Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bigger than life (1956) - classic drama from director Nicholas Ray, starring James Mason, Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau

Rating 7.6/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
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James Mason ... Ed Avery
Barbara Rush ... Lou Avery
Walter Matthau ... Wally Gibbs
Robert F. Simon ... Dr. Norton
Christopher Olsen ... Richie Avery
Roland Winters ... Dr. Ruric

Description: Schoolteacher and family man Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recovery, and returns home to his wife, Lou, and their son, Richie. He must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness. But the "miracle" cure turns into its own nightmare as Ed starts to abuse the tablets, causing him to experience increasingly wild mood swings.







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Set of extras included:

* Profile of Nicholas Ray (1977) - a half-hour television interview with the director (28:47)
* Video appreciation of Bigger Than Life with author Jonathan Lethem (27:14)
* Video interview with Susan Ray, widow of the director and editor of "I was interrupted: Nicholas Ray on making movies" (22:00)
* Theatrical trailer

Video and audio information:

Video : 1.90 GB, 2858 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 1024x402 (2.55:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 148
Audio : 88/45 MB (main/commentary), 129/66 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1/1 channel, 0x55 = AAC/AAC, CBR/VBR

Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Greek, Turkish, Croatian) posters and screenshots included

Dual audio track information

This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is commentary by film critic Geoff Andrew, author of "The Films of Nicholas Ray". You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)