WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1658-85
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1988
(LD Release Date): 1/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Penny Marshall
(Screenplay/Written By): Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg
(Story): NA
(Music): Howard Shore
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Santo Loquasto
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(Editor): Barry Malkin
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Anne Spielberg & Gary Ross
(Producers): Robert Greenhut & James L. Brooks

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Big is the charming comic fantasy of a 12 year-old boy named Josh who becomes trapped in the body of a man, ingeniously played by Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), whose performance earned him an Academy AwardŽ nomination in 1988. While visiting a carnival Josh makes a wish to be big. To his amazement the next morning he finds he is full grown. His transformation causes problems, his mother thinks he has been kidnapped and one hilarious scene follows another as he makes it in the adult world. He lands a job in a toy company, where, because of his enthusiasm for the products, he is promoted to vice president and soon an ambitious career woman (Elizabeth Perkins) sets her sights on him. Big is hilarious family fun.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.85:1. Colors are extra vivid, perhaps much too saturated, and the contrast is superb as is the shadow detail and rendering of blacks. Fleshtones are disappointedly inconsistent and oversaturated. The eye-popping color, while not accurate, is a visual knockout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has an effective, but subtle surround presence and a terffic music score, but it is a bit on the bright side.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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