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No A.I. Artificial Intelligence DVD Release In 2001?


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#1 of 43 OFFLINE   Tino

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Posted August 15 2001 - 03:25 AM

According to a report over at http://www.dvdfile.com

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#2 of 43 OFFLINE   Peter McM

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Posted August 15 2001 - 04:01 AM

I, too am disappointed. This film seemed to have a pretty firm street date of Dec 18. My wife was probably going to have this one under the Christmas tree for me.
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#3 of 43 OFFLINE   Dan Brecher

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Posted August 15 2001 - 04:32 AM

I'm still waiting for it to gets its damn theatrical release here (arghh). This descision kind of makes sense really, plus one less DVD to buy this fall/christmas is no bad thing in my book. Posted Image

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#4 of 43 OFFLINE   Edwin Pereyra

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Posted August 15 2001 - 05:00 AM

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I was really looking forward to watching this masterpiece again this holiday season as IMO, it's the best film of 2001 so far.

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You still may get to do that - in the theaters! The rumors right now is for a potential re-release in December/January time frame to give the film a boost for the upcoming Oscar nominations.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 05:38 AM

Besides the reasons mentioned in the article I believe that WB will be re-releasing the film to theatres in late Winter, early Spring. It is the opinion of many in the film industry (articles written in Variety and Hollywood Reporter) that the film deserves better and that WB botched the marketing of the film BIG TIME. ------------------

#6 of 43 OFFLINE   John Berggren

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Posted August 15 2001 - 05:41 AM

I would go see A.I. again for a re-release. This film certainly deserves Oscar consideration. If nothing else Haley Joel deserves a best actor nomination. Also, so far, it's one of two films I've seen deserving Best Picture (the other being Memento). I would be happy to wait for the DVD for this film if it meant it would be justly honored.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 06:13 AM

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It is the opinion of many in the film industry (articles written in Variety and Hollywood Reporter) that the film deserves better and that WB botched the marketing of the film BIG TIME

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Wasn't this the same logic that brought Wonder Boys back to the theaters after it's initial, botched release. (Note, I have no idea if that was WB release, but it's really not important for this discussion!) They didn't know how to advertise on it's first release, and did even worse on the second release. I can't imagine that WB will suddenly find a great way to bring AI to the masses.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 06:26 AM

Wasn't Wonder Boys a Paramount release??

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Posted August 15 2001 - 06:51 AM

I remember I kept hearing about that much-discussed "re-release" of Wonder Boys-- The film NEVER ended up showing near me and I live in a Top 10 market! I managed to catch it on the initial release, but I thought it was funny that the re-release had even worse distribution than the initial release. A sfar as AI is concerned, t probably better coming out next year than 12/18. I think that date is a litle too close to Christmas and would get overloooked in the Xmas rush. (most people would already have their Xmas lists made by that point and many people have their shopping done at that point. People buying for themselves would probably hold off since they have to buy presents for others, etc.) I always noticed that DVDs that come out to close to Christmas tend to fall through the cracks. Anything past early December is pretty small potatoes. It would definitely make a bigger splash as a big new release in January.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 07:03 AM

So, Tino, A.I. is your fave film of the year? Quite an endorsement, coming from someone whose opinions I respect considerably. You're persuading me.

And, congrats to Dan for having been named an Administrator--this is the first I have noticed. May thou hast no reason to locketh one of my posts! Posted Image

As for the DVD being released in 2002: Isn't this the pattern with DreamWorks? The studio's major DVD releases tend to come out way later than the others--as if DreamWorks is conditioning us for a world of rental-window DVD releases.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 07:36 AM

I'm no Tino, but FWIW, A.I. is also my favorite of the year so far. (Even if we include In The Mood For Love as a 2001 film.)

Have you not seen it yet, Jack? Or are you just yet unsure what you think of it?

I think they need to take the time with this DVD to make it what it should be - a legacy for Kubrick and a study of the conjoining of two, so very different cinematic sensibilities. At the very least, all of the pre-production artwork developed by Kubrick (and the artist whose name I forget) - which was closely followed by Speilberg in the final cut - as well as the various script permutations under Kubrick leading to Speilberg's final rewrite should be included. And I would love to read some of those famous faxes!

(For those who don't know, Kubrick requested that Spielberg set up a fax machine solely to handle their correspondence back and forth about the film. God, would I love to be privy to that conversation.)

In other words, we need something like a Criterion release, not something like the usual studio release. The normal marketing stuff - "featurettes" and the like - won't cut it. I think this DVD needs to be pitched to the film buff and film student; the casual viewer doesn't really engage with the supplemental features anyway, and the casual viewer didn't really engage with this film. It can't be done like the usual studio disc... or even the usual Spielberg disc. I doubt we'll get this, but the material is available.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 07:41 AM

Jeez, Jack - why haven't you seen this? Even if you've got issues with the whole Spielberg/Kubrick thing, how does a science fiction fan pass up one of the rare attempts to do an honest to god, bona fide intelligent sense of wonder sf movie? (And, IMAO, a successful one.) Get out and see this while it's still on the big screen!
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As for the DVD being released in 2002: Isn't this the pattern with DreamWorks? The studio's major DVD releases tend to come out way later than the others--as if DreamWorks is conditioning us for a world of rental-window DVD releases.[/quote]That's one possibility, I suppose, but might it not be just as likely that DreamWorks doesn't feel the need to push their prestige titles through the pipeline as fast as possible? Titles like Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty and A.I. are arguably less reliant on "buzz", so there's less need to strike while the iron is hot. Delaying the releases gives SKG time to rerelease them theatrically to capitalize on awards (which also increases their cachet somewhat), and stake out a video release date where the release is a big deal, as opposed to part of the noise. And it also creates time for better DVD supplements to be created - an extra few months can add a lot of perspective on what's really worth talking about and what's not, as opposed to just doing standard-issue FX mini-docs and canned promo interviews.

Also note that it's not just DreamWorks that does it - Buena Vista also doesn't really see the need to make sure the Disney or Pixar FAs are out in time for the holiday season.

Not that rental windows would necessarily be a bad thing, either, especially if it gives the studios time to do those more thoughtful extras, lowers sell-through prices and ensures sell-through editions will be more targeted to the collector. But we've been through that before. Posted Image

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Posted August 15 2001 - 07:43 AM

Jack, I also cannot believe that you have not seen this one. I'm in the minority on this film with Tino and Al Brown. It is THE best film of 2001, thus far, IMHO.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 07:53 AM

Yeah Jack - Get with the program. Posted Image

Seriously, if you haven't viewed A.I. Artificial Intelligence yet then you are missing out on one of the best films of the year. ( Memento is still my #1 film of the year, but that has more to do with the film's respective genres. ) As a Kubrick fan, you owe it to yourself to see this film. Trust me ( or Tino or Al or Jason or Edwin. Posted Image ) If it is still playing, go see it now.

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Posted August 15 2001 - 08:17 AM

I saw A.I Artificial Intelligence three times in the theater and enjoyed it more each time I saw it, and came away with a richer understanding of it after every viewing.

I certainly hope Warner Bros. does re-release it for Oscar consideration as it very much deserves it. Any chance to see it again on the big screen is welcome.

If any film warrants a second viewing, it's A.I. Artificial Intelligence. I have spoken to people who have only seen it once and were disappointed, only to change their minds after discussing it and seeing it again. If you have only seen it once and not liked it, perhaps a second viewing may change your mind as it has for many people I know. Do a search in the movies section for some great comments regarding this amazing film.

As for the DVD release, I am glad that Dreamworks is handling the domestic relese as IMO, they will do a better job than Warner Bros would. Not that Warner would have done a bad job, I just believe Dreamworks will do a better one, i.e DTS and supplements ala Shrek.

In the meantime, a Christmas time re-release would be the perfect holiday gift for me. Posted Image

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Posted August 15 2001 - 08:30 AM

I feel compelled to add to the previous comments. Jack, Jack....I highly recommend that you see this film, and am quite surprised that you haven't. NO one is a bigger fan of intelligent SF (literary or cinematic) than you are, and no one is more keenly aware than you are how rare good cinematic SF is. I'm speculating here, but I sense that you're wary of the "dilution" of a Kubrickian vision (I've never seen a bigger Kubrick fan than you) with Spielbergian elements. Don't be. See it. [Edited last by RobertR on August 15, 2001 at 11:31 AM]

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Posted August 15 2001 - 09:17 AM

I'll add to the chorus by stating that AI is my favorite film of the year by a large margin. I have not yet seen Memento, which sounds like the sort of thing I would like. As far as the DVD being delayed, that's another $20 towards my purchase of Criterion's The Ruling Class & The Lady Eve. I hope they delay it long enough for my bank accounts to recover from Christmas.

In summary: it's not just people Jack respects like Tino who swear by AI, it's schmoes like me and Al as well! Posted Image

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Posted August 15 2001 - 09:19 AM

I agree with you guys...

A.I. is the best film of 2001 (so far) and is SUPREMELY underrated, over-hated, and misunderstood.

I'll eagerly anticipate both a full theatrical re-release and the eventual gem of a DVD we'll get from DreamWorks. Posted Image

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Posted August 15 2001 - 10:05 AM

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A.I. is the best film of 2001 (so far) and is SUPREMELY underrated, over-hated, and misunderstood.

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I couldn't agree more, I absolutely loved this film. I was so struck by it that i didn't realy discuss it withanyone for a day after seeing it. I really want to see it again and hoep that there is a theatrical rerelease (would be great if dreamworks did the marketing, even though the first two trailers were fantastic IMO, they never got the distribution that was needed. The emotions of AI, I've noticed really appeal to many women i know, that are not film buffs, or science fiction buffs, and so had no reason to go see it. I think that AI is one film that would have really benefitted from being given time on Rosie and Oprah (if it didn't get it the first time, i wouldn't know), because i think they both would have praised it, and drawn a whole other crowd to the film.
 

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Posted August 15 2001 - 10:12 AM

Jack, Just echoing the other comments by Tino, Al, et al. It's both one of the year's best AND a geniune science fiction film. Very rare these days. Go see it if it's still playing near you or wait for the re-release/DVD release. Pete

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