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Bigger Than Life

Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, 50s, Classics

Cast: James Mason, Walter Matthau, Barbara Rush

Director: Nicholas Ray

Synopsis: Though ignored at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray's BIGGER THAN LIFE is now recognized as one of the great American films of the 1950s. When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason, in one of his most indelible roles) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug, resulting in his transformation into a psychotic and ultimately violent household despot. This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family; that it came in the day of Father Knows Best makes it all the more shocking—and wildly entertaining.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1956

Reviews:

  • "One of the finest pictures of the 1950s.", David Thomson
  • "Nicholas Rays masterpiece. Remarkable and subversive.", Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Bigger Than Life

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  • Release Date: Mar 23rd, 2010
  • Catalog Number: CC1876DDVD
  • UPC: 0715515054812
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 95
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: PCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer

    • Audio commentary featuring critic Geoff Andrew

    • Profile of Nicholas Ray (1977), a half-hour television interview

    • New video appreciation of Bigger Than Life

    • New video interview with Susan Ray

    • Theatrical trailer

    • PLUS: An essay by film writer B. Kite

  • Release Date: Mar 23rd, 2010
  • Catalog Number: CC1875BD
  • UPC: 0715515054713
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 95
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: PCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer

    • Audio commentary featuring critic Geoff Andrew

    • Profile of Nicholas Ray (1977), a half-hour television interview

    • New video appreciation of Bigger Than Life

    • New video interview with Susan Ray

    • Theatrical trailer

    • PLUS: An essay by film writer B. Kite