A.I.: Artificial Intelligence [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2001]

Director Steven Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence was not only a box-office disappointment, it also did something that his previous films have rarely or never done -- it alienated the audience and divided the critics. Perhaps with the release of the film onto DVD, Spielberg's misunderstood science fiction fairy tale will find a more receptive audience. Dreamworks Home Entertainment has released the film as a two-disc special edition, in either its preferred letterboxed version (1.85:1 enhanced) or in a pan-and-scan format. The image on the letterboxed version is excellent throughout. The soft smoky interiors of the first part of the film have a nice auburn glow to them, which nicely contrasts the sultry colors that take over for the second part. There is no evidence of color bleeding or flaring up and the image is consistently balanced. Many scenes, which are filmed purposefully dark, still manage to keep a richness and depth that is difficult to replicate outside of a movie theater. The disc also comes equipped with various soundtrack options, including an English language 5.1 track, 2.0 Dolby Surround, and a 5.1 DTS option. The first two tracks are vigorous and active, though always keeping the dialogue clear. The first disc contains the film itself and a short ten-minute documentary on the making and origins of the film. But it's with the second disc that one finds a plethora of supplemental material. The disc contains numerous mini-documentaries on all stages of A.I.'s production, from its initial planning stage with Stanley Kubrick to its final release. There are some nice interviews with actors Jude Law, Haley Joel Osment, and others. Also of interest are the interviews with the storyboard artists, production designers, and the many special effects technicians from Stan Winston's factory of wonders and Lucasfilm's ILM studio. The disc also contains a couple of theatrical trailers, a multitude of storyboard sketches, production photographs, some interesting interviews with sound designer Gary Rydstrom and composer John Williams, and much more.
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Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 19)

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
  • And much more

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



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A.I. - old school story, modern take

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    phrehdd
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    A.I. is a blend of old school story telling and a more modern world issue of the struggle of the basic notions of the human condition and that of innocence. Without ruining the story for others, it is a story of a android boy and his quest to be loved. The greater story reflects how man's humanity has gotten lost through the world we have created. A.I. is a story that should appeal to younger age viewers and adults. It is not a typical fantasy story or sci-fi. It is a story about love, the need to be loved and the sacrifices made through life's journey of one little boy who just happens to be an android. The original filming of this movie is somewhat stylized and while it transfers reasonably well to DVD, it almost 'suffers' when brought to blu-ray as that hi rez goodness doesn't add much to the presentation of 1080p due to the nature of the original filming. However, this should not deter anyone from getting this well crafted humanist story. The audio is excellent and there is just a slightly better nuance to the visuals than the DVD version. Overall, it is not eye candy like some other movies (Lord of the Rings trilogy comes to mind) but certainly is not distracting either. The movie itself is usually a love it or hate it movie. I find those that love it are less about being entertained and find the story a reminder of our own struggles and the human condition itself. Those that did not like it found the ending to be somewhat trite and preferred a less low key and melancholia nature to the film. I am gad with my purchase and most likely will purchase for a couple of friends of mine who enjoyed watching it at my place and remarked they never seen a movie quite like this and they thoroughly enjoyed it. No one commented on the less than stellar look of the movie in blu ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    fascinating and frustrating

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    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

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

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    MRRUIZ
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    The movie over all is awesome, the port over from DVD to bluray looks ok, the picture has multiple scenes were it looks way too grainy and other scenes that looks great and clear. Adjusting the sharpness on the TV wont really do you any good but Over all if you liked this movie and want yo see it look better then DVD quality? Then buy this copy before they are sold out and no longer being sold.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A.I. a Classic!!!

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    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! =)

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great photography, dull story

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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining and thought-provoking

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    masetodd
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    The blu-ray looks and sounds great - highly recommended for fans of the film. As for the movie itself, I really enjoy it, but it always leaves me feeling kinda depressed after a viewing. I don't know if the movie's ultimate message is hopeful or pessimistic. I guess it's up to the viewer to decide...

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    too long

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    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



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