'The Big Short' on Combo Pack

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

The Big Short is a tale of high-finance and greed versus intelligence and humanity. This is an incredible story matched only by the amazing cast.

The story is basically about four intelligent men who managed to predict the housing bubble collapse and take on the big banks. The film is based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis and was nominated for several awards. The film took home the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are all intriguing as well as humorous in their portrayals of their real life counterparts. While the premise of the film might be a little difficult for some viewers to grasp in the beginning, stay with it. The characters make this a fun take on such a dramatic and depressing story.

Besides the movie on Blu-ray and DVD and Digital HD code, there are plenty of bonus features in the combo pack that add to the understanding of the story as well as the making of the movie. First of all, the casting of this film brings together some of the great talents in the industry today. Steve Carell is wonderful in every part he has played and as Mark Baum he doesn’t disappoint his fans. He can take on drama and comedy all in the same film. Ryan Gosling’s character Jared Vennett provides the narration to the story as the different parts unfold. Gosling describes his part in the film as “an anomaly.” Bale acknowledges he spent a lot of time with his real life counterpart Mike Burry before filming the movie and he got “the essence of the guy.”

“Funny and entertaining” is how writer Adam McKay describes the movie. He also says the book was “the most amazing book” and “one of the best books of this age.” He was eager to adapt it to the big screen.

McKay discusses the characters and basically says the story is “about a group of outsiders” who really hit it big with their ideas and insights. They took on the system, and we all know the results of their efforts. The men were considered “outsiders and weirdos” and definitely “unique” individuals.

The story follows three different stories that parallel each other and overlap to make this a movie that not only shows the greed of men, but also the intelligence and honor of some.

The film is meant to entertain as well as educate viewers about the mortgage-backed bonds that got the country and the world into deep financial trouble. McKay says he “wanted to humanize” the men, which is what makes the film entertaining to the viewers.

With all of these bonus features, viewers have a lot to digest and will hopefully come to understand what happened in the market from 1982 – 2007.

The Big Short is rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity.

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