The collective shrug from audiences and critics alike towards Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s The BFG just illustrates how much we take the legendary filmmaker for granted. The master filmmaker has a unique ability to make wondrous fantasy tales as well as ground historical stories. No matter the genre, Spielberg can master it and move onto the next unlike any other filmmaker of the modern era.
The BFG isn’t operating at the highest caliber as many Spielberg films, but it is a technical triumph with an earnest emotional core. Spielberg doesn’t try to do too much with the tall tale of a friendly giant (played by Mark Rylance) and his bond with the young orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and that works to film’s betterment. It’s a piece of fantasy with a big heart, and features the great Spielberg crafting some of the best fart jokes in recent memory. Most of all, The BFG is a visual triumph with astounding special effects that bring giants with exaggerated features to photorealistic life and a sense of scale that makes this world towering.
If you erred and skipped The BFG, you have a chance to rectify that grevious error when Spielberg’s magnificent fantasy arrives on Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD on December 6th, 2016.
Special Features on The BFG Blu-ray/DVD include:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- 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