Bigger Than Life Criterion Collection DVD Description
Unable to pay the bills as a school teacher, Ed Avery (James Mason) has a double life as a taxi dispatcher. He hides this second job from his family, as well as a far graver secret: he's suffering from a painful illness that may claim his life. In a last-ditch effort at survival, Ed begins a regimen of cortisone injections that turn him into a crazed drug addict, tearing his cookie-cutter world apart. Nicholas Ray (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) directs this trenchant drama about 1950s suburbia; James Mason has rarely been better--or more intense.
Region 1 Note: 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, widow of the director and editor of I was interrrupted: Nicholas Ray on making movies Theatrical trailer Plus: a booklet featuring as essay by critic and video maker B. Kite