Tuesday, March 12, 2019

MVD Entertainment Group Sets Marquee Collection Blu-ray Release Of The Big White For May 14

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Probably one of the most misunderstood films from 2005 was the Robin Williams’ comedy, The Big White.   It was a black comedy, a dark comedy, that was promoted as an “off-beat” tale, even madcap in nature.   It failed to connect with audiences at the time, but over the last decade, especially with Williams’ passing, the film has drawn renewed interest.

It therefore comes as no surprise that MVD Entertainment Group has selected The Big White as its latest Marquee Collection entry and will be bringing it to market on May 14 as both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings.

The late Robin Williams was certainly one funny guy, but after Father’s Day, Jumanji and Flubber in late the ‘90s, he started to stretch his acting legs with more dramatic films — Good Will Hunting (Oscar-winner for Best Supporting Actor), One Hour Photo and Insomnia to name just a few.   

The Big White doesn’t really fit into either category — dramatic or traditional comedy vehicle for Robin Williams.   Instead he plays a somewhat morose owner of a near-bankrupt travel agency in Alaska.   His wife, played by Holly Hunter, suffers from Tourette Syndrome, which gives her plenty of scenery to chew on while Williams suffers.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyHis solution comes in the form of a missing brother, who has been officially missing for five years.   That triggers a million dollar life insurance policy, which could solve both his financial issues and allow him to get help for his wife.   Sounds kind of depressing — remember, The Big White is a black comedy.

The bug-a-boo in the plan is an insurance agent, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who insists on a body.   Well, as luck would have it, Williams finds a dead body — actually a murder-for-hire and the killers need the body back to collect.

That’s a problem.  But a bigger problem materializes in the form of the long-lost and presumably dead brother (played by Woody Harrelson), who suddenly shows up.
Blood will shed … but there’s a happy ending.
Bonus features include an extensive photo gallery and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

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