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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 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 ...
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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 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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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • UPC: 085392322121
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 3:21:00
  • Format: DVD

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
George Dunn Verne Decker
Juney Ellis Essie Lou Hodgins
Fernando Alvarado
Ray Bennett Dr. Borneholm
Eddie Baker Governor
Barbara Barrie Mary Lou Decker
Tom Monroe
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 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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Menu

Side #1 -- Scenes 1-30
   Introduction by George Stevens Jr.
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Commentary by Film Critic Stephen Farber, Screenwriter Ivan Moffat and George Stevens Jr.
   Scene Selections (1-30)
   Languages
      English
      French/Français
      Subtitles
         English
         French/Français
         Spanish/Español
         Off
         Continue
Side #2 -- Scenes 31-56
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Commentary by Film Critic Stephen Farber, Screenwriter Ivan Moffat and George Stevens Jr.
      George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him
         Warren Beatty
         Frank Capra
         Rouben Mamoulian
         Joseph L. Mankiewicz
         Alan J. Pakula
         Antonio Vellani
         Robert Wise
         Fred Zinnemann
   Scene Selections (31-56)
   Languages
      English
      French/Français
      English Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      Subtitles Off
      Continue
Side #3 -- Additional Special Features
   Memories of Giant
      Recalling George Stevens
      Casting the Leads
      Train to Marfa
      First-day Hangover
      Elizabeth Taylor
      Rock Hudson
      James Dean
      Carroll Baker
      Earl Holliman
      George Stevens Jr.
      Marfa Nightlife
      Country Club Sundays
      Taking Care of Dean
      Dean's Death
      Pink Keepsake
      A Film to Last
   Return to Giant
      Eyes of Marfa
      Casting
      The Landscape
      More Than Watchers
      Rope Tricks
      Hudson and Taylor
      Striking Oil
      Recreation
      Filming Over
      Tragedy
      As We See Ourselves
      Proud Legacy
      End Credits
   New York Premiere Telecast
   Hollywood Premiere
   Giant Stars Are Off to Texas
   Stills
   Documents
   Behind the Cameras: On Location in Marfa, Texas
   Behind the Cameras: A Visit With Dimitri Tiomkin
   Trailers
      1956 "Book" Trailer
      Original 1956 Trailer
      1963 Reissue Trailer
      1970 Reissue Trailer
   A Giant Undertaking
      The Giant Behind "Giant"
      The Wrath of Texas...
      Casting
      Finding Reata
      In Good Hands
      Marfa, Texas
   George Stevens Filmography
   Awards
   Cast & Crew
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Elizabeth Taylor is really wonderful in this. Before seeing Gian

    Elizabeth Taylor is really wonderful in this. Before seeing Giant, I'd thought of her as some addicted-to-the-spotlight glamour girl, but this movie instantly changed my mind. She is very impressive in this. Giant is a little slow at times, to tell you the truth, but very much worth watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie

    My wife loves this movie and can watch it over and over!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Grand Tribute To The State of Texas

    Giant was a genuine blockbuster when it first hit the big screen. Fans were lined up outside the theatre for hours waiting to get in. It didnt disappoint. The color, the soundtrack, the bigger than life characters of the story all made for an outstanding motion picture experience. I discover something new each time I view it and, because I was an usher at the local theatre where it played for several weeks, I have seen it many times.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Elizabeth Taylor's best movie

    I loved this movie. I remember seeing it when I was much younger. I also love Texas. I recommend this movie if you are a Elizabeth Taylor fan or a James Dean fan. Elizabeth Taylor is absolutely beautiful in this movie. And I didn't realize that Dennis Hopper played their son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Essence of An Epic

    This is the essence of an epic because it has every theme in the human condition. I will not go through the list of all the things in the human condition because we are all part, but this is it. It's got love, despair, hope, charity, evil, filial responsiblilty, racism, poverty, relations between the sexes, honor, duty to country, etc. The performance of James Dean is weary and eerily close to Howard Hughes. You know his own mortality is not too far away. A true American classic among few.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Magnificent American Tapestry

    GIANT represents the apogee of George Stevens' directorial career. The film has elicited diverse responses from both audiences and critics. Adapted from Edna Ferber's novel about a Texas cattle baron family, this lengthy generational saga is deliberately paced, magnificently photographed and superbly acted. If GIANT seems rusty and outmoded to modern audiences that may be due to the dearth of classical-style filmmaking in the 21st Century. Stevens' use of overlapping scene montages to make a story point and his quiet build-up to dramatic sequences is almost unheard of in this day and age. Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Mercedes McCambridge gave unforgettable performances and the large supporting cast was superb. GIANT joins A PLACE IN THE SUN and SHANE as one of the great American films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh the yellow rose of Texas

    I love this movie. Its about overcoming prejudice, after many years of being so. James Dean is wonderful, and so are Elizabeth Talor, Rock Hudson, Dennis Hopper, and everyone else. Watch this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Giant is an increadible epic that spans over three generations. Rock Hudson and Elizibeth Taylor's onscreen chemistry is remarkable, and they both deliever outstanding performances. Then you have James Dean, in his last performance before his tragic death. A performance that is without a doubt his best and at most times overshadows that of the veteren Rock Hudson. This Epic is a masterpiece of cinema, and a film that you will watch over and over again.

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