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Bigger Than Life Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1956 | 95 min | Not rated | Mar 23, 2010

Bigger Than Life (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.55:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.55:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

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English

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.9 of 54.9
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Bigger Than Life

 (1956)

Bigger Than Life Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father 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.

For more about Bigger Than Life and the Bigger Than Life Blu-ray release, see Bigger Than Life Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Roland Winters, Rusty Lane
Director: Nicholas Ray

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Bigger Than Life Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its ori9ginal aspect ratio of 2.55:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears in the booklet provided with the Blu-ray disc:

"For this new high-definition digital transfer, the original 35mm camera negative was scanned at 4K resolution on an Oxberry 6400 Liquid Gate scanner and color graded and restored at 2K resolution. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using the DaVinci Revival system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system. Arri's Relativity system was used for light grain reduction."

This is yet another solid, extremely competent high-definition transfer courtesy of Criterion. Fine object detail is excellent, clarity pleasing and contrast handled with utmost precision. The suggestive shadows, for example, that you would see during the second half of the film, after James Mason's character becomes violent, look terrific. The color-scheme is also very convincing - blues, greens, grays, blacks and whites look rich yet natural. Additionally, as stated in the quote above, light grain reduction has been performed, but there is still a pleasing amount of film grain that has been preserved. Edge-enhancement and macroblocking are never a serious issue of concern; neither is digital noise. On the contrary, even during the indoor scenes, where the lighting is minimal, the image quality is very impressive. Furthermore, I did not detect any stability issues while viewing the film to report in this review. I also did not spot any disturbing cuts, warps, splices, scratches, or stains. To sum it all up, this Blu-ray release of Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life represents a solid upgrade over all previous releases of the film, which is why I strongly recommend that you consider adding it to your film library. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Bigger Than Life Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

I don't have any major reservations with the English LPCM 1.0 track. The dialog is clear, clean and easy to follow. I did not detect any balance issues with David Raksin's music score either. I did notice, however, a number of improvements in terms of stability when I compared the a few scenes with the BFI SDVD release. Finally, pops, cracks, or excessive hissing do not plague the English LPCM 1.0 track.



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Criterion New Year's Card Hints at Upcoming Blu-ray Titles - January 1, 2010

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Criterion to Make Bigger Than Life Blu-ray - December 15, 2009

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