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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2008
Robert Downey Jnr is without a doubt one of the finest actors of this or any other generation. Problem is due to some personal problems in the past he wasn't getting the big roles anymore. The studio was reluctant to place him in the starring role of this movie... and then they saw his audition... HE IS IRON MAN!

Without a doubt no other actor could have played Tony Stark better than Robert Downey Jnr and along with a very talented supporting cast (including Gweneth Paltrow, Terrance Howard and Jeff Bridges) plus a very talented director (Jon Favreau) this is Iron Man brought the life the right way!

An action packed thrill stacked ride that any fan is guarenteed to enjoy!

DVD Special Features include:

Deleted/Extended Scenes:

- Convoy Ambush

- Craps Table with Tony & Rhodey

- Tony & Rhodey on Stark Jet and Military Ceremony

- Rhodey and General Gabriel

- Tony Comes Home

- Tony Begins Mark II

- Dubai Party

- Pepper Discovers Tony as Iron Man

- Obadiah Addresses Scientists

- Rhodey Saves Iron Man on Freeway

- Rooftop Battle

Disc 2

I Am Iron Man - Making Of:

- The Journey Begins

- The Suit that Makes the Iron Man

- The Walk of Destruction

- Grounded In Reality

- Beneath the Armor

- It's All In The Details

- A Good Story, Well Told

The Invincible Iron Man - the History of the Character:

- Origins

- Friends & Foes

- The Definitive Iron Man

- Demon in a Bottle

- Extremis and Beyond

- Ultimate Iron Man

Wired: The Visual Effects of Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. Screen Test

The Actor's Process - Rehearsal scene featuring the cast and director

The Onion Piece - "Wildly Popular Iron Man Trailer to be Adapted into Full Length Film"

Still Galleries
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2008
"Iron Man" is a comic book movie telling the story of billionaire arms and weaponry mastermind Tony Stark, who after being in the Lion's den of Afghanistan and realizing how much harm his weapons cause the world, quits the arms business, creating a costume and becoming an avenger.

Good special effects, fabulous performance by Robert Downey Jr., this movie is amongst the best super hero movies of recent times. It never really wavers during its 2-hour length time. There's a high degree of social conscience to this movie and the lead actor's emotional transformation is fascinating to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tony Stark has it all: money, women, fame, and little regard for anyone else but himself, but when he’s kidnapped by a terrorist group known as the Ten Rings, everything changes and he soon finds himself with a car battery connected to a magnet in his chest. Tiny bits of shrapnel from the blast that led to his capture are slowly making their way to his heart and the magnet is keeping them at bay.

The Ten Rings want him to build them a weapon and Tony knows that if he does, the world will fall into the terrorists’ hands. He needs to find a way to escape and to do so he must create something more than just the weapon the Ten Rings wanted him to.

After inventing a metal suit with some crude weaponry, he manages to escape the Ten Rings’ lair and return to the world as a new man. Taking his iron suit discovery to a whole new level, he becomes Iron Man and sets to right the wrongs of his past and ensure that the terrorists who tried to enslave him won’t do so to anyone else.

Iron Man is a thrill ride you don’t want to miss!

There’s something about origin stories that I have an extreme soft spot for and Iron Man is near perfect in that regard. Given that Iron Man is a “human hero with no powers” ala Batman and it’s his suit which gives him his abilities, he becomes instantly relatable (well, okay, maybe not one hundred percent as I’m not a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist like him), but I’m on the journey of life like Tony with my own share of pain and turning points. The movie’s pacing is bang on and progresses “as if this really happened,” which is a huge plus for a superhero movie. (I’m a fan of super flicks that come from the angle, “If this happened tomorrow, this is how it’d most likely play out.” My own superhero series, The Axiom-man Saga, is based on that premise.)

The Iron Man armor looks amazing and real, which is a big deal because most of it is CGI. I’m glad they were able to create real-looking metal armor that didn’t look totally fake. Likewise, to see the progression from the oh-so-crude Mark One armor all the way up the Mark Three was cool.

The rest of the special effects were out-of-sight, especially the ultrasonic flying sequences. Looking at the world from Tony’s perspective inside the suit put you in his shoes—in his armor—and made you feel like you were Iron Man along with him.

This flick also boasts a killer soundtrack and score that gets you pumped.

Let’s see . . .

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. Right from the first scene he lets you know who he is and what he believes in: himself. This carries throughout the rest of the film, but he also does a good job of becoming a changed man as the story goes on and the Tony we meet in the beginning of the movie is different from the one at the end. A lot of actors who are on supposed journeys during a story don’t pull that off and usually come across as the same guy from start to finish.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts is dynamite. She’s strong, witty and is one of the few people who can go toe-to-toe with Tony’s narcissistic personality. Excellent casting for this role.

Iron Man was the stepping off point for Marvel’s Phase One, which would later culminate in The Avengers. I don’t think at the time anyone knew that Iron Man—who back then wasn’t really known outside of the comic book community—would become such the massive hit it was, the franchise growing bigger and bigger with each outing.

But I can see why. This movie is awesome.
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on May 24, 2011
'Fun' is the best word to describe Marvel Studios' first outing, although it's actually inadequate for a film of this quality. 'Iron Man' delivers all the slick action and wit you'd expect from a summer blockbuster, but it also features a tight plot, well-rounded characters and an outstanding performance by Robert Downey Jr. This is a movie that delivers entertainment first and foremost but never sacrifices storytelling in the name of spectacle.

Anyone wary of watching yet another superhero origin film need not be concerned; 'Iron Man' delivers a fresh take on the usual myth as a middle-aged Tony Stark realizes how he's wasted his life and embarks on a quest that's more about redemption than responsibility or revenge. This certainly isn't high drama, but Tony's journey breathes new life into this over-exposed genre and will satisfy comic book fans and newcomers alike

Extras

A feature-length 'Making Of' anchors a robust set of extras on this set and it's a cut above the usual quality, containing a lot of information with the cast and crew communicating a lot of enthusiasm for the material. There's a history of Iron Man in the comics that's nearly as good and some additional featurettes on the special effects and Downey's performance. The 'Hall of Armor' is kind of useless and the deleted and extended scenes were clearly better left out of the movie as they don't add much. The one omission is a commentary track but with so much information elsewhere it's kind of unnecessary.

Presentation

Movies like this are what Blu-Rays are made for as the film is stunning in 1080p. Beyond the great set-pieces and special effects there's a thorough attention to detail in every scene that really comes shining through on this disc.

Bottom Line

The best comparison I can make is with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark;' this is a movie that proudly proclaims itself a fun adventure without using that as an excuse to forget plot and characters. Fantastic extras and an excellent transfer make this disc a must own for anyone wanting a thoroughly enjoyable superhero flick.
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There is a lot to `give away' in describing "Iron Man', but suffice it to say that the creators have created the real Tony Stark. He is the rowdy billionaire responsible for building weapons of mass destruction and selling them to the enemy who then turns into a reluctant and then powerful `Iron Man'. The cinematography is stunning in Blu-ray and the scenes starting from Afghanistan to Los Angeles's skies are over-whelming. The action is intense, funny, witty and true to the character of the comic book character. Plus, it is all believable. Robert Downing, Jr. playing around with his Iron Man invention is nothing short of hilarious and thrilling. Gwyneth Paltrow is a bit underused as his assistant, but she supplies some killer one-liners. Jeff Bridges plays a role that truly threatens Iron Man, but that's all I'll say. The effects are fantastic, the storyline is fast and clever and it is no small wonder it broke box office records. On Blu-ray disc, it is just as good as being in a movie theater - the details, color and sound are that amazing! Tony Stark IS `Iron Man'.

All Blu-ray discs are set up differently according to their theme, but for Iron Man, I'll describe the imagery. The initial PLAY/SCENES board is a colorful statue of Iron Man with colorful, comic book scientific looking diagrams. Audio is available in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. Subtitles are in English, English SDH. French, Spanish and Portuguese. There are some great extras like the `Hall of Armor' showing all four Iron Man designs, `the Invincible Iron man' and deleted scenes. These deletions are great, inclusion "I Am Iron Man', `Visuals Effects of Iron Man', `a fantastic `Robert Downey Jr. Screen Test'. "The Actors Process' (Downing and Bridges get down with some real improvisations), a semi-spoof trailer from `The Onion' on Iron man,' Theatrical Trailers, Galleries, Credits and Subtitles. Not to leave anything out, more extras include six mini features such as `friends and Foes' and "Demon in a Bottle". If you're really into Blu-ray, try connecting to the Internet for BD-Live capability. This is one of the Blu-ray features that put it so far and above regular DVD.
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on December 13, 2008
this is one movie that was way better than i thought it would be.it's
not just an action movie.it's also a smart,cleverly written movie,with
some great dialogue.it also incorporates real global problems,serving
as a sort of commentary on our times.it's not preachy,it just shows how
far we've progressed.or maybe regressed as a society.there is also the
theme of redemption in the movie.i mentioned the good dialogue.an
example of that is the witty banter between Tony Stark(Robert Downey
Jr.)and his assistant Pepper Pots(Gwyneth Paltrow).beyond that
though,Stark is generally witty.i liked the origin story of the
film,though i can't say whether or not it's accurate to the comic
book.naturally,there are some great action sequences,especially the
flying scenes and the combat scenes.and that suit is very
impressive,both in looks and functionality.as to the cast,Downey is
very good as Stark/Iron Man.Paltrow is very likable as Pepper
Potts.Terrance Howard is good as Stark's military friend Rhodey,but i
feel he was underutilized.oh well,maybe the sequel will rectify that.i
heard that Howard is being replaced in the sequel by Don
Cheadle.nothing against Cheadle,but i think they ought to stick with
Howard,since he originated the character in the film.but the best actor
in the bunch,in my opinion is Jeff Bridges,who gives a William Hurt
type performance,understated,yet simmering with passion and
charisma.that's just my opinion.anyway,,the movie is fun and
engaging,but it's no empty headed action movie.not that there's
anything wrong with that.no,this is a smart movie with heart and
soul.my vote for Iron Man: 5/5
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on November 24, 2008
I think 2008 was the year of the good comic-book movie, and I have to admit that Iron Man was and is a great treat. Originally, I thought that this would be nothing more than Batman light, with similar characters the whole rich, playboy industrialist, Tony Stark, with an alter-ego. And although Iron Man does suffer a little from the similar theme, Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ), makes it a great role for himself with Tony Stark, and the movie works even though the script and story are extremely obvious as far as direction goes.

Tony Stark is the usual spoiled genious rich kid grown up and made weak by the many excesses sexual and substance. But Tony Stark is forced to see the truth of what his family's company has been doing for the past few years, and in an attempt to save his own life from injury that ironically and obviously comes at the hands of his own weapon, so out of self-preservation Tony uses his engineering know-how to construct a life-sustaining and enhancing appartatus and eventually a suit to become Iron Man.

The movie itself is well acted and progressed well, for a movie based on a comic-book. It is a must see to any fan of RDJ and Iron Man, or even fans of the comic-book film genre. I would be very interested in seeing the sequel and how it works with the Incredible Hulk franchise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
I love Iron Man because hes just a regular guy. It gives the idea that anyone could become this.
Great hero movie full of action and adventure, and obviously a bit of love, because whats a hero without his lady?
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Terrific movie! Finally a movie that is somewhat pertinent to today's issues. It has great actions, great acting, and great set design. I mean, what more could you ask for?

Robert Downey Jr. is amazing in this roll and like "the New Yorker" I agree that they could not have casted a better person for the role. It is nice to see that Robert Downey Jr. has turned his life around. He has always been a great actor and I am sure you will enjoy watching this movie part-in-part because of him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon October 11, 2008
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) military/industrial weapons mogul just finished demonstrating his newest rocket in the Middle East, when he is purloined by ruthless locals with dirty faces and a penchant for power. Who could be behind the dastardly deed? Of course everyone knows it is the last person you would suspect as in any good mystery.

Well as luck would have it, in Starks efforts to escape he invents the fundamental technology for, you guessed it, Ironman. In the process he inadvertently gives the world a new weapon. How can he correct his faux pax?

In his quest for the answers he solicits the help of his very efficient and devoted assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow.)

For those enthralled in the Ironman comics, nothing has changed; except maybe the storyline. O.K the era in which how superhero exists. Well maybe a tad more gratuities sex. O.K. I guess I could go on for a few more paragraphs but you get the picture that we can not rely on the comic book character to be anymore than an inspiration for this movie.

For people that are more music orientated, among the popular background songs they included the original theme from the animated series.

It has all the formula and characters for today's super hero movies. By not making it a period piece we get to incorporate all the latest technology and social attitudes.

Only saw the Blu-Ray version. Had the standard extras and flexibility. I am pretty sure future versions will add more insight or at least more footage.

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