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The picture is a landmark in the evolution of CinemaScope. Ray was among the first directors to explore the possibilities the wide screen held for psychological and emotional expressiveness (as opposed to mere pictorialism and spectacle), and he uses it brilliantly even though most of the film transpires within a middle-class home. The house is cunningly designed and visualized to seem commonplace, and probably '50s audiences in America registered it that way--just another glance at their everyday reality--while foreign audiences saw lucid and powerful abstraction. Ray invests every sector with dynamic potentiality and meaning, including the acre of thicket and scrub out back that realistically shouldn't be there a stone's throw from the Averys' picture-perfect suburban street. Add the director's bold use of color to underscore the disquiet and intensify the emotional environment, and we have an exemplary modern film. This comes through all the more strongly on the DVD and especially in Blu-ray; the home screen enhances both the abstraction and the specificity of Ray's vision. In the meticulous digital restoration of the original camera negative, the colors are more crisply and definitively there than in any shopworn repertory print or standard TV broadcast. --Richard T. Jameson
James Mason, Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau were simply great in executing their roles.
Skin tones are pleasant to look at for the most part although some scenes expose a touch of artificial tampering in respect to lighting.
Bigger than Life is Ray's 1956 effort concerning mental illness, drug use, and the 1950's family structure.
As a mature person, I appreciate many of the older movies, and this movie has a lot to appreciate. James Mason, Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau were simply great in executing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dennis A. Denton
What a ride,The movie starts as quaint as humanly possible. By the end you've got yourself a new grip on fifties paranoia. Plus James Mason goes bonkers. Read more
THIS SHOULD ABSOSULELY BE THE BEST PICTURE AT THAT TIME. WHY CONTROVERSIAL? BIGGER THAN LIFE IS TRULY A SUCCESS IN FILM MAKING, THE SCENES ABOUT THE MAN BECAME PARANOID AND INSANE... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by HAN XIAO
Bigger Than Life is a story about Ed Avery, who develops a stomach condition and must take the new drug cortisone in order to save his life. The effect is immediately positive. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by John
Ed Avery (James Mason) is a typical (though idealized) 1950s husband and father who is facing serious health problem. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Kona
Outstanding 2:55 OAR technicolor print of one of the greatest films ever by the greatest director ever. This film flopped at the box just like Citizen Kane, but that means nothing. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Dr. Morbius
bigger than life on bluray. wow! i have waited along time for this. an atypical look into the perfect 50s family, with nick ray directing, and james mason staring and producing. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by echo12
Once again, the Criterion Collection retains it's prestigious status in delivering quality films to people who truly appreciate the art of cinema, or in this case, cinemascope. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Jimmy Lee