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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: June 10 2003
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092T6L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,029 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Giant: Special Edition (Dbl DVD) (Multi-Title)

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They call it Giant because everything in this picture is big, from the generous running time (more than 200 minutes) to the sprawling ranch location (a horizon-to-horizon plain with a lonely, modest mansion dropped in the middle) to the high-powered stars. Stocky Rock Hudson stars as the confident, stubborn young ranch baron Bick Benedict, who woos and wins the hand of Southern belle Elizabeth Taylor, a seemingly demure young beauty who proves to be Hudson's match after she settles into the family homestead. For many the film is chiefly remembered for James Dean's final performance, as poor former ranch hand Jett Rink, who strikes oil and transforms himself into a flamboyant millionaire playboy. Director George Stevens won his second Oscar for this ambitious, grandly realized (if sometimes slow moving) epic of the changing socioeconomic (and physical) landscape of modern Texas, based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel. The talented supporting cast includes Mercedes McCambridge as Bick's frustrated sister, put out by the new "woman of the house"; Chill Wills as the Benedicts' garrulous rancher neighbor; Carroll Baker and Dennis Hopper as the Benedicts' rebellious children; and Earl Holliman and Sal Mineo as dedicated ranch hands. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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First, let's establish that I don't think "Giant" is a classic by any definition. Too long, indifferent acting, too much fluff. That said, I guess I remember it as a spectacle worthy of the total sprucing up it needed to bring it to DVD. Tiomkins rousing score in 5.1 digital sound. Punching up of the very faded VHS tapes film quality and some nice extras. Maybe 1 out of 3 isn't bad except in this case the extras are the only plus. Otherwise the movie seems to have been transferred directly from VHS to DVD. The sound over the opening titles was so tinny and distorted that I double checked my sound settings to make sure my equipment wasn't out of wack. Nope, just plain lousy monophonic clamor. The color is so washed out in many places that I started to think maybe I had been sent a preproduction copy before sound and color had been worked on. But I see several other reviewers had the same reaction.
Shame on Warner Bros for putting out a major movie of such abominable quality. The extras are terrific but I know very few film fans who buy movies based on the extras. Take it off the market and do it right Warners.
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The two stars that I rate this DVD is simply for the terrible transfer of this classic motion picture. This movie is a 10 star movie, but this particular DVD release is simply terrible. It seems as if they used third generation, or even fourth generation negatives to create this transfer, with absolutely no regard for consistancy. Some scenes are tolerable, at best, and seem that the transfer might have come from a decent third generation negative, and some scenes are totally dismal and seem as if they were done from a fourth generation negative that was found on the cutting room floor. There is absolutely no consistancy of the colors and brightness from one scene to another. But this is only the half of it. The transfer to this disc was done in a near full screen picture which cuts so much of the scenery off of the sides of every frame. It was a shame how this disc was done. This beautiful Hollywood epic deserves such better treatment. The roles played by Rock Hudson, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor are classic Hollywood roles, and the original shooting of this epic was done in a beautiful way, (which you can enjoy on laserdisc if you find a copy.) This movie tells the story of racial injustice and trys to teach a morality lesson of racial tolerence, all set in the by-gone days of depression era rural Texas. The story of us-and-them as played out by Mexicans and Anglos, and as seen through the eyes of Hollywood, dosen't get any better than this motion picture. For that reason alone, if you really must own this movie, buy this DVD. Otherwise you would be better off waiting for a better transfer or buying a good used copy on laserdisc or buying this movie on the 1985 VHS put out by Warner Brothers, (do not buy any VHS tape of this movie other than the 1985 version, the rest were terrible). I love this movie, and it hurts me to see this terrible transfer.
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"Giant" is the epic western drama directed by George Sidney. Based on the book by Edna Ferber, the film deals with racial intolerance and sexual repression - both taboo subjects of the day. The film stars Rock Hudson as Bick Benedict, a lumbering cattle rancher from Texas who's new bride (Elizabeth Taylor) is torn between her loyalty to her husband and her own strong will. James Dean, in his final role before his untimely death, is electrifying as Jett Rink, a poor boy come to greatness that ultimately seduces him to the dark side of wealth. Mercedes McCambridge, Chill Wills and Jane Withers all give stellar performances.
Warner Home Video's 2 disc DVD is A GIANT DISAPPOINTMENT! The transfer, long available in Canada as a single, double sided disc, is tired worn and horribly out of focus. It is NOT ANAMORPHICALLY ENHANCED for widescreen televisions. Colors are muddy, dull and, on occasion, bleed into one another. Flesh tones are way too orange. Black levels are a muddy brown at best. Aliasing, shimmering, edge enhancement and pixelization all intrude. The worst factor in this transfer however is the horrible misregistration of the image - creating deeply out of focus images in medium and long shots as well as annoying halos around almost everything. The sound has been matrixed for stereo but is horribly strident, with scratchy pitch and an abundant amount of background hiss. There is nothing even remotely engaging about the sound field.
EXTRAS: Enough to make Texas blush. We get a retro documentary, an intro by George Stevens Jr. some wonderful home movies shot on location, a good stills gallery, the original theatrical trailer and some other toss away junket material including news trailers and radio snippets.
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