super huge one is 109mb, however I found a way to unzip quick and easy.
$path = '/path/to/file.tar.gz';
system("gunzip -c $path | tar xf -");
Just create php file and place in directory you want to extract to, then set path to file.tar.gz (mine was file.tar.tar and still worked)
But I have a different problem now, I extracted the original home directory copy and now I cannot remove dirs that are actually links...note all these are extracted to a sub dir not my current (host) home dir. The attributes for these file is lrwxrwxrwx. examples: www, subdirs within mail dir. etc.
So how do I remove them, since my ftp client can't?