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Big Fish

Big Fish

4.7 65
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. Burton


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.

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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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

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

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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Big Fish 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an excellent movie! Ewan Mcgregor, Billy Crudup, and Albert Finney star, and they are great. Moving, touching, and hilarious throughout. Highly recommended . . . can't wait to see it on DVD
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Big Fish is a beautiful commentary of a son's relationship with the father he knows better than he realizes. It uses the sense of whimsy and ideology all adult children feel as they they watch their parents pave life's path ahead of them. I would also suggest that those viewers who are ensnared by the allegory of the fish go back and watch the film again. It isn't about a fish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton in a great director and I love his wonderful ideas.the scenery was so beautiful and the story line had good intentions but very slow to the point. Other then that i wasnt disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see this movie with my teenage daughters. Talk about an experience. The theater was packed and I swear , mostly all you could hear at the end from young and old, men and women alike around the theater was sobbing....never have I had such emotions all happen at once. This movie SHOULD be an Oscar winner!
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie from beginning to end. I just don¿t like movies that make me cry so I don¿t want to see it again but I do... argh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton has created another masterpiece!!! He spins an enchanting story that will have audiences spellbound for hours. I would highly reccomend this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A movie that takes its audience into a (surprisingly) not-so-unfamiliar world of giants, witches, and literal time-stops upon seeing the 'love of your life,' Big Fish goes above and beyond one's imagination, takes you to a world visually different yet strangely familiar. An exquisitely made film that can truly be enjoyed and cherished by all ages. Watch it and escape with Big Fish's rich and colorful characters and come back to your life refreshed and, if you pay enough attention, a little bit wiser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great, I love it and bought it the day it came out on DVD. Well, my mom bought it but anyhow. It's a wonderful movie that tells an amazing story full of twists and turns and has lots of emotion. Steve Buscemi and Danny De Vito also adds well deserved comedic relief to this otherwise serious although often light hearted adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is full of imagination. Everything about it was great and it was visually stunning. I just love Tim Burton's vision as a director. I expected a lot from the film and was not disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is Tim Burton at his best!He comes up with great things!I loved this movie and so did my wife and two children.It would have been a better movie if it had no nudity.People these days think nudity is everything!I will definently be buying this movie because it is a fantasized movie about love, happiness,suspense, and, best of all, enjoying.
Dragons01 More than 1 year ago
Very interseting characters. Very fairy tale like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
absolutly LOVED IT!
kittysgd More than 1 year ago
There's something about watching Big Fish by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup and Jessica Lange, that lingers in my mind years later. I think it always will. Originally I viewed this movie about 5 years ago with a friend after my son had recommended it to us. I trust his judgement and on this he was right on. It tells the story of a dying father telling his life's story to his son in a compelling, dramatic and inventive way, just like all movie of Tim Burton's. But this one is a see again, which I usually don't do. Like books, I believe it's all about as many as can be read or seen in one lifetime. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to recommend Big Fish to a friend and watched it with him. He marveled at the actors portrayals of the characters, brilliantly done. He was amazed at the creative ideas used in the movie to keep you wondering, what could possibly be next? I couldn't even begin to tell you, and I don't really want to either. But trust me, you will not be disappointed in Big Fish. It delivers an unforgetable story that stays with you forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big Fish was great movie and one not to be missed. I this is one of Tim Burton's all time best. The cast is great which includes Danny Devito, Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, and Billy Crudup. This movie was like a modernized Wizard of Oz. Don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat and watched this movie with a smile and my mouth open like I was a little kid watching a magic show. I love it. Watch out for Danny Devito's backside, no one wants to see that. This movie was breathtaking and funny and sad and just magical. Storytelling at it's finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only a fantastical adventure made extraordinary by Burton's imagination but more importantly an excellent script with outstanding acting performances really getting at the emotional heart of the film, focusing on fixing a broken bond between father and son.