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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.



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85



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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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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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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.





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I've heard nothing but raves about this one. Shame it didn't get more recognition. Thought it was going to be a huge sleeper hit like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." I'll be sure to pick up a copy.
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Totally forgot to request this one for review....I just put my request in. It looks hilarious!

Great review Ralph.
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Totally forgot to request this one for review....I just put my request in. It looks hilarious!

Great review Ralph.

Greetings,

I suspect that you'll enjoy it as much as I do Dave...


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I was unaware of this film but I just ordered it based upon this review. Looking forward to seeing it next week!
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Best Picture. Yah, I said it. It's that good. Ralph is spot on with his comments on how well written this film is. It tackles sensitive subjects with a deft touch, creating one of the most heartfelt and humanized films I've seen in years. I'm a crier, just thinking about this film is making tears well up in my eyes.
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I hear ya robnix. Great movie, well written and acted. Ralph thanks for the great review...and bringing to attention to the film.

I'm going to predict a golden globe and oscar writing nomination. The golden globe will also recognize the film with a best picture nom in the comedy/musical category. Those are my predictions.
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Great review Ralph. This is one gem of a movie with sharp writing and standout performances by the entire cast. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan are perfectly matched (I wonder if it was a bit odd for Kumail acting with Kazan playing his real wife and co-writer). Are there still any doubts about Ray Romano's acting chops? He and Holly Hunter are terrific as Emily's parents. Then there is Anupam Kher as Kumail's father. Kher has played the Indian or Pakistani father in countless films (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice to name a few) and he always delivers a top notch performance. The yucks range from a mild chuckle to laugh out loud and you can't ask anything more from a comedy. This is definitely one of 2017's best movies.
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I saw this twice in theater. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotions filled with genuine heart every step. This never felt predictable, though it did feel maybe ten minutes too long. This film clearly has three distinct acts; they won't tell you when they are, but you'll know them when you see them. It's like if Linklater took his Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy and made them into one movie where each "film" was a 40-minute act, that's what you would see here (not that the stories are at all similar to The Big Sick).

The kind of wit Kumail has is right up my alley, so both his character and his script plays very entertainingly, with near-perfect timing and delivery. I feel I was laughing more than the rest of my audience; maybe they were unsure what was supposed to be humorous and what wasn't, while everything for me was black-and-white (and I'm talking small things, like "Don't look at the DVD menu because there are some spoilers in it."). His character often states when he is joking or sarcastic to not offend others, but I'm already cracking up at that point. It's great that it let me shed tears as well. Best blend of comedy and drama I've felt since 50/50.

The only negative I had turned into a positive by the end of the film, and it was that Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, though brilliantly performed, had too much star power for their role in the plot and felt more like a distraction. When I discovered that they were more main characters than they were side characters, I became more accepting of it... however if there were characters I would cut time out of, they would be the ones (if not some of Kumail's friends). So you can see that I am kind of back to square one on that note. I guess I'd rather see good performances above anything else, so I'll go ahead and say the casting was fine. Holly Hunter specifically showed tremendous range, and I love how her character developed more than any other in the movie.

I am appreciative of the story this film told me with its mature themes, and I recommend you all see this, if not blind-buy the Blu-ray.
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I really enjoyed this a lot, but I was surprised at how "dramatic" it was. I was expecting more of a comedy (although there were some funny moments, especially when Kumail sits down for lunch with Romano and Hunter. His comeback to Romano was priceless.
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