A.I.: Artificial Intelligence [P&S] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2001]

Steven Spielberg's A.I. comes to DVD with this two-disc set. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and all three English soundtracks are closed captioned. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette concerning the film's genesis with Stanley Kubrick, interviews with the cast and crew, storyboards, trailers, and tons of footage on the creation of the special effects. This is a fine package, but it suffers in comparison to the widescreen edition of these discs that is also available.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features


  • Documentary on bringing "A.I." to the screen
  • Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Haley Joel Osment, and Jude Law
  • Newly produced behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of "A.I."
  • An interview with sound designer Gary Rydstrom at Skywalker Ranch
  • A visit to Stan Winston Studios with early "Teddy" footage
  • Interviews with Lucasfilm's ILM special effects group
  • Trailers, storyboards, drawings, and hundreds of photos approved by Steven Spielberg for this release

Synopsis


A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Based on the 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss, this science fiction fantasy bears similarities to Pinocchio (1940) and originated as a long-gestating project of director Stanley Kubrick that passed to his friend Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death. Haley Joel Osment stars as David, a "mecha" or robot of the future, when the polar ice caps have melted and submerged many coastal cities, causing worldwide starvation and human dependence upon robotic assistance. The first mecha designed to experience love, David is the "son" of Henry (Sam Robards), an employee of the company that built the boy, and the grief-stricken Monica (Frances O'Connor). David is meant to replace the couple's hopelessly comatose son, but when their natural child recovers, David is abandoned and sets out to become "a real boy" worthy of his mother's affection. Along the way, David is mentored by a pleasure-providing mecha named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and a talking "super toy" bear named Teddy. His adventures take him to the Roman Circus-style "Flesh Fair," where mechas are destroyed for the amusement of humans; Rouge City, where Gigolo Joe narrowly avoids capture by police; and finally a submerged New York City, where David's creator, Professor Hobby (William Hurt) reveals the secrets of the boy's creation. Brendan Gleeson and narrator Ben Kingsley co-star in A.I., which was adapted from Kubrick's treatment by Spielberg, in his first crack at screenwriting since Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Haley Joel Osment
    Haley Joel Osment - David
  • Jude Law
    Jude Law - Gigolo Joe
  • Frances O'Connor
    Frances O'Connor - Monica Swinton
  • Brendan Gleeson
    Brendan Gleeson - Lord Johnson-Johnson
  • William Hurt
    William Hurt - Professor Hobby



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    fascinating and frustrating

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Stanley Kubrick had a few potential movies in the works when he died in 1999. One of these was a story involving an android child seeking to win the love of his human mother, based on a story by one Brian Aldiss. Kubrick believed that Steven Spielberg would be the ideal choice as the director for this project and they began collaborating on it on and off through the years. After Kubrick's death, Spielberg made the decision to direct and write the screenplay for the film as a way to honor his friend (hence its release in 2001). The pacing and the flow of the film, like that of 2001: A Space Odyssey, will be a turnoff for some. However, what cannot be denied is the brilliance of Haley Joel Osment as the android child, David. His journey to win his mother's love is an intriguing, even harrowing, one. Also fabulous is Jude Law as an android (described by one critic as a cross between the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange) who's on the run for a crime he didn't commit when he comes across David and agrees to help him. Many complained that the ending of the film was too sweet and upbeat, but look at it more closely and you'll realize that it's not very upbeat at all. This is a noteworthy departure from science fiction previously done by Spielberg (which would lead to the similar tone in both Minority Report and War of the Worlds) and, simultaneously, is a wonderful tribute to the great Stanley Kubrick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Modern Telling Of Pinocchio

    Posted
    theTHXKid
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    Stanley Kubrick wanted to make this movie & so would bounce ideas off his good friend Steven Spielberg. But when Kubrick died unexpectedly, it looked like the project would have faded as well, but Spielberg took it up & has made a movie that not only is entertaining but will tug at your heart in so many ways you will always be able to repeat view it. Programming the proper responses into an artificial intelligence is one thing. But can a robot actually learn to understand what love truly is? Pure & hard core. Funny & sad. Mysterious & obvious. Plus, have fun identifying guest star's cameos. This is a masterpiece & belongs in every "permanent" collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A.I. a Classic!!!

    Posted
    mjaytmann

    "A.I" is such a great movie made by Spielberg. This film has such a great story that is entrancing which will keep you glued to your seat. The acting and chemistry between Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law was fantastic. The futuristic setting of "A.I." was amazing and all the characters within this world was phenomenal. This is actually one of my most favorite films by Spielberg. There's not much else I can say about this movie, other than, that "A.I" is a really really good movie and I highly recommend it as a must-see. p.s. I hope it comes out on Blu-ray! =)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great photography, dull story

    Posted
    JimG944

    2 of 5 stars for the sci-fi movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Frankly, I'd give this movie a 1 of 5 stars, however, it is really well made with great photography and clean special effects, so it gets a 2 of 5. Set in the future where a company made a mechanical boy. The kid who played the robot did a good job. The story is insanely dull and excessively long at 2h25min. If they cut about 1h from the movie it would be OK and get a higher rating. Sorry, I do not recommend this movie; BTW, I lasted 1h30 before quitting for something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    too long

    Posted
    ladyt64

    This movie was very long and drawn out to me. It could've got the point across in a shorter amount of time. There are many many more movies out there that are more time worthy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT MOVIE

    Posted
    ZOMBIZZOL29

    THIS MOVIE IS A REALLY GREAT MOVIE-I HAD TO SEE BEGGINING TO END.IT'S A VERY FUTURISTIC LOVE STORY.IT'S WEIRD AND SAD AND JUST GREAT ALL TOGETHER.I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Alright

    Posted
    CallawayMan

    I think they dragged it on too long. The idea was good but it should have been shorter.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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