Big Daddy (1999)

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Released 14-Mar-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Animation & Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Theatrical Trailer-2
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
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 89:19
RSDL / Flipper Dual Sided Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Dennis Dugan
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Adam Sandler
Joey Lauren Adams
Jon Stewart
Rob Schneider
Cole Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse
Leslie Mann
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $36.95 Music Teddy Castellucci


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
Dutch
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, considerable
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Big Daddy is Adam Sandler's latest comedy vehicle, and is by far his gentlest outing yet. The Wedding Singer saw the debut of the "nice" Adam Sandler, as compared with the crude Adam Sandler of Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison vintage. Big Daddy continues the softer Adam Sandler tone, and indeed he is on his best behaviour by far in any of his movies, only raising his voice once to its raucous heights.

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Hey, it's Columbia Tristar - so what do we expect? Perfection, that's what, and we pretty much get that with this basically excellent video transfer.

    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.

Audio

    This is a nice soundtrack, without being particularly stand out in any way.

    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.

Extras

    There is a fair selection of extras on this DVD, but nothing that is particular outstanding.

Menu Animation & Audio

    A most appropriate, and relatively subtle introduction to the movie awaits when the disc is first inserted.

Dolby Digital City

Theatrical Trailers (2)

    The trailers for this movie tend to emphasize the crude over the sentimental, which doesn't quite give an accurate picture of the movie itself.

Featurette-HBO First Look: The Making Of Big Daddy

    Whilst impressively titled, this is merely an Electronic Press Kit presentation (extended trailer) and is of little value.

Cast & Crew Biographies

Music Video - Sweet Child O' Mine: Sheryl Crow

Music Video - When I Grow Up-Garbage

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 DVD and the Region 1 DVD are equally featured.

Summary

    Big Daddy was a pleasant enough movie, though nowhere near Adam Sandler's best work. This one is probably worth a rental first unless you are a die-hard Adam Sandler fan, in which case you will want to add it to your collection.

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Monday, January 31, 2000
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