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Giant (1956)

Director: George Stevens     Starring: James Dean Rock Hudson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40710787
UPC: 012569706903
UPC 14: 00012569706903
Rating: NR
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The legendary epic that's as big as Texas.
Sprawling epic covering the life of a texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

"As intimate as a letter from home, Giant is a masterwork.  Chicago Daily News
"...It's a joy to watch [James Dean] employ the Method to create a character that's both vulnerable and hard-edged.   San Francisco Examiner
"The most effective declaration against racial intolerance ever shown on the screen. Best Picture of the Year.  TIME, 1956

Editor's Note
Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga was the source of Stevens' sprawling epic, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in his last film appearance. When Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Hudson) goes to Virginia in the early 1920s to buy a prize stallion, he falls in love with Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), an aristocratic, independent-minded beauty, and they quickly marry. He takes her back to Reata, his 600,000-acre ranch, where sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), the family matriarch, does her best to make Leslie feel unwelcome. Leslie is appalled by the second-class status accorded to women and racist attitudes toward the local Mexicans, neither of which seem to bother her husband. Out of compassion, she befriends surly ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean), who comes to worship her from afar, envying Bick for both his wealth and his wife. He strikes oil on land bequeathed to him by the deceased Luz and his wealth and power grow apace. As the years pass, the bewildered Bick often finds his children thwarting his wishes and criticizing his beliefs, pushing the millionaire to question his values for the first time in his life. The film's outstanding cast, which also features Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman, and Chill Wills, inject vitality into a project that occasionally suffers from longueurs.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/8/2011
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1956
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 70690
Video UPC UPC: 00012569706903
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.66:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Carroll Baker
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Taylor
Video Cast Info James Dean
Video Cast Info Rock Hudson
Video Cast Info Dimitri Tiomkin - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Edna Ferber - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Fred Guiol - Screenplay
Video Cast Info George Stevens - Director
Video Cast Info Henry Ginsberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Ivan Moffat - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Marjorie Best - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Moss Mabry - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info William C. Mellor - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info William Hornbeck - Editor
Plot Summary
An epic examination of the American dream, played out on the spacious, mythic Texas landscape. The story charts Texas's evolution from ranching state to oil capital. In addition, the film explores issues of race relations.| A young cattle baron marries a well-bred Maryland beauty and transplants her to a rustic ranch. The new bride, Leslie Benedict, quickly learns about the divisions between the Americans and the Mexicans, between the privileged and the poor. Her husband retains these prejudices even when his son marries a Mexican-American nurse. Leslie also must contend with a ranchhand who loves her from afar, and who despises her husband's wealth. When the ranchhand strikes oil and also becomes rich, he still fails to win either Leslie or the town's respect.


Oscar (1957)
Video Award Name George Stevens, Winner, Best Director
   Video Award Name James Dean, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Rock Hudson, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Ralph S. Hurst, Boris Leven, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
   Video Award Name Marjorie Best, Moss Mabry, Nominee, Best Costume Design, Color
   Video Award Name Henry Ginsberg, George Stevens, Jr., Nominee, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Marvel at James Dean and the still-vibrant performances of Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor....A true epic..." 10/03/1996 p.78

Los Angeles Times
"...It dazzles with late Golden Era star performances....A classic of its era..." 09/27/1996 p.F10

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Dean turns in a performance that shows what a gifted and influential actor we lost with his death..." 10/04/1996 p.35

USA Today
"...With improved color, sound and a letterboxed image, the Texas blockbuster that won George Stevens Sr. the Oscar for direction looks better than it ever has in a home viewing format..." 03/19/1999 p.11E

Entertainment Weekly
"...[With] genuinely striking images of galloping horses, gushing oil, and drunken brawls in the liquor cellar..." 06/13/2003 p.79-80

Total Film
"...[A] well-acted all-American epic..." 08/01/2003 p.122

San Francisco Examiner 7 of 10
Giant...offers extensive pleasures - it had better, at 201 minutes - not the least of which i - Walter Adiego

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dean,James
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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