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Gigi [Blu-ray] (2009)

Leslie Caron , Maurice Chevalier , Vincente Minnelli  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Color, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dubbed
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018KBQSQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,922 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gigi [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by historian Jeanine Basinger with Leslie Caron

Thank Heaven! The Making of Gigi: New documentary (in high definition)

New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements

1949 nonmusical first screen version of Gigi, starring Daniele Delorme and directed by Jacqueline Audry (in French with English subtitles)

Vintage short The Million Dollar Nickel

Classic CinemaScope cartoon The Vanishing Duck

Theatrical trailer


Editorial Reviews

This delightful, multi-Oscar winner (including Best Picture) features a turn-of-the-century Parisian tomboy (Leslie Caron) who falls for her guardian, Louis Jordan, while being groomed as a courtesan. Maurice Chevalier co-stars.

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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of extras on 2-Disc Special Edition July 21, 2008
By Dave
Format:DVD
For those wondering why they should purchase another edition of "Gigi" on DVD, here are all the extras; however, if you own a Blu-ray, you might want to wait and pre-order Gigi [Blu-ray]. Other than the technical specs, the extras are the same on both versions.

Winner of 9 Oscars, "Gigi" was produced after the demise of the original 3-Strip Technicolor system, and photographed in the industry-standardized Eastmancolor process, which had a tendency to fade to reds and purples. For this new DVD release, Gigi has been photo-chemically restored from its original camera negative and safety separations to produce a much sharper and colorful image than has been seen in decades. It also contains a 5.1 audio mix created from the original multi-track source elements.

Disc 1 (Gigi '58): 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen * English DD5.1 Surround * French Mono * English, French and Japanese subtitles * Bluray specs: 1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1, French 2.0, Spanish 1.0 (Both Castilian and Latin), German 1.0, Italian 1.0 Dolby Digital, Subtitles (Main Feature): English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Subtitles (on Select Bonus Material): English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese

*New Commentary with Leslie Caron & Film Historian Jeanine Basinger

*The Million Dollar Nickel [1952 MGM short]

*The Vanishing Duck [1958 MGM cartoon]

*Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: "Thank Heaven!
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Paris and Panavision September 29, 2001
Format:DVD
This review is of the DVD. If you haven't seen this 1958 classic in widescreen format, you really haven't seen it. Director Vincente Minnelli (Liza's father) fills each frame beautifully, often composing scenes reminiscent of the impressionist painters he so loved, such as Renoir or Seurat. Letterbox-haters, this is a good test of the superiority of seeing a movie the way the director intended, not crammed into the 1:1.33 TV screen. (The DVD includes both versions, so comparison comes cheap.)
The year is 1900. Gigi (Leslie Caron) is a pubescent young woman who becomes more and more attractive to millionaire Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jordan). But Gigi's family has a tradition of "Instead of marrying at once, it sometimes happens we get married at last." Making the tradition from pre-teen to beautiful young woman, awkward Gigi is "trained" in the arts of catering to men, such as choosing a cigar, walking elegantly and pouring coffee in the best French manner. The payoff for this kind of training is to occupy a rich young gentleman's bed--until he tires of this courtesan and moves on. While still in favor, the lady in question lives in luxurious style: tutor Aunt Alicia (Isabel Jeans) advises her charge to "Wait for the first-class jewels, Gigi. Hold on to your ideals."
The team of Lerner and Loewe wrote songs for this musical that include such favorites as "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "The Night They Invented Champagne." On its initial release "Gigi" was touted as the cinematic equivalent of their smash Broadway play "My Fair Lady," as the movie trailer on this DVD makes apparent. Gigi won a slew of Oscars, beating out the presumed favorite, Susan Heyward in "I Want to Live.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Golden-Age Musical April 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Although MGM and other studios would continue in the genre for several more years, GIGI is the last great musical of Hollywood's golden age. It is also one of the few titles consistently mentioned when critics dispute which film should be considered the single finest musical ever created by Hollywood, a film that rivals the likes of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Based on a novella by Colette, GIGI tells the story of a French family of the belle epoch--a family, it seems, of women who have made their living from the favors of famous men. Still something of a gawky schoolgirl, Gigi (Leslie Caron) is being trained to become a courtesan, and when she suddenly blossoms she captures the heart of Paris sophistocate Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan.) But much to her family's horror, when the arrangements are completed Gigi suddenly declines!
The cast is absolutely flawless. Caron was born to play Gigi, and is as charming as the awkward youth as she is as the suddenly beautiful young woman; Jourdan's appeal as the worldly and world weary Gaston is tremendous. But the real joy of the cast is in its supporting cast, which includes Maurice Chevalier as Gaston's uncle; Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans as Gigi's grandmother and great aunt; and Eva Gabor as Gaston's current mistress. Chevalier and Gingold play their roles with precisely the right mixture of charm and severity, and their duet "I Remember It Well" is among the highlights of the film, while Jeans and Gabor give such memorable comic turns that their small roles become as memorable as the leads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture - 1958
I give all the Oscar winning films a five star rating. I've never seen the film but it was the winning film for the 1958 Oscar for Best Picture. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Glenn R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It was everything I remembered from myfirst view years ago. Chevalier is magnificent! Hermione Gingold should have had more movie roles.
Published 12 hours ago by Mike Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this musical
Played it twice in a row, and I've been singing the songs ever since. Thanks for having this in stock.
Published 20 hours ago by happy
3.0 out of 5 stars The cover was very cheap and bendy and the cd was moving all around...
The cover was very cheap and bendy and the cd was moving all around the cover when I opened the package. GET A BETTER COVER
Published 5 days ago by pasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Feel good movie, Watched it with my 12 year old daughter and husband. A classic film. Gives you a taste of culture and values past.
Published 5 days ago by C. Wayt
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic movie musicals--and the most charming
This delightful film, purchased as a gift for my elderly mother, is one of her absolute favorites. The DVD arrived very quickly and the price was great. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mark Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Proper Etiquette
Call me corny but I love this movie. The clothes, knowing proper etiquette, and then there's the high class sluts. LOL!
Published 7 days ago by Simone Miyamoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi is very good movie
Gigi is a very good movie, good story, excellent music and acting. It is one of the best musicals Hollywood has produced.
Published 12 days ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi, pure enjoyment
Wonderful musical score and beautiful Paris scenes. Love the cast. Great story. A breath of fresh air in film from the past. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Diane LaFauci
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi The Movie
Everybody should watch this uplifting movie starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jordan, Hermine Gingold ...... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ingrid Buechner
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