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Living up to its title, everything in this picture is big, from the running time to the sprawling ranch location and the high-powered stars. Rock Hudson stars as the confident, stubborn young ranch baron Jordan Bick Benedict, who woos and wins the hand of Southern belle Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), a seemingly demure young beauty who proves to be Bicks match after she settles into the family homestead. The film sees James Deans final performance before his tragic death, as poor former ranch hand Jett Rink, who strikes oil and transforms himself into a flamboyant millionaire playboy, earning a second posthumous Academy Award nomination. The talented supporting cast includes Mercedes McCambridge as Bicks frustrated sister, put out by the new woman of the house, and with Carroll Baker and Dennis Hopper as the Benedicts rebellious children.
The film is best remembered for James Dean in what was his third and last screen appearance. He cuts a distinctive figure as Jet Rink, social outcast turned oil tycoon. The bravura of his inebriated speech before an empty banqueting hall would be no less memorable had his career not been curtailed days after shooting ended. The secondary roles are decently taken: look out for a teenage Denis Hopper, sallow but likeable as the gauche Vernon Reata III.
On the DVD: Giant is evenly divided over two discs. Widescreen picture quality is excellent and the remastered soundtrack gives Dimitri Tiomkin's score a new lease of life. A laudable 56 chapter points are provided, with dubbing in English, French and Italian and subtitles in eight languages. A running commentary, though informative, is really for aficionados only, but the 45 minutes (on the second disc) of George Stevens recollections from heavyweights such as Herman J. Mankiewicz, Alan J Pakula and Fred Zinnemann ideally complements this sprawling but often compulsive old-school American movie. --Richard Whitehouse
Epic,Sweeping Story that is not only Giant by Name but in its running time,but not a Minute of it is wasted. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
Good movie but having to turn the disk over in between the movie was a boit of a pain :( especially when it doesn't have any specific information on the cover to do this ? Read morePublished 13 days ago by Paul Mac
Double sided disc, first half was very static with poor sound and picture, second side was in perfect condition, overall this made the movie very difficult to watch and was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Devon Dewick
Giant in every way.Saw it on TV in the 70s and each time I revisit it I enjoy the experience.Epic,absorbing and moving. Three leads so young but so good.Published 2 months ago by nigel smith
One of my all-time favourite movies combined with really good extras in a very nice box. Loved it!Published 2 months ago by W A Harbinson
DVD arrived safely and on time. I am very happy with this item and the price was inexpensive for such a great film. Glad I purchased it through Amazon.Published 3 months ago by Maggie S
Looked at Giant in the afternoon . I was astounded at the preparation that went into making the Giant, George Stevens was a very through man. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Derek Stiles
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