The Iron Giant
Warner Bros. / 1999 / 83 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
It seems such a long time since I have watched a movie I have enjoyed so much I watched it again immediately, but sadly as seems the case these days, great and enjoyable movies always get overlooked by movie goers in favor of a mindless big budget movie that is absolute s*#!

The Iron Giant is the story of a you boy named Hogarth Hughes who lives in a small town in Maine with his mother Annie (Jennifer Aniston).

One night while his mother is working late Hogarth hears a noise outside which he follows. Finally after walking a short way he finds a huge 50ft robot that is busy consuming the metal poles from a power plant. Being a little too greedy the giant robot grabs the wrong area of the plant a electrocutes himself. 

Seeing that the robot is in pain Hogarth saves the giant by disconnecting the power and in turn he befriends the giant.

Around about this time Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) a government agent starts investigating sightings of the robot, now Hogarth and his new Beatnik friend Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick, Jnr) must protect the giant from the government who are hell bent on hunting down the giant.

This movie is a must see for all ages. Get it now.

VIDEO
Being only a year old I was expecting a great transfer and I was right. Filmed in my favorite scope format, The Iron Giant is gifted with a wonderful transfer that is razor sharp.

Shadow detail was excellent and the colors were very rich, although being a very new cartoon you would have to expect this considering.

There were no MPEG artifacts and the same can be said for film artifacts.

The Iron Giant is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc, I could not find the layer change.

AUDIO

A great audio track is also included on this disc There are 3 languages encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1, they are English, French, German & Dutch. I listened to the English track and sampled the other languages.

This track is very good at creating a enveloping soundtrack. The surrounds are used constantly to great effect and the .1 channel was used constantly also.

The dialog was always easy to hear. 

EXTRAS

Not many extras but considering WB's past record these are more than welcome.

Theatrical Trailer: A great trailer framed at 2:35:1 that is 16:9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Making Of The Iron Giant: This is a good 20 minute making of documentary made for television. Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, 1:33:1 also includes some scenes with a 1:85:1 ratio.

Music Video - Cha Hua Hua: An old 50's song with scenes from the movie thrown in as visuals.

Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch

FINAL THOUGHTS
A wonderful little movie on a great disc. Get this for your kids or for yourself. Highly Recommended.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 07 Oct 2000 00:33:35 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 83 Mins
Case Type: Clear Amaray
Release Date: 4/9/2000
Catalog Number: 17644
List Price: $36.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: RS-DL
Chapters: 30
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:



English
French
German
Dutch
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: Yes
DVD Rom Content: Yes
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: None
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