Giant (Special Edition) (2-DVD)

The legendary epic that's as big as Texas.
Giant (Special Edition) (2-DVD)
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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 21 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 5, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Disc One: Giant
    • Introduction by George Stevens, Jr.
    • Commentary by George Stevens, Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber
    • Documentary George Stevens: Filmmakers who Knew Him
    • Disc Two: Special Features
    • 2 documentary looks at the movie's legacy: Memories of Giant and Return to Giant
    • New York premiere TV special
    • Behind the cameras segments
    • Extensive production notes
    • Director filmography
    • Hollywood premiere featurette
    • Original/reissue theatrical trailers
    • Stills and documents galleries
    • Awards notes
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1956 - Best Director: George Stevens

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 41


User Ratings: 24,235
...[A] well-acted all-American epic...
Total Film
Aug 1, 2003
Rating: 4/4 -- Like the title says. Full Review
TV Guide
Nov 14, 2007
Including a fine performance from Elizabeth Taylor, great acting from Rock Hudson and a piercing portrayal from James Dean. Giant stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great ones. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Oct 10, 2018
Its deeper themes and superb performances from Taylor, Hudson and Dean make it a classic Hollywood epic. Full Review
Nov 14, 2007
Giant, in spite of its length, seldom seems long -- its story is too eventful, its effects too picturesque, and its director too skilful for that even over so long an expanse of time. It may not be a great film but it is certainly an awesome one. Full Review
Mar 21, 2018
...Dean turns in a performance that shows what a gifted and influential actor we lost with his death...
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 4, 1996
Rating: 3/4 -- This ambitious adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel is often touched by greatness, yet it's ultimately too scattershot to satisfactorily maintain its bloated 200-minute running time. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Nov 7, 2013

Product Description:

Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga was the source of Stevens' sprawling epic, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in his last film appearance. When Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Hudson) goes to Virginia in the early 1920s to buy a prize stallion, he falls in love with Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), an aristocratic, independent-minded beauty, and they quickly marry. He takes her back to Reata, his 600,000-acre ranch, where sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), the family matriarch, does her best to make Leslie feel unwelcome. Leslie is appalled by the second-class status accorded to women and racist attitudes toward the local Mexicans, neither of which seem to bother her husband. Out of compassion, she befriends surly ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean), who comes to worship her from afar, envying Bick for both his wealth and his wife. He strikes oil on land bequeathed to him by the deceased Luz and his wealth and power grow apace. As the years pass, the bewildered Bick often finds his children thwarting his wishes and criticizing his beliefs, pushing the millionaire to question his values for the first time in his life. The film's outstanding cast, which also features Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman, and Chill Wills, inject vitality into a project that occasionally suffers from longueurs.

Plot Synopsis:

An epic examination of the American dream, played out on the spacious, mythic Texas landscape. The story charts Texas's evolution from ranching state to oil capital. In addition, the film explores issues of race relations.
A young cattle baron marries a well-bred Maryland beauty and transplants her to a rustic ranch. The new bride, Leslie Benedict, quickly learns about the divisions between the Americans and the Mexicans, between the privileged and the poor. Her husband retains these prejudices even when his son marries a Mexican-American nurse. Leslie also must contend with a ranchhand who loves her from afar, and who despises her husband's wealth. When the ranchhand strikes oil and also becomes rich, he still fails to win either Leslie or the town's respect.


Production Notes:

  • The film was given a theatrical re-release in Fall of 1996 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
  • For the re-release, "Giant" was newly enhanced with the modern- ized version of the original Technicolor dye process which incorporates the latest film manufacturing and processing technology available. The technical crew also worked with George Stevens, Jr., the director's son, to recreate a sound- track that equals, and in some cases exceeds, the fidelity of the original release.
  • The Warner Home Video VHS versions (Cat. #'s 14633, 36135, 14897) all come direct from the restored 1996 theatrical re-release. The videos also include one hour of rare related footage, featuring a 30-minute telecast of the New York premiere and a 5-minute featurette about the Hollywood premiere. In addition, there are 2 "Making of..." segments and a special introduction by George Stevens, Jr.
  • The Collector's Box Set VHS version (Cat. #36135) also includes an all-new 72-page, 4-color book featuring reminiscences with the stars, archival data, and photographs never before published. And finally, the set also contains the 1985 documentary "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey," a 2-hour chronicle of George Stevens' life and career that is directed and narrated by George Stevens, Jr.
  • The Warner Home Video VHS version (Cat. #14897) contains in addition only the documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey."
  • Star James Dean died in a car accident during production. His scenes were completed with a stand-in.
  • Film debut for actress Carroll Baker, who appeared in a bit part in the film "Easy to Love" in 1953.
  • Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 11,928
  • UPC: 883929280353
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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