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  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
  • Directors: Jon Favreau
  • Writers: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E1OM4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,305 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tony Stark, an inventor and a playboy, is the CEO of Stark Industries which produces advance weapon systems for the U.S. military. H e's captured by terrorists in Afghanistan after demonstrating a new weapon and forced to create WMDs. While on captivity, he creates a powerful armored suit and manages to escape. Returning to America, Tony builds a better suit of armor which gives him superhuman strength and the ability to fly. With the help of his personal assistant Pepper Potts and Air Force Lieut. Colonel Jim Rhodes, Tony vows to protect the world as Iron Man. Based on the Marvel comic book character Iron Man.

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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 quite 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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Format: Blu-ray
At the time of writing this Marvel has created an intertwining set of media that spans 10 movies and a spin off tv series with many more announced. They have acomplished something no one thought possible by bringing the overlapping comic book universe to the big screen, not only suceeding but doing it seemingly effortlessly and it all started in 2008 with the release of the first film Iron Man.

Iron Man is an amazing film. I almost feel like I could stop this review there. The story is obviously an Origin tale of how weapon industrialist playboy genius billionaire Tony Stark becomes Iron Man. During a weapons demonstration Tony gets kidnapped by terrorists who want him to build weapons of their own, instead Tony builds his first suit of armour to escape which sets him on a path realising his weapons haven't been just protecting America as he thought, and how he can right the wrongs using his newly developed armour.

The plot may not sound interesting from what I wrote but the acting, wit and charm of the film is really something else. Robert Downey Jr steals the show as Stark, this is a role he was born to play, he couldn't be any more perfect for it if he tried though the rest of the cast also put in great and often funny performances.

To tie it all off the film looks and sounds fantastic. The special effects are so good I can't tell what's a real suit and what's computer generated and because of the making of extras I know which are which and it doesn't help. In HD the film looks stunning and the soundtrack kicks ass to boot. (Driving with the top down is my favorite song)

The blu-Ray extra features are surprisingly extensive. There is an origins interview with the comic creator Stan Lee as well as other writers and artists involved in his creation.
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By MLA VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2009
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Iron Man is one of the best adaptations of comic book entertainment to the world of film. In my view only the Christian Bale Batman is as excellent a story and production as the tale of the Iron Man. Robert Downey Jnr is fantastically cast as Tony Stark, playboy industrialist and genious. As a weapons manufacturer and womaniser, Stark is set up as a character without morals and with only his own quest for pleasure able to match his inquisitive desire to build bigger and better weapons. It all goes wrong within moments of the opening credits though as on a trip to Afghanistan (and trust me it really does look like Afghanistan) his convoy is attacked and he is taken prisoner. From there, Stark builds the foundation of his Iron Man.

It is the first part of the film that is truly awesome. Downey Jnr's own decadent lifestyle plays so well into the character of Stark and the arrogance that accompanies a genious who knows his position is delicious. His winning way with people and the awe with which the squaddies look up to him in the moment before his convoy is hit are moments of cinematic greatness.

The part of the film where robots are fighting each other is less fun. I'm not a fan of the Transformers film and I didn't like the same robot action here. The process that turns Stark into the Iron Man both in the cave and then when perfecting the suit in California are what makes this film work so excellently.

There are plot holes just as there are in any blockbuster. The sentimentality of the reporting on a refugee crisis is cringeworthy. The deliberate attempt to de-Arabise the terrorist group is pointless as those who fail to see the difference still won't while those who do will not be convinced. Despite all that this is still a great film.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
another comic book superhero comes to the cinema screen. this time it's the turn of iron man from marvel comics. tony stark is a billionare industrial/inventor/playboy who makes his money building and selling weapons. a life changing experience in the middle east leads to him making a robot suit that cane fly and shoot beams of energy, and he intends to use it to help out the downtrodden people of the region. but corporate power struggles means he has enemies closer to home to fight...

one of the best comic book adaptations out there and a film that those who've never read the source material can enjoy. because this is a film which tries to be as realistic as possible in it's style and setting. and it's also a movie first and foremost about character. dominated by a superb leading performance from robert downey jr as tony stark, who comes over as the kind of individual you could but daydream about being. ably supported by gwyneth paltrow as his secretary virginia 'pepper' potts, the two have a fascinating relationship, always on the edge of making their professional lives into personal ones, and always never quite admitting how much they depend on each other.

this is the origin story for the character, and the villainy that he has to deal with does seem a bit tacked on, but that's a minor complaint. a strong character drama and a satisfying blockbuster and a hugely entertaining fllm as a result.

the dvd more than does it justice. this is the two disc edition, and it comes in a strong steel box.
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