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The Iron Giant (Special Edition)

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Product Description

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.


Additional Features

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

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston
  • Directors: Brad Bird
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,322 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009M9BK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Iron Giant (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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366 of 375 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Nite on August 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Due to horrendous advertising that buried most of the movie's charms, most people think this movie is a b-grade kiddie flick. But ignore the brainless trailers and the awful extreme-sport ad campaign that accompanied the video release, and you'll be rewarded with an astonishing film.
The Iron Giant is complex and sophisticated enough to be a live-action movie, indeed more complex and sophisticated than the movies that trounced it at the box office (I'm talking to you, Inspector Gadget). It is a remarkable achievement of all the elements of a movie working at their very best.
The visuals are astounding. The script is funny without resorting to cheap laughs. The characters are well-rounded. The voice talents are ideal, from the Giant's rumble to Hogarth's wide-eyed wonder (for a welcome change, a pre-adolescent boy does the voice instead of someone trying to sound like one).
Most interestingly, the movie makes such a dynamic, empathic character of the titular hunk of metal that we genuinely care about his fate. At the film's climactic scene, I was ashamed at the tears running down my face, until I saw that my three friends (all of us twenty-something, manly guys) were misty-eyed as well.
Anyone over the age of 8 will love this film. If you don't like animation, try this on for size. If you love all types of animation, see it NOW. Even though the film's marketing department apparently doesn't want you to see it, you'll be glad you did.
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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on March 21, 2002
Format: DVD
It is a shame that Warner Brothers chose to give an uninspired prerelease publicity campaign to the gentle, joyous and original animated movie, The Iron Giant. Precious few saw it in theaters.
Thank God for film preservation in the form of DVD!
Like the book, the picture takes place in 1957, during the height of The Cold War. The Soviet Union's satellite, Sputnik, flies across American skies. Our country is filled with paranoia. What else may they have launched?
One stormy night off the coast of Maine, a huge object falls from the sky. A frightened sailor sees it and swears that it is a giant made of metal. The townsfolk chalk the tale off to the sailor's love of drink. A giant made of metal, indeed!
A night or so later, young Hogarth Hughes, whose Mom is working overtime at the local diner, gets mad when his TV starts acting up. He goes to the roof to check the antenna and finds it missing. He then notices huge footprints leading away from the house and into the woods. He grabs his deceased Dad's old army rifle and a flashlight and goes off in pursuit. He soon discovers that there is indeed a metal giant. In fact, he saves it when it bumps into some high voltage utility wires. The adventure has begun.
Rarely has a movie for children - or adults! - addressed the need to search for a peaceful solution to our problems as gently or as wisely as The Iron Giant. It never preaches and is always accessible. It does not address us from on high. It remains at our level. It also shows how clever we can be at overcoming the most unexpected obstacles. It reminds us that things alien to us are not always hostile to us. In fact, it is we who often initiate the hostilities.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Cosmo Kramer on November 29, 1999
Format: DVD
In the recent age of Disney films, the classic art of animated story telling has given way to 3d vine surfing and rock music. THE IRON GIANT is here to tell the world that the old art is alive and well. This is such a well made and touching film, with humor and heart, and superb voice overs. It resonantes like E.T., tackling childhood innocence, danger, death, and rebirth with the same funny and touching aplomb. It both pokes fun at and sympathises with the fears and prejudices of adults with equal care, demonstrating a lesson without demonizing anyone. As someone who writes and produces feature films, I am quite jaded, and usually leave a theatre fealing empty and critical. But THE IRON GIANT made me run out and tell everyone who would listen to go see it. They didn't, and it is their loss. So BUY THIS, watch it on your own, and with your kids as many times as they want. It's either this or Pokemon. Let them see what a real family film is all about.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert Skiena on September 19, 2004
Format: DVD
The irony about this film is that the reason it is so well done, is a result of it not getting adequate advertising and promotion when it was released.

The horrible film "Quest for Camelot," was Warner's previous animated film, and it performed poorly at the box office. They decided to shut down their feature animation department after The Iron Giant. As such, none of the executives and "suits" at Warner concerned themselves with the Iron Giant. They let Brad Bird complete his vision without the typical interference of an animation studio production, but they also did not set up any real promotion for the film.

By the time Warner Brothers realized what a gem they had, it was too late to advertise it properly, and it failed at the box office.

This film is one of my top 3 films of all time, and not just animated films. It has emotion, heart, drama, tension and wonderful characters along with tremendous animation.

This is also one of the best examples of 3d computer animation being integrated with 2d cel animation. The main character -- the Giant -- is a 3d computer animated character as in PIXAR's films, but everything and everyone else in the film is a 2d drawing like Disney animation. The two styles are integrated seemlessly.
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Blu Ray?
There's actually been an announcement today that The Iron Giant is going to be remastered on blu-ray and even shown in theaters. That, and it'll have two additional deleted scenes added to the remaster as well. Pretty cool for a long awaited classic!
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