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Big Miracle (Blu-ray & DVD Combo Disc + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (2012)

Drew Barrymore , John Krasinski , Ken Kwapis  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Kristen Bell
  • Directors: Ken Kwapis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 30, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Digital Copy of Big Miracle (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet™ (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
  • Deleted Scenes with Intros by Director Ken Kwapis
  • A "Big Miracle" in Alaska
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ken Kwapis
  • My Scenes
  • D-BOX
  • BD-Live
  • pocket BLU App
  • Truth is Stranger than Fiction

  • Editorial Reviews

    Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski star in this incredible rescue adventure – the amazing true story that inspired the world and captured the hearts of millions. When a family of whales is trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle, a small-town reporter (Krasinski) and an animal-loving volunteer (Barrymore) rally an unlikely coalition of Alaskan natives, oil tycoons and the Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales before it’s too late. Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney and Ted Danson costar in this charming feel-good movie that the whole family can enjoy!

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    71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Hollywood Effort on Inspirational Arctic Event April 2, 2012
    My wife and I were living in Barrow back in 1988 when the three California Gray Whales got stuck in the ice near Point Barrow. It was an exciting time and we were eagerly waiting to see the movie --how Hollywood would tell the story. When the whales were first discovered, I had just started working as the newsperson for local radio station KBRW. Got busy very quickly!

    It was great to see some places there again, like the Mexican Restaurant ---really named Pepes.
    And young Ahmaogak Sweeney in the role of Nathan, who learns about the Inupiat Eskimos and their relationships with whales from his Appa, or Grandfather. Nathan also figures out a way to supplement his allowance when some 200 outside Media folks arrived in Barrow and wanted to get out to the Arctic Ocean ice where the whales were trapped.
    He gathers up some cardboard and sells it to the reporters so their feet won't get cold standing on the ice.
    I was out there on the ice and don't remember such a thing, but it might have been a good idea.

    The movie is listed as "Inspired by a True Story." So we were prepared for Hollywood to stretch and substitute.

    Two major ones: It was an Inupiat Eskimo hunter, Roy Ahmaogak, who first discovered the stranded whales, not a newsman.
    And second ---the Barrow whalers do not hunt the California Gray Whales. They hunt the larger Bowhead whales.
    The movie includes arguments that a quick rescue was needed so the Native crews would not hunt them.
    The Whaling captains held their meeting early on, before most media arrived, and said they would do all they could to rescue the whales.

    One of the movie's strong points is recreating the whales, barnacles and all.
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie March 1, 2012
    By David
    this is an awesome movie. this movie is based on a true story where three whales two adults and thier baby gets traped in the ice and fights for thier lives. when a news caster descovers that the whales are in trouble he broadcast it all over the news. when people descover how much the whales need help they help them. this was a really good movie and was heartwarming. if you have not seen this movie then i recommend you do
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars NOT MY FIRST RODEO June 11, 2012
    1988 Barrow Point, Alaska.

    This film is based on a true story and includes news feeds from that era. Three migrating whales are trapped in the ice due to early freezing. It was a fluke they were reported on in the first place. Once attention grew, unlikely forces and alliances came together to save the whales. This included an oil company, Greenpeace, US and Soviet governments, the military, Eskimos, the community, private entrepreneurs, and a Barbie reporter. That was the Big Miracle.

    The film contains the right mix of drama and comedy in this heart warming tale on what people can accomplish when they come together.

    The end of the film shows a clip of Sarah Palin, then Heath, as a sportscaster.

    Family safe.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    "In Alaska there are no simple rescues." While filming a story about a kid who can do sno-mobile tricks, reporter Adam (Krasinski) spots a strange sight. When he sends his report of three whales trapped in the ice with only days left to live it becomes national news. Now with the help of his Greenpeace girlfriend Rachel (Barrymore) and a few others the race is on to save the whales. After being totally surprised with how much I liked "Dolphin Tale" my expectations for this one were pretty high. Once again I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this movie. Almost immediately it sucks you in and holds you through all the highs and lows. This is also another movie that is based on events that happened when I was old enough to remember but I knew nothing about this. Not knowing what happened made the movie seem more tense to me and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Much like "Dolphin Tale" this is a great family movie that everyone, not just the kids will love. It is rated PG for language but other then a character saying Hell and bastard I don't remember anything other that that so you won't have to worry about what your kids are hearing. I highly recommend this as a great movie for family night. Overall, one of the best family movies in the last few years. A must see. I give it an A.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Message form the Arctic January 2, 2013
    Sometimes it takes a film about the environmental crises to bring to the attention of the entire populace that not only MUST we do something about our bruising of our natural environment, but that when certain people take action it does indeed make a difference. This is a gently made film that gets its point across in a warmly entertaining way - and it is a true story!

    Thomas Rose' book FREEING THE WHALES forms the basis for this story, adapted for the screen by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Ken Kwapis directs. In brief summery (everyone knows this story by now), an animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community - and eventually rival world superpowers - to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.'

    The cast is a large one with some actors only appearing briefly but in roles that show their professional an also their emotional support for placing this subject before the public. In the lead roles are John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Ted Danson and Tim Blake Nelson, but the remainder of the cast includes Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Baker, Kristin Bell, James LeGros and a fine supporting cast of Inuit actors and others.

    The special effects are credible and deeply moving as the whales are released form their frozen captivity. The film adds much to the understanding of environmental problems and how multinational efforts are necessary to tame the destructive threats to the future of our globe. Grady Harp, January 13
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    3.0 out of 5 stars The movie itself is amazing, but the dvd's color is completely off
    The movie itself is amazing, but the dvd's color is completely off. Very disappointed in the quality of the dvd that was sent to me.
    Published 1 day ago by Camden Harlan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I bought this movie because I saw this long time ago .
    Published 5 days ago by marlene ferguson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    A tear jerker
    Published 6 days ago by nanabroomstick
    4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great family movie
    This is a great family movie. I was impressed that the plot was simple enough for my 9 and 7 year olds to follow along, while also keeping me and my 14 year old entertained. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Christine Egan
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FAMILY MOVIE
    Fantastic movie.....great for the whole family....highly recommended!
    Published 10 days ago by God's Fire Starter
    5.0 out of 5 stars A FEEL GOOD SPECTICLE
    Great uplifting movie. I personally would not have picked this movie to watch, but it was on while I was doing some household chores and it caught my attention. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Tina A. Stephens
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Awesome movie for entire famiky.
    Published 1 month ago by Murph
    3.0 out of 5 stars we both enjoyed
    watched with my grandson.... we both enjoyed it
    Published 1 month ago by patti
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by SPATITO
    4.0 out of 5 stars The acting is very good and the story is great
    Cute movie. The acting is very good and the story is great. A bit cheesy here and there, but I like cheese sometimes. :) Worth watching for sure.
    Published 1 month ago by Doug
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