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Gigi [DVD] [1958]

Leslie Caron , Maurice Chevalier , Vincente Minnelli    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Alan Jay Lerner, Colette
  • Producers: Arthur Freed
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094P4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gigi, Vincente Minnelli's 1958 adaptation of Colette's story about a girl (Leslie Caron) groomed as a courtesan but desired as a wife by a Parisian playboy (Louis Jordan), won a lot of Oscars, but it also has the unusual distinction of being an MGM musical shot on location in the City of Lights. What a musical it is (by Lerner and Loewe): Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold crooning "Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well", plus the songs "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", "Gigi", "I'm a Bore", and "She's Not Thinking of Me". Director Minnelli makes a sumptuous, dreamy, almost laid-back affair of it all and the indispensable cast is forever etched into memory. Hollywood's long-running infatuation with continental grace and manners, the memory of a much earlier time imported to American movies through such immigrant directors as Ernst Lubitsch, may have finally come to a gentle end with this film. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

DVD Special Features:
  • Trailer

DVD Technical Information:

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Languages: English, French & Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portugese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian.
  • Hearing Impaired: English, Italian

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gigi 50th Anniversary DVD 1958 28 May 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We thought we would enjoy a bit of nostalgia when we purchased this DVD and yes we did. The film was rather dated but to be expected perhaps after all this time. However we thoroughly enjoyed it. Good acting and lovely music though the sound quality not that good.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiluted pleasure 13 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Whilst I really shouldn't give this a five star rating, every time I tried to reduce it I found I couldn't. Having just watched the film, I'm still too full of the pleasure of watching something so riotously happy. The reason I shouldn't give it 5 stars is because of the quality of the DVD itself. It looks more like video than DVD, with some quite serious scratch/flicker, particularly at the beginning and during one number.
With the impossibly handsome Louis Jourdan, Leslie Caron doing her sweet little girl act, and the incomparable Maurice Chevalier (try watching Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and I think you might see where that came from!), the cast couldn't be better. The LernerLoewe songs are all hum a long, the script witty and the costumes wonderful, making the whole film very easy on the eye.
Not surprising then that the film won 9 Oscars, including best picture, director, cinematography, costume design, and song.
Worth forking out for provided you don't mind the DVD quality issues. Personally, don't regret it in the least
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
One of my rare criticisms of Amazon would be their failure to distinguish between reviews of ordinary dvd's and that of a Blu-ray update. For many films they are worlds apart and Gigi is no exception. I have been a fan of Gigi for more years than I care to remember. As a young man I adored the film and would seek out cinemas to watch the film again and again. Imagine my disappointment when I bought the ordinary dvd to show on my new large projection screen home cinema! To some extent the quality was acceptable when viewed on a standard size television but the picture imperfections were clear as soon as it was magnified on an 8 foot screen! And then there was the problem of the lip synch.

To my amazement this is a problem that is rarely discussed in Amazon reviews or indeed anywhere else. I know that I am more susceptible to this problem than many others. However, in some cases on ordinary dvd's the sychronisation is out by nearly half a second. 'There's Something About Mary' and 'Prelude to a Kiss' are examples of bad lip synch and sadly the ordinary Gigi dvd is equally bad. I know that you can make slight adjustments on modern home cinema equipment but the synchronistion is often too far out to be corrected.

Eureka! Problem solved on every Blu-ray disc that I have bought and in particular with the Blu-ray version of Gigi. Last night we watched this wonderful film in the Blu-ray version. It was like watching a new film. Fabulous revitalised colours and a pin sharp picture for most of the time. Such detail! The sound quality had also been much improved although this was less obvious than the benefit in video quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Created in the most delightful way 5 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Few successful musicals have been put directly on screen, without first appearing as a stage musical. Gigi is one of them. It was a stage play but not a musical one until after the film was made. It won 9 out of 9 Oscars including Best Picture. Anyone fond of classic film and musicals or just any film lover at all must watch. The beautiful on location filming, costumes and music make it somewhat lavishly operatic. The acting is brilliant. Leslie Caron, although her songs were dubbed, is charming as Gigi, Louis Jourdan plays Gaston splendidly and Maurice Chevalier gives a superb performance as Honore, singing the memorable 'Thank Heaven For Little Girls'. With such a film like this, it is no wonder that 'I Remember It Well'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi is great 23 Aug 2013
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Music is brilliant and the film never ceases to amuse me. Just love it.. Always enjoy seeing this great movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic musical 23 July 2013
By Hazel E
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My old VHS tape was worn out, and I decided to buy this used copy, it is in excellent condition, it arrived very promptly and I am very pleased with the service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gigi [Blu-ray] [US Import] 27 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Gigi was unfortunately the last of the great MGM musicals, but what a way to end a genre already filled with classics! Based on the novel by Colette, Gigi tells the story of a young girl [Leslie Caron] who is reared by her grandmother and great aunt to follow family tradition by becoming a courtesan. The family is scandalised, however, when the handsome and eligible Gaston Lachaille [Louis Jordan] proposes marriage to her.

Despite the delightful performances of Caron and Jordan, the film is almost stolen by Hermione Gingold and Maurice Chevalier, who perform the classic and touching "I remember it well" - just one musical highlight in a film containing many that are pure delight.

Gigi is a stylish triumph from start to finish, magnificently photographed in Metrocolor and CinemaScope by Joseph Ruttenberg to highlight the sumptuous costumes and sets. But the real praise deserves to go to the team of director Vincente Minelli and producer Arthur Freed. Sustaining the brilliance of their earlier musicals, like Meet Me in St Louis and An American in Paris, Gigi once again displays brilliant use of colour and rare ability to portray a romance simply and delightfully without becoming bogged down in schmaltz. The film deservedly won Eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Direction, Screenplay and Score.

This Blu-ray image is compared to the 2008 2 Disc release. The superiority, in all areas, is not as dramatic as we have seen in other standard-def vs. hi-def comparisons. The most visible improvements I saw were in colour and how the Blu-ray maintains a viable, consistent, grain structure [more noticeable later in the film].
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4.0 out of 5 stars There is the odd scene when focus is a tad soft (the scenes at...
This American import is region free so will play on UK Blu Ray machines. It is a solid print with deep coloura and for the most part sharp and detailed with slight film grain... Read more
Published 5 days ago by RogShop
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 14 days ago by vivien window
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Mahmoud Saati
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
Since its first release this has been one of my favourites. Leslie Caron gives a very admirable performance and Maurice -- well, he's a Chevalier all over!
Published 1 month ago by Jacques van Heerden
4.0 out of 5 stars Gigi DVD
Had to buy this wonderful film a classic brings back so many happy memories of my youth! Hope other people buy it
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Foley
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories
I bought this as a present for my Mum's 92nd birthday to bring back happy memories and she liked it.
Published 2 months ago by Az
1.0 out of 5 stars Y0U HAVE SENT ME A FRENCH VERSION ,,, WHY
It is difficult to belive that anyone would try to sell me a French version ,,,,I am 87and disabled, have to wait for some one to post things for me,,,I was born in THIS COUNTRY... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Brooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
This film has special memories for me as I remember seeing it as a kid and the whole family loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arbuthnot
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous classic movie
Somewhat overlooked classic Vincente Minelli movie. Contains classic songs and performances. Fifties styling is fabulous in a way we don't seem to be able to do any more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nonna1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-visited my past
It was so great to see this old film again. I was pleasantly surprised that the quality of the film and sound was more than acceptable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Linda Hopkins
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