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BIG 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

They sure don’t make them like this anymore. With material that could very easily have veered in to raunchy, inappropriate comedy like those R-rated Judd Apatow affairs, BIG would certainly not be marketed as a family film if made today. It’s only through an impeccable balancing act of naivety and heart that BIG manages to appeal to all ages, from Josh’s real age of 12 to his “big” age of 30 and beyond. This is largely thanks to the direction by Penny Marshall and Tom Hanks’ performance.

While Tom Hanks is one of the most respected actors alive today, he was fairly unproven as a movie star when this was released in 1988. His biggest credits prior were for Splash, The Money Pit and the TV series Bosom Buddies. Of course, now we know the amazing range he’s capable of from Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Captain Phillips, and more. His performance is what makes this body change comedy stand out from the rest in this niche genre (see: Vice Versa or Freaky Friday).


Official Synopsis

Two-time Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks* received his first Best Actor Nomination for his disarming turn as a 12-year-old man-child in Penny Marshall’s timeless, “hilarious” (Newsweek) delight. Tired of being a kid, Josh Baskin wishes he was big. When he wakes up the next day, he’s an adult! Now, Josh must hold down a job – and please a new boss (Robert Loggia). Tougher still, he must convince his best friend that he’s still himself, and explain to a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Perkins) who falls for him, that he’s not. Soon, Josh just wants to be a kid again, but can he? As exhilarating as it was during its acclaimed debut, the “warmhearted” (The Washington Post) Big is available as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack!

*Actor: 1993, Philadelphia; 1994, Forrest Gump

Special Features

  • Big Extended Cut
  • Big Brainstorming Audio Documentary by Writers/Co-Producers Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
  • Deleted Scenes, Including 5 with Intros by Director Penny Marshall
  • Big Beginnings
  • Chemistry of a Classic
  • The Work of Play
  • Hollywood Backstories: Big
  • Carnival Party Newswrap

Street Date: December 10, 2013
Prebook Date: November 13, 2013
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray) / English Stereo (DVD)
Subtitles: English / Spanish
Total Run Time: 104 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG
Closed Captioned: Yes

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.