Can you help Brad Bird out with The Iron Giant Blu-ray?

News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:17
The Iron Giant. One of the finest animated movies of the last ten years

You want a really good The Iron Giant Blu-ray release? Then you might need to do something about it...

Way back on the press tour for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, we got to spend 20 minutes in the company of its director, Brad Bird. This was a big moment for us, given that Bird directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille, along with one of our favourite films, The Iron Giant.

We've written about our precise love for The Iron Giant here, but Bird told us something about the film's planned Blu-ray release when we interviewed him. Here's what he said: "I’ve been talking with Warner Bros for basically the past ten years, and all sorts of options have been discussed.

There’s been talk of doing about a minute and a half, two minutes, of new animation for it, that were some sequences that we designed in the original, that I think were cool. There’s been talk of doing 3D. There’s been talk of doing a limited digital release, kind of like Blade Runner had. And all of them kind of blossom and fade. Now, we’re having more serious discussions about doing something in anticipation of the Blu-ray.

But I don’t want the Blu-ray to simply be a higher resolution version of our DVD. I would love to get into some of the stuff, now we all have some perspective, that went into the making of it. There’s a lot of good stories there that haven’t been told about the struggles that we went through. We’ll see what happens, but we are in discussions about it right now".

Since then though, nothing. We've occasionally asked Bird over Twitter if there's been any progress, but he's knee deep in making Tomorrowland at the moment, and we figured that was the hold up. Turns out, that's not the hold up at all. As Bird has now written on Twitter...

So then. If any of you care about The Iron Giant as much as we can, can we suggest it's time to send a Tweet or two? Can you drop @WBHomeEnt a quick Tweet, telling them that you would indeed pay for a special edition Blu-ray of the film?

Perhaps Warner Bros Home Entertainment might consider some form of crowdfunding-esque approach, where we can order it now, even though the disc might be a while away? We'd be willing to do that, if it got us The Iron Giant Blu-ray that Bird teased in that interview a year or two back.

Here's hoping it finally happens...

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