Iron Man (Single Disc Blu-ray)

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Suit up for action with Robert Downey Jr. in the ultimate adventure movie you've 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, he's on a mission to save the world as a hero who's built, not born, to be unlike any other. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 219715091
UPC 097361438146
UPC 14 00097361438146
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/22/2011
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Iron Man is a different breed of superhero movie - a film that remembers it's possible to be outside the target demographic and still enjoy a tale set in this genre. What makes Iron Man interesting isn't the storyline which, except for a few wrinkles, is pretty much a standard issue superhero origin plot, but the way in which filmmaker Jon Favreau presents the narrative. Iron Man is mature in its perspective and the way it views its lead character, while at the same time tapping into the inner kid during some expertly executed action sequences. It uses CGI to advance the story rather than to populate the screen with pretty images. And, perhaps most importantly, the humor is restrained enough to avoid pushing the film over the line into camp or self-parody. Over the years, there have been only a handful of exceptional superhero movies, and Iron Man is among them...When it comes to tone, Iron Man achieves something at which many of even its most celebrated predecessors have failed: it doesn't feel like a superhero movie. Instead, it's bigger and more inclusive. The superhero elements are present, so devotees will not feel slighted or duped, but Iron Man wants to be more than just a summer genre picture or an appetizer before the next exploit of a better-known icon.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Downey's performance is intriguing, and unexpected. He doesn't behave like most superheroes: he lacks the psychic weight and gravitas. Tony Stark is created from the persona Downey has fashioned through many movies: irreverent, quirky, self-deprecating, wise-cracking. The fact that Downey is allowed to think and talk the way he does while wearing all that hardware represents a bold decision by the director, Jon Favreau. If he hadn't desired that, he probably wouldn't have hired Downey. So comfortable is Downey with Tony Stark's dialogue, so familiar does it sound coming from him, that the screenplay seems almost to have been dictated by Downey's persona...It's prudent, I think, that Favreau positions the rest of the characters in a more serious vein. The supporting cast wisely does not try to one-up him...At the end of the day it 's Robert Downey Jr. who powers the lift-off separating this from most other superhero movies. You hire an actor for his strengths, and Downey would not be strong as a one-dimensional mighty-man. He is strong because he is smart, quick and funny, and because we sense his public persona masks deep private wounds. By building on that, Favreau found his movie, and it's a good one.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling...and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy...
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide A dark delight that combines pop-culture wit and genuine emotional depth.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune As big-budget comic book adaptations go, this one's a gratifying freak--the right kind of conflicted, as well as quick-witted. It's a lot of fun.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle An action sci-fi blockbuster extravaganza that provides cartoon thrills for thinking people.
Scott Foundas, The Village Voice ...Favreau is a born storyteller who engages the audience's imagination rather than crushing it in a tsunami of digital noise.

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