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The BFG (2016/Amblin/Disney Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: B

Steven Spielberg's 2016 family fantasy adventure film, The BFG (2016), finds its way on Blu-ray disc in hopes of capturing a larger audience than it did in theaters. Comparable in tone to Spielberg's other motion capture adaptation, The Adventures of Tin Tin, The BFG is primarily motion capture animation and pushes the envelope of modern filmmaking by mixing the practical with the impossible. Based on a Roald Dahl book and from a screenplay by the late Melissa Mathison (E.T.), the film is a silly adventure into a world where friendly giants dwell.

The BFG stars Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, and Jemaine Clement. All of the performances and direction here is spot on with Spielberg doing what he does best. It's nice to see the giant/little person effect composite evolve since the early days of when Tod Browning tooled with the idea in the 1930s with Devil Doll. However, the movie is a little goofy with some ridiculous names for certain things and an overall slow pace that may not appeal to hyper young kids.

A small orphan girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is kidnapped by a big friendly giant (Mark Rylance) and whisked off from England to a land where giants are the norm. As Sophie and the Giant become good friends, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all and allow the good ones to be at peace... but can they persuade her?

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, the film looks absolutely solid on Blu-ray disc with glowing colors from the warm fireplace in the Giant's home to the blue scale lighting seen outside at night. The predominance of digital effects in the film is a bit obvious on Blu-ray because everything is a bit too perfect and pristine, but this doesn't detract away from the movie. The sound mix is a high standard as well with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 7.1 mix that captures John Williams' thrilling score perfectly and balances out crystal clear dialogue with huge sound effects.

A lesser standard edition DVD of the film is also included that looks and sounds fine for the format, presenting the film with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 that lacks the detail that the Blu-ray provides. The sound mix is a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that isn't terrible and what you would expect from a DVD. A Digital Copy is also included that translates to the Disney Movie App, Vudu, and iTunes.

Special Features include...

Bringing "The BFG" to Life

The Big Friendly Giant and Me

Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG

Giants 101

Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Not Spielberg's best film by any stretch, but a fun family film and not as bad as everyone was saying. Never lacking in imagination, The BFG is full of beautiful cinematography that looks simply stunning on Blu-ray disc.

- James Lockhart



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