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The Iron Giant [VHS]

The Signature Edition looks much better than the Special Edition. The Signature Edition has more saturated color and much better black level and contrast. The Special Edition is much brighter overall. None of the many night scenes look like night in the Special Edition. They do in the Signature Edition. The opening where Hogarth goes on the roof to check the antenna and then into the woods with the flashlight has much more suspense, as it appears to be night in the Signature Edition. The glowing power station and the Iron Giant getting shocked by the wires has much more pop in the Signature Edition. Hogarth coming up the stairs with the TV lighting the stairwell when he goes to check on the noise upstairs while watching TV is another good example. The Signature Edtiion lighting looks like a stairwell being lit only by the flickering TV screen. The Signature Edition is dramaticallly better. It is like a different movie. And the sound is moderately better on SIgnature Edition. Check it out!

Product description VHS in the original large size clamshell box. 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




The Iron Giant [VHS] Review


One of the many struggles that filmmakers run into when making a children’s film is creating something that appeals to both the children and their parents, who will most likely be watching it with them. THE IRON GIANT is an example of one that completely succeeds in that area. While children (particularly boys) will appreciate the friendship of a boy with a giant robot, Brad Bird also manages to send up the Cold War era and provides a strong anti-gun message. For someone’s debut film, I thought it was particularly impressive considering this is the same guy who would later make THE INCREDIBLES and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. He shows a firm directorial hand and gets excellent voice performances from the talent involved. It also helps that the story is very streamlined, so there aren’t any pacing issues. The story also takes a rather poignant turn in the end that is completely earned. If I had to pick a single favorite moment from the film, it would probably be the end. Overall, THE IRON GIANT is a touching children’s film with a heavy dose of nostalgia for a simpler time. This is a great film that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike. -Read Reviews-

One of my all time favorite movies, I rented this to watch with my boyfriend (now husband), and I’m pretty sure that’s where the spark started. First movie I ever made out with someone during the credits – and we were intently watching the whole movie too*. Brilliant storytelling, fantastic animation, and a surprisingly moving story that almost always makes me cry. If you love sci-fi and want to get in touch with your emotions, this is a great way to do so. Or you can just enjoy the brilliance of Brad Bird before the Incredibles and Mission Impossible. *Side note: Best way to pull the moves on a movie buff? Pay attention to the movie, and if it’s one they’ve seen before, comment on what you liked/disliked as soon as the credits start rolling, and then boom! Face-time. However, don’t try to pull this unless they’ve either seen the movie before, or they didn’t like the movie – if your movie buff is viewing a movie for the first time and enjoyed it, they’ll want to watch the credits (in fact, they may want to look at the credits if they hate the movie as well – depends on the movie buff). Good luck!

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