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Director George Stevens’ sweeping saga of family con_ ict and social consciousness based on Edna Ferber’s best seller was nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, with a win for Stevens*. Starring Rock Hudson as rancher Bick Benedict, Elizabeth Taylor as his wife Leslie and James Dean (in his _ nal _ lm role) as nouveau oil baron Jett Rink, this tale of three generations of Texans is both grand and “as intimate as a letter from home” (Sam Lesner, Chicago Daily News).]]>
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The digital transfer to Blu-ray is horrendous. At best the picture is almost as bad as a VHS tape.
People and horses have an odd blue glow during the round-up scene at the beginning of the movie, and at other times during the movie. Other outdoor scenes suffer from a terrible lack of contrast & sharpness.
It is almost criminal to distribute such a horrendously bad digital transfer given Giant's stellar cast and original production.
Pass on this Blu-ray. Stream the movie if you must until an effort is made on a decent digital transfer.
Here, Dean enthusiastically chews scenery and everything in sight; thus he's the best-remembered part of a story that's primarily about the Benedicts, 'Bick' (Rock Hudson) and Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), and the contrasts between their old money elegance and the nouveau riche vulgarity of Dean's.
A sweeping Edna Ferber melodrama as big as the Lone Star State itself that's directed by George Stevens, "Giant" unfolds more slowly than most newer films. Despite great scenery, cinematography, sets, a strong cast and fine music score, because of its leisurely pace this epic hasn't held up as well (in my opinion) as Dean's penultimate effort, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955).
Liz Taylor's meaty performance as 'Maggie the Cat' in the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' CAT ON THE HOT TIN ROOF (1958) may be the pinnacle of her legendary career. Co-stars Paul Newman (as inattentive husband 'Brick') and Burl Ives (as the unforgettable 'Big Daddy').
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(7.6) Giant) (1956) - Elizabeth Taylor/Rock Hudson/James Dean/Carroll Baker/Jane Withers/Chill Wills/Mercedes McCambridge/Dennis Hopper/Sal Mineo/Rod Taylor/Earl Holliman/Paul Fix/Alexander Scourby/Sheb Wooley (uncredited: Kermit Maynard/Nick Adams-voice)
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There is no way this video transfer captures the scope of the original movie.