Saturday, April 30, 2011

Big Business Blu-ray Review

Release Date: May 10th, 2011
Disc Size: 19.0 GB
Film Size: 18.4 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: A
The Video
Big Business’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation via this licensed release by Mill Creek Entertainment. I was a bit worried about this release, as I do with most licensed releases. Thankfully, Mill Creek Entertainment has done quite a good job with this presentation.

The film looks quite good in high-definition. Aside from the hospital scene at the beginning of the film, I was quite impressed. There are no technical issues that I found with the hospital scene, it just looked particularly soft and dull in comparison to the rest of the film.

‘Big Business’ is not among the sharpest looking films, but this does appear to be an accurate presentation. There is a nice level of grain throughout the film, detail tends to be quite impressive and overall clarity is easy to appreciate.

The high-def transfer makes the special effects in the film that more obvious, which I guess you could consider a negative. As you are likely aware, special effects were necessary to place the actresses twice on the screen to show the twin sisters together.

This is definitely the best the film has ever looked. The film certainly won’t make for demo material, but I can’t imagine it looking much better than it does now. Fans of the film who have had to put up with previous home video releases will appreciate the high-def upgrade. 7.5/10

The Audio
An English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included. No subtitle options are included. The DTS-HD Master Audio track was actually a nice surprise; I was worried when I saw the packaging listed with lossy audio.

The film is a comedy, which typically aren’t that exciting when it comes to an audio mix. ‘Big Business’ is no different. The film’s dialogue is of most priority and sounds quite clear throughout, there weren’t any moments I couldn’t understand or that sounded too bad.

The film’s audio effects of course are also front heavy, everything sounds quite nice, but nothing that particularly impressed me. Overall this is a very solid track and the high-def upgrade is clear. It is a shame other audio options and subtitles are not included, but this lossless track gets the job done nicely. 7/10

The Extras

No bonus features are included, not even a theatrical trailer. 0/10

The Movie
I was definitely excited when ‘Big Business’ was announced for Blu-ray release. I have always found great entertainment from the film, it is just very funny. The film is not exactly a comedy masterpiece, but it does bring plenty of laughs and holds up quite well.

The film stars Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as twin sisters, two times. They don’t look at all like each other, but that is because the nurse mixed up the two sets of twins born at the hospital that day. We have country versions of Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, as well as city versions that grew up in an entirely different social and economic level.
Neither set of sisters know a mix-up ever occurred, which makes for hilarious results when fate eventually brings them together. Yeah, the story isn’t exactly realistic, but it is certainly a funny idea that is executed well.

Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin are both fantastic in the film, bringing plenty of humor as they each play two very different characters. The film holds up quite well, aside from the special effects. The special effects are now dated, had the film been made now it would be totally different story thanks to technology progression.

Overall I had a great time revisiting the film. ‘Big Business’ is just as funny as the first time I saw it. The film will certainly have plenty of critics, but the film was never meant to be taken seriously. The film is harmless and makes for a very funny experience even today. 8/10

The Blu-news Summary
This is a fine release from Mill Creek Entertainment. The film is great, featuring a very pleasing video presentation and good audio track. No extras are included, but likely to save on licensing fees, but likely only a theatrical trailer would have been included anyway. Overall this Blu-ray release is ‘Recommended’ to fans of the film.

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