DigiBook Blu-ray Disc
1956 - Rated G (MPAA)
Release Date: 11/05/2013
Original Language: N/A
Time: 201 mins.
Label: Warner Home Video
Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Documentary George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Introduction by George Stevens, Jr. Commentary by George Stevens, Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber George Stevens: Filmmakers who knew him, memories of Giant and Return to Giant New York premiere TV special Hollywood premiere featurette Behind the cameras segments Stills and documents galleries Original/reissue theatrical trailers Widescreen - 1.66 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga was the source of Stevens' sprawling epic, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in his last film appearance. When Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Hudson) goes to Virginia in the early 1920s to buy a prize stallion, he falls in love with Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), an aristocratic, independent-minded beauty, and they quickly marry. He takes her back to Reata, his 600,000-acre ranch, where sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), the family matriarch, does her best to make Leslie feel unwelcome. Leslie is appalled by the second-class status accorded to women and racist attitudes toward the local Mexicans, neither of which seem to bother her husband. Out of compassion, she befriends surly ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean), who comes to worship her from afar, envying Bick for both his wealth and his wife. He strikes oil on land bequeathed to him by the deceased Luz and his wealth and power grow apace. As the years pass, the bewildered Bick often finds his children thwarting his wishes and criticizing his beliefs, pushing the millionaire to question his values for the first time in his life. The film's outstanding cast, which also features Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman, and Chill Wills, inject vitality into a project that occasionally suffers from longueurs.
"...Marvel at James Dean and the still-vibrant performances of Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor....A true epic..." -- Peter Travers , (Rolling Stone)
"...It dazzles with late Golden Era star performances....A classic of its era..." -- Kevin Thomas , (Los Angeles Times)
"...Dean turns in a performance that shows what a gifted and influential actor we lost with his death..." -- Roger Ebert , (Chicago Sun-Times)
"...With improved color, sound and a letterboxed image, the Texas blockbuster that won George Stevens Sr. the Oscar for direction looks better than it ever has in a home viewing format..." -- Mike Clark , (USA Today)
"...[With] genuinely striking images of galloping horses, gushing oil, and drunken brawls in the liquor cellar..." -- Joshua Rich , (Entertainment Weekly)
"...[A] well-acted all-American epic..." -- Ash Parsons , (Total Film)