Big Daddy (1999)
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Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Featurette-Making Of-HBO First Looks: The Making Of Big Daddy (6:01)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Music Video-Sweet Child O' Mine-Sheryl Crow
Music Video-When I Grow Up-Garbage
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Sided||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Dennis Dugan|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Joey Lauren Adams
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, considerable|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Sonny (Adam Sandler) is a lawyer. A lazy lawyer. In fact, a very lazy lawyer who has been living on Easy Street ever since a cab ran over his foot. He works one day a week as a toll booth attendant and lazes around the house watching sport and eating the rest of the time. His girlfriend, Vanessa (Leslie Mann), eventually gets tired of Sonny's lack of ambition and moves out. Through an amazing set of circumstances, Sonny becomes the de facto guardian of a five year old child, Julian (the pleasantly unaffected Cole and Dylan Sprouse). He hopes that this will prove to Vanessa that he is worthy of her.
Sonny's parenting style is different, to say the least, with Julian picking up more than a few bad habits along the way. Predictably, the State wants to take Julian away from Sonny and this more-or-less wakes him up to himself.
Throw in a few other unusual characters, and you have a recipe for a gentle and amusing way to spend 90 minutes or so. Fortunately, this comedy manages to steer the fine line between excessive crudity and excessive schmaltz, though I would not describe this as Adam Sandler's best work.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is 16x9 enhanced. The other side of the DVD carries a Full Frame version of the movie.
The transfer was very sharp and clear, to the extent of sometimes appearing a little harsh, especially early on. There appeared to be some slightly excessive use of edge enhancement at these harsh moments, but this is really being very picky indeed. Shadow detail is very good and there is no low level noise.
The colours were perfectly rendered with full, lush colours when they were called for and muted colours when they were called for. There was no colour bleeding, even in highly saturated scenes.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Film to video artefacts consisted of the tiniest bit of aliasing during the harsher looking scenes but were otherwise not evident. There were no film artefacts of any significance, which is to be expected for such a contemporary transfer.
There are two audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1 and German Dolby Digital 5.1. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.
Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, within the limits of Adam Sandler's tendency to mumble.
Audio sync was marginal during the first 10 minutes or so of the movie and then improved to be spot on for the remainder of the movie.
The score by Teddy Castellucci left little impression on me.
The surround channels were used moderately for music and some ambience, though there could have been considerably more use made of the surround channels than there actually was.
The .1 channel was used subtly to support the music in the soundtrack and never called particular attention to itself.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is very good, though some scenes do appear excessively harsh.
The audio quality is good.
The extras are reasonable in quantity, though not all that impressive in quality.
|DVD||Start SD2010VNK, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|