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The Iron Giant
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10.13.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Brad Bird

Actors:
Vin Diesel
Jennifer Aniston

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hogarth Hughes †(Eli Marienthal) lives with his mother (Jennifer Aniston) in Rockwell, a picturesque small town in 1950's middle-America. A sci-fi buff, Hogarth's dreams of adventure come true when he discovers a giant robot (Vin Diesel) with no memory of his origin or purpose. The two become fast friends, but a pesky government investigator (Christopher McDonald) threatens the safety of Hogarth's new pal, while the giant's deadly origin itself may put Hogarth's whole town in danger.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It's taken a surprisingly long time for Brad Bird's director's cut of THE IRON GIANT to hit Blu-ray. I'd seen it at TIFF last year, and fully expected it to be on disc by the holidays, but it took awhile, possibly due to the inclusion of a comprehensive documentary on both the making and unmaking of the film, which became a casualty of the short-lived Warner Family Entertainment unit.

A magnificent film, THE IRON GIANT has become part of the fan-boy canon, despite the fact that those of us of moviegoing age in 1999 all avoided it en masse when it played theatrically We only really got around to it when it made it to home video (I actually saw it on a 16mm print at the CEGEP I went to in Quebec).

A nostalgic fable, despite the fact that it made no money it launched Brad Bird into the stratosphere, with him finding a home shortly after at Disney, where he made THE INCREDIBLES and RATATOUILLE for Pixar, and later TOMORROWLAND for the studio proper.

Part of me thinks the early release of "The Signature Edition" to TIFF in 2015 was to take the stink off TOMORROWLAND flopping, as the additions to the film - which amount to two short scenes - are inconsequential at best. This Blu-ray has both cuts, either are fine to watch - although most buying this will no doubt want to watch the longer cut out of curiosity.
THE EXTRAS
The Giant's Dream: A feature-length doc/companion piece to THE IRON GIANT that actually premiered earlier this year at WonderCon. A warts-and-all portrait for the process that went into the film, as well as an intriguing overall look at Birdís career, this is a must-have for animation junkies. Itís good enough that even if you already own this on Blu-ray itís worth the upgrade. Interestingly, they donít shy away from the production problems that plagued the film, specifically surrounding the botched release.

Commentary: Ported over from the previous special edition DVD, although additions have been made for the new scenes in the signature edition.

The rest of the numerous features have all been recycled from previous editions, and includes deleted scenes (15 minutes worth), a vintage making of from way back in 1999, alternate trailers , retrospective featurettes from 2004, a featurette on the late Michael Kamenís score (one of his latter-era best) and more!

The Salt Mine: A trip to the IRON GIANT archive, located in (you guessed it) a salt mine, where all the elements, from production stills to animated cells, have been immaculately preserved.

Hand drawn: A brief appreciation by Brad Bird on the appeal of classical, hand-drawn animation. I really wish heíd made a good, old-fashioned animated movie again Ė something of IRON GIANTís caliber.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a real must-buy for most good fan-boys. It's an essential, lovely little film and an important film of its era, in addition to being one of the last classically animated major Hollywood releases to achieve classic status. Even if you own the previous Blu-ray (which I do) this is worth an upgrade for the excellent new documentary bundled with the disc.
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9:14PM on 10/13/2016

The doc alone is probably worth it

Warts-and-all documentaries on amazing films that didn't find immediate success are some of my favorite movie docs to watch. Unfortunately, they're few and far between. I can't wait to pick this up. Love the film.
Warts-and-all documentaries on amazing films that didn't find immediate success are some of my favorite movie docs to watch. Unfortunately, they're few and far between. I can't wait to pick this up. Love the film.
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10:38AM on 10/11/2016

Soooooooo 5 stars for the extras...

but none worth mentioning? Kay.
but none worth mentioning? Kay.
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