Big Miracle [Blu-ray] [2012]

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  • Release Date: 07/11/2017
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 10)

Special Features


  • A "Big Miracle" in Alaska
  • Deleted scenes
  • Feature commentary with director Ken Kwapis
  • Truth is stranger than fiction

Synopsis


Big Miracle
When a family of gray whales becomes trapped in the Arctic Circle, a Greenpeace volunteer and a small-town reporter go to extraordinary lengths to save the majestic creatures in this romantic adventure inspired by actual events. Alaskan newsman Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) has grown weary of working in such a small market. He's eager to move on to bigger and better things when the story of a lifetime lands right in his lap. Ice has been forming in the Arctic Circle at a rate so fast that a family of gray whales has become hopelessly stranded. As the eyes of the world turn toward this small, chilly corner of the globe, an oil tycoon, slews of politicians, and countless journalists descend upon Alaska -- each with their own hidden agenda. Meanwhile, the only one Adam notices is Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore), a devout environmentalist who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend. As the situation grows dire, the unlikely pair rallies a diverse coalition of allies to work together toward the common goal of saving the endangered marine mammals. The result is a rescue mission that will help to thaw Cold War tensions between America and Russia, and show the entire world just what can be accomplished when we start working together, instead of pulling apart. Dermot Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Danson, and Kristen Bell co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Krasinski
    John Krasinski - Adam Carlson
  • Drew Barrymore
    Drew Barrymore - Rachel Kramer
  • Kristen Bell
    Kristen Bell - Jill Jerard
  • Dermot Mulroney
    Dermot Mulroney - Colonel Scott Boyer
  • Tim Blake Nelson
    Tim Blake Nelson - Pat Lafayette



Overall customer rating

4.6
90%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Extras on DVD and Blu-ray

    Posted
    AlaskaviewerDale
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    The Blu-ray version has the added bonus of a 20 minute extra feature relating to a "Big Miracle in Alaska" which offers a revealing look at how the movie was made here in Alaska. It is one of the best "making of a movie" features you will find anywhere and is a must see for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes mechanics of modern movie production. Heretofore I've caught my share of small land locked salmon and trout in my neighborhood lake that was used for the setting of the opening Whale Hunt scene transformed into the Beaufort Sea. I was amazed to see in the movie though that we now have (or had) a whale in our lake through the magic of CGI (computer graphic imaging.) lol As to the movie itself, I couldn't believe all the scenes that ended up getting cut including some that were in the trailer. At least our neighborhood Jewel Lake and the whaling boat with its crew on the lake were prominently shown in the opening scenes of the movie. (Drew's performance on the lake/arctic sea as part of the back story though didn't make it.) It looks like they chopped other parts of her back story since in the promo shots they had her wearing yellow rain gear and holding a bucket which suggested they had planned to include the episode in Tom Rose's book describing the actual Greenpeace girl's efforts to save a Beluga Whale here near Anchorage by dousing it with water when it got stuck on the mudflats. (In that real life event she was almost drowned and her boyfriend ended up saving her life. True to her character as depicted in the movie, she had insisted to her boyfriend that her dog be saved first.) One cool thing that I was hoping might make it into the movie, and which apparently did, were some of the really neat sunsets that we had during the filming on the ice field set. When I watched those sunsets from my office window I was curious if the cameraman filming below me might try to include some. You can see one such spectacular sunset caught by the cinematographer just as the story fades from the whaling captains' meeting to the ice field set with its animatronic whale surfacing from the ice hole below. By way of review, I thought the character playing Malik, Nathan's grandfather, put on a masterful performance worthy of a supporting actor Academy nomination. To me the funniest scene in the movie was where Malik shut up the rambling Ted Danson's character by instructing the gathered Inupiats to start cheering. Although he is a well known Alaska Native performer here, this was his first movie role. The acting overall was quite good although some additional character development would have been welcome - obviously hard to do with the large cast and varied story lines that would have required adding more time than the editors were evidently allocated. Another piece of movie making trivia, dozens of period (1988) cars were used to circle the block during the Anchorage Greenpeace Office scene toward the end of the movie. Only a single red Pontiac survived the cutting room table as it alone was visible through the window as Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski reunited inside the office. As a point of interest, the movie makers went to great lengths to make this a true period piece from costuming to cars as noted above. Not to be missed in the DVD and Blu-ray are the extra features which are most interesting in depicting how the movie was made here in Alaska and the true-to-life happenings that were incorporated into the film. (Note, as referenced above, the Blu-ray version has an extra Extra that goes into even more detail on the making of the movie.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Extras on DVD and Blu-ray

    Posted
    AlaskaviewerDale
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    Heretofore I've caught my share of small land locked salmon and trout in my neighborhood lake that was used for the setting of the opening Whale Hunt scene transformed into the Beaufort Sea. I was amazed to see in the movie though that we now have (or had) a whale in our lake through the magic of CGI (computer graphic imaging.) lol As to the movie itself, I couldn't believe all the scenes that ended up getting cut including some that were in the trailer. At least our neighborhood Jewel Lake and the whaling boat with its crew on the lake were prominently shown in the opening scenes of the movie. (Drew's performance on the lake/arctic sea as part of the back story though didn't make it.) It looks like they chopped other parts of her back story since in the promo shots they had her wearing yellow rain gear and holding a bucket which suggested they had planned to include the episode in Tom Rose's book describing the actual Greenpeace girl's efforts to save a Beluga Whale here near Anchorage by dousing it with water when it got stuck on the mudflats. (In that real life event she was almost drowned and her boyfriend ended up saving her life. True to her character as depicted in the movie, she had insisted to her boyfriend that her dog be saved first.) One cool thing that I was hoping might make it into the movie, and which apparently did, were some of the really neat sunsets that we had during the filming on the ice field set. When I watched those sunsets from my office window I was curious if the cameraman filming below me might try to include some. You can see one such spectacular sunset caught by the cinematographer just as the story fades from the whaling captains' meeting to the ice field set with its animatronic whale surfacing from the ice hole below. By way of review, I thought the character playing Malik, Nathan's grandfather, put on a masterful performance worthy of a supporting actor Academy nomination. To me the funniest scene in the movie was where Malik shut up the rambling Ted Danson's character by instructing the gathered Inupiats to start cheering. Although he is a well known Alaska Native performer here, this was his first movie role. The acting overall was quite good although some additional character development would have been welcome - obviously hard to do with the large cast and varied story lines that would have required adding more time than the editors were evidently allocated. Another piece of movie making trivia, dozens of period (1988) cars were used to circle the block during the Anchorage Greenpeace Office scene toward the end of the movie. Only a single red Pontiac survived the cutting room table as it alone was visible through the window as Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski reunited inside the office. As a point of interest, the movie makers went to great lengths to make this a true period piece from costuming to cars as noted above. Not to be missed in the DVD and Blu-ray are the extra features which are most interesting in depicting how the movie was made here in Alaska and the true-to-life happenings that were incorporated into the film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Family Viewing at Its' Best!

    Posted
    CWLW
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    BARROW ALASKA OCTOBER, 1988 At times this marvelously choreographed saga is emotionally touching – it’s both a brilliant and splendidly told story about some of nature’s harshest conditions – minus 40°F. Back-Drop: Atop thickening ice on the Beaufort Sea. News reporters from around the world gathered in Barrow, AK so that they could report freeing the whales in their native language. In addition to telling the whale rescue story it also articulates the story of the culture and environment the Alaskan Inupiat Indians. This is a great family-view!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Touched

    Posted
    Arm99
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    Touched and the story is very serious. However, I start to smile about the story. Is it really real? Did actors really act the way these people act in real life? Feel a bit naive for my age.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice surprise

    Posted
    TubeRider

    Big miracle was based upon a true story. Good family oriented movie. We recently visited Barrow Alaska so the movie brings back memories

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Family Movie

    Posted
    Father1
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    The movie is a nice family movie for a change. It reminded us with the news of that time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic film

    Posted
    BurntPopcorn
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    Another great true story comes to film. Family fun for all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice family movie

    Posted
    oldman52

    This is a nice family movie. It has good cast which helps make the movie enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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