biggerstrongerfasterThe highly acclaimed documentary ‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster’, which has the famous tagline ‘Is it still cheating if everyone’s doing it?’, is now available in DVD. And this thought provoking film, written and directed by Christopher Bell, receives yet another thumbs-up critique. From EDGE Boston:

“Bigger, Stronger, Faster” is as good as documentary filmmaking gets. It cuts deep to the marrow of American society without telling you what to think. Bell links cheating with winning and winning with America. His brilliant footage from the opening scene of “Patton” seems so eerily prophetic — underscoring the story about American’s drive to win at all costs. Did we ever think footage of Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, and Mark McGwire would sync up with political speeches from George W. Bush (former part-owner of Major League Baseball team the Texas Rangers) and Schwarzenegger (an admitted user of steroids) with so much irony? These indeed are strange days. Bell might not even have answers: his catalyst for shooting the doc seems to be his drive for someone to tell him what happened to his childhood heroes? And moreover, is there still such a thing?

‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster*’ is not only about the use of anabolic steroids in sports. It forces the viewers to have a critical look on the overall social, cultural and moral fabric of Americans.

Why is it illegal to use anabolic steroids to improve athletic performance but not laser eye correction to heighten the visual acuity of such sports celebrities like Tiger Woods? Why is not there a standard guideline in what is considered to be cheating in American sports? Such questions are being pushed to the core by Bell’s film.

This documentary world premiered on January 19 at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. On April, it was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and opened in limited release in the US on May 30.

The * on the title, by the way, signifies how athletes who are found guilty of using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs have their career records marked by an asterisk.