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Giant


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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: Edna Ferber, Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat
  • Producers: George Stevens, Henry Ginsberg
  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: June 10 2003
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092T6L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,362 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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Format: Blu-ray
Giant [1956] [Special Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Director George Stevens’ sweeping saga of family conflict and social consciousness based on Edna Ferber’s best seller is presented here for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Rock Hudson as rancher Bick Benedict, Elizabeth Taylor as his wife Leslie and James Dean (in his final film role) as nouveau oil baron Jett Rink, this tale of three generations of Texans remains both grand and intimate.

FILM FACTS: Giant won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated nine other times, twice for Best Actor in a Leading Role [James Dean and Rock Hudson]. The other nominations came in the categories of Best Actress in a Supporting Role [Mercedes McCambridge]; Best Art Direction–Set Decoration, Colour (Boris Leven, Ralph S. Hurst); Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Film Editing; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; Best Picture; and Best Writing, Best Screenplay – Adapted.

THIS 3 DISC SET INCLUDES A 44-PAGE BOOK WITH PHOTOS, PRODUCTION NOTES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES INFO • Documentary by George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey • Introduction by George Stevens, Jr. • Commentary by George Stevens, Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber • George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him, Memories of Giant and Return to Giant • New York Premiere TV Special, Hollywood Premiere Documentary and Behind the Cameras Segments • Stills and Documents Galleries • Original and Reissued Theatrical Trailers.
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By R. W. SIMPSON on April 17 2014
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I loved this movie from the first time that I saw it, and, now, 50 years later, it is still a great movie.
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A lot of good acting, including from James Dean. Odd that Sal Mineo would be in a second movie with him before dean died in a tragic auto accident. This movie, like East of Eden, provides insight into Dean's capability of becoming a great actor. The story line revolves around Rock Hudson, a Texas rancher, marriage to and life with outsider Elizabeth Taylor. I liked the part in a diner when grandfather Rock fights a redneck for insulting his part-Mexican grandson while a jukebox blares out Yellow Rose of Texas. I guess that is what Texas is all about, eh?
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By Aimee Marie on Oct. 22 2013
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I loved this film.Jimmy was brilliant as always,actually the entire cast was brilliant.Such a great piece of 1950's Americana.I'd highly recommend 'Giant'.
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By Theresa Gonsalves on Oct. 17 2013
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While the plot was good,
the movie was far too long and in
places downright boring.. However the great
acting from its' cast managed to hold
my interest
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By A Customer on July 8 2004
Format: DVD
I recently decided to view this film. Let's see - a reference to Neiman-Marcus - some wide open spaces, some cattle and oil wells. O.K. - but this film does not really tell about Texas and Texans. Thankfully, Chill Wills (from Seagoville, TX) was in it. He was the most Texan thing about this film. I wish I had something more positive to say - but I don't.
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Format: DVD
The product information here should be carefully read, as it reveals that this edition of Giant has been transferred in a 1:1.66 letterbox transfer. This is a travesty. Giant was filmed and released in the classic 1:1.33 "Academy" aspect ratio, which also happens to be the aspect ratio for NTSC analog television. George Stevens disliked widescreen processes, although he was forced to use them by studios on later films.
The time has come to put a stop to these unnecessary, phoney "restored" versions of classics. It's just a marketing ploy to squeeze more money out of old warhorses. Going back to the good old days of the laserdisc, I never much cared about the extras that were first introduced by Criterion and later imitated by the major studios. I've always responded to a high quality video transfer taken from the best film elements available. Getting the aspect ratio wrong and mutilating the images of Steven's classic film makes everything else irrelevant.
Thank goodness I still have my laserdiscs. Failing that, grab a copy on VHS.
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By Onie Wheeler on April 22 2004
Format: DVD
The DVD is superb -- I do not know what all the complaints about sound, etc. are all about! My goodness, this film is almost 50 years old -- and I think it is in wonderful shape!
I purchased this video because I have become a big James Dean film, but the acting of Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Carol Baker, and Dennis Hopper were splendid.
To think that Hudson was a mere 29, Taylor 23, and Dean 23 and could play characters who age 30 years with such reality is a true testament to their genius! Of course, the makeup artists must also receive recognition.
The most disturbing portion of the film to me is when Hudson confronts "Sarge" the restaurant owner in a fist fight and when "Sarge" lands into the juke box, "The Yellow Rose of Texas" begins to play. However, this epic film is full of irony and subtle twists and nuances -- to really grasp the entire message this film needs to be viewed more than one time.
The irony of the Mexican children singing The National Anthem during the funeral of Angel (played by a very young Sal Mineo) touched me. Little Angel was a person who died for the United States and yet was the focus of bigotry from his impoverished birth until his death.
Or course, in my opinion, there was and never will be another James Dean -- it is heartbreaking to watch this dramatic genius in the final film performance before his untimely demise. Like Buddy Holly, I will always wonder where Dean's career would have gone.
Carol Baker is fantastic in her first film role and the very young Dennis Hopper's performance is equally memorable.
This film speaks to the injustices of racial bigotry that unfortunately will always exist except in a utopian world.
The additions to this DVD make it a must-buy!
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