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  • Title: Iron Man 2 Three Disc Blu-Ray
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Mickey Roarke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
  • Writer: Justin Theroux
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Original Year of Release: 2010
  • Extras: See Below
  • Series: Iron Man 2, Iron Man 2

IRON MAN 2 Three Disc Blu-Ray Review

Iron Man 2 Does What a Sequel Should Do!

By Tim Janson     September 30, 2010
Source: Mania


IRON MAN 2 Review
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The measure of a sequel, particularly a superhero sequel, isn’t (necessarily) about whether it surpasses the original but whether it forwards the storyline of the character and entertains at the same time. Iron Man 2 succeeds at both. The first film in a superhero series is always a handcuffed by having to tell the character’s origin. Iron Man featured one of the most enjoyable origins of any superhero film. So good, in fact, that it nearly overshadowed the rest of the film.

 

The Movie

Iron Man 2 opens six months after the first film. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has revealed to the world that he is Iron Man and has continued his father Howard’s legacy of holding a Stark Expo. The U.S. Government led by obnoxious Senator Stern (Gary Shandling) demands that Stark turn his technology over to them. Stark refuses and with his typical brashness and with a few choice smartass comments to Justin Hammer, a rival arms manufacturer. Ivan Vanko (Mickey Roarke), the son of Anton Vanko, Howard Stark’s former partner, builds his own weapon based on the arc reactor technology. He creates an exo-skelton featuring a pair of electrified whips and attacks Stark during a race in Monaco. Later he will partner with Hammer to build an army of remote-controlled armored drones to attack the Expo.

If Director Jon Favreau is guilty of anything it is falling into the usual trap of trying to throw in too many new elements in his sequel. In short order you get Justin Hammer, Whiplash, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), not to mention hints of the Avengers, Captain America, and Thor. Despite the breakneck pace, Iron Man 2 isn’t overindulgent. The Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D scenes feel a little shoe-horned into the story for purposes of forwarding the overall Marvel Universe but this is a comic book come to life.

In a nod to one of the comic’s most well known storylines, “Demon in a Bottle” Stark, dying from blood poisoning caused by the Palladium power core that keeps him alive, throws a drunken party at his home. Instead of dealing with the subject matter with any serious emotion its treated more like a rowdy bachelor party by Favreau.

Iron Man 2 succeeds largely due to the sparkling cast. Rarely has an actor seemed better suited to a role as Downey is suited to Tony Stark/Iron Man. The exchanges between Stark and Senator Stern, Stark and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Stark and Fury, Stark and, well, basically everyone are priceless. It’s refreshing to see such a liberal dose of humor in a superhero film.

While it might not have the same WOW factor of the original, Iron Man 2 succeeds in several key areas including an outstanding cast, progressing the story on numerous levels, brisk and witty dialogue, and being just plain fun.

 

Blu-Ray Extras

The three disc Blu-Ray edition is loaded with three hours of bonus features not including the audio commentary by Jon Favreau.

Disc 1 features the Audio Commentary along with the following:

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault can be viewed during the movie or separately. These personnel dossiers cover the history of the various characters in the film.
     
  • Howard Stark’s Lock Box – An interactive feature that lets you see in side Howard Starks box of secrets which include photographs, notes, and even a complete, page-by-page copy of Captain America Comics #1 from 1941.
     
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Case Files – Another interactive feature that includes personnel files and video clips on various characters and events not only from the two Iron Man films but also from The Hulk. There are notes on The Avengers Initiative, Project New Mexico, Super Soldier Initiative, Bruce Banner, and the various Iron Man armors.

Disc 2

  • The Making of Iron Man 2 (1:27:00) This full-length making of documentary is hosted by Jon Favreau and covers the film from pre to post-production and everything in between. Included is a look at visual effects, editing, musical scoring, stunt work, the making of the Iron Man armors, and a discussion of the lead in to the Avengers film.
  • Featurettes
    • Creating Stark Expo (6:30) – Shows how the modern day Stark Expo was designed and created.
    • Practical Meets Digital (8:37) – This featurette covers creating and filming the Iron Man and War Machine armors and how they were able to achieve realistic movements from the actors wearing the suits.
    • Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury (6:09) – Joe Quesada and Ralph Macchio of Marvel Comics and Samuel L. Jackson talk about the origins of Nick Fury and his progression from the spy era of the 1960s to the Ultimates version that used Jackson as a model.
    • Illustrated Origin: Black Widow (3:06) – A look at Black Widow’s Cold War origins and her modern day makeover.
    • Illustrated Origins: War Machine (3:52) How War Machine was developed in the film as a more militaristic armor.
    • Working with DJ AM (2:02) Quickie featurette on DJ AM who appeared during the party at Stark’s house.
    • Deleted Scenes
    • There are approximately sixteen minutes of deleted scenes that include:
    • An Alternate (2:56) opening with Tony Stark/Iron Man getting sick to his stomach aboard a C17 transport and having a hilarious verbal exchange with Pepper before jumping out of the plane. Very funny scene!
    • Coulson at the Senate (1:48) S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson and Pepper having a funny conversation during the Senate hearings.
    • Tony’s Workshop Extended (2:46) – An extended scene where Stark creates a new element. Includes some cool holographic animations not seen in the theatrical cut.
    • Natalie Wears the Gauntlet (1:16) During the party at his house Stark lets a female gues try on the Iron Man gauntlet and she blows away an ice sculpture with a repulsor ray.
    • Mark II Security (:45) Rhodey wearing the Mark II armor and talking to several military officers about security.
  • Concept Art Galleries
  • Trailers
  • Music Video: Shoot to Thrill

Disc 3

DVD and digital copy of film

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wyldstaar 10/1/2010 8:15:00 AM

I've had a chance to go through the extras at this point, and I'm kind of annoyed.  There are several points during Favrau's commentary where he mentions a deleted scene we can watch in the Deleted Scenes section of the disc.  The problem however is that those scenes are not there, the most prominent of which is the scene many of us were most looking forward too- Olivia Munn in Tony's bedroom!  We get a tiny glimpse of this scene during the Making Of documentary, but that's all.  I'm hoping the problem will be corrected with a BD-Live feature.

spiderhero 10/1/2010 10:47:29 AM

I disagree that the drunken party was handled like a "rowdy bachelor party." When I saw him drunk in the suit, I frowned. WHen he started shooting things, I actually felt a sense of dread. That was one scary situation. The look between Rhodes & Pepper really conveyed the gravity of the moment. Obviously you can't make an entire movie about his drinking problem, but I thought Favreau demonstrated the destructive power of drinking well.

aegrant 10/1/2010 9:02:36 PM

REally thought they would have had the Thor preview on the blu-ray combo. I wnated to see it on my big screen instead of the pc.

littlemikey979 10/2/2010 12:30:35 AM

Seeing it again, I think I agree with how Favreau handled the party. I am pretty sure I read that he had said that he wasn't going to include the Demon in a Bottle storyline into the movie. I think the party went down the exact way that movie Stark would have done it. I do wish there would have been more deleted scenes added in. Love the Hall of Armor inside the case, just wish Target would have put the security devise somewhere else. And I agree aegrant, it would have been nice to have the Thor preview added in.

Wyldstaar 10/2/2010 5:47:20 PM

If you want to see the Thor preview on your big screen, just hook your PC up to it.  I use mine as my monitor.

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