Bigger Than Life: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1956) / Region 1
Bigger Than Life: The Criterion Collection

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Bigger Than Life: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 17 2009
  • Production Year 1956
  • Empire SKU 1512587
  • UPC Code 715515054812
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


Audio commentary featuring critic Geoff Andrew
Profile of Nicholas Ray (1977), a half-hour television interview with the director
New video appreciation of Bigger Than Life with author Jonathan Lethem
New video interview with Susan Ray
Theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and video maker B. Kite


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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