For the last few months, there have been internet inklings that something is happening with the distressingly under-appreciated The Iron Giant. Brad Bird said as much, without committing to any details, in an interview with Collider back in May.
Listen, Warner Bros. and I have danced on and off for the last decade. There was going to be a 5-year-thing; there was talk about it being in 3D at one point. Then there was talk about reformatting it for IMAX or whatever. Discussions keep happening, but I think something will happen fairly soon. They know that people have a fondness for it. They don’t know exactly how to deal with that beyond maybe a Blu-ray or something like that. And I keep saying, “You know, you did it for Wizard of Oz and you did it for Blade Runner. I think you actually can do it.” And I think they’re kind of coming around to that idea. I’m trying to find the best way to support something like that.Now it’s been announced that while the movie isn’t getting a full re-release, it IS coming back to theaters for one of those one-night-only special events. A remastered and “enhanced” version will screen, hopefully in a theater near you, on September 30th, with an afternoon encore (for the kids!) on Sunday, October 4th. So what’s so “enhanced” about this version? Well, two new scenes, for starters.
The idea of new footage is exciting, but hesitantly so. This movie is perfection, and I can’t imagine anything making it better. What could they possibly add? I’m guessing this giant dream sequence will be in there, and while not necessary for plot or character development, I have to admit it looks pretty damn cool.
As exciting as a theatrical release is the fact that following the screening, the movie will be finally, for the first time, be released on Blu-ray. So even if you can’t make it to a theater, you’ll still be able to see that gentle giant in HD.