Iron Man (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
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Suit up for action with Robert Downey Jr. in the ultimate adventure movie youve been waiting for, Iron Man! When jet-setting genius-industrialist Tony Stark is captured in enemy territory, he builds a high-tech suit of armor to escape. Now, hes on a mission to save the world as a hero whos built, not born, to be unlike any other. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges, its a fantastic, high-flying journey that is "hugely entertaining" (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal).
You know you're going to get a different kind of superhero when you cast Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role. And Iron Man is different, in welcome ways. Cleverly updated from Marvel Comics' longstanding series, Iron Man puts billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (that's Downey) in the path of some Middle Eastern terrorists; in a brilliantly paced section, Stark invents an indestructible suit that allows him to escape. If the rest of the movie never quit hits that precise rhythm again, it nevertheless offers plenty of pleasure, as the renewed Stark swears off his past as a weapons manufacturer, develops his new Iron Man suit, and puzzles both his business partner (Jeff Bridges in great form) and executive assistant (Gwyneth Paltrow). Director Jon Favreau geeks out in fun ways with the hardware, but never lets it overpower the movie, and there's always a goofy one-liner or a slapstick pratfall around to break the tension. As for Downey, he doesn't get to jitterbug around too much in his improv way, but he brings enough of his unpredictable personality to keep the thing fresh. And listen up, hardcore Marvel mavens: even if you know the Stan Lee cameo is coming, you won't be able to guess it until it's on the screen. It all builds to a splendid final scene, with a concluding line delivery by Downey that just feels absolutely right. --Robert Horton
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Jon Favreau
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 5 minutes
- Release date : September 30, 2008
- Actors : Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B001GAPC1K
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.
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 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.
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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)
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.
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