Earlier this year, we reported that The Iron Giant would likely be returning to theaters, and now Warner Bros. has announced that Brad Bird’s wonderful film will be arriving this fall, albeit in a slightly altered form.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition will be remastered and “enhanced” with two all-new scenes, and released in partnership with Fathom Events on Wednesday, Setepmber 30th at 7pm local time. There will also be an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4th at 12:00pm.
On the one hand, I’m incredibly excited that I’ll get to see The Iron Giant on the big screen and that we’re finally getting an HD release. However, I also feel like The Iron Giant is a perfect movie and nothing needs to be added. Presumably, the all-new scenes are from deleted footage. For example, I can see “The Giant’s Dream” being added since it doesn’t require any new dubbing, and Bird says he thinks the film would be a little bit better with it:
I’d have to see it within the context of the film, but I agree with Bird that the movie is also fine without it. We know the Iron Giant’s mission without that little bit of flashback.
Of course, I’m going to see the movie regardless, and I’m curious to see how these two scenes will integrate with the rest of the picture. A larger question is how it will be available to own. The press release says, “Following the re-release of the film in theaters, a high-definition version of ‘The Iron Giant: Signature Edition’ will be available to purchase from digital retailers in the fall of 2015.” Does this mean the movie will only be available to own on Digital HD? Will only the signature edition be available in HD? I wish I could say “I’ll only put my money down for a Blu-ray of the original movie!” but that would be a lie.
DIRECTOR BRAD BIRD’S CLASSIC
ANIMATED FAMILY FILM
THE IRON GIANT:
COMES BACK TO THEATERS FROM
WARNER BROS. AND FATHOM EVENTS
REMASTERED WITH NEW SCENES
See the Special Event Screening on September 30
Encore to Follow on October 4
Burbank, CA, July 8, 2015 – Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce that the animated action adventure “The Iron Giant” will be re-released this fall, remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes as “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.” It will be released in theaters for a limited engagement through Fathom Events. “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time.
The ticket on-sale date and theater locations for “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be announced this August online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.
When “The Iron Giant” arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). “Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.
Winner of nine Annie Awards, “The Iron Giant” is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also included Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.
The film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff from a screenplay written by Tim McCanlies. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes’ book, The Iron Man, “The Iron Giant” was first released in the summer of 1999 by Warner Bros.
Following the re-release of the film in theaters, a high-definition version of “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will be available to purchase from digital retailers in the fall of 2015.