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My Giant

review by Zach B.


Rated PG

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Starring Billy Crystal, Kathleen Quinlan, Joanna Pacula, Gheorghe Muresan, Steven Segall

Studio: Warner Bros.

Story by Billy Crystal and David Seltzer
Screenplay by David Seltzer

Directed by Michael Lehmann


Retail Price: 19.99

Features: Theatrical Trailers, Production Notes

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Standard, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, English Captions, Chapter Search

In April 1998, after several delays, "My Giant" was introduced to the movie going public. The film bombed, but was unforgotten. It became the punchline of many Hollywood jokes. Critics crushed the movie to death.

I wanted to see this film actually (no, I wasn't on drugs), and I did see it in the theaters. I really didn't think the film was that bad at all. I think critcs are tired of Billy Crystal's usual shtick: a guy with a Jewish background who's on the verge of a middlelife crisis.

The movie follows Sammy, a talent agent, who gets stranded in Romania after a car accident. Sammy is in Romania because he represents a young talent on a movie being film there. Sammy is saved by a mysterious, tall man by the name of Max, who takes him out of the car. Sammy decides that his giant could be a really big success in Hollywood. However, some problems arise with Sammy's family, Max's past and a health scare.

I'll be honest with you, "My Giant" is no Oscar® winning masterpiece, but still is a very good film. Though the plot is nothing new, it's tired and true. The performances are very good. Crystal is his usual excellent self, and basketball player Muresan is pretty good (a lot better than Shaq). The film has a few funny moments and is pretty entertaining, but most importantly it has a lot of heart. You don't see that often in movies these days.

If you've avoided this movie because of what the critics say, I still say you check it out. You may be pretty surprised. Though this movie was released by Columbia, the DVD and video have been distributed by Warner. Castle Rock co-produced the film, and Warner owns them, so that may be why...

"My Giant" is presented in anamorphic widescreen, with a ratio of 1.85:1. This transfer is top notch. I noticed some grain and dirt now and then, but besides that, blacks are really solid and colors are incredibly vivid. Detail is some of the best I've seen, and hues are very accuarte. An excellent transfer. On the second side of the disc it's in full screen of 1.33:1.

I wasn't expecting much in this department, but I was pretty surprised how good the 5.1 English track actually is. The only times it really comes to life are with the music and action sequences, but the surrounds are really good there all around. This movie is mostly talk, so it was a bit refreshing to have a lot more than I expected. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. English captions are included.

Six Theatrical Trailers are included. One is for "My Giant", while the others are for assorted Warner movies. There are also some really nice and extensive production notes, citing the origins of the film. I wasn't expecting much in this deaprtment due to how bad the film did and poorly it was recieved, but it's all there for what it's worth.

The presentation of this disc is what all titles should be like. While the features are nothing major, and a low retail, this disc is worth it. Rent it though no matter what anyone says... it is a pretty good movie.

(3.5/5, NOT included in final score)




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