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Brad Bird Wants The Iron Giant On Blu-Ray And You Should Too

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irongiantIf this were a better world we were living in, The Iron Giant would be on as many DVD shelves as the cream of Pixar’s crop. After all, it was directed by one “Brad Bird,” a bloke you might have heard about in connection to another animated flick called “The Incredibles.” He’s a ridiculously talented gentlemen, and his Hollywood cred only continues to rise in the wake of his live-action directorial debut, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which earned nearly $700 million worldwide. Yet, in spite of all of that, Bird is still having to haggle with Warner Bros. just to get them to release a decent Blu-ray version of The Iron Giant. To borrow a phrase from Firefly’s Jubal Early, does that seem right to you?

A fan on Twitter asked Bird about when the criminally underseen Iron Giant might get the giant Blu-ray release it deserves. The good news is that Bird is trying to make it happen. The bad news, well:

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Pacific Rim: Plan Your Perfect Double Feature With Monsters, The Iron Giant, And More

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I’m still coasting on a high from last night’s Pacific Rim showing, not to mention picking over my schedule to try and figure out when I have the time to go see it for the second time. If you haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet, but plan to, you might want to use the excuse to engage in a time-honored tradition of movie fans everywhere: the double feature.

Since we here at GFR love you all and want to make your life as stress-free as possible, we’ve already done the legwork for you. That’s just how we are. Scroll on down for five excellent candidates for your Pacific Rim double feature.

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Iron Giant Fan Art Makes Us Long For The Sequel That Never Happened

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Iron Giant fan art

There are plenty of infamous paths not taken when it comes to the realm of science fiction. The Neill Blomkamp/Peter Jackson Halo movie. Alien 3 penned by William Gibson. A James Cameron Starcraft movie. But if there’s one dead-end alley that pains me the most, it’s the failure of Brad Bird’s brilliant, heartfelt animated classic, The Iron Giant. To this day, it’s one of the best animated movies I’ve ever seen, but it suffered from a bungled Warner Bros. marketing campaign that ensured that most of us who have come to love it, only discovered it on video later. But it’s a bittersweet love. Not only does the movie deserve to be seen and admired by pretty much everybody, but I have to wonder if we might have seen Brad return to the world of The Iron Giant, if things had gone differently.

The fan art up above, while amazing, just rubs some salt into that wound. Created by Jordan Kotzbue in celebration of the movie’s tenth anniversary back in 2009, the image shows us a snapshot of an Iron Giant sequel that never was, and the unbridled potential is almost more than I can stand. Here’s the artist’s explanation:

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Be Good: Eight Family Friendly SF Flicks To Double-Feature With E.T.

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Steven Spielberg’s classic film E.T. hit Blu-ray this week, so I got to thinking about something that’s one of my favorite things to do: a double-feature. Sure, sometimes the schedule is so hectic that you’re luck to be able to sit through one movie, much less two. But there’s just something enormously satisfying about the double feature, especially if you’ve put some thought into picking the perfect pair of films, whether they’re united by genre, theme, creative talent, or even some obscure joke only you and your friends understand.

I’m betting some of you will be picking up E.T. on Blu-ray and watching it for the first time in a while, or maybe ever showing it to your kids for the first time ever. Because GFR is a full-service kind of place, I’ve sifted through the heaps of cinematic history and pulled out eight family friendly science fiction movies that will pair quite nicely with E.T.. We hope the results will be something to phone home about (ahem).

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New Sci-Fi Additions To Netflix Instant Watch Include Fifth Element, Iron Giant And More

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By now you hopefully know that Netflix Instant Watch is a must have in your home. It’s the best way to catch up on all the great science fiction you might have missed, or in some cases have forgotten. Lately I’ve been using it to revisit oddball sci-fi movies like Battle Beyond the Stars and still others like Brother From Another Planet remain lined up and waiting for me in my instant queue.

Netflix’s lineup is always growing and they’ve just announced they’ll be adding new sci-fi movies to their list of instant watch possibles. Here’s what they have coming and when you’ll be able to add it…


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I’m not sure if it’s science fiction or fantasy or what (the movie never explains what’s going on, and that’s a big part of its charm), but it involves Bill Murray repeating the same day over and over again until he finally gets it right. It’s a brilliant film and on a resume filled with great work I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say that Groundhog Day is the best thing Bill Murray has ever done.

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Amazing Iron Giant Alternate Poster

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If you’ve seen it you’ll agree that The Iron Giant is one of the most unfairly underrated animated movies of all time. Before he made Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol back in 1999 Brad Bird was the mind behind a heartfelt science fiction film about a boy who befriends a weapon of mass destruction… and no one saw it.

But now it’s a cult classic, the kind of movie you base friendships on. And maybe now’s the time to celebrate it the way it should have been back then. Here’s a great way to start the parade, with this amazing alternate poster design for the film…