Big Miracle

Featured In Issue 170, October 2012

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Big Miracle is a rescue adventure based on a 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. Based on the book "Freeing The Whales" by Thomas Rose. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Direcor Ken Kwapis, four deleted scenes with introductions by Kwapis (HD 06:49), the featurettes A Big Miracle In Alaska (HD 21:06) and Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction (HD 12:08), D-BOX® Motion Code™, and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a rawness imbued in light grain. Colors and fleshtones are warmly rendered and saturated. Contrast is well balanced with a bright presence, deep blacks, and decent shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Medium and distance shots are far less resolved. What is exceptional is the underwater photography with the whales and Barrymore. Overall, though, this is a mediocre viewing experience but naturally textured and presented. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced with a monaural focus, except for the immersive music score and sound effects conveyed in ice-cutting, crunching, and crushing. The whale sounds also permeate the soundfield beautifully. Dialogue sounds natural, though, not well integrated spatially. The orchestral music score projects a wide and deep soundstage and aggressive surround presence. Deep bass in the .1 LFE channel provides limited support for the more dramatic moments. Overall, this is a serviceable soundtrack but not particularly distinguished. (Gary Reber)