Big Picture

Big Picture

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Director: Christopher Guest

Cast: Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh

     
 

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Before directing a series of mock documentaries that brought him a great deal of critical acclaim, Christopher Guest directed the Hollywood satire The Big Picture. That film is presented in two different transfers on this DVD. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standardSee more details below

Overview

Before directing a series of mock documentaries that brought him a great deal of critical acclaim, Christopher Guest directed the Hollywood satire The Big Picture. That film is presented in two different transfers on this DVD. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Guest and star Kevin Bacon. Guest is typically dry, as he usually is on the tracks, but their comments do provide some interesting background on the film. Deleted scenes, filmographies, production notes, and trailers round out this solid release from Columbia/TriStar.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An intermittently hilarious look at the travails of getting a film produced in Hollywood, this pleasant satire by first-time director/Spinal Tap-alumnus Christopher Guest is slight, but manages to carry through on its good humor and savvy wit. Kevin Bacon is a perfect everyman choice for the lead role and makes the labors of student filmmaking believable to its core audience (disgruntled filmmaker hopefuls). Like This is Spinal Tap (which starred Guest and co-writer Michael McKean), The Big Picture features a parade of cameo appearances, many of them exceedingly well cast, particularly Jennifer Jason Leigh's robust comic turn and Martin Short's highly amusing, unbilled walk-on as an agent. Robert Altman later polished this concept in his remarkable 1992 feature The Player, but Guest's film hits the mark more often than not and has a sweeter aftertaste.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
UPC:
0043396052642
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen & full-screen presentations; Audio commentary with Christopher Guest and Kevin Bacon; Deleted scenes; Filmographies; Production notes; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Nick Chapman
Emily Longstreth Susan Rawlings
J.T. Walsh Allen Habel
Jennifer Jason Leigh Lydia Johnson
Michael McKean Emmett Sumner
Kim Miyori Jenny Sumner
Teri Hatcher Gretchen
Jason Gould Carl Manknik
Don Franklin Todd Marvin
Fran Drescher Polo Habel
Stephen Collins Attorney
Roddy McDowall Judge
Elliott Gould Lawyer (uncredited)
Patty Horweth Woman with Fridge
Welsey Pfenning Woman in Cabin
Dan Schneider Jonathan/Tristan-Bennet
Tracy Brooks Swope Lori Pressman
Gary Kroeger Mark
Alice Hirson Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens Mr. Chapman
Suzy Cote Mindy Habel
Robert Bauer Wounded Soldier
Vladimir Skomarovsky Man in Nick's Movie
C.W. Hemingway Joey
Holly Fields Daughter
Yvonne Peattie Mrs. Feldzar
Stan Ivar Charlie
David Hayward George
Caitlin Clarke Sharon
Nancy Valen Young Sharon
Richard Blake Abe Lincoln
Walter Olkewicz Babe Ruth
Richard Belzer Video Show Host
Tom Maier Building Manager
Tim Landers PEZ People
Martin Lund PEZ People
Michael Miller PEZ People
Jennifer Karr Woman in Restaurant
Buddy Garion Man in Restaurant
Scott Williamson Restaurant Manager
Victor Steinbach Andres Vargiak
Arlene Lorre Cleopatra
George Rogan Security Guard/Nazi
Perla Walter Housekeeper
Pamela Morris Cheryl
Lulie Newcomb Receptionist
Suzee Slater Stewardess
Brad Zutaut Surfer
Matthew Eichler Piano Player
Nadine Lenore Patterson Twin
Scott Coffey Waiter
Bruce Kirby Businessman

Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director,Screenwriter
Richard Gilbert Abramson Executive Producer
Nina Axelrod Casting
Gary P. D'Amico Special Effects
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Jeff Jur Cinematographer
Jerie Kelter Set Decoration/Design
William E. McEuen Executive Producer
Michael McKean Screenwriter
Martin W. Nicholson Editor
David Nichtern Score Composer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Luke Rothschild Associate Producer
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
Michael Varhol Producer,Screenwriter
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. The Student Film Awards
3. First Nominee
4. Second Nominee
5. Third Nominee
6. First Date
7. Nick Chapman, Director
8. Allen Habel, Studio Exec
9. Emmet Sumner, Cinematographer
10. Neil Sussman, Agent
11. Studio Meeting
12. The Pitch
13. The Habel Party
14. Location & Demographics
15. Undercover Swiss Agent
16. Toby's Party
17. Pre-Production Meeting
18. Nick Sells Out
19. "Your Project Is Dead."
20. New Studio Head
21. Brown Entertainment
22. Struggling Director
23. Susan's Office
24. Lydia Johnson
25. "The Whites of Their Eyes"
26. Allen Habel Calling
27. The Buzz
28. A Film by Nick Chapman
1. Start
2. The Student Film Awards
3. First Nominee
4. Second Nominee
5. Third Nominee
6. First Date
7. Nick Chapman, Director
8. Allen Habel, Studio Exec
9. Emmet Sumner, Cinematographer
10. Neil Sussman, Agent
11. Studio Meeting
12. The Pitch
13. The Habel Party
14. Location & Demographics
15. Undercover Swiss Agent
16. Toby's Party
17. Pre-Production Meeting
18. Nick Sells Out
19. "Your Project Is Dead."
20. New Studio Head
21. Brown Entertainment
22. Struggling Director
23. Susan's Office
24. Lydia Johnson
25. "The Whites of Their Eyes"
26. Allen Habel Calling
27. The Buzz
28. A Film by Nick Chapman

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