The Big Year hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD today. Check out my in-depth interview with director David Frankel here, on crafting one of last year’s underappreciated gems. Here’s a look at the Blu-Ray release, where I’ll once again help you answer the question of whether or not you should make sure to take the movie home with you tonight.

THE PLAYERS:

Director: David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, the pilot of Entourage).

Writer: Howard Franklin (The Name of the Rose), inspired by the book by Mark Obmascik

Actors: Jack Black (The School of Rock), Steve Martin (The Jerk), Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris), Brian Dennehy (Romeo + Juliet), Angelica Houston (Prizzi’s Honor), Rashida Jones (TV’s The Office), Rosamund Pike (Barney’s Version), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway), JoBeth Williams (The Big Chill)

THE STORYLINE:

See what happens when three men (Black, Martin, and Wilson) at different points in their lives and suffering different crises personally and professionally, risk everything to go on a “Big Year,” a journey that takes them all over the globe in an attempt to see as many species of birds as possible.

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE:

The Big Migration featurette, which takes the audience through the journey of shooting The Big Year over the course of 55 days and over 14,000 miles, includes humorous and insightful interviews with the cast and crew. Highlights include on-set interviews with Black, Martin, and Wilson interacting with each other.

With such an esteemed cast of comedic geniuses, one would expect the Gag Reel to be one of the best in recent memory. It delivers and exceeds expectations.

WHAT YOU’LL HATE:

The “extended cut” is a mere three minutes longer than the theatrical cut (both appear on the Blu-Ray, only the theatrical appears on the DVD and digital copy).

Although the film is intelligently written and directed, and brilliantly acted, none of the talent on either side of the camera recorded any sort of commentary. Imagine how hysterical ninety minutes with the three lead actors would have been, or even insight from Frankel and Franklin.

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