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Big Fish [Blu-ray] (2003)

Ewan McGregor , Albert Finney , Tim Burton  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Daniel Wallace, John August
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Katterli Frauenfelder, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M9BPEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Fish [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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After a string of mediocre movies, director Tim Burton regains his footing as he shifts from macabre fairy tales to Southern tall tales. Big Fish twines in and out of the oversized stories of Edward Bloom, played as a young man by Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, Down with Love) and as a dying father by Albert Finney (Tom Jones). Edward's son Will (Billy Crudup, Almost Famous) sits by his father's bedside but has little patience with the old man's fables, because he feels these stories have kept him from knowing who his father really is. Burton dives into Bloom's imagination with zest, sending the determined young man into haunted woods, an idealized Southern town, a traveling circus, and much more. The result is sweet but--thanks to the director's dark and clever sensibility--never saccharine. Also featuring Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, and Steve Buscemi. --Bret Fetzer

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Throughout his life Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, portrayed by five-time Best Actor Oscar nominee AlbertFinney (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000), he remains a huge mystery to his son, William (Billy Crudup). Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures in this marvel of a movie.

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297 of 334 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fish is a "move-me" not just a "movie"!! February 21, 2004
Format:DVD
Big Fish is the best movie I have ever seen and I have sent many, many people to see it and none have been disappointed. The easiest way to describe the movie would be "Terms of Endearment" for Sons and Fathers. The son knows that his father is dying, but is unable to let go without at least trying to distinguish between his Father's "Fish" stories and his father's real life. The viewer never knows until the very end of the movie where the truth lies in this senerio. I assume many viewers will find themselves in this "non-chick" flick and so you may need some tissue, I did. Also this is a Tim Burton masterpiece in production, visual effects, plot, music, and character interplay.
The sexiest scene I have ever viewed in a film takes place in Big Fish and yet there is no nudity in the scene. Jessica Lang provides the viewer with her usual superb performance and the young version of her character looks so much like her the viewer forgets they are two different actors and both their performances are outstanding. McGregor, although has lots of scenes in the movie, plays his part of the confused and somewhat angry son flawlessly. The father and his younger version keep the viewer so entertained that you never want this film to end. I would recommend this film to everyone over the age of 12. It is not a good choice for real young children because Tim Burton has done such an outstanding job of producing this film and most of the scenes are bigger than life and would easily scare younger audiances, although this is not a scary movie. It is brilliant and I do not understand why Hollywood has not given this picture more oscar attention and it is rare that I ever want to view a film more than once I intend to buy this DVD and watch it 100 more times.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly told story. May 10, 2004
Format:DVD
I went into Big Fish with high hopes. I love Tim Burton movies. He has an amazing imagination, which is lacking in many directors today. Directors like Roland Emmerich, Renny Harlin, and of course the big one, Michael Bay. These directors only use special effects and big explosions, while the story gets lost. Meanwhile Burton's genius is that his beautiful visuals compliment his stories. So as the curtains rose, and the theater went dark I was overcome by a childish glee. Then to my disdain, the lights came back on, then went on, and off about 15 more times before the movie finally started. But what a movie it ended up being.
Big Fish tells the story of a young man trying to sort out the facts and lies that his father has been telling him for his whole life. As the story opens Will Bloom (Crudup) hasn't spoken to his father in almost three years. He got tired of listening to his tall tales, but when he gets a call from his mother (Lange) telling him that his father doesn't have much time he rushes down as a latch ditch effort to learn the facts about his father. Albert Finney plays Edward Bloom, a man nearly confined to his bed, trying to get his son to accept who he is. The majority of the film is told through flashbacks, showing the amazing life that young Edward Bloom (Mcgregor) has lived. From giants to circus, from war to salesman, the film gives you the glimpse of a life as Bloom sees it. Is it true? Is he lying? Or is he embellishing the facts? Who knows and who cares.
The actors in this movie shine. Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney are absolutely charming in this movie. You want to believe his stories, and you can see why others do. The convincing shed their accents and pick up a southern accent without you really noticing.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only thing new is the book. September 25, 2005
Format:DVD
One of Tim Burton's absolute best. To answer the previous question, it's the same DVD as the initial release. It comes in big box (that's the cover shown) and this one includes the 24 page hardcover book "Fairy Tale for a Grown Up."
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY... June 8, 2006
Format:DVD
This is, indeed, a magical, mystical movie about fathers and sons, which is based upon the book "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace. The book is a perfect vehicle for Director Tim Burton's signature melange of reality and fantasy. The story is that of a father and his son, their estrangement, and their eventual reconciliation. It is a beautifully realized film that will bring tears to one's eyes.

The father in question is Ed Bloom (Albert Finney) who loves to tell, at least it seems so to his son, Will (Billy Crudup), tall tales about his past. The son becomes estranged from his father on his wedding day, when his father tells one tall tale too many for Will's tastes. For the next several years, Will communicates only with his mother, Sandra (Jessica Lange).

When his father becomes seriously ill, however, Will and his wife rush to his side. Father and son take final stock of each other, and the seemingly tall tales continue. As his father gets progressively worse, Will, feeling that he really does not know his father, embarks on a journey to discover for himself, once and for all, the man his father really is. What he discovers is that his father was not so off the mark with his stories, and he finally begins to appreciate who his father really is and the impact that he has had on others. It allows Will to be able to say goodbye to his father in a way that his father understands and to be at peace with the man whom he discovered his father to be .

The film takes the viewer on a ride through some of Ed Bloom's tall tales, in a series of vignettes, where the viewer sees a young Ed Bloom (Ewan McGregor) living an almost fantastical life. We see him meet the love of his life, Sandra, as a young girl (Alison Lohman).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
This movie is just a fun glimpse throught the life of a dieing man who loves to tell stories. It's a fun feel good movie with interesting story lines and a great ending bringing... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Derek C. Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fish...Great Movie
One of the finest films I have ever seen. Very moving. Everyone I have shown it to has loved it. Bar none.
Published 2 days ago by James Lundsten
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Fish
We like this movie but the rental price is too high for an older movie. For prime members, this movie should be free
Published 5 days ago by Gordon Higbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Take on Big Fish
A marvelous movie. Sometimes in life the truth doesn't appear to surface. As life unfolds through time a careful review of one's life with others can prove beneficial.
Published 6 days ago by A. Nat Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars big fish movie
the film was interesting and gave the necessary entertainment. the price was good thru amazon and it was easy to get it rented on amazon
Published 8 days ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll probably cry, but that's a good thing.
This movie will make you reflect about your life, your past, your legacy. Watch it with someone you care about.
Published 13 days ago by Kevin E. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few chick flicks I'll watch.
I am a complete horror movie buff. I hate chick flicks. HATE them.
But, I will watch this movie 1,000 times over before a horror movie is even suggested. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mallary
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie - spoiler alert
with great acting and scenery. But I watched soon after losing my father, and it was too difficult for me. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites!
this movie really warms the heart! the acting is superb and message is relevant. this is one of my favorite movies
Published 20 days ago by Kristina Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Lover!
This movie is for anyone with an imagination and a desire to explore! I loved this movie the first time I saw it and had to have it. It showed up quickly and neatly packaged.
Published 22 days ago by Anna Blankenship
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