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Iron Giant, The: Special Edition

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Parental Guidance Recommended

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Some scenes may scare very young children.

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"Astounding"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

First saw this with my nephews about ten years ago and was amazed with the wonderful story. Have now introduced my daughters to it and has become a regular to watch. Was amazed to find out that Vin Diesel voiced the giant, boy he does an outstanding job. Kids of all ages will love this one.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Another Brad Bird masterpiece."
5 stars"

This movie was produced by Brad Bird under Warner and the only reason that it wasn't as roaring a success as The Incredibles, is because the budget was much smaller culminating in Warner not spending enough on the marketing aspects. Pixar (Disney) then asked Brad Bird to produce The Incredibles. They brought him in because although they were already hugely successful, they didn't want to become complacent and they felt that he was obviously the man to take them to further heights. And we all know that they were proved correct with the success of The Incredibles. The Iron Giant is a moving masterpiece, with much depth and beautifully executed. Whether you are 2 or 80, you will be awed by it and watch it again and again.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Just needs a Remastered (Blu-ray) version"
5 stars"
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Its one of those traditional animated movies, which can be deemed a worthy of being one of the finest films ever made without Disney's assis­tance.

And, this is one of my favourite childhood films since the early 2000's.

A must for all to watch!

Description

A young boy rescues a huge robot which has rocketed to earth from space - and tries to protect the genial giant from a nosey government agent and the military. A captivating animated feature that's part metal, part magic and all heart.

Review

This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend, and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local scrap-yard beatnik (Harry Connick Jr.). Soon the suspicions of neighbors and a government agent (Christopher McDonald) spell trouble.
With no songs, no sidekicks, and no cheap ending, The Iron Giant is a refreshing change-- like an off-Broadway production compared to the glitz of Disney's annual animated extravaganzas. Director Brad Bird may have Family Dog and The Simpsons to his credit, but this film doesn't have that brand of scatological humor. As with the best family entertainments, there are gags that adults will howl at while the kids are watching something else (see Bird's interpretation of cold war propaganda). And the star is one cool piece of animated magic. Voiced by Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan's hulking Private Caparzo) and filled with more gadgets than a Swiss army knife, the giant is a grand thing to behold. And like another famous cinema tin man, our hero--and the movie--has heart. Superb entertainment for ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas


Features:

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Commentary by director Brad Bird, animator Tony Fucile, Story Department Head Jeff Lynch, supervising animator Steven Markowski
  • Commentary by director Brad Bird, animator Tony Fucile, Story Department Head Jeff Lynch, supervising animator Steven Markowski
  • All-new digital transfer
  • Eight additional scenes including an alternate opening
  • 13 branching featurettes on the making of the film
  • Director Brad Bird and Creative Consultant Teddy Newton analyze two sequences
  • "The Voice of the Giant"
  • Still galleries
  • Filmographies
  • Trailers
  • Weblinks
Re-released on
December 3rd, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Special Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 2.35 : 1
Director
Language
English, French
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Genre
  • Animation
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9325336020982
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1468846

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