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The Big Year Blu-ray

United States
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy 20th Century Fox | 2011 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 100 min | Rated PG | Jan 31, 2012

The Big Year (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: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
Digital copy (as download)
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BD-Live

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A (C untested)

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Video 3.9 of 53.9
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 2.9 of 52.9
Based on 5 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Comedy100%
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The Big Year

 (2011)

The Big Year Blu-ray offers solid video and audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

Three obsessive bird watchers go off on their "Big Year," duking it out to spot and record the highest number of species in 1998--the year El Nino brought an unprecedented number of species to North America. During the course of their wild, ultra competitive adventure, the guys learn that there just may be other things more important than winning.

For more about The Big Year and the The Big Year Blu-ray release, see the The Big Year Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, Rashida Jones, Anjelica Huston, Rosamund Pike
Narrator: John Cleese
Director: David Frankel

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The Big Year Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Big Year flaps onto Blu-ray with a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that's always better than merely acceptable, but rarely--if ever--stunning. The movie was shot on 35mm and has a rather heavy grain structure, which is mostly untouched here, although some scenes look to have been given a light DNR dousing. There are times when the picture takes on a slightly filtered look, and the occasional halo-ish borders on certain hard outlines--like branches in the woods--suggest that a bit of edge enhancement might have been used as well. None of this is particularly distracting, but it doesn't really help the visuals either. Clarity is somewhat inconsistent; there are shots that are wonderfully sharp--where fine facial and clothing textures really pop--but plenty of others that are comparatively squishy and unresolved. Longer shots are especially prone to going soft. Color is more stable, and strong overall, with rich neutrals, splashes of vivid primaries, and natural-looking skin tones. The contrast curve can get heavy in the shadows, obscuring some detail that we might otherwise see, but never to the extent that the black levels feel overly aggressive. I didn't spot any notable compression or encode problems either. This is one of those movies that seems to have been transferred faithfully, but just didn't look all that spectacular to begin with.


The Big Year Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

In four words: good, but not great. But you could've guessed as much. Family comedies aren't exactly known for ear-assaulting, room-shaking sound design. 20th Century Fox has given The Big Year the usual lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, and the mix does what it needs to do with little flourish. What matters most here is that dialogue is clean, perfectly balanced, and easily understandable at all times. And it is. Everything else is just a bonus. The mix is rooted up front, but it does reach into the surround channels occasionally for quiet ambience--outdoorsy sounds, airplane cabin noise, etc.--and a few discrete cross-speaker effects. Of course, you can expect plenty of bird calls tweeting off directionally too. Theodore Shapiro's score is your typical jaunty comedy stuff, but it sounds decently full, and the entire mix follows suite--it isn't spectacular, but it works. The disc includes optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles in easy-to-read white lettering.



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Next year, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring The Big Year to Blu-ray. This adaptation of Mark Obmascik's novel stars Steve Martin (Three Amigos), Owen Wilson (Bottle Rocket), and Jack Black (Tropic Thunder) as three dedicated bird watchers competing ...



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