Iron Man (Ultimate 2 Disc Edition)
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The second disc starts off with the impressive "I Am Iron Man," a 108 minute making of documentary that can be viewed in seven segments or altogether, taking us through various aspects of the production. For example, we are taken step-by-step through the construction of the Iron Man armor with Robert Downey Jr. cracking jokes while being fitted for it. It's amazing how much of the suit is practical and looks really good in person. This is due in large part to the genius of the late-great Stan Winston and his company. Also included is plenty of soundstage footage of scenes being filmed.
"The Invincible Iron Man" is a six-part documentary on the comic book, tracing the history of the character. Stan Lee says that he modeled Stark after Howard Hughes, for the most part. He also mentions that he was never fully satisfied with the look of the armor - hence its many changes over the years. This doc also covers various key characters and storylines in excellent detail with several people who worked on the title over the years talking about their contribution to the mythos. This is a very well done overview of the comic book.
"Wired: The Visual Effects of Iron Man" examines the CGI work that went into realizing Iron Man's powers, like flying, his repulsors, and so on. Director Jon Favreau says that he likes to use practical effects whenever possible, which is wonderfully refreshing to hear, and in this film he mixed the practical with CGI.Read more ›
If you are wondering what the special features on the 2-disc DVD are, here they are:
The IRON MAN Ultimate Edition two-DVD set is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Total runtime is 125 minutes. Bonus features include:
I Am Iron Man
-- The Journey Begins
-- The Suit that makes the Iron Man
-- The Walk of Destruction
-- Grounded In Reality
-- Beneath the Armor
-- It's All in the Details
-- A Good Story, Well Told
The Invincible Iron Man
-- Friends & Foes
-- The Definitive Iron Man
-- Demon in a Bottle
-- Extremis and Beyond
-- Ultimate Iron Man
Wired: The Visual Effects of Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. Screen Test
The Actor's Process (scene rehearsal with cast)
The Onion "Wildly Popular Iron Man Trailer to be Adapted into Full Length Film"
Favreau seems to have had an idea to get an origin story out while not boring us with long drawn out back story. His ability to give us dual information at once is nicely orchestrated, showing Tony Stark in his basement creating while the TV in the background explains what is happening in the outside world of the Middle East and inside his own company. We as an audience are allowed to put the pieces together amidst the witty banter of Stark and the wonderful special effects. By the end of the film it is quite amazing how much information you will realize you now know, all culminating in a decent final battle, but more importantly a segue into the inevitable sequel.Read more ›
"Titanium Alloy Man" just doesn't have the same ring to it as "Iron Man". Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr. in a terrific, complex and amusing performance)is "The Merchant of Death" building his father's company into a juggarnaut defense company. His latest defense system the Jericho can crush the enemy. When Stark is kidnapped on his way back from a demonstration the injured Stark is forced to build a home made version of Jericho. With bits of metal in his heart kept from killing him due to the ingenuity of another captor, Stark almost literally has a change of heart--particularly when he sees the bad guys have HIS weapons.
He uses the crude tools to build a suit of iron that can protect him and attack his captors as needed. Stark finds himself reenergized and with his new miniature arc reactor powering the magnet that keeps him alive, he sets out to undo some of the damage his company has done by becoming Iron Man. Standing in his way is Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges superb as usual)who wants the company to run as usual and Stark even gets flak from his stauch supporters Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow)and Col. Rhodes (Terence Howard).
The Blu-ray looks brilliant--it's one of the sharpest transfers I've seen to date with colors that pop and some of the best details/clarity I've seen. Heck, even the DVD is one of the top notch ones I've seen in recent years. As for the issue with TrueHD sound--Paramount has fixed that issue remanufacturing the BD and still meeting their release date.
The extras are stunning as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
RDJ made a fantastic Sherlock...and a greatly entertaining Iron Man!Published 4 days ago by Galahad
What's not to love about Robert Downey Jr.? Or Tony Stark for that much? If you are Pepper, he is irresistible, and my daughter...Published 6 days ago by Inspector Gadget
Probably the last DVD I will ever buy, but only because I get them from the library now, for free. Good action movie. Glad they injected humor in it here and there. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kir Rich
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|Iron Man Blu-ray price hike?||
I've been waiting for years for the price of the two disc special edition to lower into the $15 dollar range and now it's at $49.95 for the two disc version. $49.95?!?!? You've got to be kidding me right? This has got to be a joke. I don't believe in piracy, and I do my best to buy my movies to... Read More
Mar 1, 2012 by L. T. Quach | See all 17 posts
|Is there a digital copy of Iron Man with the DVD?||
I hope Paramount/Sony Pictures follows the suit of Fox and Disney and starts selling a version of all of its new movies with an iPod compatible digital copy.
Sep 13, 2008 by Lightningpilot | See all 12 posts
|Is it worth the extra $8 to get the 2 Disk Edition?||
I was wondering the same thing so I Google'd it and found the answer at the official Iron Man website
The site takes a lot of time to load each page, but if you enter the site (at bottom of home page) you can click on each format (single, 2 disc, 2 disc blue ray)... Read More
Sep 29, 2008 by PL | See all 3 posts
|Bruce Wayne,Oliver Queen,or Tony Stark.Who's your favorite billionaire?||
That's a great question! While I have nothing against Green Arrow or Iron Man (loved the movie!), Bruce Wayne is my favorite and not just because Christian Bale played him in my favorite movies of the genre. He's so psychologically tortured, yet still principled. I love the fact that he's tough,... Read More
Sep 9, 2008 by WriterGal | See all 277 posts
|Samsung BDP 1400 issue-FYI||
I have the same Samsung BD-P1400 and the same problem with this BluRay and the Transformers BluRay as well.. Who will release the new firmware upgrade? Where will it be available?? This really sucks also because I can't watch the movies!!!
Oct 4, 2008 by David Vargas | See all 12 posts
|does any edition of iron man ( the first one) have a digital copy. I can...||Be the first to reply|
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