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The Big Blue Blu-ray

United Kingdom
English Language / Le grand bleu Optimum Home Entertainment | 1988 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 169 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Nov 02, 2009

The Big Blue (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0
French: DTS 2.0
Note: Back cover incorrectly st...

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Foreign63%
Romance18%
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The Big Blue

 (1988)

The Big Blue Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A visionary epic of obsession and beauty about Jacques Mayol, the handsome diver who is so at home in the water that he seems only half-human. Jacques' best friends are a family of playful porpoises and Enzo Molinari, his swaggering Italian diving rival. Jacques and Enzo grew up together in the Mediterranean, and remain lifelong friends despite a fierce battle for the top prize in the world free diving championships, where divers compete to see who can descend to the furthest depths of the sea with no equipment other than their own courage and determination. But when the dreamer Jacques falls in love with the beautiful Johanna, he finds himself torn between the damsel and the deep blue sea.

For more about The Big Blue and the The Big Blue Blu-ray release, see the The Big Blue Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette
Director: Luc Besson

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The Big Blue Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Luc Besson's The Big Blue arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment. Please note that the disc contains the longer Director's Cut of the film (169 min) as well as the shorter Theatrical Cut (138 min).

As it was the case with the Blu-ray release of Luc Besson's Subway, The Big Blue appears to have been struck from a dated source. As a result, there are minor contrast and clarity fluctuations. Fine object detail, however, is mostly pleasing. The film's grain structure is mostly intact; very mild digital noise is occasionally mixed with it, but I believe that only the most sensitive amongst you would be bothered by it. The color-scheme is pleasing. Blues, greens, yellows, reds, browns, blacks and white look stable and rich, though they are not always well saturated. I noticed a bit of mild edge-enhancement popping up here and there, but macroblocking is nowhere to be seen. Finally, I did not detect any large cuts, splices, warps, marks, or stains to report in this review. To sum it all up, even though there are a few issues with the transfer, The Big Blue has never looked this good before. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Big Blue Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0 and French DTS 2.0 (the back cover incorrectly states that the disc contains a French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track). For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they split the image frame and the black bar below it.

The English LPCM 2.0 track is solid. Its dynamic amplitude is a lot better than I expected it to be. The bass is potent and the high-frequencies very good. The dialog is crisp, clean and very easy to follow. There are no balance issues with Eric Serra's wonderful music score either. The beautiful sax solos, in particular, sound outstanding. For the record, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, or hiss. There are no dropouts either.


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