Iron Giant, The: Special Edition (DVD)
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.
Not the most logical choice for a "special edition," this outstanding yet unpopular animated film has some super features fans will want to see. Filmmaker Brad Bird and his bevy of very likable, very talented crew have a lot to show, and do so entertainingly via the commentary track (full of talk about the inspirations) and several new featurettes (check how creative Creative Consultant Terry Newton gets). An alternate opening, a dream sequence, and six other deleted scenes are shown with moving animatics (crude animation). Need more? Watch the film with a "Behind the Armor" viewing mode and an on-screen icon launches you into 13 sequences that cover the characters, the animation problems, and even the new opening logo. Make sure to poke around the menus to find the fun Easter eggs. The new transfer illustrates the difference between an excellent one (the initial DVD release) and an outstanding one (this release). The depth of color and detail is remarkable--as is pretty much everything about this film and DVD. --Doug Thomas