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Bigger Than Life [1956] [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Christopher Olsen
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BFI
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000RJEINE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,976 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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BIGGER THAN LIFE
A Film by Nicholas Ray

Bigger Than Life is one of the greatest American films of the 1950s, a high point in the careers of lead actor James Mason and Nicholas Ray.

Mason gives a towering performance as Ed Avery, a happily married schoolteacher who agrees to take a new miracle drug when diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. It is not long before the drug begins producing malevolent and murderous side-effects that bring to the fore all of Ed's long-repressed frustrations with his life.

Mason's support is exceptional: Barbara Rush as Ed's devoted wife, Christopher Olsen as his cruelly punished son and Walter Matthau as his faithful colleague.

One of cinema's most persuasive portraits of psychological turmoil, the film also succeeds magnificently as searing melodrama and subversive social critique, with Ray, his scriptwriters and cinematographer achieving a perfect balance between emotional realism and expressionist allegory.

DVD Extras

  • Full-feature commentary by Edward Buscombe
  • New filmed conversation between Jim Jarmusch and Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Extracts from 1969 interview with Nicholas Ray
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Geoff Andrews, Jeanine Basinger, Susan Ray, and biographies

USA | 1956 | colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 91 minutes | Ratio 2.35:1 (16x9) anamorphic | Region 2 DVD

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'An outstanding movie, remarkable for its seriousness and daring.' --The Guardian


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