|I, Robot [Blu-ray]
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As paranoid cop Del Spooner, Will Smith (Independence Day, Men in Black) displays both his trademark quips and some impressive pectoral muscles in I, Robot. Only Spooner suspects that the robots that provide the near future with menial labor are going to turn on mankind--he's just not sure how. When a leading roboticist dies suspiciously, Spooner pursues a trail that may prove his suspicions. Don't expect much of a connection to Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction stories; I, Robot, the action movie, isn't prepared for any ruminations on the significance of artificial intelligence. This likable, efficient movie won't break any new ground, but it does have an idea or two to accompany its jolts and thrills, which puts it ahead of most recent action flicks. Also featuring Bridget Moynahan (The Sum of All Fears), Bruce Greenwood (The Sweet Hereafter), and James Cromwell (Babe, LA Confidential). --Bret Fetzer
I ROBOT (BLURAY) (BLU-RAY DISC)
- A must have for any collector!
I must say, I really enjoyed this movie. I had originally purchased the 1-disc of the movie and loved it.
The only problem was that special features department was lacking. I ordered the (Two-Disc All-Access Collector's Edition) and was extremely satisfied with my movie experience.
Being a movie buff, I always enjoy a good movie experience, not just from watching the film, but also being able to respect the work and effort that goes into it. This release of the film allows you just that.
The All-Access edition allows you to dig deep into the making-of and Production of the film, with over 4 hrs of Bonus materials including a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing CGI shots by Weta!
I was very happy to add this one to my collection and if you are a fan of this film and want learn the secrets behind it, I would recommend this in a heart beat! ...more info
- Sewing Freak
I like many Will Smith movies. He doesn't let you down in this movie. Excellent movie....more info
- Not for Asimov fans
I thought this movie was great. If you're one of those people who always expects a movie to hold up to the book, add this to your long line of disappointments. If, however, you like a fun Saturday afternoon sci-fi, with lots of action, and a good mystery, then give this a shot. People who expect movies to live up to the book are living in a self-perpetuating paradigm of disappointment. If you enjoyed Independence Day (for Will Smith) and Virtuosity (for the subject matter), then you'll like this one. It's better than either one of those too.
See them as movies that are inspired by a story, not a translation. I love books, I love movies. I engage one or the other for different types of immersion.
I was picking through here to try and find out how good the transfer was to Blu-ray, and all the negative reviews are on the movie, not the transfer; so I thought I'd put in my $.02.
The movie will stand the test of time. Well written. Well acted. Well thought through. No outstanding oversights. With Independence Day it will endure....more info
- Great Action Adventure!
A top notch crew does a wonderful job of bringing the essence of Isaac Asimov's robot stories to life. The acting and directing are great, even more amazing considering that much of the filming was done using blue-screen backgrounds and stand-ins for the robots, who were created later using computer generated figures. Bridget Moynahan pulled off her role brilliantly. She became a scientist involved in a puzzling crime, instead of looking like a strident feminist or a hot bod mouthing lines she didn't understand. Will Smith was amazing and fluid as always. Even the minor (human) characters sparkled....more info
- A good movie gets a sublime transfer to Blu-Ray!
I own 56 Blu-Ray movies, and I have to say, this one is the way I wish all of them looked. Jaw-dropping detail, vivid colors, and no artifacts to be seen anywhere. A flawless transfer to HD, and a equally excellent audio track (I can only hear the 1.5 mbps DTS right now, but I can imagine how much better the lossless track will be once PS3 can decode DTS-MA.) Highly recommended, assuming you like the movie itself....more info
- This Blu-ray = WOW
Wow, i dont even know how to express how detailed this blu-ray disc is. I own about 30 blu-rays right now and this is one of the top picture quality. The audio is amazing, the 5.1 DTS track is very very well done. Great quality pared with a great sci-fi movie....more info
- no barcode?
its a great movie and we got it at an AWESOME price... but the bar code was cut out! lol! think it was stolen... however we did get it on time as well. overall, satisfied...more info
- Style over Substance (but very entertaining style)
I was, and am still impressed by the special effects. I really wish to see how the Blu-Ray version brings out even more of the visual excitement. I realize this has been stated once or twice before but it bears repeating, I just hope that anyone who has read the book is NOT expecting the real deal. Some reviews suggest that it holds faithful to the book in spirit if not in any other fashion. Asimov's vision of the future is at best some backdrop for car chases, shoot em ups, fight scenes and occasional witty banter. And even as a backdrop the book provides a scale and storyline the movie can't even hint at. I'd like to give it another star but to use the title and then go such a different direction, it doesn't seem fair. Enjoy the action, enjoy the color and flair - then read the book. Perhaps in another decade or so special effects will be able to handle a more accurate rendition....more info
- 5 - Robot Movie
This film was awesome!!!! Great storyline and action. The special effects were spectacular and chillling! The characters were great especially Sonny. It had a good twist toward the end. I love movies with robots! Will Smith was great!!!...more info
- Should be titled "I, Will Smith"
Many people don't realize this isn't new. Isaac Asimov copyrighted this story originally as four short stories in 1950. Isaac and Harlan Ellison were good friends that frequently read each others works. Isaac dreamed of having this story made into a movie and asked Harlan to write the screenplay, which he did, and after several rewrites, he sent the final draft to Isaac in 1978. Between these two great authors, and after being lied to by that "jerk Bob Shapiro, head of Warner Bros." the movie was never made, even after three more re-writes. But, as Harlan points out, two things stood in the way of getting the movie made: 1-this was post-Star Wars with new movie tech that would make the movie possible, however, as Jules Renard (1864-1910) said, "Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none"; and 2-Warner Bros. bought the rights to the screenplay, but studio jerk Shapiro took a meeting with Harlan in which Harlan was told a budget of $17-20 millon, tie up Warner for at least two years, only for Harlan to learn in the meeting that Shapiro hadn't even read the screenplay! It was after both Harlan and Isaac were dead before yet another re-write making the main character for Will Smith, Dr. Susan Calvin is the protag in this story, so this final re-write is similar to "I, Robot", but about the only thing in common with the original story by Isaac Asimov is the title, which these studios "option" for years at a time, more to keep others from making them, even if they have no intention of ever making the movie themselves! I loved the movie, but it shouldn't be confused with the wonderful works of Isaac Asimov and Harlan Ellison. As Harlan dedicated his screenplay: "To Isaac, my buddy, who, simply put, made this a better world"....more info
La verdad es que esta pel¨ªcula representa bastante bien a Will Smith. No es la octava maravilla, pues ya ha habido pel¨ªculas tratando el tema de la rebeli¨®n de las m¨¢quinas ante los hombres. "I robot" es una pel¨ªcula futurista con bastante acci¨®n. Te mantiene entretenido y en ning¨²n momento me pareci¨® aburrida. Bien gastados esos d¨®lares en esta pel¨ªcula. No es una pel¨ªcula de culto, sino de entretenimiento. Lo m¨¢s importante: es para toda la familia. ?Qu¨¦ m¨¢s pueden pedir! No les cuento la trama, pues la pueden ver en el resumen....more info
- 3 Laws Safe
In the year 2056, police dective Del Spooner (Will Smith) investigates a murder in which the prime suspect is a robot. Film adaption of Isaac Asimov's classic book. Brilliant movie....more info
- Great Sci-Fi Action
Will Smith always delivers as an actor and I love the Sci-Fi action. I loved the books in this series and would recommed them to people who like the movie....more info
- Best Azimov on Screen So Far
When I suggested to Will Smith that he should do "I, Robot" I warned it was inevitable that people would say the result wasn't close enough to the Azimov's writings. Go ahead - you try. Azimov's books are for reading and I understand that translating it to cinema is a big challenge. For me, there were many scenes in the movie that were exactly what I imagined as I read. Smith's character was a little experimental but after Independence Day, I was completely convinced that a little of his characteristic cockiness would make it more entertaining for modern audiences. I still laugh when I think about him smacking the alien in the face (Independence Day) in their first face-to-face encounter. Azimov's work is not comedy however and I would take that back today, but would still be very happy with Smith as the lead character. I am willing to take responsibility for Smith's humorous deviation from pure Azimov. It was my fault. I will say however, that his portrayal merely added a little rather than being completely different (while not denying that the addition made it different).
Russian immigrant Azimov blended commentary on mass social (and political) movements and cultural differences in his writing as clearly as descriptions of science and environment - which rivaled Jules Verne. The robot rebellion itself, complete with central computer, mirrored the Bolshevik Revolution and rise of Communism. He defined (take this literally) the meaning of "hero." (One person can make a difference.) Some might have been more satisfied had the film included a Blade Runner type narration to beat home particulars - to have made the central computer's (V.I.K.I) reasoning for the take-over clearer. While viewing with others previously unfamiliar with the story, I heard some "What?" - "Why?" and even a "What's wrong with that?" The apparent loss of understanding of the evil of dictatorship and value of freedom convinces me that Azimov's work is as important today as it ever was.
I think it is important to bring Azimov's work to the screen, not least because it is some of the very best science fiction produced in the twentieth century. And I do prefer keeping films true to the original work. I would argue that this film is the best adaptation of Azimov so far. Letting action speak for itself - to some extent - is not entirely wrong in film. I am hoping that sci-fi fans everywhere will join me in encouraging more Azimov at the movies in the future; regardless of the challenge. Perhaps a nip and tuck here and there will bring the experience a little closer to the read. But I will now caution viewers just as I caution movie-makers. If you really want the full experience of the book - read it!
- Very good
Very good movie with good plot, script, and actors. A good role for Will Smith. Excellent CGI. It is not quite as I remember the novel from my childhood reading....more info
- Nice (railman5)
When I seen this movie it was nice. To me this is another one of Will Smith great movies because he really get in the character. This to me is another one of thoes I told you so kind of movies. I recommend if you like action movies you should watch this movie. It is also a movie if you like technigality....more info
- I, Robot
Very good movie, but the language was awful. Why do they have to ruin good movies with foul language and taking God's name in vain. We've always liked Will Smith. To bad they ruined the movie....more info
- Science Fiction
The year is 2035. Detective Del Spooner is investigating the death of an eccentric scientist named Dr. Alfred Lanning. Spooner is aided by psychologist Dr. Susan Calvin. Dr. Lanning's death is initially labeled a suicide. Spooner, however, suspects that a robot may be responsible for the death of the good doctor. This seems unthinkable since robots are governed by "The Three Laws of Robotics": a robot may never harm or allow harm to come to a human being. As Spooner and Calvin investigate the death, they come to believe that a robot did commit the crime. They are aided in their investigation by Dr. Lanning himself, who appears as a hologram, and reveals that he was working on a top secret project at the time of his death.
- Perfect Genre for Smith
Asimov has always given us tales that make us think. Ok, they took a lot of creative license with his story but his basic idea remained the backbone of this saga. Smith is a good fit for the hero (anti-hero). He's rock solid in a goofy kind of way. The effects are top notch, the supporting cast are up to the job and this movie is far better than the so-so reviews it got upon release. Give it a chance, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. bg...more info
'I, Robot' features very good quality 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer,I may as well begin at the opening titles and the real kicker is how pristine the image actually is.It's quite simply delivers one of the best transfers I've ever seen.I couldn't believe how realistic it all sounded. Just listen to the pouncing robots, the engines throttling against the road.
- I Robot on Blu Ray DVD
This movie is spectacular....i got it for 17.99. You wont be disappointed. Audio is incredible. ...more info
- I Liked It!
I read "I, Robot" as a teenager and loved it. They changed quite a few things, but I was not disappointed by this movie because I felt they retained the true essence of the book. I was very moved by the robots protection of humans. I think Will Smith did a good job. I really liked the computer-generated robots. Their humanity really came through. Even though they deviated a lot from the original book, I would recommend this, even for big fans of Isaac Asimov.
I have the movie in full screen. I wanted a wide screen version to play on my computer lcd monitor.
Oops!! it quit playing about halfway through.
Tested on a stand alone DVD player same thing.
- Reference Quality Blu-Ray Picture
This picture transfer on Blu-Ray is definitely reference quality and worth bragging about and showing off to your Hi-Def junkie friends.I can't comment on the lossless audio quality since I cannot decode quite yet.This is a "must have" for any Blu-Ray collection....more info
- Will Smith's tiring schtick
He plays the only guy in the movie with any common sense, and is thus very unrealistic. Also, his urban black hip dude schtick grows very wearisome. The special effects are just ok. The plot involves some nonsense about robots taking over the world. It's only set 25 years in the future. A bit of a stretch if this is what the world is really coming to....more info
- Blu-Ray quality at it's best
I'm not going to say anything about the movie except that it is a fun movie with a good story and my wife thought Will Smith was at his physical best in this movie. I will say that I bought this movie because I read several reviews on home-theater sites that rated this movie 98 out ot 100 for video quality, which is what I wanted in a Blu-Ray disc. "I, Robot" did not fail to live up to my expectations. This movie was visually stunning. Great audio too. The audio during action scenes was properly mixed, with good tight bass and crisp sound effects. If you want to watch a reference quality Blu-Ray movie, then buy this movie. You will not be disappointed....more info
- Silly but a lot of fun to watch
Movies like this are made by their main star, who is this case is
Will Smith whom I really enjoy.
If Tom Cruise had starred here, this would have been a huge flop.
If I am bored and just want something to entertain me I will watch this movie. ...more info
- Movie: 4/5 Picture Quality: 4.75~5/5 Sound Quality: 4.5~4.75/5 Extras: 3/5
Version: U.K / Region Free
Version: U.S.A / Region A
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50
Running time: 1:54:44
Movie size: 28,400,265,216 bytes
Disc size: 41,222,521,067 bytes
Average video bit rate: 25.24 Mbps
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24-bit
#Feature Audio Commentary
#Legacy and Design Commentary
#Music Score Commentary
#Day Out of Days: Production Diaries (SD, 76 minutes)
#CGI and Design (SD, 22 minutes)
#Sentient Machines: Robotic Behavior (SD, 36 minutes)
#The Filmmakers' Toolbox (SD, 9 minutes)
#Enhanced and Deleted Scenes (SD, 7 minutes)
Missing special features
#30 minutes of featurettes called "Three Laws Safe"
#Original featurette that appeared on the standard 2004 DVD
#240 minutes of bonus material has been reduced to 150 minutes...more info
- I, Like it!
Will Smith has a knack for finding great parts in some fun-to-watch science fiction movies like Independence Day and Men in Black. I, Robot was no different. Will was fun to watch and placed some weel-timed comedic irony, depth of character, and great athletic performance into his character. The special effects were especially well done, and the movie, in general, was a good modern application of Isaac Asimov's short stories of the same name. ...more info
- I Loved It!
It looks awesome on Blu and I loved the robot more than Will Smith's character....more info
- Sci Fi Fun
Watched it years ago yet still find it enjoyable today. Yes the shower scene was good (ha) but what grabbed me was the robot's personality. Close to human as ever....more info
- Best Hd experience yet
I own both formats and have viewed more movies on both than I probably should!!! I have to date been more impressed with my movies on hd dvd for picture and audio quality until I Robot, I enjoyed the movie when it came out and took the opportunity to rent the BD release and all I can say is WOW!!! the picture quality is on par with the top tier releases I have viewed! The audio (dts master) is possibly the best I have experienced, clear, crisp, lifelike surround which combined with the picture quality and to me an excellent story makes this overall experience an A+++++! If you are a fan of sci-fi this is a must have for your HD collection!...more info
- I ROBOT-Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics
I ROBOT, starring Will Smith, was a fine four star movie having an interesting plot, good acting, fine direction and lots of action. I think the film was almost too ambitious from the point of view of special effects. Will Smith stated that I ROBOT had more special effects than any film he has made to date, including INDEPENDANCE DAY. Although I really appreciate good effects, I would have preferred some more of Will Smith's entertaining acting, something he was permitted to deliver in I AM LEGEND. He was too much of a stunt man in this film. I also found the full scale mechanical effects to be much more credibly done than the abundant computer graphics which though beautiful, looked a bit too stylish giving certain portions of the film the appearance of anime.
In the literary sense, the original laws of robotics were invented by Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific science fiction writers of the 20th century and certainly the most influential on the many recent films concerning robots. Many Hollywood science fiction films have been based on Asimov's three laws and find it helpful to quote them. Other films refer to another of Asimov's inventions, the positronic brain. Bicentennial Man directly quoted the Three Laws of Robotics and Star Trek's android robot, DATA, was often said to have a positronic brain.
The Three Laws of Robotics hold up very well with time and appear to be an inescapably logical way to define the important features of behavior in civilian robots. The laws, which are quoted numerous times in the film, are:
1) A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, so long as this does not conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not interfere with the First or Second Law.
This is not the first film to predict that the outcome of the three laws will be a computer or robot revolution intended to dominate man. This is based on the idea that man needs to be protected from his own warlike nature. COLLOSUS, The Forbin Project made a very similar prediction, and the concept of a robot police state was also visited in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, though not attributed to the three laws. 2001 and 2010 made a similar projection but for entirely different reasons. Since the days of Frankenstein and probably before that a constant theme of sci-fi and horror is the artificially created turning on their creator.
I believe that Asimov would defend his laws of robotics as being effective in assuring safety, while granting this film the artistic license to use this speculation. I also think that the idea of a robot being able to rebel in violation of the specific wording of the first law is more far fetched than a sentient robot itself.
It is sad that we have not witnessed more humanoid robotic developments in the United States, the country of Asimov's fictional US ROBOTS AND MECHANICAL MEN. It is HONDA's ASIMO which appears to be the most highly developed commercial robot. Because of the fear and suspicion that people might harbor against robots, HONDA chose to build their latest version of humanoid robot child sized. The big lumbering HONDA robots preceding it were a bit too intimidating and "Gort" like. HONDA is to be congratulated for their pioneering work and will probably see some return on their investment when variations of ASIMO are actually used in science fiction films, as museum guides, and as a general purpose domestic robot initially used to assist disabled or elderly people and ultimately perform all forms of household work. Although not yet fulley autonomous, ASIMO can currently walk and run on two legs, climb up and down stairs, play a decent game of soccer, recognize people and objects, speak, hear, recognize voices and react to speech appropriately. I would speculate that full autonomy for ASIMO will come within the next 15 years at most, only being limited by the number of calculations per second performed by the supporting computer hardware and software. For more info about ASIMO search the web using GOOGLE.
I sometimes wonder how much public interest there would be in sending another robot to Mars if the next lander were based on an ASIMO type design? People might relate to seeing a bipedal humanoid robot walking on the surface of Mars, testing mineral samples for signs of water while occasionally looking into the camera and waving. Needless to say, NASA public relations would benefit immensely.
The three laws of robotics could not be employed without modification in any military robot which might be under development in some secret government lab which would need to destroy human life in the course of assigned duties. Of course, I wouldn't care to imagine what we may have developed for the military, and just how fantastic such robot technology might be once permitted to trickle down to the circles of commerce. At that time it would be necessary to represent something with the effect of Asimov's three laws in these advanced machines.
In the mid 70's (circa 1975) Isaac Asimov made an appearance at New York University, where my wife was attending graduate school. We went to witness his presentation in a packed college audience and he was every bit as impressive as his writings. Based on the questions and answers, the audience included at least a few people who were familiar with and who had been influenced by Asimov's writings. ...more info
- I, Robot and Independance Day Too Much$$$$$
Independance Day and I, Robot are awesome movies. I bet they look great on Blu-Ray, but was does Fox price them so high. $28 for an old movie is crazy. I Am Legend is only $19 which I will be buying, but I will wait on these two movies until the price goes down....more info