Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

DVD - 2008
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A look at how Americans see themselves as having to be the best in the world and what some people will do in order to achieve that title.
Publisher: St-Laurent, Qu├ębec : VVS Films : Distributed in Canada by Videoville Showtime, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : digital, sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Derringer
Aug 23, 2015

Hey! You wanna meet the "million-dollar" athletes who cheat (with steroids)?

Yes. Even if you're not an avid body-builder, I certainly think that this documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*" is well-worth a view.

This 2008 documentary really does open the viewer's eyes to how wide-spread the use of steroids (not only amongst athletes) actually is in the USA (and, of course, the rest of the world, as well).

I definitely give director/co-writer, Chris Bell, a big hand of applause for the very professional attitude and well-informed nature of this 100-minute documentary.

Bell certainly did a commendable job of covering all of the ground and getting as many relevant opinions (for his documentary) when it came to the pros and cons of regular steroid use (and, in some cases, the inevitable disastrous effects of this drug's prolonged use, too).

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lsmir
Jun 15, 2015

A well-researched and thoroughly entertaining piece. The director manages to convey the subject matter in a way that is equally serious, personal and funny. Highly recommend it.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 13, 2015

If nothing else, this documentary (that took a very level-headed approach to weighing the pros & cons of steroid use amongst athletes/bodybuilders) was certainly well-worth a view just to get an eye-popping look at Greg Valentino's ridiculously over-developed biceps (watch video), as well as seeing a heavily muscled Belgian Blue bull (sans steroids) up close.

But besides these two very freakish curiosities, this fairly satisfied viewer was also very pleasantly surprised by how well-researched and competently presented Bigger Stronger Faster* was. I certainly wasn't expecting to be this impressed with this documentary.

Very professionally directed by Chris Bell (whose 2 older brothers were both avid steroid users), I found this entertaining documentary to be quite fair-minded about its research regarding the positive benefits of taking steroids as opposed to their negative side-effects, which showed clear links to cancer, heart attacks and erratic behaviour (roid rage).

Through interviews with medical experts, sports figures, etc., etc., Chris Bell's documentary repeatedly brought into question the use of steroids amongst high-profile athletes. And, as a result of this, brought some of America's biggest heroes in the arena of sports (who are praised to the heavens) down a few significant notches from their lofty positions on their pedestals.

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JesseWard
May 30, 2014

A very well created, filmed and edited documentary. Provokes thought that goes beyond issues of steroids and sports. A very strong piece.

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