Giant

Giant

DVD - 2013
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Based on Edna Ferber's epic novel of a wealthy Texas cattle rancher who marries a strong-willed Virginia woman and the problems they encounter with politics and prejudices of the time. Bonus features include multiple documentaries.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2013]
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9781624040535
Call Number: DVD F GIAN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (201 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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youngchool
Sep 27, 2020

Surprisingly poor video transfer (BLU).

⭐️ It's the national movie of Texas.

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duane767
Jul 14, 2019

I got halfway through and thought the movie was over and then found out there was another hour and a half. With that being said, considering the time it was made, I understand why it was called "Giant" and if I hadn't watched the second half I would have missed a great performance from James Dean. A movie which doesn't necessarily predict your horror or laughter, "Giant" should be a part of every film course curriculum as required watching. It says as much about culture and society as it does about filmmaking of its time.

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readingfairy
Jul 03, 2019

This is such a sweet coming-of-age story that I enjoyed very much!
I know it is pretty long (3:20hrs), but it allowed me to just relax and escape into the dramatic world of the Texian Benedicts.
Highly recommended if you like old movies!

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roystreet
May 05, 2018

Two very different movies in one: score '10' for the first half; it has all the interesting characters and incidents The second half is a tedious melodrama and scores a '2,'
and there all the positive due to the sequence "Angel Obregón's Funeral."

Hollywood makes very few films like this any more: A-list stars, expensive production values, serious themes. . . . Director George Stevens had been profoundly affected by his experience photographing the Nazi death camps.

Rock Hudson is good to look at, but seldom conveys the gravity of a man convinced that the old ways are best and that change means decline.

Elizabeth Taylor was 23 at the time and the camera captures her extraordinary beauty.

James Dean will be a disappointment to many. His style of acting now seems mannered and fussy.

The photography is very good, conveying the immense scale of West Texas as well as the intimate personal dramas.

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ba_library
Mar 23, 2017

A really, really loooong movie (3 1/2 hours!) I've been having a James Dean retrospective (he only made three movies!) and he was excellent in this film. Rock Hudson was also great (I usually think of him acting in Doris Day movies) and Elizabeth Taylor also very good. Not really sure what the message was meant to be when it was made in the 1950s. Watching today, it covers sexism (you're my wife, shut up and do as I say even though I know you are intelligent). Racism, most of the Mexican-Americans are referred to as wetbacks and are only servants even though some of them were eventually family members in the movie. Class-ism - rich v. poor, born with money v. self made. So, it covers a lot a subjects, makes you wonder if it would have played better a multi-part miniseries or if it should have been edited down to make the story tighter, but like most things in Texas it is GIANT.

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swyckl
Nov 10, 2016

I recommend this DVD. Giant is a classical 1950's movie. The attitudes of the characters reflect the 1940-1950's society attitudes and approach to life. The story is strong. It is not too violent for children to watch. It is slow moving. It represents how the rich get rich by stepping on the poor. The rich in the plot have little respect or regard for the poor or servants. They treat them less than human. They justify this by calling it tradition to follow. They are insecure and feel inferior. They look for continuous external confirmation to being superior by being abusing others. They create an invisible caste system. I was appalled how people were treated. This movie has that moral lesson in the story. The actors did a great job.

d2013 May 15, 2016

Excellent movie, long but worthwhile!

C20T11 Nov 19, 2015

Amazing Movie.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MissyJayne
Nov 12, 2015

This is a very beautiful film with what has to be one of the most beautiful casts of all time, but it is just too long! However, I do wonder if it would be different if I watched in the theatre for 3 hours straight instead of the interruption of switching the disc over. This is my mother's all time favourite movie but I just can't feel the same. Also, the copy from the hpl is in horrible condition! It doesn't make for smooth viewing.

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readingfairy
Jul 03, 2019

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Desmoines2013
Sep 26, 2020

Other: The copy I had was not the movie but clips of the movie being filmed. It did not indicate that on the copy.

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