WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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Extras include an introduction by George Stevens, Jr., a making-of featurette and a documentary: Memories Of Giant.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 36135
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 202
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1956
(LD Release Date): 2/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): George Stevens
(Screenplay/Written By): Fred Guiol & Ivan Moffat
(Music): Dimitri Tiomkin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Boris Leven
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): William Hornbeck, ASC
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(Executive Producers):
(Producers): George Stevens & Henry Ginsberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.70:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

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. George Stevens won a Best Director Oscar® and James Dean stars in his last film.

LaserDisc Picture:
The windowboxed 1.70:1 picture is dated and inconsistent, but occasionally is nicely rendered. Colors are solid and fully, if not over saturated, with generally natural fleshtones, and deep, undefined blacks. Contrast is good, and shadow delineation sometimes exhibits good visual information in the darker scenes. Images are inconsistently sharp, with some scenes excessively noisy with artifacts and enhanced edges. The entire picture is wanting in better clarity and openness.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack sounds constricted and pulled toward center. Fidelity is mostly restricted to a midrange presence with often shrill and distorted quality. The almost continuous music score largely defines the stereo and surround envelopment. Otherwise, the direction is monaural with forward, poorly integrated dialogue.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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