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Bigger Than Life

Spine #507



Release:
Mar 23, 2010
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Bigger Than Life

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Directed By: Nicholas Ray
Starring: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau
Licensor: 20th Century Fox

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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.

Supplements
  • Audio commentary featuring critic Geoff Andrew (The Films of Nicholas Ray)
  • Profile of Nicholas Ray (1977), a half-hour television interview with the director
  • New video appreciation of Bigger Than Life with author Jonathan Lethem (Chronic City)
  • New video interview with Susan Ray, the director's widow and editor of the book I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies
  • Theatrical trailer

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