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WSR Detailed DVD Review

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean & Carroll Baker

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc special edition includes the first part of "Giant," an optional introduction by director George Stevens and audio commentary by film critic Stephen Farber, screenwriter Ivan Moffat, and George Stevens, Jr. The movie and commentary continue on Side B of the first disc, along with eight interviews with filmmakers who knew George Stevens (46 minutes). Disc Two starts with two chaptered documentaries: the 52-minute 1998-produced "Memories Of Giant" and the 55-minute 1996-produced "Return To Giant." In addition, there is a 29-minute black-and-white telecast of the New York premiere, four minutes worth of vintage footage from the Hollywood premiere, a brief promotional newsreel, stills and original production documents, vintage Behind-The-Cameras featurettes (on location in Mafra, TX and visiting with Dimitri Tiomkin), theatrical and re-issue trailers, extensive on-screen production notes (found under the Giant Undertaking menu selection), a George Stevens filmography, an awards list, and the only waste-of-time

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23221
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Two-disc set: DVD-18 & DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 201
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1956
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/10/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): George Stevens
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"Giant" is the spectacular epic based on the novel by Edna Ferber that tells the tale of greed, power and lust among two generations of cattle and oil men and their women during the glory days of Texas. Director George Stevens won an Oscar

DVD Picture:
This DVD special edition, shockingly, is not anamorphic, and appears to be a recycled transfer from the LaserDisc. (There was a DVD previously issued - briefly - but was discontinued, and we were unable to make a comparison between the two releases.) On this new version, colors have a

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