WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Iron Giant, The

Reviewed In Issue 38 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voice Talents Of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher MacDonald, John Mahoney, Eli Marienthal & M. Emmet Walsh

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 17644
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Brad Bird
(Screenplay/Written By): Tim McCanlies
(Story): Brad Bird
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Mark Whiting
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Darren T. Holmes
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dennis Leonard
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Pete Townshend
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Allison Abbate & Des McAnuff

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Celco
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Ted Hughes, The Iron Giant is an exciting yet gentle tale for young children about a boy who discovers a 50-foot-tall steel-eating giant from outer space. Hogarth Hughes (voiced by Eli Marienthal) tries to keep his new friend a secret from the government agents who have arrived in town to investigate some mysterious events. The Warner Bros. animation effort was nominated for 15 ‘Annie’ awards and received nine statues: Best Picture, Director, Writing, Voice Acting (Marienthal), Music, Character Animation, Effects Animation, Production Design and Storyboarding. Annie awards are sponsored by the Hollywood branch of the International Animated Film Society and were started 27 years ago by June Foray - most noted as the voice of Rocky The Flying Squirrel in the classic Jay Ward television show.

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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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