion marring the mix. Also included on this disc are English, Spanish, and French subtitles. The extra features on The Big Blue are rather slim -- all that's included on this disc is a previously unheard score by Eric Serra, plus theatrical trailers for other Besson films.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround] French; Subititles: English, Spanish, French; Photo gallery: international ad campaign; Isolated music score; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Animated menus; Production notes; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Doree Shafrir
In 1988, Luc Besson, already armed with a considerable cult following from earlier movies like Diva and Subway, made his first English-language film, The Big Blue. Besson's story concerns Jacques Mayol, a world-class diver who can't reconcile life on land with his world beneath the sea. Mayol Jean-Marc Barr, along with boyhood friend and diving rival, Enzo Molinari Besson regular Jean Réno, belongs to an elite cadre of divers known as free divers, who scorn oxygen tanks and instead rely solely on lung capacity to bring them to depths of more than 300 feet. Enter Joanna Baker Rosanna Arquette, an insurance claims adjuster who is investigating a truck accident and soon becomes involved with the intense Mayol. The Big Blue eschews the slick action sequences Besson is famous for; instead, it simply and quietly attempts to capture the natural, awesome power of the sea -- while telling a story of tender beauty, grace, and ultimately tragedy. Butchered by its American distributor upon release, The Big Blue has now been restored to its original length and scope on a special-edition DVD released by Columbia Tri Star.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • UPC: 043396039278
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Marc Barr Jacques Mayol
Jean Reno Enzo Molinari
Rosanna Arquette Johanna
Griffin Dunne Duffy
Paul Shenar Dr.Laurence
Sergio Castellitto Novelli
Jean Bouise Uncle Louis
Marc Duret Roberto
Andréas Voutsinas Priest
Valentina Vargas Bonita
Kimberly Beck Sally
Alessandra Vazzoler Mamma, Enzo's Mother
Bruce Guerre-Berthelot Young Jacques
Gregory Forstner Young Enzo
Claude Besson Jacques' Father
Patrick Fontana Alfredo
Geoffrey Carey Supervisor
Marika Gevaudan Angelica
Jan Rouiller Noireuter
Peter Semler Frank
Jacques Levy Doctor
Eric Do Japanese Diver
Andre Germe Filipino Diver
Ronald Teuhi Tahitian Diver
Rosario Campese Waiter
Franco Diogene Receptionist
Tredessa Dalton Carol
Constantin Alexandrov Dolphin Trainer
Pierre-Alain DeGarrigues Superintendent
Claude Robin Taxi Driver
Paul Herman Taxi Driver in US
Nicolas Maltos Diving Coordinator on Platform
Marc Planceon Paramedic
Technical Credits
Luc Besson Director, Screenwriter
Patrick Barthelemy Set Decoration/Design
Pierre Befve Sound/Sound Designer
Blandine Boyer Costumes/Costume Designer
Nathalie Cheron Casting
CinemaScope Cinematographer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Creation Express Costumes/Costume Designer
David Forrest Makeup
Celestia Fox Casting
Robert Garland Screenwriter
Marilyn Goldin Screenwriter
Magali Guidasci Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Guille Special Effects
Malika Khelfa Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard Lamps Sound/Sound Designer
Patrice Ledoux Executive Producer, Producer
Mimi Lempicka Costumes/Costume Designer
Olivier Mauffroy Editor
Marc Maurette Production Manager
Jacques Mayol Screenwriter
Brigitte Nierhaus Costumes/Costume Designer
Pat Orseth Casting
Marc Perrier Screenwriter
Gabor Pogany Cinematographer
Martine Rapin Costumes/Costume Designer
Patricia Saalburg Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Serra Score Composer
Carlo Varini Cinematographer
Dan Weil Art Director, Production Designer
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:30]
2. Coin competition [12:24]
3. $10,000 Rescue [5:54]
4. Johanna [4:51]
5. First dive [6:08]
6. French Riviera [3:55]
7. Jacques' heartbeat [2:51]
8. Incomplete file [6:03]
9. A coincidence [5:00]
10. The ceremony [6:03]
11. Drinks in the drink [4:13]
12. Taking back what's his [2:55]
13. The Delifinarium [4:30]
14. Pasta party [1:31]
15. A favor [7:10]
16. 360 Feet [6:31]
17. Making his move [2:37]
18. With the dolphin [6:14]
19. Oil rig gig [10:21]
20. Jacques comes to NY [2:14]
21. Uncle Louis [8:23]
22. Bad day [3:57]
23. 380 Feet [1:41]
24. "Let them try" [4:40]
25. 400 Feet [18:18]
26. Suicide dive [10:06]
27. Wet dream [7:06]
28. A better place [7:10]
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Menu

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Audio Set-up
Subtitles
   Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 02:48:28
Special Features
   Photo Gallery International Ad Campaigns
   Isolated Music Score ON
   Isolated Music Score OFF
   Talent Files
      Luc Besson
      Jean Reno
      Rosanna Arquette
      Jean-Marc Barr
   Theatrical Trailers
      The Big Blue
      The Professional
      The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie but I prefer the American version

    This is a fantastic movie in its American version. The music that was redone by Bill Conti in the American version is half of the movie, absolutely exceptional! I find that the movie flows much better and the music infinitely better portrays the majesty, beauty and grandiosity of the big blue sea than in the original director's cut version. I would definitely like to see re-recordings of the American version of the Big Blue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    interesting debate

    This is one of my wife's favorite movies. However, she saw it in Greece in the '90s, in its original, longer form (to which it has now been restored, I believe). We unwittingly rented the American version a few years ago and my wife was shocked and disappointed at how it had been changed, especially its ending. She couldn't stand Roseanne Arquette in the American version -- not sure how her performance had been changed in this version. I'm anxious to get the original for her so she can again enjoy the film she remembers. It's interesting that people are so divided on which version is better -- makes me think those American distributors know what they're doing! (even if they don't know my wife)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awful remake

    First of all, let me set something straight: This is one of my favorite movies. That¿s why I¿m so offended with this new director¿s cut. They changed the end of the movie losing all the impact it used to have. They changed entire sequences making this new version an awfully long disconnected bunch of scenes that doesn¿t have a punch or an emotional hook to move anybody. Special mention goes to the new musical score. The original one (or the one released originally in America) was a great ethereal new age like soundtrack. This new score by Eric Serra is just wrong and mediocre. It sounds like a guy playing with his old 1988 synthesizer. If someone out there has an idea on how to get the original one please let us know!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music of the Big Blue

    Just to say that the the very first sound track was written by Eric Serra, only than, when the movie came out in USA the music was changed into, what you call, new age music ..... in the real original version you can feel that Luc Besson and Eric Serra are big friends and the music realy fits the film in perfect harmony. It,s for this reason that Eric almost wrote all the sound-tracks of Luc,s films !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointment In The Extreme

    I had never seen an ''expanded'', ''special'' or ''Director's Cut'' edition of a movie that I liked less than the original until I saw this movie. The soundtrack was changed from the original version, and this completely ruins the movie. Music put where there once was silence (to focus on the stark, b&w beauty of the film) and a type of music completely out of touch with the haunting, ethereal visuals in the film which were enhanced by the original score makes me want to return this DVD, which I may yet do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest films ever made

    I'm not going to go into all the details about why this film hit me so hard, but I'll tell a little. It's more than the cinematography, more than the acting and the clever dialogue. It's more about the impression this movie gives about lives that are so different than mine, the powerful experiences that are so far removed from the daily grind that the escape is captivating. It's about another world, but that world is somehow familiar. The struggles are common, but performed by uncommon people. It's amazing. See this film and change your perception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    168 minute Verson ''GREAT'' Get Lost In It!

    The expanded 168 minute version released in 1998 by director Luc Besson was WONDERFUL. Grab a comfortable seat, turn off the phone and GET LOST IN IT! Great story of a man's never ending love for the sea and one woman's stronger love to finely let him go to it....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Blue - version proper

    Great Film. Finally you americans get the real deal, yet still you whine and prefer your cut down - mangled and made simple version. Stick to Besson's vision, or do you agree with the studio's when they say '' we'd better cut this down and re-score it cause the simple folk in the US won't understand it'' , Cause thats what happened!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    The Big Blue -- Magestic

    This is a film I have seen many many times, and it is just as beautiful and witty each run. ''Jacques'' is a introverted soul who expresses himself best with the dolphins rather than with people. ''Bruno'', is the comic relief of a stereotypic Italian who loves his food, his women and his career. The cinematography is breathtaking and the storyline is captivating. All I can say is ''beautiful'' -- a wonderful film brought to us from the French in the English language.

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