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November 24, 1999
This Week's Video Picks
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This week my picks are The Iron Giant (1999 - ) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982 - ).

The first film was unjustly ignored by the public during its theatrical release, and now it comes to video with hopes to capitalize on its critical acclaim. Following the launch of Sputnik in 1957, a giant robot lands in the town of Rockwell, Maine, which seems to be an even larger threat than communism. A boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) befriends the robot, but must hide him from his mother (Jennifer Aniston) and an imposing government agent (Christopher McDonald). Warner Bros. proved with this film that they could make an animated feature just as well as Disney, but failed to compete with the Big Mouse's horrid Inspector Gadget. This film is a real treat for everybody in the family, and would make a fine addition to any video library.
Full review from August 6, 1999

The Iron Giant had parallels to many stories, but it most resembled the second film. Spielberg's story of a lonely boy (Henry Thomas) who finds a much-needed friend after his parents' divorce was, for over a decade, the highest-grossing film ever made. E.T. is perfectly constructed, and is touching enough to crack even the most hard-nosed critic. It is also full of magic, humor, and suspense, which all combine to make the ultimate cinematic experience. It may never show up in any lists above Citizen Kane or Casablanca, but it will have the distinction of being the only film that actually made me cry.

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The Iron Giant (1999)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial (1982) -- VHS
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