WHV Press Release: "Giant"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    ON JUNE 10, WARNER HOME VIDEO PRESENTS THE LEGENDARY EPIC
    GIANT
    FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD

    Commemorative All-New Special Edition Two-Disc DVD Includes Nearly 3 Hours
    of Documentaries, Commentary and More!

    BURBANK, CA (March 31, 2003) - On June 10, Warner Home Video (WHV)
    celebrates the DVD debut of the larger-than-life classic Giant with a
    two-disc special edition release. Produced and directed by the legendary
    George Stevens (A Place in the Sun, Gunga Din), this sprawling epic received
    ten Academy Award® nominations and earned director George Stevens an Oscar®.
    Based on Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga about a Texas family of
    ranchers and oilmen, Giant stars Academy Award®-winner Elizabeth Taylor and
    Academy Award®-nominees James Dean, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper and held
    its place as Warner Bros.' top-grossing feature film for more than twenty
    years following its initial, 1956 release.

    Digitally remastered and featuring multiple commentaries as well as hours of
    new and vintage documentaries, Giant is presented in a 1.66 aspect ratio (as
    seen in its original theatrical exhibition) with Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
    and is available on DVD for $26.99 SRP. It will also include English and
    French languages (dubbed in Québécois) and subtitles in English, French and
    Spanish.

    Giant is just that, a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which
    wrangler-turned-oil-baron Jett Rink (James Dean, in his final film role),
    cattleman Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson), his society-gilded wife Leslie
    (Elizabeth Taylor) and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and
    daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife,
    racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil
    tycoons.

    The two-disc DVD is packed with a Texas-sized helping of special features
    including the following:

    * Commentary by filmmaker/Stevens family archivist George
    Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan Moffat and critic Stephen Farber.
    * Nearly 3 hours of new and vintage documentaries including
    the following:
    * Stars, filmmakers and Texans who took part
    in the location shooting recall their experiences in George Stevens: The
    Filmmakers Who Knew Him, Memories of Giant and Return to Giant.
    * New York premiere TV special.
    * Hollywood premiere and project kickoff
    newsreels.
    * 2 Warner Bros. Presents behind the cameras
    featurettes.
    * Breathtaking, all-new digital transfer from Revitalized
    Picture and Audio Elements.
    * Photo and document galleries.
    * Extensive production notes, director filmography and
    introduction by George Stevens Jr.
    * Feature film available in English and French (dubbed in
    Québécois); subtitles available in English, French and Spanish.

    "WHV is delighted to welcome the special edition DVD release of Giant,
    including an all-new digital transfer and hours of new and vintage
    documentaries, into our video library," said Mike Saksa, WHV Vice President,
    U.S. Marketing. "Classics such as Giant perfectly represent the quality
    films that are the benchmark of Warner Home Video's catalog."

    On the same date as the release of the Giant DVD, WHV will offer three
    additional two-disc special edition DVDs of Once Upon a Time in America, the
    Academy Award®-winning The Right Stuff and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (in
    its DVD debut), all available in widescreen format for $26.99 SRP.
    Consumers can enter a high-flying sweepstakes for The Right Stuff to win a
    trip for two to California's famed "Air Combat USA" and take a supervised
    fighter-jet flight. For more details on this consumer sweepstakes, see
    specially marked Special Edition DVDs and in-store displays.
    The Credits
    With operations in 78 international territories - more than the video
    division of any other studio - Warner Home Video commands the largest
    distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. WHV's film
    library is the largest of any studio, offering top-quality new and vintage
    titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment
    Company, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home
    Entertainment.
     
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  3. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

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    Why do studios announce stuff on April Fool's Day? It just makes the whole thing more questionable than it needs to be. That said, I trust the captain of the HTF ship![​IMG]

    EDIT: Oh shit, my bad!:b
     
  4. David Lambert

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    You "thrust" him, eh Adam? [​IMG]

    This press release is dated yesterday, so no fear.
     

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