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on 18 January 2014
IRON MAN 3 [2013] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] Visually Gorgeous! Truly Terrific! Smart, Funny and Spectacular!

Marvel Studios ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ [2012] unleashes the best Iron Man adventure yet with this must-own, global phenomenon starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

When Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his entire world reduced to rubble, he must use all his ingenuity to survive, destroy his enemy and somehow protect those he loves. But a soul-searching question haunts him: Does the man make the suit… or does the suit make the man? Featuring spectacular special effects, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 explodes with exclusive Blu-ray content, including Gag Reel, Deleted and Extended Scenes and never-before-seen Marvel short film.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 2014 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Visual Effects for Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick. 2014 Saturn Awards: Won: Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture for Iron Man 3. Won: Best Actor for Robert Downey, Jr. Won: Best Supporting Actor for Ben Kingsley. Nominated: Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Ty Simpkins. Nominated: Best Music for Brian Tyler.

Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (Jarvis voice), William Sadler, Dale Dickey, Ty Simpkins, Miguel Ferrer, Xueqi Wang, Si Yu Li, Shaun Toub, Matt Nye, Pat Kiernan, Josh Elliott, Megan Henderson, Thomas Roberts, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, Kim Dean, Glenn Foster, Anthony Reynolds, Kendrick Cross, Tom Clark, Brian Schaeffer, John Eddins, Rockey Dickey Jr., Sarah Burkhardt, Jan Broberg, Andrew Lauer, Nate Bynum, Andrew Lander, Serdar Kalsin, Demetrios Hodges, Cullen Moss, Kevin Arnold, Juan Bofill, David Anthony Buglione, Adam Lytle, Paul Andrew O'Connor, Phil Ortiz, Steve Wilder, Mike Massa, Mark Kubr, Eric Oram, Wesley Thompson, Jenna Ortega, Cal Johnson, Corey Hawkins, Linden Ashby, Keion Adams (uncredited), Ric Bagoly (uncredited), Del Baron (uncredited), Rustam Branaman (uncredited), John Carter (uncredited), Stephen L. Cohen (uncredited), Andrea Conrad (uncredited), Darin Cooper (uncredited), Gordon Dillard Jr. (uncredited), Stephen Dixon (uncredited), Brenden Donovan (uncredited), Steve Earnest (uncredited), Kale Flowers (uncredited), Don Folz (uncredited), Gregory French (uncredited), Fred Galle (uncredited), Lino M. Gomes (uncredited), Jordan Googe (uncredited), Randy Grazio (uncredited), Walid N. Hakim (uncredited), Bryan Hanna (uncredited), Joshua Harto (uncredited), Anthony J. James (uncredited), Baron Jay (uncredited), Justin Kucsulain (uncredited), Kenneth Manos (uncredited), Baseer Maroof (uncredited), Jen McPherson (uncredited), Keith Middlebrook (uncredited), Marcus Natividad (uncredited), Nick W. Nicholson (uncredited), Vince Offer (archive footage) (uncredited), Carmelo Oquendo (uncredited), Diezel Ramos (uncredited), Jon Komp Shin (uncredited), Matthew Skomo (uncredited), Mark Guy Thompson (uncredited), Deena Trudy (uncredited) and Mitchell Yee (uncredited)

Director: Shane Black

Producers: Alan Fine, Bing Wu’ Brad Winderbaum, Charles Newirth, Dan Mintz, Jon Favreau, Kevin Feige, Lars P. Winther, Louis D'Esposito, Mitchell Bell, Stan Lee, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso and Wen-ge Xiao

Screenplay: Drew Pearce and Shane Black

Composer: Brian Tyler

Cinematography: John Toll

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 2.0 Dolby Audio Description, French: 5.1 DTS-HD HR, Flemish: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Russian: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian and French

Running Time: 130 minutes

Region: All Regions

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Probably the most powerful film for action addicts this year ‘IRON MAN 3’ blazes the screen in 3D. Robert Downey Jr. outdoes his last outing of the major action hero with his strong presence and tongue in cheek wit. Whether you are a fan of Marvel or just looking for a great adventure film, check this one out. It’s the film that keeps giving with chat way after you’ve left the theatre, but don’t give away the surprise ending and stay for a last word at the end of the credits.

In this 3rd sequel of ‘IRON MAN’ we find Tony Stark has invented a new way to don his impenetrable suit of armour and a room full of new fashions. He’s on top of the world living with Pepper Potts [Gwyneth Paltrow] the love of his life in his home and new headquarters at Stark Industries. Flash back to the 1990’s at a science convention and we are introduced to scientist Maya Hansen [Rebecca Hall], a previous girlfriend of Tony Stark’s. During an elevator ride inventor Aldrich Killian [Guy Pierce] jumps in wanting a meeting with Tony Stark to show him his new creation, but he gets sloughed off.

Flash back to today and Pepper Potts meets her romantic rival Maya and then gets led to a meeting with the now wealthy Aldrich Killian as he shows her his newest creation of developing the brain. In the meantime, an ugly Middle Eastern despot The Mandarin [Ben Kingsley] has reared up in defiance to the United States Government’s killing of innocent people in his county. He has vowed to kill the president and do the country mortal harm. When Iron Man swings into action and his side kick Colonel James Rhodes [Don Cheadle] gets caught up in an insidious plan to blow up America, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

The excitement in this film, especially in the 3D version reaches new heights, but Iron Man has scouted to the top of my list for these comic book heroes. Director Shane Black who helped write this sequel, hangs it all out with some very creative scenes showing the dismantling of Stark Enterprises seaside building, an exploding set that includes huge cargo cranes, along with several bombing locations including the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Tony Stark is an uncontrollable child in a toy shop busting up everything he can get his hands on.

The CGI computer graphics is outstanding, especially combined with the 3D effect. Showing Stark Enterprises coming apart floor by floor, walls against walls and cement blocks breaking apart as they tumble into the sea and that’s only one dramatic scene. We are treated to several unimaginable CGI scenes as director Shane Black turns his magic on the body suits for Iron Man, a visual of the inside of the brain showing the brain synapses and the neurotransmitters and receptors in all their glory, glowing antagonists and much more. ‘IRON MAN 3’ has one of the best uses of CGI to date with not much more that can rival this ‘Marvel’ous film.

There’s not much more I can say that hasn’t been said already about the excellent performance of Robert Downey Jr. in this role during his four, counting the ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ picture run and no one else will ever play the character better than he. For Robert Downey Jr. it’s that special look in his eyes when he sees danger and you can see his train of thought as he looks the situation over on how he’s going to avoid it. It’s also his quick intimidating stare followed by a witty glance and a knowing look of satisfaction that makes him the only important person in the room.

All the film’s cast is brilliant with character creations, adding another reason why you’ll be tell your friends and relations that this is a MUST see 3D Blu-ray disc. Guy Pierce is the top of his game with a character that changes over time and intimidates those who he knows are under his control. When Guy Pierce meets up with his equal however, there’s always a grudge to settle. Taking on the role of the mad The Mandarin Ben Kingsley makes this character vicious at first then despicable. About to meet his maker however, he’s not quite up for the fight. No one can play Pepper Potts except Gwyneth Paltrow with her sultry look, sweet as candy smile and a body to match. I’m hoping Gwyneth Paltrow will be returning for Iron Man 4 and especially of course Robert Downey Jr.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The encoded stunning 1080p image with the aspect ratio 2.40:1 transfer to Blu-ray is totally excellent. Colours are properly saturated and the CGI and physical effects were perfectly blended – in fact, the bonus features reveal how much of the film was made using physical sets and effects, and especially the stunning CGI effects. Often, I use the original ‘IRON MAN’ Blu-ray for demos. It's hard to imagine that could be topped, but here we are. Overall, I found this film's palette to be a bit on the dark side sometimes, but that's not a bad thing. ‘IRON MAN 3’ is still an absolute feast for the eyeballs. There are multiple superhero suits to ogle and explosions happen both in the air and on the ground, all of which look great. Even during some of the film's most chaotic moments, the detail is superb and the colours sparkle. Those close-ups on Robert Downey, Jr.'s face show off a ton of detail, including pores and facial hair, that is why this 3D Blu-ray is something that will make your jaw drop with the amazing images you will experience.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – ‘IRON MAN 3’ delivers a no-compromise 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio channel soundtrack. The film was originally mixed in Dolby Atmos for theatrical release, which is impossible to duplicate in a home theatre environment. However, the translation down to 7.1 channels for home release was done very well, capturing the spirit of the theatrical mix. The centre channel dialogue was very well-balanced against the main and surround channels. The surround channels and subwoofer are definitely active throughout the film, providing both definitive directional cues as well as excellent sonic immersion with no detectable between-channel audio dips. Also, this film also features one of the best blending of effects on Blu-ray that I have heard - just the right amount of punch when needed, without being overbearing. If you are looking for a great 3D Blu-ray Disc to show off the capabilities of your home theatre system – then ‘IRON MAN 3’ is definitely the one to consider.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary: Commentary with Drew Pearce and Shane Black: Director and co-writer Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce provide a complete and thorough rundown of all things ‘IRON MAN 3,’ with a rapid-fire, dryly funny commentary that slips humour amidst its insight to engaging, eventually revealing ends. The discussion that evolves is quite fascinating too, as it avoids shot-by-shot dissections in favour of broader thematic, philosophical, narrative and cinematic lectures that shed light on a more thoughtful, textural and explorative ‘IRON MAN 3’ than any of us may have realised.

Special Feature: Deconstructing the Scene: Attack On Air Force One [1080p] [9:00] Jump into action with the stunt-team skydivers in this close-up look at creating one of the films's most memorable scenes. It's hard to believe how much of the Air Force One scene was shot practically, and this scene breakdown documentary reveals just how much time, effort and ingenuity went into making one of the film's key action sequences as effective as it is.

Special Feature: Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look – Marvel's Thor: The Dark World [1080p] [2:00] Experience the spectacular new worlds, unforgettable characters, and pulse-pounding thrills of the upcoming blockbuster movie. Short but sweet, this exclusive glimpse at Thor's upcoming sequel is a satisfying – albeit truncated – tease that left me begging for more. Don’t hole me back!

Special Feature: Marvel's Iron Man 3 Unmasked [1080p] [11:00] Join cast and crew for a crash course in epic movie-making, Marvel style. A brisk behind-the-scenes documentary that offers a lot of great information before wrapping much too quickly. Still, it's well worth watching, and serves as a nice appetiser before digging into the disc's commentary.

Special Feature: Gag Reel [1080p] [5:00] Robert Downey Jr. gets his Tony Stark on, Gwyneth Paltrow drops a few censored F-bombs, Don Cheadle cracks up, and the rest of the cast join in the hijinks in this semi-decent outtake montage.

Deleted and Extended Scenes [1080p] [16:00] A rather lengthy laugh a minute package with cuts, extensions, improvisations, outtakes, and more traditional deleted scenes; some good, some hilarious, some wisely exorcised from the final film.

Finally, you have to hand it to Robert Downey Jr. The man owns the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point, and it's hard to imagine it without him. Still, Tony Stark will live on being a really funny man, and if ‘IRON MAN 3’ is to go by any indication, there's plenty of room for more films, more stories, more villains, more iron-heroics and more Avengers-free missions to come. With Paramount Pictures Blu-ray release, sure steals the show here, with a perfect AV presentation born from a terrific transfer and a powerhouse 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track. Yes, the 3D experience is for my mind a terrific rollercoaster experience to make you totally drained and totally exhausted by what you view, and yes, some extra supplemental that has added even more value to the package. But with an audio commentary and one of the best I've heard in some time, two brilliant documentaries, sixteen-minutes of deleted and extended scenes, and much much more, so making ‘IRON MAN 3’ 3D comes highly recommended...especially in the 3D experience, to make it THE must have to add to your Marvel Collection release. I also hope more of these 3D films get released, especially anything with Robert Downey Jr., who is IRON MAN and we can believe a man can fly and so again I am honoured to add another 3D film to my 3D Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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The first 25 minutes of the film sets it up for the action. We return to 1999 when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ignores Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) a young genius in order to spend time with a conquest (Rebecca Hall). Years later a terrorist called Mandarin (Ben Kinsley) appears on TV. Meanwhile Tony is working on a device to call his suit to him. Stark comes under attack as the subplots collide.

On the scale of films I rate this above the second Iron Man feature, but below the first one and of course "The Avengers" which raised the bar.

In this movie there are references to the Avengers, or "super friends" and the worm hole, but they don't play a role. There were lines in this film written for us older guys such as "You like that West World" something even the hip youngsters might miss. Iron Man is aided by Don Cheadle and a kid from Tennessee (Ty Simpkins). I was also glad to see Gwyneth Paltrow's role expanded.

A good one to see on the big screen and a must addition to an Avengers collection.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 January 2015
I loved the first two Iron Man films. In fact I have loved at the time of writing this ever Marvel studios made film, except this one. Iron Man 3 was such a huge disappointment from start to finish I found it difficult to even wonder how it happened though the change of director from Jon Favreau to Shane Black who also had a part in the script as the most likely culprit.

So where to start? At the start. The first song that played was Eiffel 65 - Blue during the opening credits. What happened to AC/DC? The soundtrack for the whole film was pretty bad, even the original score was lacking any memorable moments.

That on it's own couldn't truly ruin the film but sadly it's not the only problem this movie has. The storyline follows on from the events of Marvels Avengers with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) being rather traumatized at the events, struggling to sleep building dozens of new Iron Man suits. During all this a terrorist known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) rises making threats at Stark.

The story makes a mockery of the beloved Iron Man villain the Mandarin in what, I assume, Shane Black thought was a clever way and while I praise Ben Kingsley's performance in the role I found it insulting and pointless. On the other half they integrate the Extremis storyline from the comics as well as Tony Stark's ability to remote control suits from his armoury but what should have been a pretty thunderous finale simply turned into a dull thud when his suits were as useful as paper dolls. There were special effects everywhere at the end but it felt so hollow.

So much of the film was also surprisingly slow. The idea of the film was to focus on the character of Stark rather than Iron Man but I feel they forgot Stark is Iron Man. In both Iron Man 1 & 2 they manage to develop both Stark and the other characters without bogging it down yet the reverse is true here, I feel they tried too hard and they lost the charm the first film had, even Robert Downey Jr could only carry it so far.

All in all I really didn't like it, I would go so far to say I hated it in fact, I was bored in fact for most of it. As a non comic book fan or casual movie goer I can see how people may enjoy it but to me it's just a blemish on Marvel's record.

Not recommended.

+ Robert Downey Jr and Ben Kinsley are superb.

- Music is terrible.
- Made a mockery of the Mandarin for fans.
- Wasted the Extremis storyline.
- Finale went out with a pop, not a bang.
- Felt slow.
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on 9 May 2015
This film came across and generally fantastic and a real eye opener. Where the superhero was stretched to this extent, but a definite nope to 5 stars. The ending made no logical sence for the future of marvel films. It would of been perfect, if preserved for any fanalie Marvel film, so it's magor flaw was just the fact it came in too early for the Marvel series. I think the rest of the play worked out great. The powers of the enemy looked inlogical too but as long as the production played it to the comics then they have my respect..... ending plot was wrong though.
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on 30 January 2014
Iron Man 3 (IM3) is a somewhat tricky film to review, as, looked at in isolation, it's not a terrible movie, nor a great one, it's simply okay, but has some smart dialogue some decent action sequences and the odd good twist. However, you can't looked at it in isolation, neither what has gone before in the film franchise, nor, crucially, from the source material.

For the casual viewer what IM3 does in it's limping away from what has gone before on screen is uncomfortable. Yes, the film nods vaguely in the direction of the first two and at The Avengers, but it never truly handles them well. It's really just a cursory glance at what has gone before in order that it can tell it's own story. That would be fine, truly fine, if the story it wanted to tell was worth it. But it isn't the story of IM3 (nerd rage + vengeance = Tony's screwed) is poor. The jokes are okay, but hardly worth the cost by themselves. Indeed, without the brilliance in a can which is Robert Downey Jr. I suspect that it would have been a disaster.

The biggest problem is Shane Black's utter disregard for the source material. The very particular run of comics from which this film was hewn (the run of six following the extremis storyline by Warren Ellis) is one of the best in the whole of Iron Man. It combines excellent writing, fascinating political, philosophical and moral arguments and some quite brilliant action. It presents us with a different type of villain, one who's motivations make a whole lot more sense that that which Guy Pierce was given (Lord above I feel sorry for Pierce in this role). I mean why bother telling the Extremis story if you're going to do this with it? Why on earth do we need to use Extremis at all? Any macguffin would do. So why use Extremis which is so much more than that? It honestly saddens me, as if it had been done properly this would have been head and shoulders the best film in the franchise. Deeply troubling with an horrifically sharp edge, but brilliant.

It would seem though that Shane Black doesn't give a damn about any concept which the audience might find difficult to grasp so he gave us this meh-mess of a movie, with some sharp dialogue and a couple of decent action scenes.

It's sad.
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on 19 December 2014
poor film other two far better
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on 31 August 2015
A good film but with one fatal flaw the mandarin is a bumbling idiot he could have been so much better given the chance but in this film Shane black turns him into a puppet which turned a great film into a good film. Also at £13.99 after being out for two years its expensive as like I say it isn't a great film wait for it to come down in price if you want to buy it as it really isn't worth the money.
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on 12 January 2015
This was okay but this is the third film in this franchise I'm realy not sure there should be a fourth .
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on 14 August 2015
Why no two disk release? Is it because Marvel Entertainment is now owned by the money grabbing 'let's think of the shareholders' beast that is Disney? Very poor selection of extras. I weep for what they might do with Star Wars franchise. Remember Disney cut 20 minutes from UK dvd release of avengers assemble for God only knows why. Speedy dvd release maybe?
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on 2 February 2014
I always found Iron Man to be one of the most interesting Marvel superheroes.For,contrary to most,his only "superhuman"ability is his intellect.In fact he is an ailing man,surviving only thanks to his "electronics"ingenuity.His "complex"character,his high intellect ,combined with pointed humour,the playboy / business magnate amalgama, provide an excellent background for stories to be built upon.
I fully enjoyed I.M.1 and I.M.2 .No masterpieces,but extremely entertaining movies ,in more than one ways.A singularly contributing factor was the use of excellent actors to portray very interesting villain characters in both movies.
When I saw that in I.M.3 the great actor Ben Kingsley would portray "The Mandarin",arguably the most interesting enemy of Iron Man,I prepared myself for a treat.
I was wrong.I failed to factor in my "calculations"mr.Shane Black.Writer AND director of this movie.
Still,this makes things easier.There is no need to look around much to establish who is responsible for this "disappointment".
Even if I choose to neglect the superficial approach to all characters-no one is portrayed "in depth"-and the tottally unnecessary complexity of the story in some points of the plot,even if I pretend that I did not notice that perhaps a dosen schenes could be drastically shortened,or even deleted,without affecting the movie at all,I cannot tolerate total absurdity.For instance ,Tony Stark actually INVITES the Mandarin to attack him at his Malibu beachhouse without taking the slightest measure to protect his residence from a"military"type attack !!! On top of that he keeps his beloved girlfriend with him (plus his ex girl friend)exposing them to mortal danger!!!He acts like a moron,not like the 'superbrain"he is.Please........
But what is truly unforgivable ,as well as illogical,is the reduction of the dreaded Mandarin character into a clown!!! I cannot even begin to imagine what Ben Kingsley would have produced had he been given the opportunity to portray Mandarin as a villain .A memorable performance,at minimum !
Mr Shane Black is a third rate actor,but purportedly a good scriptwriter.At least if we ignore what he,himself,has admitted,that most of his scenarios were so much altered(by producers and directors) prior to being filmed that he could not recognise them.
Judging by this,his second movie(I never saw the first one),one thing is painfully obvious.He is not a good movie director.Not even a passable one.
Unless,of course,you really like this string of missed opportunities.
I expected more,Much more.
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