The BFG Blu-ray review

Nov 28, 2016- Permalink

When I reviewed the theatrical release of The BFG, I said that it was “suited for kids of all ages, even the ones that pretend to be grown-ups.” Now you can share the experience at home as Disney releases it on Blu-ray on November 29th, 2016.

The 1080p AVC encoded transfer is in the film’s original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Digitally shot, the movie looks simply magical and the CGI giants and other effects come out looking great. Nothing in the transfer seems to distract from the presentation. Black levels are very good, and the detail on clothing, faces and environment are excellent. The colour palette is vibrant but not overpowering and despite going to a land of giants, the video just oozes realism.

Your ears will be treated to an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available in English SDH, French and Spanish. The surround tracks put you right in the middle of the adventure with Sophie and BFG, while the lower frequency environment is put to good use in a world where over-sized feet go stomping through the action. Dialogue is clear and centred so you’ll have no problem hearing each of BFG’s mispronounced words and phrases.

The BFG has some nice extras. Actress Ruby Barnhill, who plays Sophie, hosts a 27 minute featurette that shares her experiences on set as well as looking at the film’s production and talking with director Steven Spielberg. There’s also a brief animated version of the story, a look at his unique words, a look at casting the giants, and a tribute to the film’s late screenwriter, Melissa Mathison.

I truly enjoyed The BFG and think that it will make a great addition to your home movie library.