Giant: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 a 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."

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