The Big Sick Blu-ray Review

This heartwarming, laugh out loud, romantic comedy is based on the real-life relationship and culture clash between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his future wife, Emily Gordon, who co-wrote the screenplay with him.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Lionsgate – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 120 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy/Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Aidy Bryant
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Music by: Michael Andrews
Written by: Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon
Region Code: A

Release Date: September 19, 2017

“An Awkward True Story”

My Take:

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his stand-up sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Hunter and Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

I am familiar with Kumail Nanjiani only through his work on HBO’s Silicon Valley. The trailer for The Big Sick looked quite interesting, given the cast, and subject matter, so I went to see it with my wife a few months ago. The film is based on the true story of how Kumail and his wife Emily V. Gordon met, and covers the first six months of their relationship. The Big Stick is a charming, heartfelt, and wonderfully funny portrayal of a young couple from entirely different cultures who meet, fall in love, and soon must contend with a series of dilemmas, the most serious of which is a life threatening and unexpected illness that puts Emily in the hospital.

I absolutely love this film. The narrative is beautifully crafted, speaking from the heart, as it delves into the intricacies of new relationships, the complexities of cultural expectations, and how life’s choices can come full circle. The plot and their associative subplots are set to a series of “moments” each playing an integral role in the shaping of the overall context, with the characters neatly folded in, then peeled back like the layers of an onion. The dialog, situations, and familial encounters are pitch perfect, maintaining a refreshing balance that adhere to the story’s various themes, with spot on levity, and touching drama/romance, that never feels gratuitous.

The Big Sick features an excellent cast ensemble, that adds an enriching element to the proceedings. I loved every bit as much during this second viewing. It is among my favorite films of the year and comes highly recommended.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for language, including some sexual references.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 80
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  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 90
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The Big Sick comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.

This is pleasing video presentation that boasts plenty of refinement, stable contrast, deeply saturated colors, and strong dimension. Blacks are punchy and stand out when onscreen with mixed content. Visual perspective in low lighting and darkened areas is estimable. The combination gives dark scenes appreciable depth. Images are boldly colorful, film like, and perfectly suited for the source material.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has good dynamic range, detail rich clarity and discernible channel separation which enable the detection of subtle nuance within the recording. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel which clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and tonal balance within the front soundstage. Low frequency effects aren’t noteworthy, but the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to appropriately convey the low-level bass associated with the music score/soundtrack.

Bonus Features:

  • “A Personal Journey: The Making of The Big Sick” Featurette
  • “The Real Story” Featurette
  • 2017 SXSW Film Festival Panel
  • Cast & Filmmaker Commentary with Actor-Writer Kumail Nanjiani, Writer Emily V. Gordon, Producer Barry Mendel and Director Michael Showalter
  • The Big Sick: The Other Stuff
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Bigger Sick: Stick Around for More Laughs
  • Bonus DVD
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Based on the real-life courtship between co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick is an intelligently crafted and refreshing romantic comedy that fires on all cylinders. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition audio/video and a worthwhile supplemental set. The Big Sick is among my favorite films of the year and comes highly recommended.


Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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