Iron Giant SE news straight from the man

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  1. Guy Martin

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    Hello all!

    I just got back from a special presentation on directing animation at the Director's Guild that was put together by Pixar and the Guild. While John Lasseter and Lee Unkrich gave the main lecture/presentation, Brad Bird (who now works at Pixar) was in the audience. In fact when Lasseter was introducing the various Pixar workers in the audience he said "How many of you saw The Iron Giant" and the room practically exploded when Bird stood up! Everyone had seen it and loved it (including Lasseter obviously).

    After the presentation I went up and introduced myself to Bird and asked him if an Iron Giant Special Edition DVD was in the works. He said indeed it was and that they were reaching the end of gathering materials for it. He said the reason it was taking so long is that most of the people who worked on IG have left Warner Bros (like Bird himself) and were now scattered all over the place so scheduling and taping interviews for the documentary was very time-consuming. He said his audio commentary for the disc was done and that they were just waiting to get two more interviews before editing all the materials together and authoring the thing. He didn't have a specific date in mind, but felt that it was definitely progressing. Thought you'd like to know.

    - Guy
     
  2. Jeffrey Forner

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    Guy;

    If you're telling the truth, you've got one hell of a scoop there! With thoughts of D-VHS consuming my attention, this news is very much welcomed. It's the best thing I've heard all day.

    Did you at all ask him about the film being released as a widescreen release? I'd hate to see this animated movie, shot in 2.35:1 butchered to a P&S transfer for the sake of the masses.
     
  3. paul o'donnell

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    Superb news. Thanks
     
  4. Colin Jacobson

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    Hope this happens, but I must admit I'm pessimistic. I got an e-mail from another prominent Pixar employee back in mid-2000, and he stated that he was friends with Bird and the SE was progressing rapidly. Almost a year and a half later, here we are! (Don't want to look like a thread crapper, as I appreciate this news, but got burned earlier so I'm bitter![​IMG]
     
  5. Ken_McAlinden

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    Personally, I'm hoping that Bird focuses most of his attention on his next film and works on the SE whenever he has a spare moment. I have a good presentation of IG already, and I am more excited about the idea of a new Brad Bird animated film than a new Brad Bird Iron Giant commentary & documentary. I'll buy it when it comes out, but I'm in no hurry. [​IMG]
    By the way, Kirk Wise, the co-director of Atlantis, Beauty and the Beast, and Hunchback of Notre Dame had very complimentary things to say about Bird and Iron Giant on usenet when it was released. Here is a quote:
     
  6. Mark Walker

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    Jeffrey-

    I am not Guy, but I am sure that with the current

    DVD offering both pan-and-scan and the original

    2.35:1 aspect ratio, we will AT LEAST get the

    widescreen version on the SE.

    Mark
     
  7. Guy Martin

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    Didn't think to ask him about OAR. I forgot that with WB family titles you never know. I just assumed it would be.

    - Guy
     
  8. Andrea W

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    Any new news?
     
  9. Dave_P.

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    Yeah, this rumor's been going on for a while. I hope they haven't thrown it on the back burner or worse. [​IMG]
     
  10. TonyD

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    i'd love to hear what pete townshend would have to say.

    he was one of the executive producers and released a record o while back called THE IRON MAN based on the same story that iron giant came from.
     
  11. SteveGon

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    Cool news! Let's hope it pans out. [​IMG]
     
  12. Vlad D

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    I hope this comes out soon. I have never seen this movie and this morning caught some of it on the Cartoon Network before I left for work. The little that I saw was awesome. I'm debating whether I should buy the current DVD or wait for the SE.
     
  13. LukeB

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    I saw a little of it on Cartoon Network as well. About 55% of it. [​IMG]
    Changed the channel after a few seconds. [​IMG]
     
  14. Duane Robinson

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    I love this movie and I have the first edition. I wouldn't mind getting a new version but the one I have will do if they keep postponing this thing or never release it at all.
     
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