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Giant (Special Edition) [DVD] [1956]

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: Edna Ferber, Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat
  • Producers: George Stevens, Henry Ginsberg
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2003
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBHI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Giant was nominated for 10 Academy Awards with director George Stevens winning his second Oscar for this ambitious, grandly realized epic of the changing socio-economic (and physical) landscape of modern Texas, based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling novel. Triple Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) stars alongside 4-time Golden Globe winner Rock Hudson (Oscar nominated for his role in Giant) and Golden Globe winner James Dean (Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden).

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 Bick’s match after she settles into the family homestead. The film sees James Dean’s 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 Bick’s frustrated sister, put out by the new woman of the house, and with Carroll Baker and Dennis Hopper as the Benedict’s rebellious children.


The American domestic epic endured long into the post-war era, with Giant (1956) one of its last real manifestations. Director George Stevens gets real panoramic sweep in his adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel of social and economic change in rural Texas from the 1920s to the 1950s. Rock Hudson is imposing if uninvolving as rancher Vernon Reata II, constantly torn between his image and his humanity. As his wife Lesley, Elizabeth Taylor gives one of her most rounded performances as the Maryland girl whose liberal outlook causes friction within the social (and racial) mindset of the insular community as it lurches from rigid conservatism to mindless materialism over three decades.

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

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By on 22 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
George Steven's epic 198 minute treatment of Edna Ferber's bestselling novel inspired the television serial Dallas. It's stars, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean (playing the malignant Jett Rink - JR geddit!) were required to age 30 years during this blockbuster telling of domestic drama and state history. The cast (including the marvellous Mercedes McCambridge) were excellent but the real star of the film is Texas itself, from the opening shot of cattle round a waterhole you know you are in for a film of blockbuster proportions. The story centralises around the cattle rich Benedict family, whose son Bick (Rock Hudson) travels north to buy a horse. He returns with a wife, Lesley (Elizabeth Taylor) after a whirlwind romance and it is her influence on the Benedict clan that permeates the film. Bick's sister (Mercedes McCambridge) resents her, the native Americans adore her for her help in setting up a clinic and the corrosive Jett Rink (James Dean) worships her from afar. The discovery of oil on his land only adds more power to his hatred of Bick and their rivalry spans 30 years, culminating in a dramatic finale. The main stars all turn in great performances and the film is all the more poignant in that James Dean was tragically killed in a car crash at the end of filming. Giant reminds you what a talent we all lost.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 28 Feb. 2009
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GEORGE STEVENS has devised a subtle nuanced epic which is unique and the most relevant and contemporary art piece to come out of Hollywood in its golden age . The melting pot that is Texas and America is shown in all its vices and virtues and this milieu is integrated in the story with definitive characters who bring the social insouciance of racial hatred and class divide with typical male dominated social hedonism to light in a very cerebral script .

The movie spans two generations of a Texan rancher's family who own half a million acres with Rock Hudson playing the shy laconic owner who falls for the New Englad beauty Liz Taylor and brings her as a rather intimidated bride to a world which is initially alien to her sensibilities .

Then enters James Dean as a farm hand who is entranced by the beauty of Taylor and there are some extremely complex, fascinating and thoroughly well acted sequences between the two where he is trying to mask his admiration by his defensive taciturn character while she is playing a patron to his poor white man ,who she considers is trying to improve himself . The charade ends as jeff [James Dean ]strikes oil and becomes a millionaire in his own right while Rock and Liz Taylor manage to have and raise three kids, who are all rather individually apposite to each other .

The second part of the movie sees them deal with the rather fascinating conflicts created by changing politics and social attitudes as racial bigotry softens and things become more amenable to debate in a more open political arena .

The world war is shown to bring an implacable change and the character of a Hispanic war hero in a cameo is astoundingly good and worthy of a whole movie in its short denouement .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendy E. Whitbread on 10 April 2009
Format: DVD
Giant is not just a film about a wealthy rancher who marries an East Coast beauty, raises a family in Texas and has an annoying low-life irritate the heck out of him by setting up an oil field in his back yard. It is a film that shows the changing times when tradition, habit and expectations are turned on their heads. Rock Hudson plays a man for whom life is a set pattern, his father ran the vast family ranch, he took over and his son will take over from him, and his son will take over from him. But times are changing, War has altered people's expectations, the young want to do their own thing. Hudson shows the anger, the bewilderment and vulnerability of a man having to re-think his own expectations of others. Coached, soothed and encouraged by his wife, Liz Taylor, he finally accepts the inevitable and with that a peace of mind. The dangers of having too little then far too much on a character are brilliantly and tragically portrayed by James Dean. Giant is a classic film with a timeless, very human message.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tin Lizzie on 26 May 2004
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I remember seeing this film at the cinema when I was 12?? I was totally enthralled, and have since watched it many times on Video. In my opinion this is the best performance that Taylor ever gave, and Rock Hudson was given a chance to do something other than look beautiful. The storyline encompassed many changes in the topographical and sociological make up of the State of Texas (and therefore the USA) and was way ahead of it's time. Hudson's character goes through a sea change before the end of the film. Nowadays it may look naive and a little too "pat" but it was brave for its time. Beautiful photography puts it on a par with The Big Country and James Dean does a lovely job of passing from youthful rebel to the ageing tycoon complete with powdered grey hair. It had a profound effect on me as a kid, and it hasn't dated. You can't say that about many films. The theme is universal- troublesome children, social change, tradition versus money, it's all there. I think this film isd underrated, and will emerge later with a little more kudos than it is given at present.
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