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A.I. Artificial Intelligence [2001] - 2 disc set [DVD]

Haley Joel Osment , Jude Law , Steven Spielberg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Steven Spielberg, Brian Aldiss, Ian Watson
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Bonnie Curtis, Jan Harlan, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDOQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,367 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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History will place an asterisk next to A.I. as the film Stanley Kubrick might have directed. But let the record also show that Kubrick--after developing this project for some 15 years--wanted Steven Spielberg to helm this astonishing sci-fi rendition of Pinocchio, claiming (with good reason) that it veered closer to Spielberg's kinder, gentler sensibilities. Spielberg inherited the project (based on the Brain Aldiss short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long") after Kubrick's death in 1999, and the result is an astounding directorial hybrid. A flawed masterpiece of sorts, in which Spielberg's gift for wondrous enchantment often clashes (and sometimes melds) with Kubrick's harsher vision of humanity, the film spans near and distant futures with the fairy-tale adventures of an artificial boy named David (Haley Joel Osment), a marvel of cybernetic progress who wants only to be a real boy, loved by his mother in that happy place called home.

Echoes of Spielberg's Empire of the Sun are evident as young David, shunned by his trial parents and tossed into an unfriendly world, is joined by fellow "mecha" Gigolo Joe (played with a dancer's agility by Jude Law) in his quest for a mother-and-child reunion. Parallels to Pinocchio intensify as David reaches "the end of the world" (a Manhattan flooded by melted polar ice caps), and a far-future epilogue propels A.I. into even deeper realms of wonder, just as it pulls Spielberg back to his comfort zone of sweetness and soothing sentiment. Some may lament the diffusion of Kubrick's original vision, but this is Spielberg's A.I., a film of astonishing technical wizardry that spans the spectrum of human emotions and offers just enough Kubrick to suggest that humanity's future is anything but guaranteed. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: A perfect movie for the digital age, A.I. finds a natural home on DVD. The purity of the picture, its carefully composed colour schemes and the multifarious sound effects are accorded the pin-point sharpness they deserve with the anamorphic 1.85:1 picture and Dolby 5.1 sound, as is John Williams's thoughtful music score. On the first disc there's a short yet revealing documentary, "Creating A.I.", but the meat of the extras appears on disc two. Here there are good, well-made featurettes on acting, set design, costumes, lighting, sound design, music and various aspects of the special effects: Stan Winston's remarkable robots (including Teddy, of course) and ILM's flawless CGI work. In addition there are storyboards, photographs and trailers. Finally, Steven Spielberg provides some rather sententious closing remarks ("I think that we have to be very careful about how we as a species use our genius"), but no director's commentary. --Mark Walker

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DVD Dreamworks, Region, 2 2001 145 mins


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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad and deeply disturbing 8 Mar 2005
By "ajac2"
Format:DVD
This has to be a contender for one of the most disturbing films of all time. This is because it addresses a central question of existence - what is love? Can it be created? Does it have to be earned? Is it it always unquestioning? The answers it comes up with are painful and incredibly sad. Ironically, I don't believe this film is about 'what happens if we make machines too human?' just as pinnochio wasn't about how we would feel if wood could talk. The main subject was that of belonging and identity. How far would one go to be approved of? Would you change yourself completely to be loved? (in the case of David from a robot to a boy - and it wasn't his fault he was a robot). What if the changes and sacrifices you made were not enough? Some have said that the ending to this film was too fairy tale like. I disagree; it also was profoundly sad. It highlighted that despite the lengths to which we might go for love/approval, it is all still impermenant. Tragedy in the extreme, but thought provoking and moving.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It makes me feel like a kid again... 10 Jun 2007
By Mark R. Bannister VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A.I. is a futuristic fairy-tale, an enchanting story of a boy mechanoid ("mecha") called David who embarks on a journey because he wants to be loved by the woman he calls his mother. With parallels to the story of Pinocchio, Spielberg takes us on a spellbinding exploration of love, hate, friendship, prejudice and ultimately what it is to be human, and what it is to be without humanity.

Told in three vastly different acts, the story takes us from somewhat familiar home settings, through the grittiness of the Flesh Fair; the glamour, glitz and sleaze of Rouge City; to a final half hour in the most imaginative and dreamlike vision of the distant future.

This film communicates on many levels, and is held together by a gloriously unique concept, a cast of interesting and well-portrayed characters (including excellent cameos by Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley and Meryl Streep), a simple and beautiful musical score by John Williams that - for a change, had me guessing for a while and didn't sound like Williams at all - and excellent visual direction by Spielberg.

While it must be said that I found the first 50 minutes unnecessarily slow-paced, and not entirely successful in conveying the emotions and motives of David's parents, the last two acts more than make up for this imbalance. The character of Teddy, a semi-intelligent robotic soft toy who is essentially playing the part of David's conscience, also has a vital role of stitching together the broken scenes, smoothing out the storyline, and adding moments of much needed comedy.

Every time I watch A.I., I come away with a new message, another meaning in the story I hadn't spotted before, and it never fails to fill my eyes with tears at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near faultless 20 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
Thoughtful sci-fi story about a robot boy (played by Haley Joel Osment) who wants to become a real boy like in the story Pinocchio so that the woman who purchased him (whom he considers his mother) will love him like she loves her real son. An intelligent sci-fi tear jerker from Steven Spielberg who as usual knows exactly what he is doing. A near faultless movie - ruined only by subplots involving Jude Law that don't go anywhere and a final scene that I felt could have been a bit better - that is emotionally satisfying and far superior to I, Robot (a film with a similar theme of whether robots should be treated like human beings). Spielberg went on to make the also excellent Minority Report the following year, so he was clearly on a roll. Very nearly 5 stars out of 5.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci Fi since Blade Runner? 5 Dec 2003
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
I understand that Steven Spielberg took over this project started by the late Stanley Kubrick, which would explain the uneasy edge to the usual Spielbergian treatment. The remnants of Kubrick's message, namely that humans are soon-to-be obsolete beasts, contend with the usual Spielberg formula of corn syrup, tears, and awe, so that the result is unsettling and more than a bit curiouser and curiouser.
First of all, be aware that, despite the fact that there is a full serving of the Spielberg recipe here (cute kids, dazzling special effects, a beautiful score by John Williams, social consciousness seen largely from a kid's POV, etc.), this is not a "feel good" movie that will appeal to the mass audience at which Spielberg usually aims. The heartland of America will find this film disturbing and will tell their neighbors to stay away. Sci fi afficionados of the hard science variety (like myself) will have mixed feelings since some of the science is, shall we say, unlikely. The fantasy/sorcery crowd will probably be disenchanted for other reasons, although there is a glorious ending that might mist up one's eyes (it did mine). Overall, however, this is an unsettling look at humanity and where we're headin' ("Is that Lincoln County Road or Armageddon?"), and the treatment is definitely NOT something for the kiddies. It's liable to give them nightmares.
The central hook of the film is that we are made to identify with the robotic mechas, especially Haley Joel Osment's David and Jack Angel's Teddy and Jude Law's Gigolo Joe, while being reminded that they are not human, or more properly, that they are more admirable than human.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fantastic film.
One of the great movies. Being an IT person seeing the future in this way is quite magical, The Teddy adds a nice element to the story.
Published 7 days ago by Paul leverell
4.0 out of 5 stars A.I.
Fantastic film which although it was released years ago has still managed to move me, really lovely to watch, so glad to have found it again.
Published 1 month ago by MRS JANET THROWER
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
Published 1 month ago by Zola Kyele
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one of my favourites
Some films I watch again and again and this is one of them beautifully managed on screen , love Jude Law and the boy is unbelieveable watch it.
Published 2 months ago by C. A. Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well it was a first rate film.
The 2 DVD arrived as always in good condition. The film has many very good moments. Good acting and special effects.
I had my wife looking away on some scenes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Michael Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on Pinochio
A bit of everything type of movie , Basically a couple lose their child and the husband buys a custom made robot replica , it keeps you captivated till the end ,but not my type of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russ Nutter
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
One of the best films. Would definitely recommend this film to anyone to watch. Great acting and graphics a must see film
Published 3 months ago by shimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars film
old films are hard to find and this was an old one my son wanted it for his birthday he was very pleased with it
Published 4 months ago by bobby
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
To soft for the male teen .but I'm not a teen and I can see the depth in the story
Published 4 months ago by BISMARCK
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from Steven Spielberg
This is a must have for any Steven Spielberg enthusiast. Incredible story and outstanding acting by Haley Joel Osment. A.I. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin
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