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"Iron Man 3" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

After holding off an alien invasion in The Avengers, Tony Stark is having issues coming back to grips with daily life. Unable to sleep or relax, he toils away all night in his lab on the next series of suits. During this time a mysterious new enemy known only as The Mandarin appears. Carrying out a series of bombings against the US, he manages to do so without leaving behind any trace of the device itself.

After an attack by The Mandarin leaves his former bodyguard in the hospital, Tony Stark challenges him. Now putting the lives of not only himself, but Pepper Potts, in danger.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2013, Color
  • Rated PG-13
  • 2 Hours, 11 Minutes
  • 2.40:1, 1080p, AVC Encoded
  • DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio
  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce
  • Directed By: Shane Black
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Implied
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The first Iron Man was a very good film, and one that I used as demo material for a long time. The second film was worth a rental, but I haven't felt the desire to watch it since then. Thankfully with the third film we have a good addition to all of the Avengers films that have been released to this point.

The plot is good without being too ridiculous. Yes, some of it isn't quite realistic but overall it is pretty good. The film moves along and keeps you interested the whole time. Tying everything back to The Avengers means you should see that film if you haven't already, but it is worth a purchase just like Iron Man 3 is. A very enjoyable film that I'll come back to again later.

Technical

One reason to come back to Iron Man 3 is for the picture and sound. Nothing here is out of place or showing any flaws. A lot of the film is full of dark, shadow detail that is always nice and clear. It never breaks down into murky blobs of black or anything less than a perfect transfer. The bright red and gold of the Iron Man suit are shown faithfully and the overall image is purely fantastic. There is nothing to complain about here.

The soundtrack provides the same experience as well. Action sequences like the attack on the Stark home are 360-degree affairs that pull you into the middle of the movie. The massive explosions utilize every last SPL that your subwoofer can produce and dialogue is clear and natural at all times. A demo disc if there ever was one.

Extras

There is audio commentary, multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a preview of the new Thor film, and their Second Screen experience. The package also includes DVD and Digital Copies of the film.