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Giant: Special Edition (Dbl DVD) (Multi-Title)
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.See all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. Dynamite combination. And although I am not a James Dean fan, his performance is outstandingPublished 22 days ago by Ursula G. Webber
As someone that appreciates the time "when movies were movies", this is a remarkable movie. The extras are a great bonus to the time the movie was made, Dean's death, Rock... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Clark-Dunning
This is the uncut version that was cut to satisfy the biggest distributor in Texas who objected to Texans being portrayed as racist bigots.Published 6 months ago by Morley Evans
An absolutely incredible movie - a blockbuster! My husband watched it 2X in two days which we never do! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ruth Irwin
This is a great Texas story, true to the book. James Dean turns in his best and last role before his tragic death. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
Outstanding motion picture. All of the main stars have left us now. James Dean was in his prime and his acting skills were on a par with Marlon Brando! Read morePublished 13 months ago by NIKKERS
These is such a great film. It's great to watch the family grow and all the crap they have to deal with, from racist people to a drunken oil man.Published 14 months ago by Joeen Melchiorre
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