The following press release was issued:
“The Iron Giant”: Animation Magic from Warner Home Video in Special Edition DVD September 7
DVD Features 8 Never-Before-Seen Scenes, Including Alternate Opening and 13 Behind-the-Scenes Mini-Documentaries
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 28, 2004– Warner Home Video (WHV) is proud to announce a special edition DVD of the timeless animated classic “The Iron Giant” on September 7, 2004. Loaded with all-new special features — including 8 “never-before-seen” scenes, including an alternate opening, all with director commentary, 13 mini-documentaries highlighting key sequences and a featurette, “The Voice Of The Giant,” hosted Vin Diesel. This version, which truly enhances the classic animated tale of a boy and his robot, will be available on DVD for $19.97 SRP.
“The Iron Giant,” featuring an all-star cast which includes Jennifer Aniston (TV’s “Friends”), Harry Connick Jr. (TV’s “Will and Grace”) and Vin Diesel (“Chronicles of Riddick,” “XXX”), premiered theatrically to outstanding critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern called the film “an instant classic that will enchant earthlings for decades to come”; and USA Today said, “(“Iron Giant”) lifts the genre to higher orbit.” Proving the critics right, “The Iron Giant” has sold more than 4.5 million videos and DVDs to date, received 9 Annie Awards, including Outstanding Achievement for an Animated Theatrical Feature, and has a still growing fan base.
Additional special features on the DVD include scene-specific commentaries by filmmakers; a motion gallery of original animation; a letter from Ted Hughes, author of the original book upon which the film was based; DVD ROM access to the original web site; and “Easter eggs” revealing the behind-the-scenes filmmaking process. This DVD version of “The Iron Giant” is presented in an all-new digital transfer, a 16×9 widescreen format, English and French Dolby 5.1 surround sound audio and has English, French and Spanish subtitles.
“The Iron Giant” follows the incredible adventures of young Hogarth Hughes, who late one night discovers and befriends an enormous robot fallen from the stars. But Hogarth now has a very big problem: how do you keep a 50-foot-tall, steel-eating giant a secret — especially when there’s a nosy government agent asking questions in town and the combined land, sea and air power of the U.S. military mobilizing to demolish the “alien invader”?