Big Fish DVD Review
PictureThe image presented on this disc in anamorphic 1.85:1 is quite simply stunning. The high levels of detail jump out of the screen as everything looks sharp and crisp. Colours are rich and well saturated with blacks looking solid which plenty of shadow detail present. There are very few problems with edge enhancement and I only noticed macro blocking on the darkest backgrounds interspersed with strong lighting. This is a very good transfer which helps to bring this stunning story to life.
SoundPresented in Dolby Digital 5.1 the soundtrack is very good indeed. The soundstage is wide and detailed with excellent dynamic range. Surrounds are used to good effect and LFE levels are strong and pronounced. Dialogue is rich and clear and Danny Elfman's score sounds crisp and enveloping. The soundtrack adds to the action on the screen pulling you into the movie and producing the effects without disrupting your enjoyment of the film.
ExtrasA rather unusual director's commentary kicks off the extras where Burton is asked questions by an interviewer about the movie. This works very well with plenty of details regarding every issue of the film being discussed with interest. Also included here is a “Fish tales” feature where you can press select when an icon appears while you watch the movie and see behind the scenes footage. Moving on we have a few sections which split into separate featurettes. These cover the making of the film by concentrating on separate aspects of the storyteller, the story, Edward Bloom, Danny Devito and the father and son dynamics. Rounding off we have a Tim Burton trivia quiz and trailers for Big Fish, 13 Going On 30, Spider-Man 2, 50 First Dates, Hellboy, The Company, You Got Served, Mona Lisa Smile, Something's Gotta Give, Triplets of Belleville and Secret Window.
VerdictThe Inspirational and unusual the story of one man's life and his son's attempt to find the truth, Tim Burton tells the story in his own brand of filmmaking and gives us his best work in years. I cannot recommend this film enough, definitely a keeper.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.95