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Iron Man 2 [DVD] [2010]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (521 out of 541)

    Synopsis


    Iron Man 2
    As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony pay for the sins of his father. Meanwhile, Tony fends off efforts from smarmy Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) and military weapons expert Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to get him to divulge the secrets of his powerful Iron Man suit. The powers that be are concerned that Tony's technology may fall into the wrong hands -- fears that are soon confirmed when the cocky billionaire entrepreneur is confronted in front of the entire world by Ivan, who has built his own weapon using stolen Stark blueprints. Later, as Lt. Rhodes (Don Cheadle) wrestles with the decision to personally deliver Tony's suit to the military, Ivan finds an unlikely ally in the quest to destroy Iron Man; Stark Industries legal consultant Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) reveals her connection to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson); and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) takes on some new responsibilities. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert Downey, Jr.
      Robert Downey, Jr. - Tony Stark
    • Gwyneth Paltrow
      Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper Potts
    • Don Cheadle
      Don Cheadle - Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes
    • Scarlett Johansson
      Scarlett Johansson - Natalie Rushman/Black Widow
    • Sam Rockwell
      Sam Rockwell - Justin Hammer



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 542 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as the first.... But still a fun ride!

      Posted
      cornjakecake
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      "I am Iron Man." was the final words uttered of the first movie, and with that broke new ground in comic book films, and films in general. A daring line that told the world Tony Stark was indeed Iron Man. What if Clark Kent told the world he was Kal-El aka Superman? Bruce Wayne as Batman? It wouldn't work, but with how Tony Stark sells himself it fits perfectly. And with that declaration comes great admiration. Stark saves the world on a regular basis, is dating his assistant turned CEO Pepper Potts and even restarted Stark Expo to reinvigorate his father's legacy, all the while Tony is slowly dying. The very same arc reactor that is keeping him alive is also slowly killing him, with the power source being made of deadly palladium, a radioactive material. Struggling to find a powerful enough substitute, he grows more despondent of drinking, growing more reckless and self-destructive. In one bout of self-pity, he drives his own sponsored car in the Monaco Grand Prix, where Ivan Vanko (Whiplash, played by Mickey Rourke) displays his own arc reactor powered armor and whips. He is defeated by Iron Man, though he is proving that Iron Man is not invincible and very much mortal. Stark's rival, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell in a great sniveling weasel-esque performance) hires Vanko to build an army of rival Iron Man suits to upstage his rival and make a fortune. Stark, knowing he is mortal, facing death, and also the long arm of the law trying to take his suits and designs away for military use, Stark falls into a deeper depression, leading to a drunken fight between Iron Man and his best friend, Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and successfully takes the suit for military use. S.H.I.E.L.D. approaches Stark, hoping to convert him to a member, reveals his new assistant is Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and gives him some of his father's possesion, also revealing he was a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D. and co-created the arc reactor with Vanko's father, whose son wanted revenge for the death of his father. Stark finds a hidden message, finds a cure for his ailment and goes head to head with Hammer, and Vanko to a certain degree. Okay, I was really hyped to see this movie back in 2010, loving the trailers with great looking CGI, Robert Downey, Jr. back as Tony Stark and seeing an awesome villain shot as Whiplash is cracking his whips, about to cause major damage, all while AC/DC play in the background! What's not to love?!?! Plenty ...unfortunately. The cast is truly awesome, with RDJ returning with flying colors as Stark, bringing the same smarm while also adding a new layer or two with his impending doom and depression, Don Cheadle, replacing Terence Howard as Rhodey, is good as Iron Patriot, and Johansson is the perfect Black Widow, while not having much to do here, she subsequently shows us her real strength later on in the series. Sam Rockwell is terrific, Rourke is fun, if too eccentric, as Vanko but does a lot with such an underwritten villain with Hammer being a more rounded character than the man with the electric whips! Jon Favreau returns to direct, adding his special touch and delicate balance of action, comedy and drama with a nice visual panache aided with terrific camera work by Matthew Libatique. CGI is wonderful as ever, as is pretty much everything else in this huge budgeted blockbuster. Which brings me to what doesn't work in the film. Tropic Thunder writer, and future Mr. Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux was picked to write the film and does pretty well, but some of the story is just a bit undercooked. I enjoy his added humor, some more development with Stark, but when you have a potentially awesome villain with Whiplash and you delegate him to a lab feeding a bird some seeds while spewing some sporadic Russian, you tend to alienate your fan base a bit. The depression Stark suffers is suddenly lifted since he found a secret in his dad's Expo diorama, some 30 year previous than his son would need it to power a suit made of iron and save his life? Plot holes! And the real villain is a man in a suit, a well tailored suit, but a suit nonetheless. Same as the first movie, just a bit different since we don't see Sam Rockwell donning powered armor and trying to destroy his rival for corporate and person gains. Eh.... regardless this is still an action-packed film that is very fun for kids and adults, though there will be lingering questions laying dormant for years to come, failing to ever rest permanently. C'est la vie. The BluRay on the other hand is simply fantastic, starting with the terrific presentation. The 1080p 2.35 image is truly to die for, offering us a heavily detailed, sharp, colorful and well-defined image that doesn't have one noticeable flaw, at least none that I could see. The audio raises the roof and shakes the foundation to its very core with the 5.1 DTS-HD getting down and dirty with every line of dialogue being fully fleshed out, every explosion being loud yet surrounding the viewer accurately and every AC/DC song coming through in stunning lossless audio. A true demo-worthy disc, even 6 years after the film left theatres and landed on home video. The extras are the true meat and potatoes to this package, split over 3-disc filled with hours of extras and most, if not all, in HD. Disc one starts off with an audio commentary with director Jon Favreau. Thankfully included here (Since the only flaw of the first film's disc was the lack of a commentary), Favreau is a very enthusiastic delving into his involvement in the sequel, alternate opening details, story, acting, and more. A very likable commentary from a very likable guy, so much so I offered to buy him a beer, though he was just a recorded voice. Next up is a PiP mode called S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault, which can be viewed over the film in a mode called Footage Scan Mode or by itself in a mode called The Vault. Both contain the same footage, just different ways of viewing and contains data on Stark, weaponry, armor and more.Disc one concludes with PiP storyboard Pre-Viz and animatics that compare and contrast paper, to computer to silver screen. Disc two is where the real fun begins, starting with Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 is a four-part documentary, lasting nearly 90 minutes, detailing everything from comic book influences, casting choices, story, costumes, sets and much, much more! A truly essential watch for everyone wanting to know all things Iron Man 2 (Note: all four can either be played separately or all together for one documentary). 6 featurettes follow and titled as follows: - Creating Stark Expo - A 6-minute featurette about the creation of... you guessed it.. the Stark Expo - Practical Meets Digital - An 8 minute feature about how they seamlessly combined practical, on set effects with digital effects, including some nice footage of Downey, Jr. mostly wearing a mocap suit since being in a full-on suit would be costly and impractical. - Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury - A 6 minute talk about the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Illustrated Origin: Black Widow - A 3 minute talk about Black Widow - Illustrated Origin: War Machine- Another 3 minutes learning about War Machine/Iron Patriot ... and last but not least... - Working with DJ AM - A short, 2 minute talk about the late DJ, Next up art 11 concept art galleries featuring set designs, costumes, armor drawing, unused concepts and more. 8 deleted scenes (w/ optional Favreau commentary) are next, lasting 17 minutes and offering the alternate opening talked about in the commentary (Not as good as the one from The Incredible Hulk), followed by 3 trailers for the film, the video game trailer and opening scene from the game and a trailer for the then upcoming Avengers Animated, and concluding disc 2 is the music video to Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC. Moving on to disc 3 is the DVD which also houses the digital copy of the film. The DVD lacks the commentary from the standalone 1-disc version (A 2-disc version was also released, the last for a Marvel film, which had 2 featurettes, deleted scenes w/ commentary, music video and the digital copy and is totally not recommended unless you want a scant amount of extras without upgrading to HD, then by all means) but still plays very well as a DVD with great picture and sound in its own right, and even looks HD in certain parts upconverted on my HDTV. The packaging does include a nice slipcover, though is just a recreation of the box art and doesn't stand out amongst the Iron Man set with the slip being the Iron Man suit and the box art containing Tony with a reflective arc reactor in the center, or The Increbile Hulks lenticular slipcover and Mountain Dew green BluRay case. All in all, a great set for your money with great specs and a bounty of extras to spend hours exploring every nook and cranny for input about Iron Man 2. Or if you don't care about extras, there is also a single disc release that just contains Disc 1 and the extras included on the disc. Even as a demo disc, this belongs in every library, its that amazing. I will return for Thor! Coming Soon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simply Marvel-ous!

      Posted
      yellowjacket1

      Iron Man is indeed the absolutely perfect mix of high-tech razzle dazzle mixed with a complex soulfulness and good old-fashioned charisma. It easily fulfilled and then exceeded all of my expectations. The only thing I worry about is that they may be setting expectations for that Avengers movie too high. How can it possibly live up to the standard these movies are setting and setting up????? Iron Man 2 is EVERYTHING you would want in a movie and much more! It is a special treat when a sequel reaches up and delivers an excellent film that you thoroughly enjoy as much if not more than a beloved first installment. It truly feels like they just paused and kept telling the same story but with more of an edge. Hopefully they can do it again and skip that third movie curse. Think of it as another installment and they’ll be fine. Fitting Avengers in to the mix is even more fun to think about but I heard that Favreau will be involved with that as an executive producer. So, I'm not worried. In the meanwhile, we can all enjoy this film because it stands on its own but as a great part of a running saga. The only remotely negative thing I have to say about this movie is that I want more and I want it now! Bring on the Avengers STAT! Simply Marvel-ous!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Almost had a perfect score

      Posted
      SuperTramp

      I will start by saying I bought this movie having avoided previews and without seeing it in the theaters. I had almost debated not watching since they didn't bring Terrence Howard back, but I gave it a shot and luckily it had some of the best actors with great performances. Mickey Rourke is one of my favorites and he was great in the movie, as was Robert Downey Jr. However when it came to Terrence Howard's character it was inconsistent with the first movie and he seemed out of place. Don Cheadle is a great actor and did great but the character suffered from the switch of one personality to another. I also didn't like the way they eluded at the end of the first that certain things would happen and all expectations were thrown out in a bad way when in the first 10 minutes the sequel blew a few holes in certain parts of the last movie. Having said all that, if you put your expectations aside and just want some great entertainment, look no further this movie was a great way to spend a couple hours of your life.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good follow up

      Posted
      javaselmo

      While most sequels fall short of their much hyped predecessors (which the first IRON MAN certainly was), IRON MAN 2 is definitely a good follow up. The first movie introduces us to the characters, and have all the whiz-bang, boom of a summer blockbuster. This second installment spends much of its time focused on Tony Stark's backstory, specifically his relationship with his father. Stark also deals with the physical consequences of using an energy source to run his heart. IRON MAN 2 also gives plenty of hints for it's upcoming franchise movies with the appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson). Finally, while the movie does get bogged down a bit with the introspections of Tony Stark, the movie delivers in the end with an exciting action sequence that only Iron Man, and now joined by his buddy War Machine, can bring. PS--And don't forget to watch the extra scene after the credits roll for another extra hint of an upcoming summer movie :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A bit disappointed, but good nonetheless

      Posted
      huskysilverdog

      Iron Man 2 isn't quite what I wanted, but it is far better than anticipated. The first Iron Man was unique and cannot be touched in its quality for a long time. This one is a worthy sequel however. Tony Stark has gone back to his former self in the sense of pride and arrogance, but has not stooped back down in his morals, excluding his addiction to alcohol. He is the most popular man on earth and has everything he could ever want, except for time. Ironically his chest piece that is keeping him alive is also killing him giving him the mentality of living life to the fullest. Whiplash comes into the picture and puts doubt into the world’s mind of whether or not Iron Man is capable of keeping his promises of world peace and the Iron Man tech. This only adds more instability to Tony’s life and begins his fall from fame. This new Iron Man story is a great installment to what will become a great super hero series. Must see for this summer. Period.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      No problems with the Blu Ray disc. Great movie.

      Posted
      CoolG

      Loved this movie! Not as good as the original but still very entertaining. Not sure if I liked Terrence Howard or Don Cheadle better as Rhodey. Should have probably stuck with Howard since he was in the first movie. Liked Mickey Rourke's character as Whiplash. Scarlett Jo looked great in leather or whatever she was wearing. Didn't really care for the Hammer character, could have chosen a better actor. The audio track and special effects are outstanding. Favorite scene was the auto race in Monaco when Whiplash makes his debut! Cool! The BD movie played fine in my Pioneer 51FD and Panasonic BD-35 players. Make sure you have the current firmware updates if you do have a problem. This movie is good fun!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Iron Man 2 is a bit rusty.

      Posted
      Tigon

      Saw the movie in theatres, bought it 2010, pawned it by 2013. Iron Man/ Tony Stark reveals his identity publically to get some retributions on his actions by the government set to make a weapon of his technology. Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer becomes a business level threat to Tony, Mickey Rourke's Whiplash sets to eliminate Tony for past revenges against his family. Too much talk and little action to a limp story. The Disneyland joke implemented at the moment of Marvel Comics buy up from Disney is clever, but the movie never holds weight as the first one. No real threat, minor conspiracy tale, and with a few good action scenes- there's little to impress until you've sold it off in another few years.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great follow up to the first

      Posted
      conanstvnz
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      well I have to admit, I already owned this movie. I went to best buy with my daughter to redeem a reward zone bonus and we were looking to get Iron Man 3. so we are in the store, looking at the DVD, the DVD / blueray combo, and the 3d version. in between all them I saw one for 19.99 that was blue ray DVD combo pack so we both decided to get it. we got home and started watching and I thought, hmm, they are recapping the last movie I guess because it had mickey rourke's character. then I glanced down back at the case and only realized then, that we had purchased IRON MAN 2!!!! (again!). we rented iron man 3 a few days later and I think the story line was weaker and not as good as the previous two. Glad I didn't buy Iron Man 3 now!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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