Giant

Giant

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Director: George Stevens

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean

     
 

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The 1956 classic film Giant comes to DVD on Warner Home Video with a widescreen transfer. This two-disc special edition set contains soundtracks in Stereo English and Mono French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The nearly three-and-a-half-hour film is contained on two discs with around 30 scenes each, along with an optionalSee more details below

Overview

The 1956 classic film Giant comes to DVD on Warner Home Video with a widescreen transfer. This two-disc special edition set contains soundtracks in Stereo English and Mono French. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. The nearly three-and-a-half-hour film is contained on two discs with around 30 scenes each, along with an optional feature-length audio commentary track by film critic Stephen Farber, screenwriter Ivan Moffat, and the director's son George Stevens Jr. The featurette "George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him," contains insight from such directors as Warren Beatty, Frank Capra, and Robert Wise. Both "Memories of Giant" and "Return to Giant" recall production stories, casting the leads, and the response to James Dean's death. "Behind the Cameras" offers on-location information and a visit with composer Dimitri Tiomkin. Other special features include television specials of the premieres, stills, documents, trailers, filmographies, awards, and more. This disc is highly recommended for viewers with a healthy interest in learning about classic Hollywood films, especially the final work of showbiz icon James Dean.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Even if it hadn't starred three of the most iconic screen figures of the 1950s, George Stevens's Giant would still be an emotionally powerful and visually striking film; adding Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean (in his final performance) to the mix was just the icing on the cake. Dean contributes the highest-caliber fireworks, though his "Method" style sometimes blends uncomfortably with the more traditional performances of the other actors, but Stevens also drew atypically strong performances from Taylor and Hudson, who delivers perhaps his best performance on screen next to Seconds (1966). Based on Edna Ferber's novel, the story is a glorified soap opera, but Stevens's epic production strengthens the narrative rather than drowning it, providing a visual metaphor for the intimidating vastness of the Texas landscape. The image of the vast Benedict mansion slowly appearing as a tiny dot on the horizon is only the most memorable of the film's many indelible images. Giant is as big and sprawling as Texas itself; it's the tininess of the larger-than-life characters in the oilfields of the Southwest that keeps them human, and makes them all the more fascinating.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
UPC:
0085392322121
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
3:21:00

Special Features

Disc One: Commentary by film critic Stephen Farber, screenwriter Ivan Moffat, George Stevens, Jr.; introduction By George Stevens, Jr.; documentary: "George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him." Disc Two: Documentaries: "Memories of Giant" and "Return To Giant," featuring cast, crew and Texans discussing the film's legacy; New York premiere; TV special; Hollywood premiere featurette; project kickoff newsreel; Behind-the-Cameras segments; original/reissue theatrical trailers; extensive production notes; production stills; documents gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Leslie Lynnton
Rock Hudson Bick Benedict
James Dean Jett Rink
Carroll Baker Luz Benedict II
Mercedes McCambridge Luz Benedict
Jane Withers Vashti Synthe
Sal Mineo Angel Obregon Ill
Chill Wills Uncle Bawley
Dennis Hopper Jordan Benedict III
Judith Evelyn Mrs. Horace Lynnton
Paul Fix Dr. Horace Lynnton
Rod Taylor Sir David Karfrey
Earl Holliman Bob Dace
Robert Nichols Pinky Synthe
Alexander Scourby Old Polo
Fran Bennett Judy Benedict
Charles Watts Whitside
Elsa Cardenas Juana Benedict
Carolyn Craig Lacey Lynnton
Monte Hale Bale Clinch
Mary Ann Edwards Adarene Clinch
Victor Millan Angel Obregon I
Mickey Simpson Sarge
Pilar del Rey Mrs. Obregon
Maurice Jara Dr. Guerra
Noreen Nash Lorna Lane
Napoleon Whiting Swazey
Ray Whitley Watts
Tina Menard Lupe
Rush Williams Waiter
Julian Rivero Old Man
Slim Talbot Clay Hodgins
Guy Teague Harper
Natividad Vacio Eusebio
Max "Alibi" Terhune Dr. Walker
Felipe Turich Gomez
Sheb Wooley Gabe Target
Tex Driscoll Clay Hodgins, Sr.
Richard Bishop Actor
George Dunn Verne Decker
Juney Ellis Essie Lou Hodgins
Fernando Alvarado Actor
Ray Bennett Dr. Borneholm
Eddie Baker Governor
Barbara Barrie Mary Lou Decker
Tom Monroe Actor
Paul Kruger General
Steven Kay Jordan, Age 4
Charles Meredith Minister
Ella Ethridge General's Wife
John Garcia Angel as an Infant
Mark Hamilton Guard
Maxine Gates Mrs. Sarge
Bill Hale Bartender
Dimitri Tiomkin Conductor

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Producer
Philip W. Anderson Editor
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Bohanan Editor
Henry Ginsberg Producer
Fred Guiol Screenwriter
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Ralph S. Hurst Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Boris Leven Production Designer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Ivan Moffat Screenwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Scenes 1-30
1. Credits (This Then Is Texas) [2:08]
2. Beautiful Animal [2:39]
3. Quite a Parcel [3:07]
4. In the Moonlight [2:17]
5. Are You in Love? [1:17]
6. Heard About the Alamo? [5:02]
7. Honeymoon on a Train [3:29]
8. Welcome to Reata [2:04]
9. Mind of Her Own [2:50]
10. Jett Rink [2:42]
11. Texas Barbecue [7:06]
12. Not Just a Guest [1:32]
13. Day on the Range [3:05]
14. That Gal's My Wife [2:07]
15. Driving Miss Leslie [1:46]
16. Luz Rides Warwinds [2:19]
17. Them's Your Neighbors [9:44]
18. I'll Just Gamble Along [7:02]
19. Pacing His Land [1:20]
20. Men's Stuff [2:20]
21. Kick Off Your Spurs [4:50]
22. Twin Benedicts [4:02]
23. Helping Dr. Guerra [3:27]
24. Tea With Jett [1:24]
25. Uneasy Rider [7:17]
26. Better if Apart [3:54]
27. Thanksgiving [4:22]
28. Wedding and Reconciliation [3:30]
29. Gusher [4:01]
30. Too Rich to Kill [2:45]
Side #2 -- Scenes 31-56
31. Jetexas [1:30]
32. Older Generation [9:38]
33. Overstepping Hombre [2:44]
34. Christmas at Reata [5:38]
35. Bick's Son the Doctor [2:05]
36. Big Stuff Is Old Stuff [4:44]
37. Jett Pays a Call [2:45]
38. Oil Tax Exemption [1:49]
39. Juana and Jordy [3:11]
40. Angel Obregon Comes Home [4:59]
41. Going to the Coronation [2:23]
42. Queen of Jett Rink Day [2:39]
43. Jett and Luz: A Proposal [6:11]
44. Gathering Clan [1:59]
45. We Reserve the Right [4:01]
46. Jordy Confronts Jett [5:46]
47. Not Worth Hittin' [1:50]
48. Legend in His Time [2:08]
49. Ways of Doin' Things [5:15]
50. Jett's Speech [4:33]
51. No More High Flyin' (The Yellow Rose of Texas) [3:12]
52. Bick Takes a Stand [4:11]
53. You Can't Live Their Lives [3:26]
54. Real Big Success [2:37]
55. End Title (The Eyes of Texas) [:24]
56. Exit Music (This Then Is Texas) [2:48]

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