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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: May 24 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 14 2016
Format: Blu-ray
Antonio Banderas plays Ned Cruz a gumshoe who is hired by a Russian boxer, Anton 'The Pro' Protopov, (Robert Maillet) to find a stripper. Banderas does the typical gumshoe first person narration which turns out really sad due to his accent. In a comic boxing scene Anton crushes his opponent in the boxing ring, then suddenly remembers to take a dive. His quest involves a twisted plot which includes the porn industry which is shooting a movie called "The Black Hole" in a building called "Schrodingers", and a string of murders which follows Banderas as he searches for Lexie (Sienna Guillory).

Eventually Bandaras travels to New Mexico from California (was that the sunset he was driving into?) and goes to a restaurant called "Planck's Constant" (What? No Beta Bar?) Clearly if you haven't had a little atomic physics in your life, you are not going to get the little subtleties. The search for the missing person becomes metaphoric as searching for a theoretical particle. However if you can't figure it out, the movie explains it you.

The comical lines spoken by Banderas were good, but it was like having someone who can't tell a joke tell you a real funny joke. Someone like a younger Bruce Willis needed to play that role. If you are going to create a movie which is a metaphor, don't explain it in the movie. The audience is supposed to figure it out for themselves. Sam Elliot was good. This could have easily been a cult classic in the style of Tarantino, but having Banderas as the lead and explaining the metaphor in the film ruined it. Ending was good.

Autumn Reeser from "World According To BARNS" plays a waitress. (Sorry, I had to add another nuclear physics reference.)

Contain F-bomb, a physics lesson with sex and nudity. And a lesson from the film: Never film yourself having sex with an albino dwarf.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Blu Ray for THE extended scene Aug. 23 2016
By John - Published on
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If you're looking for that particular extended scene, you know exactly what I mean, this is not the right Blu Ray.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 15 2016
By Monty Lemley - Published on
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I enjoy this movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Tbird June 9 2016
By thomas hoover - Published on
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A fun movie, with a 60's vibe.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lunatic Marriage of Film Noir To Eccentric Sci-Fi: An Offbeat Choice And Something Different May 15 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
At first glance, I'm not sure how promising Tony Krantz's "The Big Bang" seemed. A strange blend of detective film noir with science fiction undertones, I think the movie might be a bit divisive. I'm sure that some people will be perplexed by this uneasy marriage of disparate concepts! Maybe I was in a good mood, but I went with this increasingly wacky premise. Having no fore knowledge of the plot and absolutely zero expectations, I enjoyed the visual flourishes and dark humor inherent in the tale. Almost a send up of classic private eye films where the intrepid hero pursues a missing person, "The Big Bang" veers unexpectedly into the territory of particle physics and the actual Big Bang. I won't go much beyond that in describing the film, whose main pleasures come from not knowing exactly where this sordid tale is leading you.

The story unfolds as our gumshoe is being interrogated by three cops after a series of murders. Antonio Banderas plays the lead and recounts a complicated tale of being hired by an ex-con to locate a woman who wrote him letters while he was in the big house. As every step of the search results in another dead body and the progress becomes more twisted--mob connections, missing diamonds, and mad scientists all come into play. The final confrontations have a lunatic mania that I really enjoyed and the further the picture removed itself from reality, the more it entertained me. The film is quirky and amusing and never less than interesting--and, for me, that was good enough. The reveal when the client meets the letter writer is perhaps the film's signature moment and this one scene makes up for many of the story's other shortcomings.

A number of good character actors take on small roles including Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichter, and Delroy Lindo as the cops. But Sam Elliott is a scene stealer and Jimmi Simpson portrays a small, but pivotal, part to perfection. At the end of the day, few people will consider this a great film. But it is different. It takes classic genres with their requisite expectations and flips the script in some refreshing, if decidedly offbeat, ways. Billed as a thriller, I can't help appreciating the satirical elements in the film. I'm not sure that was anyone's intention, but ultimately by embracing the film's eccentricities--I had some fun with this one. If you take it too seriously, however, it might leave you a bit baffled. Not for everyone--but odd enough to please some--check this out for something off the beaten path. About 3 1/2 stars. I'll round up in deference to the lunacy of the plot. KGHarris, 5/11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Raymond Chandler Evening June 8 2011
By William Amazzini - Published on
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Director Tony Krantz and Screenwriter Eric Jenderson have definitely done their Film Noir homework in this excellent modern day merge of the Philip Marlowe/Mike Hammer private eye genre 'THE BIG BANG'. The story begins as a carbon copy remake of Edward Dmytryk's 'MURDER MY SWEET'-1944 where Dick Powell played the shamus character which was remade with Robert Mitchum in Director Dick Richard's underrated 'FAREWELL MY LOVELY'-1975 where we now have a new Marlowe named Ned Cruz played brilliantly by Antonio Banderas being sought out by a big palooka fighter/ex con looking for his beloved girlfriend here named Lexie. Slowly, a routine missing persons case becomes a pandoras box of intrigue which enters into Director Robert Aldrich's territory of the theme of the great whatzit in his masterpiece 'KISS ME DEADLY'-1955 where here Sam Elliot plays a Howard Hughes like recluse experimenting with quantum physics to recreate the seconds before the scientific big bang theory of the end of the world. It sounds complicated and far fetched but the film works combining beautiful color images and photography by Shelly Johnson and an electrifying guitar score by Johnny Marr turning the enterprise into a rollicking good time. The acting is awesome by all the players making the impossible seem believable , I will not divulge the crux of the plot, that's up to you to decipher and enjoy. Suffice it to say that in this modern day film world of bloated mindless dreck, we sometimes experience a silk purse of which Director Krantz should be truly proud of. Combining genres and sometimes European film making in the mix, 'THE BIG BANG' is a refreshing piece of celluloid which will appeal to fans of the Detective and Fantasy film genres. Anchor Bay releases it in a nice 2.35 transfer with great Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, a great featurette on the genesis of the film, extended scenes and Audio Commentary with Director Krantz and Co-Producer Reece Peterson. Highly recommended.

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