- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0), German (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
- Subtitles: German, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Average Customer Review: 621 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001DX9FV8
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Home, motor car, servants, avants garde fashions; man-about-town Gaston (Louis Jordan) offers them all to Gigi (Leslie Caron). But she, who's gone from girlish awkwardness to cultured glamour before our eyes, yearns for something money can't buy. Producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and a cast rife with Gallic charm join for this lavish winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture. Its Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe songs sparkle like "The Night they Invented Champagne" or caress with title-tune tenderness. Maurice Chevalier sings to Hermione Gingold. You'll remember Gigi forever.
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Disc 1 has the theatrical trailer, an immigration-themed short called "The Million Dollar Nickel," a funny Tom and Jerry cartoon called "The Vanishing Duck," English 5.1 and French mono (naturally!) audio tracks, and English, French, and two sets of Japanese subtitles, plus an interesting commentary track with film historian Jeanine Basinger and co-star Leslie Caron.
Disc 2 has a making-of documentary, and the original 1949 film version of GIGI, not a musical, in French with English opening credits and subtitles. The original film is interesting, but not as good as the musical.
A very enjoyable film, and a classic of its time.
Gigi is a Parisian schoolgirl who lives with her grandmother and regularly goes to her great-aunt Alicia's for lessons in manners and refined knowledge. However, the innocent Gigi is unaware that her family is grooming her to become a high-class courtesan, and that both her great-aunt and grandmother are/were courtesans themselves. (Whether her mom was being trained is unclear--she's never seen, only heard warbling)
Elsewhere is Gigi's friend, Gaston, a young man who is bored by his life and the sameness of everything. He consorts with a beautiful courtesan who cheats on him, leaving him wildly zipping from one girl to another. You get the feeling that Gaston wants to live a "normal" life, but this high-class lifestyle is all he's grown up with. Naturally, he and Gigi begin to be drawn to each other.
Backing the characters up is Gigi's grandmother, Madame Alvarez, who really does want only the best for her; and Honore Lachaille, Gaston's uncle, who was once involved with Madame Alvarez. Honore is truly lovable--even though he's fifty-something and voluntarily refuses to grow up, he has such zest for life in general that you can overlook his flaws. Then there's elegant Aunt Alicia, who lives in the past of her loving conquests, and devotes her attention to news about her fellows and to her niece.
The scenery of Paris and the buildings are gorgeous; the music is wonderful. At the beginning, Honore sings the amusing, "Thank Heaven... For Little Girls"; Gaston criticizes his life and Paris in general in "It's a Bore!"; Gigi bemoans the French preoccupation with love and romance with the funny "I Don't Understand The Parisians!"; Gaston's frustrated thoughts on his mistress's attitude "She Is Not Thinking Of Me"; the wistful duet between Honore and Madame Alvarez "I Remember It Well," and many others.
The script is full of funny lines ("Eat each piece... the bones don't matter!") and manages to address the issue of high-class prostitution on a wide range without being vulgar or even particularly obvious. Gigi is written as a free-spirited gal who wants a life with REAL love, not the artificial love that Aunt Alicia tells her of, and Gaston is a darling.
I don't understand why this is considered by some to be in poor taste or sexist. It makes only a few references to "making love," and as for Gigi, she doesn't want to put up with being a courtesan. And Gaston is used to the kind of life that we see him living, and Gigi's goodness helps bring him into a more equal life.
This is a beautiful old musical. If you watched "My Fair Lady" and loved it, you'll probably like this.