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Iron Man

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 136 (Nov 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb & Shaun Toub

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.0
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc DVD set contains 11 deleted/extended scenes, a one-minute animated short Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and previews. Disc Two contains two-multi-chaptered behind-the-scenes featurettes. I Am Iron Man contains the following featurettes: The Journey Begins (20 minutes), The Suit That Makes The Iron Man (ten minutes), Walk Of Destruction (22 minutes), Ground In Reality (14 minutes), Beneath The Armor (15 minutes), It

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13856
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and brief suggestive content
(Retail Price): $39.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/30/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jon Favreau
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Story Synopsis:
Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) survives an unexpected roadside attack while in Afghanistan and is kidnapped by enemy forces who wish to force the genius inventor to develop a diabolical weapon for their use. But Tony uses his time in captivity wisely developing an invulnerable robotic suit that he uses to escape his captors. Once free, Tony discovers a deadly conspiracy that threatens society on a global scale and dons his Iron Man suit in an attempt to protect Earth and its inhabitants. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Liebner, and Jack Kirby. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.37:1 DVD exhibits a sharp picture, with fine details resolved well. Black levels are fairly inconsistent, occasionally raised to a level that gives the entire image a washed-out appearance. Shadow delineation is generally good, and when the black levels are at their deepest, the image can have an enjoyable sense of dimension. Colors are saturated well, with good lightness, and contrast is balanced well for the most part. Fleshtones appear fairly natural. Edge enhancement is noticeable on high-contrast transitions, and compression artifacts are distractingly noticeable on occasion. (Danny Richelieu)

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