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The Big Year [Blu-ray] (2011)

Steve Martin , Jack Black , David Frankel  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson
  • Directors: David Frankel
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo), French (Stereo), Spanish (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWZWC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson form "a comic dream team" (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) in this smart, funny comedy from the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate "birder" by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price - and that's not chicken feed!

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite movie January 8, 2012
Format:DVD
I love birds, and thanks to my mom, my family has no less than a half dozen pairs of binoculars and bird books; we subscribe to Birds &Blooms, Wild Bird, etc. I saw a grand total of two previews for this movie, and got the book from the library after the first. It was a great book. The movie was better: a few details changed for a perfect ending, almost as many shots of the birds as the cast, who were wonderful in this film. My children enjoyed it, and I can hardly wait for my husband to see it. Had it stayed in theaters long enough, I would have gone to see it on a weekly basis. It is sad that there was so little buzz about this movie, because it was absolutely perfect in every way! The whole family can watch together, unlike so many movies released these days, and it is the perfect encouragement for backyard birders.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Rave December 27, 2011
Format:DVD
First of all, I enjoyed the other two reviews, they've got it right on. My wife and I saw this on the big screen and loved it. The matinee we attended only had about 2 other couples in it, which was terribly disappointing. We enjoyed this film and the DVD is already purchased, awaiting arrival on release.

It is refreshing to go to a movie and not have your ears assaulted by too loud music or special effects. This film doesn't need either, it's a good story on it's own. I think anyone that gives it a viewing will say it was worth it.
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89 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Birder's Box-office Bouquet October 17, 2011
Format:DVD
LOVED IT! LAUGHED! Admittedly I feed backyard birds year-round. That does not deter the facts that this is a beautifully documented birding film with enough outdoor vistas to fill anyone's nest. Great music too, even from a couple of those old Beetles guys. The story ("true story, only the facts were changed") is birds, and how many can one count in a year, i.e. A Big Year. It turns into an avid confrontational race between Brad (Jack Black) a nuclear power plant techie, Kenny (Owen Wilson) reining champ, & Stu (Steve Martin) corporate head who's trying to retire from success. Brad needs financial help from parents (Dianne Wiest & Brian Dennehy) since this quest is ultra expensive. Brad also, along the trail, gets the hots for peacock gorgeous Ellie (Rashida Jones). So did I.

Other family matters become sub-plots and drama in this comic race for the feather count. Kenny's wife Jessica (Rosamund Pike) makes any guy look the fool with her beautiful display as the beautiful birdhouse mate. Kenny dumbly leaves her home alone. Kenny tells her he's the "Mozart" of birders. Stu gets a bit more moral support from wife Edith (Jo Beth Williams) and he does have a consciousness about business and family and occasionally falls from the hunt. There are some slapstick adventures in the rugged areas of North America due to the gung-ho style of the trio on their "Big Year" quests. Also enjoy the in-your-face bird tour boat captain, Annie Auklet (Angelica Huston) in a rare performance of a different specie. Plenty of other stars too. Not to mention hundreds of beautiful birds.

This is a FOWL film, but not fouled with lots of bad language, nudity, or other lower intellect modes often used to get comedy to work. Expect humor in wholesomeness, and the great outdoors.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for the blu - extended version is worth it! March 18, 2012
By Angela
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A friend of mine rented this movie, and, as soon as the credits were done rolling, I purchased my own copy. It is simply a delight! One of the best movies I've seen this year. If you enjoy movies about personal growth and/or that have any of the following: birding, nature, traveling, laughter, competitions, or if you just want to be entertained then give this a chance. I won't go more into detail here about it as plenty of other reviewers have done that already, just watch it!

I do want to highly recommend the bluray 2-disc set as it includes the extended version narrated slightly differently by John Cleese (on the bluray disc in the extras section), which is as enjoyable if not moreso than the theatrical version narrated by Jack Black. The extended version also has a gag reel and some other fun behind-the-scenes extras about the locations to which the production crew and cast traveled, and there is one more very small character's story woven in to the extended version of the movie...that of a ruby-throated hummingbird. The ruby's story is laced throughout the movie, and I think it adds a little extra bit of birding fun and fullness to the overall feel of the film. It's just really sweet.

Overall, see this movie, theatrical or extended version - both are great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHEN WAS THIS IN THEATERS? June 2, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I don't ever remember seeing this movie advertised, but I'm glad that I stumbled onto it while browsing Amazon's movie selections.
Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black pulled this one off.
I came across this while browsing movies, read the description and would have probably gone right past it after reading that it's about bird watchers. Don't get me wrong - I love birds, but bird watchers? Anyway, I noticed that it had a pretty good cast of actors that I like. So, I decided to watch the trailer - thus the hook.
I like comedies, and I like to watch them with my girlfriend. I convinced her to watch the trailer. She being a big animal lover, she was easy to convince.
We both loved it.
It's about three lives, three bird watchers, and the special people in their lives. It was funny, and it was thought provoking.
If you got family, this is a good movie to share popcorn and laughs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
....and very entertaining... This film opened my eyes to a whole new hobby and a reason to get outside. :-)
Published 3 hours ago by Joanne K. Tolladay
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Fun Little Movie, that Everyone Can Enjoy
A quaint little movie with some big name stars, that teaches us to live life for the right reasons, and to simply enjoy the ride. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson go Bird Watching...ah, I mean...
Quirky, interesting, sweet...all those adjectives one doesn't hear much any more apply to this "birding" movie. Read more
Published 7 days ago by John Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect feel good movie
I loved this movie. I only recently watched it for the first time and have watched it with several other people since. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Anna Eliza
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I love this movie. All of the stars are great. I had to rent it again as I saw it on the airplane and wanted to see it on a bigger screen. Gotta love it!
Published 8 days ago by Turbo2
5.0 out of 5 stars a surprise hit
who would have thought that a movie about bird watching of all things would be interesting. the bird aspect is good, but the story of the three main characters and what this means... Read more
Published 15 days ago by susan
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok.
It's an ok movie but it did make me smile. I think my expectations might have been too high so I was a bit disappointed.
Published 17 days ago by Katherine Rochford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and funny movie
I am not a huge Steve Martin fan and I found this movie very entertaining. All three of the MCs were funny and endearing to watch. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Melissa Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
This movie was cute, not great. I'm a big birder, and I found it kind of fun, but if you're not big into birding it will just be ok.
Published 29 days ago by J. Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Birding is fun
This movie was fun, the characters enjoyable to watch. The birders I know loved the movie and saw themselves in it - the traveling, spotting, watching and the whole life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lorrie
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