Big Daddy
Columbia / 1999 / 93 Mins / Rated PG-13


MOVIE
What your about to see in Big Daddy is the Adam Sandler way of parenting and you will love every minute of it. The story is about Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) who is a 32 year old child. He spends his days sleeping  and when he's not sleeping he's going down to Central Park to see roller blader's falling down! Into his life comes Julian a young child who is supposedly his best friend's child. One problem, his friend is in China. 

Sonny decides to look after the kid by acting as his father to social services, now things as normal as trick or treating have hysterical results. We also learn the Adam Sandler technique for cleaning up spills and bedwetting also. Anyhow, Sonny grows to love the kid and wants to adopt him but there is one problem, the law thinks he's kidnapped Julian and he risks losing the kids he has grown to love. 

Look out for 2 great performances by Rob Schneider as the delivery man with a spelling problem and Steve Buscemi as the local bum! Fun Stuff. Sausage McMuffin anyone?????

VIDEO
Being a Columbia disc this is a pretty fine transfer. Very sharp and crisp. The colors are rich and vibrant and the contrast is spot on. No MPEG artifacts were present. The only downside to the transfer is the fact that it is in NTSC format which doesn't have a good a resolution as PAL.

Side A of Big Daddy is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced, again like most US DVD's the bars are not even exactly level on the screen, although you don't notice that in anamorphic mode. Side B is framed at a 4:3 full screen ratio.

This is a dual-sided, single layer disc, with the Letterbox version on side A and the 4:3 version on side B.

AUDIO

Straight DD5.1 and 2.0 on this one. While not the most amazing soundtrack in the world the surrounds do get a call in during scenes with ambient music. This is mainly a dialogue movie so high surround use isn't really needed anyhow. My .1 channel is receiving counseling as it felt unappreciated by this movie as it didn't seem to use the channel at all.

At least the center channel was very clear.

EXTRAS
There is a good helping of extras on this disc. Firstly you get a 13 minute HBO first look Documentary. Next up are 2 music videos by Cheryl Crow & Garbage. There are also 2 theatrical trailers in 4:3 format in DD5.1 sound which are very funny. There are also trailers for the upcoming movie Dick and a trailer for the 15th anniversary Ghostbusters DVD. The extras are rounded out with some basic cast notes. Subtitles include Closed Captions.
FINAL THOUGHTS
This is a great movie and a worthy DVD purchase.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
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Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 24 May 2000 23:33:04 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 1
No of Discs: 1
MPAA Rating PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 2/11/1999
Catalog Number: 25241
List Price: Personal Import
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: NTSC
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 28
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVCC
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio:

1:85:1 Side A
4:3 Side B
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes (4)
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: Yes (2)
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: None
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