|A.I.: Artificial Intelligence|
Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards
Special edition two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; English, French audio tracks; Spanish, French, English subtitles; Steven Spielberg talks about developing the vision of "A.I."; featurette on the special effects developed for the film by Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic; Stan Winston explains how the robots of "A.I." were brought to life; featurette on the film's sound effects and orchestral score; Spielberg discusses the responsibility of artificial intelligence; storyboard sequences; effects portfolio; portrait gallery; behind-the-scenes photos; production design photos; theatrical trailers; production notes.
|Had he not died, distinguished director Stanley Kubrick's next project would have been a sci-fi film about a robot programmed to love. Instead, filmmaker Steven Spielberg took the reins, wrote the script and directed this dark, futuristic yarn based on a Brian Aldiss short story. A universe separates Kubrick the clinical mind behind the speculative masterworks "Dr. Strangelove," "2001" and "A Clockwork Orange" from Spielberg, whose science-fiction output is marked by the fluffy, family-friendly fantasy "E.T." To Spielberg's credit, the first half of "A.I." approximates the chilly sheen and cryptic morality of a Kubrick movie. When their son is cryogenically frozen with a terminal illness, a husband and wife (Sam Robards, Frances O'Connor) become candidates to adopt David (Haley Joel Osment of "The Sixth Sense"), the first robotic child with the capacity for emotion. Osment impresses, but the parallels with "Pinocchio" are belabored, the film runs too long, and it succumbs to Spielberg's penchant for sentiment.|