Gigi DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

Filled with moviemaking magic that isn't seen too much anymore, this DVD edition of Gigi is a collector's dream.
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A classic film from a classic American Studio.
THE BAD
The extras were a bit fluffy.
THE FEATURE
Gigi is the story of a woman (Leslie Caron) who is indulging in all that Parisian society has to offer with her friend Gaston (Louis Jordan). However, the with the way things go in these sorts of stories, things may not stay so friendly and perhaps possibly move into the more romantic. While a movie like this was no doubt 1950s fluff, it is interesting as sort of a pioneering film. Having won 9 Oscars and a host of other awards, this movie bespeaks such modern day tales as Maid in Manhattan and Runaway Bride.

Filled with moviemaking magic that isn't seen too much anymore, this DVD edition of Gigi is a collector's dream.
THE EXTRAS
Disc 1:

Commentary

This commentary track features the historian Jeanine Basinger and Leslie Caron. I really found it quite interesting. While I didn't have time to listen to everything, it was great to hear about the turbulent behind the scenes goings on of this production. It always is so amazing to find out that there were mega-ego clashes on the set, yet the movie that is produced is nothing short of warm and fuzzy. Definitely worth a listen...

Vintage Cartoons

Disc 2:

1949 Nonmusical Version of Gigi

Starring Daniele Delorme in as Gigi this movie is also directed by Jacqueline Audry. I liked seeing this because you essentially have the same story, only you get to contrast it to the version that was made 9 years later. Considering the evolutionary leap in cinematic constructs and technology (and the fact that this isn't a musical), I think that helps make this 2 disc set a very unique offering.

Making Of Gigi
THE VIDEO
Widescreen Version. Presented in a "letterbox" widescreen format preserving the "scope" aspect of its original theatrical exhibition. Enhanced for widescreen TVs. This movie looked really good on this release. The colors were rich and the assets used seemed like they were really cleaned up for this 2 disc DVD set. There was a strength to the images that was really impressive considering that this movie is 50 years old.
THE AUDIO
Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Languages: English, French. Subtitles: English, French and Japanese. The audio on this release was pretty solid. I had to turn things up a little more than halfway in order to get the full effect. Everything sounds like it was leveled nicely and all of that plays into the solid strength of this release.
THE PACKAGE
This artfully done red and vanilla cover features a painting of Leslie Caron in the title role. The back cover gives people some shots from this movie, a small description, a Special Features listing, a cast list and technical specs. The two discs that make up this set have been economically housed in one amaray case. Good work, Warner Bros.!
THE FINAL WORD
I was given this movie to review mainly because the powers that be at MovieWeb know that I am a fan of older films. While I usually like them to be a little more sparse in the fluff department, what can one really expect from a movie that was produced by Arthur Freed and directed Vincente Minnelli? These older movies are certainly not for everybody, but if you love movies and cinema history, then Warner Bros. new DVD release of this movie should be right up your alley.

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Comments (1)

  1. Mc'Murphy

    I likes Arthur Freed's Film but I don't like Vincente Minnelli's Film e.g. An American in Paris (Gene Kelly plays good) and Gigi (It's good but I think its not have new for musical music and song not outstanding) The Musical that I like most is Singin' in the rain.

    P.S. I am a fan of older films too!! (I'm sorry if I speak english not well)

    5 years agoby @truthFlag