The Big Sick Blu-ray Review

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The Movie: 7.5/10
I’m not a romantic. I don’t love love stories as much as I love Science Fiction. This movie is about a romance and there isn’t any Science Fiction to be found in any nook or cranny of the whole thing, but that’s OK, I still liked it. The story of a comedian who meets a girl, and the girl gets sick, and the comedian has to inform his Muslim family from Pakistan that this American white non-Muslim woman is going to be in his life whether they like it or not…whew…it’s got a lot going on for a little romantic comedy.

I liked the characters, the story, the performances, the music, the quirk-factor, and the feeling it gave me, which is saying a lot when there are no space ships flying around for me to enjoy along with everything else. This is simply one of those dialog driven, human stories that digs into some of our social biases and prejudices and then reminds us about love and acceptance. It’s not complicated or new, but the people and the way they interact is the winning element for me. I cried a little bit and laughed a lot, which are good signs that I was locked in for the whole experience. I did think the comedian friends were super annoying and did not fit the rest of the well written characters, but other than that the people made the movie.

Holly Hunter is growing on me as a performer. I have liked her in the past, but there was always an element of showiness, or being TOO natural which felt fake. This time she’s the mom of the sick young lady and she’s really good. I bought every single thing she said and did. Ray Romano plays the dad with the right amount of comedy and earnestness to make me a fan. I never have seen his little TV show, so this was my first foray into his performing and I enjoyed it a lot.

The story is based in true events with some of the fiction tossed in for more comedy and more “awwwww isn’t that sweet” effect. I can appreciate the revisionist history telling because the two people it’s about, wrote the movie, so it’s fine with me.

If you just want to laugh and feel warm about love and the power of finding balance between family expectations and what you want/need in your own life, The Big Sick does that…and not a Borg in site!

Features: 7/10

  • Cast & Filmmaker Commentary
  • A Personal Journey: The Making Of The Big Sick (15 Minutes) – EPK style featurette with interviews and clips.
  • The Real Story (7 Minutes) – Kumail and the real Emily talk about the real life story behind the film.
  • 2017 SXSW Film Festival Panel (11 Minutes) – Panel from the film festival with all the major players.
  • The Big Sick Other Stuff (4 Minutes) – Outtakes and a gag reel all in one.
  • Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes)
  • The Bigger Sick: Stick Around For More Laughs (10 Minutes) – Looks at the big sick tour.
  • DVD & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
This cover is fine. I wouldn’t have it as a poster because it’s not that interesting to look at, even though it does pretty much represent the movie…which is more interesting than the poster.

Audio & Video: 8/10
Coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate The Big Sick’s 1080P AVC encode is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Filmed using the Alexa mini the movie looks very good with lots of detail in every shot. Black levels are deep and inky and fine detail is always present. I also saw no compression or macroblocking artifacts throughout the entire runtime.

The DTS-HD Master audio track is equally impressive. Surround sound is rarely used though as most of the talkative film is delivered through the front speakers. Dialog is crisp and central and LFE channel is never really used.

Overall Score 7.5/10