Giant (1956) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. Bob Furmanek

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    That's not true.

    GIANT was planned and storyboarded as a wide screen film from day one.

    George Stevens composed for 1.66 rather than the new standard of 1.85 because he preferred extra height to his widescreen image.
     

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    So much for "the story goes". :)
     
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    GIANT began filming for 1.66:1 on May 19, 1955.
     
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    Bob,

    I don't understand how that could be in question. Too much false information has been processed too long as there is documented proof to correct such misinformation.
     
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    You got me, Robert. Old myths can be hard to bust.

    In fact, on July 29, 1953, nearly two years before the start of principal photography, George Stevens told Variety that "GIANT will be in color and widescreen."
     
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    The best deal on Giant is from Amazon UK when you order the James Dean Collection. This set also includes East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause.

    Amazon UK's price on the set is $28 for all 3 movies. That's $9.33 per movie.

    Compare that to Amazon US' price of $69.99!
     
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    Yeah, despite the fact I wanted the larger box, I went
    ahead and preordered the James Dean set from the UK.

    It was a no brainer based on getting it shipped for just under $28.

    You can't pass that up.
     
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    Thanks for clearing that up. The early release info says it's going to be 1.85:1. I hope that's just a printing error.
     
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    I beat you to it just three posts above yours. Where's my props? :P
    (Does anyone still say "props" in that context?)
     
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    What's up with the cropping on the left side? In some shots, it is substantial.
     
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    Here in Australia, the set is $19.95.
     
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    It's never a good idea to assume that a previous release was cropped correctly - they may have transferred areas of the negative that weren't meant to be seen in projection.
     
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    It is quite funny he would say that a really good picture needs height as well as width.
    He must have changed his mind rather quickly as he started making a movie with more than 50% more width a few years later...
     
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    Certainly not, but it is hard to believe that whoever worked on previous home video releases was clueless regarding the areas to be used. It would be good to get a bit of background info about the changes that were made. Different framing, contrast and colors are things that immediately can be obvious to people who owned previous versions of a movie on other formats and to get an explanation for what was done would go a long way towards avoiding discussions about those issues.
     
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    I got my wife the blu-ray of Giant for Christmas last year. We just got around to watching it last night. I got the single disc edition, so I didn't expect all the extras that the digibook has. But this is inexcusable: On the back cover of the blu-ray, it lists the extras and lists 8 or more items that are not included! (They were on a separate disc in the other set as far as I can tell.) No trailers, no stills/documents gallery, no "George Stevens: Filmmaker's Journey," "Memories of Giant, and Return to Giant," no "New York Premiere TV Special, Hollywood Premiere Featurette and Behind the Camera Segments", and no "And More!"


    The disc does contain the intro by George Stevens Jr., the commentary, and the documentary: George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him."


    So how does something like this slip past Warner quality control? A host of extras listed on the package that aren't included?


    We enjoyed the movie and it looks very nice in high def, albeit not perfect. There is one lone Amazon reviewer who mentioned the mistake in packaging, but you have to comb through 500+ reviews to see it.
     
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    If you purchased from Amazon return it.
     
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