I am always excited by the variety of choice new DVD and Blu-ray releases provide, but when the films on offer include a pair of my personal favorites, that is a special day indeed.
Based on a book by British poet Ted Hughes, the animated classic “The Iron Giant,” winner of nine Annie awards, offers ample evidence of the talent of director Brad Bird, who went on to do Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” The new Warner Bros. Blu-ray includes two never before seen scenes conceived of for the film’s original release.
Available on disc in this country for the first time ever is what critics feel is perhaps the pinnacle of Orson Welles’ career, the brilliantly melancholy “Chimes at Midnight.” Adapted from Shakespeare, this tale of England’ Prince Hal and the rascal Falstaff offers spectacular battle scenes and some splendid acting, including John Gielgud as King Henry IV and Welles himself as the rotund Falstaff. – Kenneth Turan
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