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Big Business [Blu-ray] (2011)

Bette Midler , Lily Tomlin , Jim Abrahams  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward
  • Directors: Jim Abrahams
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RA7YG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bette Midler (THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, BEACHES) and Lily Tomlin (DISNEY'S THE KID, ALL OF ME, 9 TO 5) -- the first ladies of laughter -- star in this critically acclaimed box office hit about two sets of identical twins who are mismatched at birth. Forty years later, their paths cross amid the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and the result is unrestrained pandemonium. New York's opulent Plaza Hotel is the setting for a wildly hilarious, classic case of mistaken identities, split personalities, and double trouble! With the unparalleled comedic talents of Midler and Tomlin, two's company ... four's a riot!

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make comedies like this anymore.... June 27, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am SOOO HAPPY this is finally being released on DVD (my VHS copy has been watched so many times, it's not that good anymore!).
This is a great story about TWO sets of twins that are born in this rinky dink hospital in Jupiter Hollow, only to have one twin from each set mixed with the other. It's a hilarious romp and definitely a feel good movie. I think far too many critics these days miss that point. If a movie makes you feel good and makes you want to watch it over and over again, that's a 5 star movie.
Big Business will keep you coming back for a great does of monkey business!! Viva Tomlin and Midler!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to rent! June 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
So there's nothing on TV except reruns? Your husband wants to watch football and you hate football, so you go to the video rental to pick out a movie to watch on the spare TV in the bedroom? Hey, I've been there, done that. Now it's time, if you haven't already, to rent a blockbuster funny movie: Big Business with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin.
When a rich couple have to have their twin girls in a small town, all kinds of madcap comedy starts to happen. First, the kids get mixed up. The rich couple is supposed to have two Bette Midlers, if you can believe it. And the poor folks are suppose to have two Lily Tomlins. But each couple gets one of each. And to make matters even funnier, both Lily's are named Rose and both Bette's are named Sadie. Each Sadie has a different personality. Each Rose has a different personality. Where do I begin?
The poor folks Sadie is a cow milkin', sweet singin' kind of gal who yodels and has lots of fun.
The rich folks Sadie is head of the family business now that her mom and dad are dead, and she thinks she's hot stuff. She's all stuck up and full of herself.
But, when poor Sadie visits New York, she has a lot in common with rich Sadie. They both like the same kinds of clothes, and like to eat the same things.
Poor Rose is Lily Tomlin at her best as a brash, life ain't gonna stop her kind of gal. Rich Rose is Lily Tomlin as an accident getting ready to happen. Poor Rose lets all her attitude hang out, and says just what she's thinking. Rich Rose cowers behind rich sister Sadie.
But when they all get together, the fun really begins, as ex-spouses and boyfriends find out they are attracted to Sadie, but it's the other Sadie they're really interested in. Same way with Rose.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanna say things like, KEEP THE CHANGE!!! September 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
One set of twins (Lily Tomlin) born to West Virginians gets separated with other set of twins (Bette Midler) born to NYC snobs. Yes, no one noticed the obvious hair color differences but it really doesn't matter. Both Tomlin and Midler go relentless getting laughs and it does work great. Especially the displaced country Bette Midler (who was supposed to grow up rich) and the country Lily Tomlin (who is where she is supposed to be). So many lines that you'll find yourself repeating them and the ending is such a great sight gag. Hopefully this will be available again and on DVD at that? Oh my god, it's me with a bad haircut.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPUTER CHIPS, THEY'VE GOT THEIR WAYS! January 21, 2000
By B.
Format:VHS Tape
My best friend and I owe about half of our vocabulary to this great film. I can't believe it's not even made on VHS any longer, let alone DVD. ROSE IS ME! I know how you love to mix & match your syrups. This film is a classic, and the laughs won't end when the movie ends.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Upgrade From DVD to Blu-Ray April 24, 2011
By Dan333
Format:Blu-ray
This blu-ray looks much better than the dvd for the exception of the first few minutes in the scene where the mothers are delivering their children. After that you clearly see the rich video and the difference between this blu-ray and the regular dvd.

This movie is so happy, uplifting and entertaining from begining to end that I've bought it yet again; first vhs many years ago, then dvd, now blu-ray. Buying blu-ray will make you feel that you're watching the movie for the 1st time again and a very big difference from dvd. The title menu is also cool with the black and white screen split in 4 and background music.

I gave it 5 stars because I don't consider that 2 or 3 minutes in the begining of the movie of some graininess is enough to take a star away from this great movie and wonderful video quality after those few minutes. Also other reviewers have removed more than one star just because of those 2 or 3 minutes. Maybe they didn't keep watching after that?

There are many wonderful old movies that I would love to see come out in blu-ray even if the quality is not perfect but is at least widescreen and better than dvd.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites January 19, 2004
By Kelli
Format:DVD
This movie is one of my favorites from growing up. I probably watched it at least 100 times as a child. I'm so glad to see it on DVD. Bette Midler(who plays Sadie and Sadie) and Lily Tomlin (who plays Rose and Rose)are so funny!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MEETIN'? Why are you so worried about the MEETIN'? September 6, 2004
By andrew
Format:DVD
God, I must have seen this flick more than any other flick. Kudos to the other reviewers who have stated they grew up with this film. I did too. I can still remember seeing this in the theater. It has almost reached a cult status with my group of friends. Bette in full Alexis Carrington drag is at the peak of here career here. She is incredibly funny and not enough can be said about her palpable synergy with the great Lily Tomlin. Putting two comedic geniuses together and giving them such zingers like "Have you got your brains and your balls in your briefcase?", "Is this how we dress for the office? You look like a blood clot!" and "Oh my God, how did I get so fat? I look like a walleyed salmon! What did he use a wide angle lens?" was a gift from God.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Family favorite
This is a gift for my husband. It is replacing a VHS. It's a family favorite. You know, the ones your husband and kids quote.
Published 2 days ago by Gail Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Always a big fan of these 2 actress's. Very entertaining.
Had it on VHS, so was a replacement for upgraded system
Published 7 days ago by Janice D Lispi
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Comedy
1988 saw the release of Big Business, which I was lucky enought to see in the theatre. Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin star as twins in this funny film. Read more
Published 19 days ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Business
These two are so cute in this Movie. They are so funny and so talented. I have watched it over and over, you won't be disapointed with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin.
Published 20 days ago by Love To Shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Flick!
One of my favorite movie's from the past. So worth a watch, especially for othse with pre-teen kids who want a clean family flick with a fun twist.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
This movie is classic Bette Midler times two. Loved watching it again for the second time since it came out in 1988.
Published 23 days ago by Erin Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy in the first degree
You can't go wrong with this all-star comedy. It is a unique double-down fun time. Don't even pause to think - just watch it!
Published 23 days ago by Reviews R Us
4.0 out of 5 stars Great One Liners
This I consider a guilty pleasure. It is pure 100% cotton candy. Two sets of mixed up twins. One set hillbillies the other Manhattan elite. Read more
Published 1 month ago by patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars what A great cmbination, great movie too
I've seen this A couple of times, Bette Midler, is A fine singer, and A fine actor too, I've seen her inmost everything she's acted in, and I absolutely love her songs, I have all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Actual movie as better than I remember.
Bette and Lily - could it get any better. Truly fun and high energy - it just made me smile!
Published 1 month ago by Garry Lane
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