Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: The BFG Blu-ray


Studios: Walt Disney, Amblin Entertainment, and Reliance Entertainment
Director: Steven Spielberg
Retail: $39.99

Running Time: 118 minutes
Rated: PG

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Bonus features includes:

  • Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.
  • The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie. This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
  • Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
  • Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
  • Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”
  • John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.

  • Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Billy's Thoughts: The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) happens to be the one book by the late author Roald Dahl that I had never had the chance to read. If you have never heard of the film version, it's because it was marketed horribly (similar to this year's Alice Through The Looking Glass). I only recall seeing one advertisement on television for the film, and it didn't look very appealing. It was one of the many summer flops of 2016; though it did receive mostly good feedback from critics.

The BFG centers on a ten-year-old orphan named Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) who accidentally sees a giant while looking out the window of the London orphanage during the night. Realizing he had been spotted, the giant grabs Sophie and takes her with him to Giant Country. At his home, the giant tells her that he is called the Big Friendly Giant or BFG for short. He explains to her that humans should never know the existence of giants, therefore she must spend the rest of herlife with him. If the other giants, lead by the Fleshlumpeater, learn she is in Giant Country, they would eat her!

This is a children's film, so of course BFG and Sophie become friends, and come up with a clever plan to get rid of the man-eating giants.

Yes, there's an overload of CGI effects throughout the film, but everything is done really nicely, especially with the skin-textures of all the giants.

The picture quality and sound on the Blu-ray is great. There are plenty of extras on the Blu-ray, including a tribute to the late screenplay writer Melissa Mathison.

Overall, The BFG is a surprisingly fun, family-friendly fantasy that the whole entire family can enjoy watching together.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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