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

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#41 of 58 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 30 2013 - 09:01 AM

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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#42 of 58 OFFLINE   Professor Echo

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Posted July 30 2013 - 10:21 AM

FYI: I read elsewhere today that the entire Dean set, junk and all, is available at Amazon UK for $32 shipped. It says REGION FREE.

 

http://www.amazon.co...=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE


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#43 of 58 OFFLINE   haineshisway

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Posted July 30 2013 - 10:35 AM

That's not true.

 

GIANT was planned and story-boarded 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". :)



#44 of 58 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 30 2013 - 11:20 AM

GIANT began filming for 1.66:1 on May 19, 1955.


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#45 of 58 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted July 30 2013 - 01:33 PM

GIANT began filming for 1.66:1 on May 19, 1955.

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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#46 of 58 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 30 2013 - 01:44 PM

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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Posted July 31 2013 - 04:22 AM

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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Posted July 31 2013 - 04:39 AM

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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Posted July 31 2013 - 07:52 AM


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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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#50 of 58 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted July 31 2013 - 09:30 AM

My pleasure, Darrell.

 

You might this article of interest: http://www.3dfilmarc...n-documentation


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#51 of 58 OFFLINE   Professor Echo

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Posted July 31 2013 - 10:06 AM

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!

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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Posted October 24 2013 - 06:27 PM

Giant blu ray review...

 

http://www.dvdbeaver...ant_blu-ray.htm



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Posted October 25 2013 - 10:40 AM

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Posted October 25 2013 - 12:12 PM

What's up with the cropping on the left side? In some shots, it is substantial.


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Posted October 26 2013 - 12:50 PM

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.

Here in Australia, the set is $19.95.



#56 of 58 OFFLINE   haineshisway

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Posted October 26 2013 - 04:23 PM

What's up with the cropping on the left side? In some shots, it is substantial.

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.



#57 of 58 OFFLINE   OliverK

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Posted October 26 2013 - 10:47 PM

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.

 

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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Posted October 26 2013 - 11:26 PM

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.

 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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