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MOVIES GREAT. HOWEVER THIS IS NOT A DIGITAL COPY. THE CASE SAYS BLU RAY + DIGITAL. THERE'S A STICKER THAT SAYS TO GO TO MOVIESANYWHERE AND ADD THE CODE. HOWEVER THERE IS NO CODE OR INSERT INSIDE THE CASE.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
I've bought this blu ray about 4 times already and none have had the digital code inside.. I currently have 2 copies ready to send back. I will buy these MCU re issue blu rays elsewhere. Edit: Also, non of the phase one MCU reissue blu rays came with the cardboard slipcover except for The Incredible Hulk. I decided to keep them without the slipcover because i wast gonna waste my time sending them back to get another one without the slipcover. I did it like 3 times and they still arrived without it. Smh.
A real gem of a movie in the MCU. MCU movies nowadays all have to be fool-proof guaranteed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Bought this movie to rewatch 10 years later and realized we are not going to get a story as grounded (the movie took its time having Tony build and perfect the suite) as this one anymore. It really felt like Tony Stark could indeed create a suite like this in reality, and more than any other movie Tony feels the most vulnerable as a normal human being without superpowers, and it's a nice reminder of that as we watch the new fantastical MCU movies where we tend to forget that aspect of him because Iron Man is treated to be just as powerful as the most super-powered.
Movie is 5/5, item is 1/5 (0 if I could) because its advertised as Blu-Ray + Digital but there is NO digital copy. I bought Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America in the same series, all of which had the digital code. This item (Iron Man) did NOT have the 'redeem digital copy' insert. It had the sticker on the outside of the case, no insert, no code. Very disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018
I used to read Marvel comics with my Dad. Most were from the 50's and 60's but we bought some in the 70's to read "new". By the 80's I was totally into Star Wars and Ieft Marvel comics behind.
Still the nostalgia was there when I saw this movie, and I can't tell you how happy I was that they got the essence of the casting right. The actors are all fabulous, the script is pretty awesome too. I'm pretty sure I only said, "Oh that's just stupid," once while watching. Which for me is a pretty good measure of a great movie.
This has been watched dozens of times and the disk is still in great shape despite being purchased used. This set even got me interested in the Iron Man Armored adventures [It was a fun show, especially to watch with kids 8-12].
I find myself vacillating between loving Robert Downey, Jr. and his too-cool-for-school screen persona -- especially as Tony Stark in the MCU -- and hating it. But I have to say here, in the original UR-MCU film (well, quasi-UR) it works.
I say this because either the older films involve more character development, or the "first" film in each Hero's "cycle" does, Tony is really main event here. We know Downey, Jr, can act, but can he fly? Heck, yes he can, with an improbable assemblage of impossible tech that will never be invented. But, as Coleridge would say, so long as we have the "willing suspension of disbelief" who cares.
Ironman is just good, clean fun. Basic plot is, Herr Stark gets captured by vaguely Middle Eastern baddies in a hubristic ride-along with troops and has to build said improbable tech (Beta Version) to, literally, kick butt and fly away to safety. That is really the main plot element, the rest is the classic Superhero origin story, struggling to learn the wonders, and challenges of his newly-acquired superpower(s) while fending off a jealous Bad Guy.
In this case, Bad Guy number one in the Iron Man cycle is played by one of our best actors, Jeff Bridges. Although, I would say he is almost, but not entirely wasted here, as he doesn't get hardly any opportunity to emote the way Downey does. But, this leads me to another of Ironman's virtues, casting. There is an A-list of great actors here, including the wonderful Gwynneth Paltrow who nearly steals the show defining her MCU-constant role as Pepper Potts, and the great Terence Howard as Tony's vague defense department liaison (what?). On and off through the many films, and billions in revenue that the MCU has generated, casting has many times been a strong suit, and perhaps that was established here.
Great SFX and a breezy story line -- Ironman clocks in at just over two hours, which is a real accomplishment in the MCU -- aside, Downey's excellent portrayal is really Ironman's guilty pleasure. He manages cocky arrogance in the First Reel, somewhat humbled pathos in the second, and growing confidence combined with true struggle in the third, as he tries, fails and tries again to develop the tech that is his "superpower".
Great stuff, and a milestone that the MCU should return if and when it inevitably looses its way. Oops, too late.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2019
Marvel had produced many films before Iron Man with varying degrees of success. Just like doing a bit of DIY, sometimes they managed to bend the nail, but with Iron Man they hit it squarely on the head.
Kicking off the film with a incredible opening sequence, viewers get to see action from the start and let the story unfold from there. The billionaire playboy, Tony Stark gets a rude awakening when he is attacked by the very weapons he created. Using his genious however, he comes to understand that he has the power to begin to fight those whom attacked him.
By the end of this action packed, story driven masterpiece, you are left wanting to see more, not just of Robert Downey Junior but also of what Marvel can do. Iron Man is the beginning of the much larger story that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat movie, outstanding blu ray
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2016
This is how it all began. Iron Man was the first movie based on a Marvel superhero actually produced by Marvel, and as such was the first instalment of the rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man was perhaps a strange choice as outside comic book geekdom he probably wasn’t the best known superhero – certainly not universally known like Superman, Batman and Spider-Man – but that didn’t stop director Jon Favreau forging a brilliant movie that catapulted the character to international fame and set Marvel’s ball well and truly rolling.
Iron Man is by no means a perfect film (I would have preferred to see more set pieces with the Mark III armour, and it does end with a fairly predictable mano-a-mano bash-up between Stark and his nemesis), but the flaws are outweighed by all the good stuff. The decision to cast Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark was inspired; his charismatic, witty performance is a joy to watch and he really makes you believe that he could invent all this implausible technology. The scenes showing Stark developing the suits are brilliant and often hilarious. The supporting cast is also superb; the banter between Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow is marvellous, and Jeff Bridges is a seriously imposing presence as Stark’s father figure-cum-opponent. Terrence Howard is also fine as James Rhodes though I prefer the Don Cheadle interpretation of the character in later movies.
However the real stars of the show are the brilliantly realised suits. Stan Winston’s team did a truly remarkable job creating beautiful, practical suits, which are supplemented by almost flawless visual effects work. A few more scenes with Iron Man in action and a more inventive finale would have made this a five-star classic, but it’s still damn good fun.
Technically the blu ray release is superb: picture quality is almost flawless, though as often seems to be the case with Paramount releases I found myself having to turn the volume up more than usual.
If you’re going to get this movie on BD you have to seek out the 2-disc Ultimate Edition. Sadly this is no longer being made so you’ll have to look on eBay or find a private seller on Amazon, but the difference between it and the 1-disc version currently available is like night and day. On disc 1 you get a 40-minute history of Iron Man, deleted scenes and the rather pointless interactive ‘Hall of Armour’, while disc 2 features a brilliant in-depth ‘making of’, a VFX documentary, Downey’s screentests, storyboards and galleries. Although I’d give the movie itself 4 stars, the extent and quality of the bonus features easily bump this set up to the full five.
4.0 out of 5 starsA brilliant mix of superhero stuff and classic screwball comedy style. Best film of the saga
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 3, 2015
First and best film of the saga, this Iron Man is truly a refreshing new piece in the world of marvel films. Maybe due to the background of the director as a comedian and to the presence itself of Robert Downey, this film has a certain brilliant side that reminds a lot of screwball comedies, that surprisingly naturally cohabits with the action side. The result is a curious and smart mix of genres and an interesting visual look, that switches from classic 50ies style to almost live action and documentarian moments (the first scene when the Iron man reveals coming out of the cave in the desert) to videogame-hitech scenes. The duet between Downey and Paltrow is brilliantly conducted and focuses on a constant romantic and sexual unresolved tension (as in the best Wilder and Hawks old comedies), while Jeff Bridges is quite believable in the role of the villain. The blu ray is definitely good. Surely one of the best comis heroes based films
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2014
With fabulous actors doing this movie and the story is marvellous with that, How the world can you go wrong. I found this to be very interesting and different and something that makes you wonder can this really happen. When my earlier years I could buy the comic books of superman, Phantom and all the others but never had the interest until just the last few years that has had me sit up and take notice. The impossible is still impossible but you never know what's around the corner do we. Captured and using his only talent as a genius to escape, he builds a suit of armour and becomes our hero. I have missed out on a few things but I'm taking a short cut as I have more reviews to do, I rated this an A grade plus for full on action and adventure that has you marvelling at what he can do and we can't. Hurry now as you wont want to miss out on this as it will have you glued to the chair, relaxing with your popcorn in one hand and a drink in the other don't forget to put your feet up. Enjoy!
First of all the moan AMAZON PLEASE STOP MERGING YOUR REVIEWS, IF I CLICK ON A BLU RAY I WANT TO READ PEOPLES REVIEWS OF THE BLU RAY (PICTURE, SOUND, TRANSFER) NOT 200 REVIEWS FROM A YEAR AGO ABOUT THE DVD, how difficult can it be to sort out. Right, well as you expect the picture quality on this disc is superb but it's the sound I have an issue with, the 'True HD' through my Philips sound bar in my humble opinion makes for a very lacklustre experience. Perhaps I have something set up incorrectly although my sound bar has limited settings, it's also the only disc out of 50 or so blu rays I have that turns my DTS off and dulls the sound, compared to some of the discs that are quite amazing and shake my living room. I've not watched it with a proper 5.1 system so I can't comment. All in all, great movie, superb picture quality, just wish it had the same sound options as all my other discs.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2012
One of the better 'superhero' or comic-book adaptations of recent years. What this does right is the same as what JJ Abrams gor right on his reboot of Star Trek: it did not insult the audience with technobabble and comic-ese; it took time for a story to to be told; and it made the action/baddies/situations relevant to the narrative.
Downy Jr IS Tony Stark (who'd a thunk?) and Jeff Bridges' chin hams it up in true a-list style as the ultimate antagonist. The action is well-handled and very cool in places, the audience's disbelief is suspended sufficiently and it introduces a lesser-known comic book creation to a new generation of fans (a la Star Trek) perfectly. Everyone knows Iron Man now, not just the likes of myself with my bundle of dog-earred Marvel comics from the 80s.
Better than the sequel and maybe even a future film classic....?
After decades as a comic book, and after many others such as Batman and Superman nad more recently X-Men and Fantasic Four to name a few have all had many movies adapted with various degrees of success here finally is a film adaptation of a less familiar hero but one that potentially could be a massive success if we ever had convincing mean to recreate the hero. Now with CGI computer graphics, IRON MAN can be realised faithfully and it is a very cool, very amazing movie that sits right alongside Tim Burton's Batman, and Batman Returns, Superman and the X-Men films as a very excellent adaptation. There are some parts of the film that could have been rearranged, directed better, but ultimately the IORN MAN effects are simply amazingly jawdropping. This is a huge, stunning hollywood popcorn action film, with laughs, amazing effects like nothing much else, good story and very good cast of actors who bring it all to together as a superb superhero film.
even though the house princess thinks the best superhero movie ever is Cap. America and then lectures me to explain Iron Man is not technically a superhero and then I tell her I bought Iron Man number one when I was a kid and then she goes all quivvery-lipped and runs off and hides. The film is awesome (can I say "awesome" dear?) and getting Sherlock Holmes to step in and double for Robert Downey Stark was a touch of genius. Charisma in spades. I love the entire trilogy, but this is The One - though maybe the Avengers has the edge over even this.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood escapism, highly recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2017
I love all the Iron Man films. The "technology" ideas are amazing and will one day become reality. Good escapism, light and entertaining with none of the gore prevalent in today's films. Highly recommended. UPDATE - After watching several times down rated from 5 star (outstanding/excellent) to 4 star (very good/good), Still highly recommended.
Films that have been sporned from Marvel comics can be hit and miss affairs. They can be good like the X Man and Fantastic 4 series of films, they can be poor like Daredevil and Electra and down right poo like the first Hulk film. Iron Man on the other hand rises above them all and raises the specification of entertainment for any future Marvel films. Robert Downey Jr was surprisingly brillaint as the lead character adding a sense of believability to the libertine industrialist millionaire turned good. The story was well created and thought out and the Iron Man outfit is worth the money for the DVD alone. This is a none stop action film that has me waiting for the sequel. Also Stan Lees' cameo appearence was hilarious (blink and you'll miss it)!
5.0 out of 5 starsIron Man!!! - He'll get your clothes un-creased in no time!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2012
This is one of those movies that snuck up on me; don't know what I was doing at the time to avoid all the marketing campaigns going on! But absolutely loved it!
Robert Downey JR was the perfect choice and embodies all the aspects of what you would expect from Tony Stark in this movie and he nails it to a tee.
Jeff Bridges was also perfect in his role, don't want to spoil it too much but he's great in every way as you would expect from an actor of his calibre and gives real intensity to every scene!
Intro story was perfectly done and you just want to keep on seeing more and more as time going by, never wanted this movie to end. Superb.
Stunning visuals and sound packs a punch too. Lots of special features which I found really interesting involving how to take the suit from the comic book and into reality, how to make it look real, fascinating.
This is a fantastic adaptation of the original comic book character, given a very well executed updating. Here we have a character, Tony Stark, that at the start of the movie, lives and works in the shady and sometimes morally questionable world of arms development and supply; and he has reaped the benefits, being an extremely wealthy, playboy type of man. Then he has, literally, a life changing experience both physically and mentally and in the process learns of the 'dark side' of his own companys' products, he discovers that his weapons are being used against american soldiers. He literally has an epiphany and is disgusted at what he's learnt. He has been captured by enemy forces and is being forced to re-create one of his companys' latest missiles, so with the help of another captive he constructs an exoskeleton 'battle suit'; by using this he is able to fight his way out of the prison caves and camp, destroying stockpiles of weapons his company has created and then escaping into the desert where he is found by an american search party. On his return home he shocks everyone by announcing that his company will no longer be producing weapons; this causes anger and resentment from someone close to him in the company. Stark secretly begins to construct a new 'battle suit', hugely technologically advanced, with various types of weapons and supersonic flying capability. He wants to hunt down and destroy all Stark weapons in enemy hands, wherever they are, he wants revenge! Without giving anything further away, I just want to say that this is a BRILLIANT film! Jon Favreau has done a fantastic job with the casting and direction, Robert Downey Jr is simply awesome as Stark, as usual Jeff Bridges is excellent and the usually irritating Gwyneth Paltrow is actually very good. The Special Effects are amazing, as usual ILM prove they are THE best! Oh yes, try to keep watching the film after the final credits, I won't say why but it coincides with the end of The Incredible Hulk! I can't wait for Iron Man 2 next year!
Movies these days tend to be awfully cliche, but gladly this is not the case for this game.
If you are interested in any action movie that has a good plot with a good mix of witty humor then this dvd is for you. All the characters are played perfectly and there are just amount the right doses of action and non action. This movie is not just about explosives and blowing things up, but has a story that is good and engaging.
If you are a fan of the Avengers film or other Marvel films, this is one for you!
5.0 out of 5 starsPossibly the Best Super Hero Film
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2017
This is my favourite super hero film. It's funny, clever, tightly written and fun of spirited performances. Sadly it was so successful it spawned a host of little CGI-riddled, vacuous, Marvel babies. Oh well, it can't be blamed for that. As a stand alone film, it's great entertainment.