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Giant (Blu-ray) (2013)

Elizabeth Taylor , Rock Hudson , George Stevens  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat
  • Producers: George Stevens, Henry Ginsberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E5QTW8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

"THIS 3-DISC SET INCLUDES A 44-PAGE BOOK WITH PHOTOS, PRODUCTION NOTES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES INFO • Documentary by George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey • Introduction by George Stevens, Jr. • Commentary by George Stevens, Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber • George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him, Memories of Giant and Return to Giant • New York Premiere TV Special, Hollywood Premiere Featurette & Behind the Cameras Segments • Stills and Documents Galleries • Original/Reissue Theatrical Trailers • And More!"

Editorial Reviews

Director George Stevens’ sweeping saga of family conflict and social consciousness based on Edna Ferber’s best seller is presented here for the first time on Blu-ray. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, with a win for Stevens*, and starring Rock Hudson as rancher Bick Benedict, Elizabeth Taylor as his wife Leslie and James Dean (in his final film role) as nouveau oil baron Jett Rink, this tale of three generations of Texans remains both grand and intimate.

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163 of 178 people found the following review helpful
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The 1956 film is aptly named; everything about it is huge. Three years in the making, and a full 202 minutes long, it's the sweeping story of a Texas family that starts in the 1920s. Elizabeth Taylor is the young bride from East who, after a whirlwind romance with Rock Hudson, comes to his huge 595-acre Texas ranch. Here, she finds his unwelcoming sister, prejudice against the Mexican servants, and a condescending attitude to her as a woman. James Dean is here too, a sullen ranch hand who yearns for her as well as wealth. She's feisty though, as well as beautiful, and the rational center of the film, which spans a quarter of a century, as she and Rock Hudson quarrel, make up and raise their three children. Texas changes too. James Dean, the ranch hand, is the first to discover oil, and all of their lives change dramatically then. After a while all the land in the area is gushing oil wells where cattle used to roam.
During the course of film the makeup changes to show the cast aging, and Elizabeth Taylor, who was only 23 at the time, is shown as a mature woman. Dennis Hopper plays her grown son and Carol Baker her daughter. There's even a small part for Sal Mineo, who plays a grown up Mexican-American boy. By then the story is a family saga with the son choosing to be a doctor and the daughter finding the older James Dean an attractive man. This is the stuff of soap opera, which I usually don't like. But somehow, I was completely captivated by this film, which shows how everyone's character develops through the years.
I was impressed with the quality of all of the actors, including Mercedes McCambridge, who has a small role as the sister.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic of the Flatlands May 10, 2003
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Those of us who live on the dusty, windswept plains of western Texas and Oklahoma readily appreciate a moving, gripping, well-made film that portrays the harsh, yet aesthetic abundance of this region. Equally enjoyable is the portrayal of what was once a titanic clash of two industries: cattle ranching and energy. Throw three young, very capable actors into the mix, and suddenly you've got an epic as entertaining today as it was forty-plus years ago.
GIANT is the story of a west Texas ranching dynasty, the sprawling Reata Ranch, overseen for generations by the Benedict Family--currently run by Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson). Bick takes as his bride an "Easterner," petite and pretty Leslie Lynnton Benedict (Elizabeth Taylor). Leslie's transition from Maryland to the dusty flats of west Texas is the epitome of culture shock, yet she's up to the task, even to the point of challenging the ingrained bigotry toward the local Hispanic population. Bick's conservative stubbornness is at odds with Leslie's progressive beliefs; their numerous "disagreements" are some of GIANT'S most delightful, amusing moments. Yet the couple endures--endures through love.
Jett Rink (James Dean) is one of Bick's quiet, surly, unreliable ranch hands. Jett becomes infatuated with Leslie from the first moment he sees her; his attraction to her motivates him to better himself. Inheriting a patch of land from Bick's older sister, Luz (played wonderfully by Mercedes McCambridge), Jett leaves Reata and does the unthinkable: he drills for oil. And when he strikes paydirt--when his first "gusher" comes in--the stage is set: the grand ranching tradition of the Benedict clan versus Jett's rapid accumulation of wealth and power via dotting the west Texas landscape with oilwells.
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94 of 106 people found the following review helpful
The two stars that I rate this DVD is simply for the terrible transfer of this classic motion picture. This movie is a 10 star movie, but this particular DVD release is simply terrible. It seems as if they used third generation, or even fourth generation negatives to create this transfer, with absolutely no regard for consistancy. Some scenes are tolerable, at best, and seem that the transfer might have come from a decent third generation negative, and some scenes are totally dismal and seem as if they were done from a fourth generation negative that was found on the cutting room floor. There is absolutely no consistancy of the colors and brightness from one scene to another. But this is only the half of it. The transfer to this disc was done in a near full screen picture which cuts so much of the scenery off of the sides of every frame. It was a shame how this disc was done. This beautiful Hollywood epic deserves such better treatment. The roles played by Rock Hudson, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor are classic Hollywood roles, and the original shooting of this epic was done in a beautiful way, (which you can enjoy on laserdisc if you find a copy.) This movie tells the story of racial injustice and trys to teach a morality lesson of racial tolerence, all set in the by-gone days of depression era rural Texas. The story of us-and-them as played out by Mexicans and Anglos, and as seen through the eyes of Hollywood, dosen't get any better than this motion picture. For that reason alone, if you really must own this movie, buy this DVD. Otherwise you would be better off waiting for a better transfer or buying a good used copy on laserdisc or buying this movie on the 1985 VHS put out by Warner Brothers, (do not buy any VHS tape of this movie other than the 1985 version, the rest were terrible). I love this movie, and it hurts me to see this terrible transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Dean.
I really love this movie. It's easily James Dean's best of the three, but the entire cast is brilliant, and the story is amazing, too. It's a big movie with big stars. Read more
Published 3 days ago by DJD
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the three..
My favorite of the three.. Out of the three Dean films this one is my personal favorite. It is really well done on every level. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is my all time Favorite Movie
Published 7 days ago by Dixie L. Bartkus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved it
Published 12 days ago by raymond laferriere
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Bob Breault
5.0 out of 5 stars greed and love. You should not miss this one
The ultimate James Dean movie, aging him masterfully. Since he died so young we can only imagine. The film is a classic in my book. A family saga of pain, greed and love. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Gail Kessler
5.0 out of 5 stars James Dean's Last Film
Giant saw James Dean play a supporting role to Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. This is an engaging story about how the oil industry transformed the Texas ranchers into the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by DESERTMAN40
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it now much better than I did when I was 14. A great, sweeping epic of movie
Published 23 days ago by Harmon McCraw
2.0 out of 5 stars I was pleased with the color and video quality but the audio ...
I was pleased with the color and video quality but the audio was very bad, it was very low I tried to raise the volume and it never changed. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Alice Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by virgilio e. hoffmann
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