Experience the peril and intensity of free-diving the world s most dangerous sport in The Big Blue. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr Breaking The Waves) and his friendly rival Enzo (Jean Reno The Professional) are considered master... more »s of free-diving and have made a career out of this one-of-a-kind competition. Jacques life-long obsession with diving comes from his unusual bond with the sea while Enzo thrives on the challenges of its inherent danger. In his travels Jacques meets Johanna (Rosanna Arquette Pulp Fiction) who is attracted to his innocent qualities and follows him across Europe to share his adventures triumphs and ultimately tragic bond with Enzo. With breathtaking underwater photography and matching musical support from Eric Serra (The Fifth Element) The Big Blue immerses you in a life and death adventure you ll never forget.System Requirements:Starring: Rosanna Arquette Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno. Directed By: Luc Besson. Running Time: 168 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 043396039278 Manufacturer No: 3927« less
"I first saw this movie in France and absolutely fell in love with it. I live in the states and when I rented it in the U.S. I could not understand why Eric Serra's soundtrak was not used and why they cut out so many scenes and changed the ending (what a bad call! ). I strongly recommend to all Americans who saw the American version to do yourselves a favor and buy the DVD Director's Cut(Version Longue). It's a completely different movie (so to speak). This is definitely my all time favorite movie, and am ecstatic to have it on DVD. Yeahhh! Thanks to Amazon the Americans will finally have their chance to own a phenominal movie!"
Le Grand Film
Luis Reyes | 01/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first read about Le Grand Bleu in one of my textbooks when I started lessons at the Alliance Francais. There it was described along the lines of a massive cult movie that had charmed (and completely depressed) a whole generation of french teenagers. Being fifteen at the time, I got hold of a very beat up copy and it has since remained my favorite film of all times.
Jacques, the main character, is a solitary free diver who longs for nothing else than to be at home with his family (i.e. swimming in the sea with dolphnins). That is, until he meets Johanna (Arquette), and soon the story develops and reaches its climax as Jacques is torn between the woman he loves and his quest for the eternal and watery bliss he finds in the depths. The photography is simply perfect, and the transfer to digital media has only enhanced the fact, so definitely get the DVD. Reno is at his finest (and funniest) and Barr stands out as the perfect homo delphinus.
I have seen the US version, which is a moldy disgrace. The omission of Eric Serra's music is utter blasphemy, since the soundtrack is a jewel on its own. The change in ending is also nonsense, so if you have only seen that piece of editing, know that the Director's Cut is entirely different.
Oh, and don't forget. Dolphins, dolphins and more dolphins! What could beat that? I cry every time I see this film. Perhaps this is only because of my weird self, but, what do you think really happens to Jacques in the end?"
A Great Story-But Not Entirely True!
Simi22 | WI USA | 07/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen both versions of this film. Honestly, I like Conti's score better in the U.S. release, but the long version is best. When I saw the film, I already knew there was a person named Jacques Mayol and thought it was based on a true story. I loved the film so much I wanted to know more about the subject matter. Then recently I purchased Jacques Mayol's book, HOMO DELPHINUS-The Dolphin within Man, in it he describes his life and expresses his beliefs. It also has a section about the film in which he points out, only a few parts were somewhat accurate, the fact that he dove in a lake in the mountains of Peru to test altitude and how it affects his ability to slow his heartbeat, which he calls "apnea", is true. It is this phenomenon and other experiences with dolphins that truely drives Mayol. Mayol agreed to let his name be used in the film and Besson adapted some of Mayol's persona into the "story " which we all have enjoyed up to now. In my opinion, the long version of this film is a masterpiece, it has a special place in my heart. But if you really want to know more about the real Jacques Mayol and his story I suggest you buy his book. He shares all facets of his life and comments generously on the film. Maybe someday the real story will be told, because it is just as mystical and beautiful as the film. I can't wait to get my copy of this gorgeous, yet soulful film on DVD. Get it you won't be disappointed! It truely is a treasure from the deep!"
It's about time!
ammolang | Ill Noise, United States | 08/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i have been waiting for this picture on dvd for a long long time! and to finally get it, with additional footage, no less! this was the first besson picture i ever saw. i was immediately taken with his style & feel for subject. the american version was good, only, unbeknownst to me at the time, it felt somewhat incomplete-- now i know why. this director's cut fills in so many gaps, answers so many unspoken questions. it rounds out the romance between jacques & joanna as well as gives more depth to the friendship/competition between jacques & enzo. the "drinking in the diving bell" scene is a riot, mimicking the drinkng in the pool scene. in my opinion the film needs those extra "director's" minutes to evove from a good picture with potential to an awesome picture, period. i am so much happier seeing this movie with those formerly "lost" european additions. Mr. Reno is worth his weight in gold, a great job by Mr. Barr, and Ms. Arquette provides a nice american counterpoint to these euro stars. interesting to see arquette & griffin dunne together again (from "after hours-- m. scorcese"). a great "new" ending... you'll see when you compare it to the version americané."
My favorite movie but be careful
felixcarapaica | Barcelona Spain | 04/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my favorite movie but Why to be careful ? just because there are two versions: the european version and the US version. The European version is just a jewel but (I don't know why) in the US version the wonderful Eric Serra's music was replaced by Eric Contì's very comercial soundtrack and the producers added a happy ending (??!!) so they distroyed the whole concept.If you are looking for the french version be sure you buy the Director's cut edition.Felix