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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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


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

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