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"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

In Artificial Intelligence, a couple’s son is placed in suspended animation, awaiting a cure for his disease.  To fill his void, they test out a prototype mecha, also described as an advanced humanoid robot. The technology is so advanced, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between the robot, David, and a real boy.  After bringing David home and adjusting to the idea of a humanoid, a cure is found and the son, Martin returns home.  Martin and David clash and can’t seem to get along. This anger culminates at a birthday party where David drags Martin into the pool and almost drowns him. Henry, the father, demands that they return the robot to Cybertronics for destruction.  Monica, the mother, can not go through with it and drops David off in the forest where his is picked up by an anti-mecha group.  David is able to escape with a male prostitute mecha, Gigalo Joe (Jude Law). David begins a journey in search of the Blue Fairy, a mythical idea from Pinocchio that will bring life to David.

 

Specifications

  • Paramount Pictures
  • 2001, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 26 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec:  AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Conner, Sam Robards
  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: No

Commentary

A.I. was a project that originated back in 1970 by Stanley Kubrick. Nothing much ever happened with it until after his death in 1999. The project was taken over by Spielberg and here we have the final product. It is not your typical Spielberg sci-fi adventure. The movie has pretty dark overtones and requires a bit of thought by the viewer, unlike certain 1 Dimensional “films” recently made (Crystal Skull) by Spielberg. Upon my initial viewing of the film, almost 10 years ago, I enjoyed it quite a bit and always planned on further viewings, but just never got around to it.  The movie holds up well and, in my opinion, is one of Spielberg’s better science fiction works.

Technical

Blu-ray springs new life into A.I. as I was never that pleased with the DVD transfer.  Image quality is much improved and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s gritty style is reproduced very well.  The wonderful score by John Williams sounds fantastic and the surround mix is very well done.

Extras

Several documentaries on design, lighting, acting, special effects and the sound and music of AI.