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Review by Jeff Field | posted January 14, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:
Iron Giant (Vin Diesel) is an animated movie about a giant robot that falls from space and is discovered by Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal), a young boy in a rural area of the United States in the late 1950s. He saves the Robot from being caught in the wires of a power station. Hogarth befriends the robot, who is very friendly towards Hogarth. Next comes along Agent Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald), the government agent assigned to investigate strange activity. In order to avoid detection, Hogarth hides the Iron Giant in a scrap yard owned by the "hip" Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.), an "artist" that makes abstract art from his scrap metal. The metal-eating robot makes himself at home. Overall, this movie is extremely well done, and the animation is excellent. One of the best movies I've seen.

Picture and Sound:
The transfer quality is excellent for Iron Giant. The picture is excellent, there isn't much more to say. The movie makes good use of the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, with an excellent sound track. The sound is clear and the surround sound is very well done. You can't ask for much more.

The Extras:
While not packed with extras such as Director's Commentary, Iron Giant has an adequate set of extras. The "Making of.." feature was originally aired on the WB, and gives interesting insight into how they made use of a 3D-rendered robot in a 2D film. Also on the DVD are filmographies and the Eddie Platt "Cha-Hua-Hua" music video, which I thought was an interesting extra.

Conclusion:
Iron Giant is an excellent movie with an equally impressive DVD, only lacking slightly in the extra features department. I highly recommend it, as it is a really fun movie with a good DVD. It is good for both kids and adults, and it is certainly worthy of even the most select DVD collections.

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