Big20th Century Fox (Blu-ray)
At a carnival, young Josh Baskin wishes he was big - only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy, Josh lands a job at a toy company. There, his inner wisdom enables him to successfully predict what children want to buy, making the awestruck, naive Josh irresistible to a beautiful ladder-climbing colleague. But the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood.
Hanks earned his first Oscar nomination for his performance as a fish out of water. I've seen Big numerous times over the past 20 years, and I still marvel at Hanks' ability to make you believe he really is a kid in a man's body—the reaction of his changed body, the excitement of opening his first paycheck, visiting FAO Schwartz, and having a sleep over (in bunk beds, of course).
The 1080p AVC encode is average at best with almost nothing to get excited about. The print is in great shape with very little damage and minimal grain. Unfortunately, some heavy filtering leads to little or no texture in flesh tones and smeared fine detail. Blacks are respectably deep, but colors seem somewhat sterile, and the image is flat compared to other HD presentations.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack offers clean dialog, which dominates the front-heavy track. Stereo imaging is decent with some occasional score bleed to the surround speakers, but given the genre and time period of the production, I wasn't expecting a demo-worthy audio experience.
The supplements feature an audio commentary from DVD producer Pete Vantrella and co-screenwriters Anne Spielberg and Gary Ross. Other goodies include three behind-the-scenes featurettes, a 20-minute TV special, eight deleted scenes, and the theatrical trailer (HD).
Big is a good family film, although I was surprised at some of the stronger language with its PG rating—but then again, it was the '80s, when colorful metaphors were an everyday occurrence. Regardless, the presentation is pedestrian, but in the end, it's the content that matters, and in that regard, it certainly delivers. Recommended.