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Suit up for action with Robert Downey Jr. in the ultimate adventure movie you’ve been waiting for,
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
On the DVD
A fat collection of Special Features bulks up the Iron Man experience. The heftiest is I Am Iron Man, a feature-length behind-the-scenes doc that exhaustively covers the making of the movie, with full access to director Jon Favreau and the cast and crew. A half-hour look at the visual effects will satisfy gearheads (the legendary Stan Winston weighs in, shortly before he died), and a thorough chronicle of the comic-book Iron Man provides the character's print history, with Stan Lee noting that the comic brought in more fan mail from women than any other Marvel title. Scenes from Robert Downey, Jr.'s screen test are fun, and a rehearsal with Downey, Favreau, and Jeff Bridges working out a tense scene is a tantalizing look at collaboration. A selection of deleted and extended scenes reveals no special gems, but confirms the editorial judgment. The cherry on top is a splendid Onion parody news bulletin, purporting to report that the awesome Iron Man trailer that everybody loved is now about to be expanded into an actual full-length film--but fans are skeptical they'll ruin it. --Robert Horton
Stills from Iron Man (Click for larger image)
- Item never recieved
After waiting about a month for my order, I received e-mail from Amazon saying I would receive refund. My other orders through different sellers were delivered in about a week. I'm sure there's a great explanation for why I never got it but hey, you make the call....more info
- Best Super Hero movie EVER! (so far)
I have watched this movie at leasst once a week since it was released on DVD,I saw it on screen.
SOmeone was paying attention when they made this one.
I was a kid in the 60s an read a lot of Marvel comics on a regular basis. (Missed the X-men,but they are boring and lame)
This film come as close to perfect as the medium can possibly get for capturing the spirit of the REAL Marvel comic.As well as beating out EVERY other superhero move EVER made.
OK the first spiderman came close, but SFX werent quite there (The series deterioated rapidly)
The nearest experience was when the first Superman came out (yes a totaly silly movie now, )
People criticize it for the "building the armour scenes" those scenes gave the film its total feeling of being very real and believable. Robt. Downey was great.(He will be as remembered for the role as Clayton Moore is for the Lone Ranger!!)
The story took priority over flash and SFX. I know that is dangerous in these days when brain dead ADHD teens are the main target for most film makers these days. If you have truly lived (born before 1960!) this is the best . (The Dark who!?)
Iron man will be remembered when the loser who plays batman (Christian "EFFING" who?")
is doing appearences at grocery stores!
- Yes, I Suppose It IS Fun to Kill ...
... 125 minutes with mindless fantasy once in a while. And that's all I have to say about Iron Man....more info
- Really Fun Movie! Highly Recommended
"Iron Man" is a really fun movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. Casting Robert Downey Jr as the very personality flawed billionaire military weapons manufacturer Tony Stark was just perfect.
No plot spoilers from me, the movie follows the transformation of Tony Stark from selfish (not sure he actually changes much there) playboy to a full fledged Marvel Superhero (but as Pepper says, "You are NOT a superhero").
Obviously this type of movie requires some suspension of disbelief, but the humor, action, and special effects keep the little issues way in the back of your mind.
A very enjoyable movie, Highly Recommended!...more info
- Great special effects but somewhat simplistic plot
Incredible special effects but overly simplistic storyline. Overall, a good movie for the entire family....more info
- Great action movie
The blue ray presentation is and excellent option for this kind of movies (special fx/action).
I'm not a great fan of Ironman comic, but I know about history behind. I think they choose the right actor to be Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
This two-disc edition has a lot of information about how they did the movie and alternative content related to the comic.
- Great Blu Ray
A Slick menu and plenty of Extras make this a great blue ray to add to the collection, it's great use of special effects are also fun to dazzle your friends....more info
- 2008, a good year for comic fans
So, this was the movie that begun the summer season on 2008 and boy, it started with a bang. Iron Man collected more than 300 million USD just in North America and was praides almost universally.
And with good reason, Iron Man is a very solid film, a proyect that in paper, in 2007 was secondary to other Marvel franchises, as Hulk, Daredevil, Fantastic 4 or X-Men. Today, i belive that with SpiderMan, it must be the good looking son in hearts of Marvel Excecutives.
Directed in a very fresh way by Jon Favreau, Iron Man is a movie that took a very serious approach (serious, not dark) to it's source material. Robert Downey Jr. is a great choice as Tony Stark and embodies it with masterful audacity. he embodies the character and elevates it to the real world.
the other members of the cast do ggod jobs from what they have to work, but from the script, they are secondary to Stark, who fills the screen for 95% of the film.
I belive that the reviews should be done at the moment of the first seeing, (to measure first impact) and also after several viewings, because you can discover new details every watch, and after 5 or 6 times, a whole different picture might emerge. i can say that after multiple viewings, Iron Man is a solid, appealing and well excecuted piece of entertaining, but no perfect. Tha main problem with the film is the lack of an enemy that is in the same tone with the rest of the film, very similar to what hurted Batman Begins: in the last portion of the film, the to-that-moment-realistic and belivable, villain says bye bye to the real context of the movie and says hello to super-villain Mountain. I think that with a more serious and realistic nemesis, Iron Man could be in the League of The Dark Knight, Spider Man 2 or X Men 2 as the best the genere has to offer.
Anyway, this is a very good movie, and another proof that Comic Book Movies are really what are holding Hollywood Economy in relative order...just see the top ten box-office movies, and count how many are from a genere that were once only for kids and geeks, but in the last 10 or 20 years, it has gained the respect of the most talented filmakers, and specially, of the adult audience all around the world.
- Excellent flick - Downey is great in this
The strongest entries into the new superhero movie genre. Brilliant casting, slick effects, and an excellent plot. Downey is charming, intense and magnetic. Watched these 3 times the first week. I'd couple it with The Dark Knight (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)...more info
- Iron Man the movie
I was very happy with the movie over all and how quikly it arrived. There were a little bit of scrattes but nothing to ruin the movie. Thanks for the service....more info
- Should have gone a different direction.
My biggest complaint about this movie is that the "big showdown battle" was between Downey and Bridges and not Downey and Say.....the kind of people who kidnapped him such as Terrorists and other scum of the Earth. I think people have never gotten a sense of "payback" after 911 and this could have been the perfect film to do just that. Instead it's wasted on two so called Business partners and of course one turns on the other.
The film was fun and enjoyable for the most part, but i regret buying it for my collection. ...more info
- Good Action Movie
I really enjoyed this movie, non-stop action. Good acting, writing, and directing. If you enjoy superhero movies you have to own this one, on Blu Ray the sound and picture are 10 times more enjoyable than the standard definition version of this movie....more info
- Excellent movie
I purchased this movie for my son, but it is so good I watch it with him all the time! You can watch this film over and over again. Quite entertaining......more info
- Iron Man
I love the movie. The blu-ray has the quality of picture it promises. Really enjoy it!...more info
My grandson loves this movie, I received it 3 days after I ordered it which was great! We are very happy with the fast service...more info
- Entertaining and fantastic visuals!
The BluRay format is very well suited to this entertaining and visually stunning action movie. If you enjoyed The Dark Knight, you'll love Iron Man. It's entertaining, funny, action packed, and tons of fun to watch. A great disc!...more info
- A mixed bag
Undoubtedly Blu Ray reference material - great audio and video. The story is a big mixed though. The SX are great, but the story seems forced and artificial. I'm not a comic book fan at all, and do not know the comic iron man story, so i'm likely at a disadvantage. however, the antagonist seems to just be there and be a formidable foe, no real development to that plot evolution. at the same time, this is an action movie first and foremost, so perhaps i'm asking too much. it just wasn't climactic - the final battle happens, and its not satisfying. otherwise, downey is awesome, the dialog is fun, etc. ...more info
- IRON MAN: Blu-Ray's Finest
This is one of the best and truest comic book to movie adaptations ever. Robert Downey is absolutely perfect as Tony Stark, and the supporting cast was all on the money as well. Technically though, if you are looking to showcase your hi-def equipment, either Iron Man or The Dark Knight is the way to go. Crisp vivid transfers, and TrueHD audio make both of these movies tough to beat. I have to say I enjoyed them much more in my home theatre than in the movie theatre. With the recent price breaks in Blu-Ray equipment AND movies, there is no better time to buy. BUY THIS MOVIE~You won't regret it! Zorro710...more info
- Iron Man
Love the movie , but something with the DVD happens, between 55-65 minutes the movie statrts to skip and stop. This happen with 2 different Iron Man DVD's. Amazon was great with there return policy. Maybe I just had bad luck....more info
- Iron Man Rocks
This is a great movie and a must have on Blu-Ray, can't wait for Iron Man 2....more info
This movie started the summer with a BANG, one of my favorite all time comic book movie. Robert Downey, Jr. is great playing Ironman, didn't think he could pull it off. Great cast & special effects. It is a must have in everyone's blu-ray library. Video/Audio quality - EXCELLENT!!!, it will blow everyone's sight & hearing away. Highly recommend it. Enjoy Folks!...more info
- Perfect for action movies
I just begin to get my favorite movies on Blue Ray Disc and this is my first action title. Perfect, BD was made for action movies and animation like "Pixar-Disney".
It's as good as theater....more info
- Robocop flies to Afghanistan!
This is basically 'Robocop' updated to 2008. Except it's nowhere as good as that film. The '87 thriller is set in the future with a semi-plausible scenario: the body of a murdered police officer is used to create a robot who still retains traces of the dead man's memories. The core of Iron Man is totally implausible: set in the present time, the iron man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) must prance around with some kind of magnet implanted in his chest cavity, preventing shrapnel from puncturing his heart. Then, he invents an iron suit which enables him to fly at supersonic speeds and kill terrorists without suffering serious injury. Like Robocop, a computer interface is suggested inside the 'mask' of both superheroes; but in Robocop the hero is haunted by the memories of the dead man whose body was used to create him.
There is no such internal tension in Iron Man. It's strictly a good guy-bad guy shoot 'em up. Downey plays Stark, the head of a large corporation which manufactures weapons. Stark is depicted as an arrogant playboy who takes no precautions when he travels around in a Humvee in Afghanistan. He ends up being captured by a local warlord and his crew of motley insurgents and realizes that they have been using his company's weapons to fight US troops. Now he suddenly has a change of heart and uses his skills (he's a genius!) to create an iron man outfit to escape the bad guys (they think he's working on a missile).
When he returns to the US, he decides to utilize the prototype of the iron man outfit he created in Afghanistan to become a superhero fighting for good. A good part of the film is taken up with Downey designing the new Iron Man outfit; during the 'testing phase' he gets thrown against the walls of his laboratory numerous times (how exciting!). Finally, he starts flying through the air with this metal suit on and almost crashes when he goes too high up in the atmosphere and his suit gets frozen with ice (funny how he wasn't smart enough to invent some kind of deicing device contained on most commercial aircrafts).
Terrence Howard (of 'Hustle & Flow' fame) isn't doing much hustling and flowing here in a do-nothing part as an army liaison officer for the munitions company. Similarly Gwyneth Paltrow, Stark's personal assistant, engages in a great deal of pointless banter leading to a non-romantic moment at the film's denouement. Jeff Bridges probably has the best part as Downey's partner in the multinational corporation who ends up betraying him and working with the warlords and terrorists in Afghanistan. But how did he so easily get past the alarm system or other security devices in Downey's home? You would think that breaking into a home like that wouldn't be so easy.
In the end, there is the obligatory battle between the two machines (done much better in Teriminator 2). Bridges looks ridiculous when he takes off his metal helmet and all you see is his face inside the metal contraption. I fail to see why so many critics gave this film good marks. It's strictly a film for uneducated teenagers who read comic books all day. It also serves to lull people in this country into a false sense of security vis-a-vis the terrorist threat. By creating an invincible 'Iron Man" who can easily mow down terrorists and bad guys, it makes us forget that the bad guys in real life are not so easily defeated. Case in point: 9/11. The only winners here are the actors who collected nice paychecks for participating in such a cheesy and worthless venture.
- Robert Downey Jr is "Iron Man"
My second purchase, in blu-ray, and quality not to be compared.
Robert Downey Jr. was born to the role Tony Stark, "Iron Man".
Iron Man was not my most favorite Marvel Super Hero, until I saw
the Robert Downey Jr. portrayal.
Besides, the surprise tie in, to "The Incredible Hulk" series,
"Iron Man" has so many Lives, with Nick Fury, Captain America, and a Marvel~ous World of countless possibilities, and "Armor" to boot.
Have to hand it to "Stan Lee", rising above the "Silver Surfer, and taking a chance, with movies of such Mature Quality. We need Super Heroes in this day and age... Thank You Stan. "Nuff' said!!'...more info
- Some Heroes Are Built...
Several years ago when rumors really began heating up about the possibility of an actual Iron Man movie coming to the big screen, I thought that there would be no way it would really work. Sure, comic book movies were on the rise, and director Sam Raimi had shown to us that a man really can web-sling and wall-crawl, and Bryan Singer proved that super-powered mutants do exist; however, a man in a metal suit flying around still seemed like an awfully daunting task to make us believe. Now, these weren't the first rumors of an Iron Man movie coming to the big screen, they were just the most credible. No, rumors of this project have existed since around 1990, when it was being bounced from studio to studio. Even some Hollywood A-listers, such as Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise, were being tossed around as possible stars for the vehicle, and director Quentin Tarentino was one of the primary contenders for the directing job (who knows what the movie would have ended up like if any of this had actually come true). However, none of that ever came close to fruition, and the project lay dormant for almost 20 years. That was until director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey, Jr. made the movie into an incredible reality that took the 2008 summer box office by storm.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a rich, powerful, and undeniably brilliant weapons manufacturer, womanizer, and self-centered man who lives the life so many dream of. But that all changes when he finds himself captured by a terrorist organization who want to use him to create weapons solely for their own evil purposes. With his options limited, Stark does the one thing no one ever expected him to do, he becomes a hero. Clad in a metallic suit of his own design, Tony finally knows what his purpose is in life, and as the hero known as "Iron Man" he now has the means by which to protect the people he once put in harm's way.
Truth be told, the long wait between those first rumors in the 90's to now, was probably just what the movie needed to become a true success, for several reasons. For starters, the technology necessary to create the obligatory visual effects sequences (of which there are many) involving the metal-clad hero have finally become available, as proven by the smash hit "Transformers". Prior to that film I don't believe some of the visuals achieved in this movie would have been nearly as convincing to audiences. Second, the perfect casting choice was made in the form of Robert Downey, Jr., a talented actor who has had his fair share of troubles (many of which are surprisingly similar to Tony Stark's in the comic books), and one whose star power wasn't great enough that his private life would outshine anything done on the screen. Lastly, Marvel was finally able to create their own movie studio, allowing them full creative control and ensuring that the character and story were as true to the source material as possible. It's for all these reasons listed here, and even some that aren't, that "Iron Man" became such a successful adaptation, and had the film come to fruition sooner, who knows what the outcome would have been.
The story for "Iron Man" is two-fold: on one hand the story is a tale of redemption for a man who has lived a life of self-indulgence and freedom from any sort of consequences to his actions; while on the other, it is a fairly faithful to the source material origin story of a new kind of superhero that was born out of one man's sheer will-power to live. As a moviegoer and comic book aficionado I love when an adaptation of one of my heroes comes to life on the big screen as both a faithful representation (or as close as one can get to decades of comic history in only a couple of hours), as well as a really strong film that isn't just a bunch of summer popcorn movie fluff.
The screenplay written by the writing teams of Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby ("Children of Men") and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Punisher: War Zone") was surprisingly cohesive given the number of hands stirring the pot, so to speak. Generally, when the number of writers goes beyond two, the chances for the film actually working out all that well dwindle significantly; however, "Iron Man" proved to be one of those rare exceptions to the rule. Filled with plenty of humor, action, drama, and a dash of romance, the story for "Iron Man" is easily one of the best origin adaptations for a superhero that I have ever seen in a movie.
As great as the story was, I would be remiss if I didn't mention a few of the minor problems that crept into the film. These problems aren't in any way overtly distracting from the end result, but they should be addressed all the same. First, from a purely comic geek standpoint the film's location was completely wrong, Stark is based out of New York City (as are most of Marvel's heroes), yet the film takes place predominantly in California. Personally, this alteration to the origin didn't actually bother me, but I know it did some purists, and I can understand why. Second, the attempted twist involving the film's villain was poorly executed, and was easily seen from the very beginning; however, I don't believe the intent was to actually make the primary villain's reveal all that much of a shocker. But there was obviously some attempt made to surprise the audience, and if it actually succeeded it would only be for those not paying close attention. This problem wasn't like the first, where I didn't really care either way, because it did kind of frustrate me that more effort wasn't put into this twist to make it somewhat surprising. Like I said, in the end these problems weren't anything major, but they still existed nonetheless.
For this film, fledgling Marvel Studios wisely chose to sort of buck the Hollywood system by going with some truly surprising, yet inspired choices for both cast and crew. Choosing Jon Favreau ("Elf") as the director was a shock to many, and even caused some to wonder just how good this film could actually be. Sure, Favreau proved he could handle family comedy with "Elf", and some of his early work is fairly dramatic, and as far as visual effects goes, he did a decent enough job on "Zathura"; yet, would he have what it takes to tackle something as big as a comic book icon's first major film adaptation? Apparently, the answer was yes, and any questioning of the decision was quickly silenced when Favreau debuted some footage during Comic-Con, much to the vast delight of many a comic geek. The other shocking choice, and arguably the most disputed was that of casting troubled actor Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Even though he hardly seemed the proper fit for the character, Robert perfectly captured the very nature of Tony Stark right down to his physical appearance, quick-wit, and attitude, for all intents and purposes Downey, Jr. was Tony Stark through and through.
Comprising the supporting cast of characters, were a group of talented actors and actresses whose hiring weren't nearly as scrutinized. Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love"), although not my first choice for the role, turned out to be the perfect Pepper Potts, Tony Stark's personal assistant. It was a decidedly different role for Gwyneth who typically does more dramatic work, and even more surprising, while at the same time a very smart move on her part, was that this was the role she chose as her first project post-pregnancy hiatus. Joining her was Jeff Bridges ("Arlington Road") as Obadiah Stane, Tony's mentor and right-hand man in operating the day-to-day activities of Stark Industries. For fans of Jeff's work, many will be surprised by how different he looks as this character, with his shaved head and full beard, Jeff is almost unrecognizable from his appearances in virtually every other movie he's ever made. Rounding out the main supporting cast members is Terrence Howard ("Four Brothers") as James "Rhodey" Rhodes, an Air Force pilot, and close friend to Tony Stark. Terrence was again another terrific choice, and he really played well off of anything Robert Downey, Jr. would throw at him. Their typically light-hearted conversations full of playfully intended put-downs and sarcasm really helped to solidify their close, almost brotherly bond the two men share with one another. All in all, the casting for this film, whether heavily questioned or just unquestionably accepted, couldn't have been any better as each of the cast members delivered top-notch performances.
"Iron Man" was one of 2008's biggest blockbusters, second only to "The Dark Knight", and the film rightfully earns its place amongst the best comic book adaptations ever made. Boasting a strong story, visually stunning special effects, brilliant casting decisions, and just some good old fashioned fun, "Iron Man" is not just a comic book blockbuster, but a great movie that audiences will enjoy over and over again. By the way, be sure to watch after the credits for a bonus scene that offers a hint of things to come.
"Iron Man" is rated PG-13 for violence, brief language, and brief sensuality....more info
- Action packed!!!
Iron Man (Single-Disc Edition)
Very good movie! It's a must have and we can't wait for the sequel!!!!...more info
- Iron Man the movie
I was very happy with the movie over all and how quikly it arrived. There were a little bit of scrattes but nothing to ruin the movie. Thanks for the service....more info
Great video, menus and extras, one of the best blu ray discs available.
The image quality is incredible, but the sound is powerful.
Most people talk about the blu ray video quality, but in my humble opinion the main difference with regular dvds is the sound, the sound difference is immediately noticeable....more info
- We All Are Waiting For the Sequel
Iron Man was a great success for Marvel. It continues the super-hero genre, with great creativity and humor. I would have never thought that Jon Favreau could take on a Marvel franchise and be so successful. This new string of Marvel financed movies are turning out to be great adaptations. You're gonna love Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and your going to love the action and adventure.
Iron Man has a lot of great things that will carry it through a big franchise. Its humor draws a big audience. It's technological action, with a strong reality wired in, appeases many skeptics and comic bookies alike. The film has a strong cast which recently went through some changes for the sequel, but I'm sure it will turn out for the better. Its adaptation from comic to film is very similar to Batman's recent treatment, with a focused concentration on making the character believable. In any comic book adaptation, I believe you really have to convince the audience that this person would do this.
Besides the great film, the Blu-ray carries a lot of great special features. I enjoy blocks of video and some picture-in-picture but I dislike Universal's attempt at the rewind, click, rewind, click U-Control. I was very satisfied by Iron Man's behind the scenes peeks.
To pump you up for the sequel I would say this movie is definately one of those comic book movies you should own. Behind the helmet, and outside of the helmet, Robert Downey Jr. does amazing justice to the character. I wanted a little more action, but that's what a sequel is for. Get ready for Iron Man Vs. Mickey Rourke!...more info
- Great special effects, pretty typical story
There are two classes of superhero films: top tier ones that are psychologically real (Spiderman, X-Men) or simple two-dimensional stereotypes. Iron Man, alas, is the latter, at least for me: they tend to over-emphasize special effects to make up for weaknesses in the script, have far more action than character development, and follow some pretty simple formulas. I was hoping for better.
That being said, the actors are very good, starting with Downey. Perhaps it is that he is such a playboy genius type that turned me off, as opposed to a nerd like Peter Parker, who unexpectedly gains power. I didn't identify with him much. But he undergoes a pretty interesting transformation and he has nice chemistry with Paltrow, who is as luminous as ever. Bridges isn't a bad bad guy, but he is lackluster.
I did like the special effects and technology evocations. When he flies through the air, it is fun and very beautiful. His end fight is also very fun indeed, particularly as he is handicapped.
Recommended with these caveats....more info
- Ironman ROCKS
Ironman is a very good movie full of action, suspense, and drama; the Amazon.com special price was just icing on the cake. The BlueRay edition was phenominal! This was a most worthwhile purchase, I highly recommend it....more info
- Wonderful Service
Prompt and speedy service. Received the video within a few days in perfect condition....more info