A.I. - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor
A robotic boy goes on a quest to discover his
Spielberg's remarkable, coldly beautiful vision of the Kubrick-developed
Pinocchio story A.I. – Artificial Intelligence is a film
that seems to have divided critics and audiences. They nevertheless all
seem to agree that the film is flawed, and cloyingly sentimental. The film
takes place in a small number of contrasting settings, veering from the
clinical to the chaotic, and the plot seems similarly structured. Many
critics have pointed out that if the film had ended earlier (there are a
couple of key points where it could have been truncated) it might have
been regarded as a masterpiece.
Home Video's Region 2 disc is packaged in a digipack, and comes with about
two hours worth of very worthwhile behind the scenes footage covering
every creative aspect of the production process across two packed discs.
The 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer is outstanding, with stunning visuals
presented in a reference quality PAL transfer (there are some patches
where the image seems less than optimal, but the disc is a good transfer
of the original film elements).
British and Australian customers loose out in the sound department. Both
versions boast a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack (albeit one delivered at
the crippled 384kbps bit rate), but the American disc also features a DTS
sound mix, (which the R2 and R4 versions drop in favour of an Italian