Gigi (Special Edition) (2-DVD) G

Gigi (Special Edition) (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1958
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Subtitles, English, French, Japanese

Disc 1:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Vintage Short - The Million Dollar Nickel
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Historian Jeanine Basinger
      2. Leslie Caron

Disc 2:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette:
      1. Thank Heaven - The Making of Gigi
      2. 1949 Nonmusical First Screen Version of Gigi (In French with English Subtitles)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Composition by
Conductor:
Lyricist:
Produced by
Director of Photography: &

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1958 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: André Previn
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w or Color): Arthur Freed
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Costume Design (b&w or Color)
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Director: Vincente Minnelli
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Original Song: Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 20,965
[A] sublime riff on Pygmalion...
Total Film
Feb 1, 2004
Colette's tale about the training of a schoolgirl cocotte blown up into a full-scale musical, starts things oil with a bang. Full Review
The Spectator
Feb 15, 2019
[A] Parisian valentine...garnished with lots of actual locations. -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 19, 2008
It's easy to drift away from the story and become absorbed in Minnelli's impossibly delicate textures, but there is a little something here for everybody. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Dec 13, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- Gigi is an enjoyable parfait - a frothy concoction that at times makes the viewer giddy - but it lacks the traits of greatness one might expect from a production so dizzyingly honored. Full Review
ReelViews
Oct 3, 2018
Rating: 8/10 -- ...one of Hollywood's most celebrated classics from an era when studios were still making meticulous, tune-filled musicals. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Sep 5, 2008
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Given the shortage of dancing and soaring vocal melodies...Minnelli must lean heavily on personality and a spectacle defined by the pageantry of historic locations, sets and costumes. [Blu-ray] Full Review
Groucho Reviews
Apr 5, 2009

Product Description:

Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this delightful Lerner and Loewe musical, based on a story by Collette, follows a precocious French girl as she is groomed into a would-be courtesan, blossoming into a stunning woman. The story provides plenty of opportunity for Minnelli and MGM to pull out all the stops in its first musical production shot on location. Paris and Leslie Caron never looked lovelier, and Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier are so French, no' Songs include: "Gigi," "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," and "Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well." Academy Award Nominations: 9. Academy Awards: 9, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Description by Warner Home Video:

A home, a motorcar, servants, the latest fashions: the most eligible and most finicky bachelor (Louis Jourdan) in Paris offers them all to Gigi (Leslie Caron). But she, who's gone from girlish gawkishness to cultured glamour before our eyes, yearns for that wonderful something money can't buy. Producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and a cast rife with Gallic charm combine talents for this lavish winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture. Its Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe songs can sparkle like "The Night They Invented Champagne" or caress with title-tune tenderness. "I Remember It Well," Maurice Chevalier sings to Hermione Gingold. You'll remember Gigi forever.

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Production Notes:

  • GIGI was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
  • Song composer Frederick Loewe, screenwriter-lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, and production designer Cecil Beaton, who collaborated on the 1956 Broadway production of "My Fair Lady" went on the work together again on "Gigi."
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