I remember 8 years ago, comic book movie, while growing in popularity over the years (Superman from 1978, Batman from 1989, Blade from 1998, X-Men from 2000 and finally Spider-Man in 2002) with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Bryan Singer's 2 X-Men films (Let's forget about X3 for a spell) set the stage for critical and commercial success, but Marvel still wanted to do something that it had done years prior in paper & ink form, which was to create a universe and populate it with their characters (Those that it held rights to, so no X-Men, Punisher, Daredevil crossovers just yet) which for the time being was a huge gamble. Marvel created its own film unit, received $500 million in credit and have Kevin Feige at the head of it all. Iron Man was announced first as the "big bang" of the MCU, so to speak, which was followed by a collective "Huh?!" since Iron Man was a little known character outside the comics and seemed like the universe had ended, just as it started. Then, Jon Favreau was chosen to direct. Yet again, same response since he was mainly known for acting in Swingers, and directing comedic and family films such as Elf and Zathura. Then, recently cleaned up actor Robert Downey, Jr. was cast to star as Tony Stark, ahead of superstar Tom Cruise and many others. I wasn't hugely interested in this film at first, mainly diverting my time to Raimi's Spider-Man films and Nolan's Batman films with the rest of my time split between work and video games. 2008 came, saw a trailer for Iron Man, after pretty much forgetting it existed, and was instantly hooked. The trailer showed us the main setup, some laughs, good action and a great look at the amazing looking CGI. May couldn't come sooner, and was excited to see it, though I eventually waited until the DVD hit the shelves in September of that year. The mail came in that day, I saw a red envelope from Netflix, knowing good and well that Iron Man was finally in my grasp. I turned on my PS2 (Yes, I still played my PS2 in 2008) loaded in the disc and sat there for 2 glorious hours, transfixed on the beauty that is Iron Man. I instantly had to know more about the MCU, also knowing there was a new Hulk film out as well, also part of the MCU, and started eagerly awaiting every trailer, news article and magazine with a few snaps of photos and tidbits for info. 8 years later, I still do the same, awaiting new stuff for Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange coming out later in 2016. First things first, this is the movie that made Robert Downey, Jr. a star, well not just a star, but a living legend and today one of the highest paid actors in the world. And for good reason, he knocks the tole out of the park. His Tony Stark is smarmy, brilliant, rich, funny, and more and RDJ just makes the part his own. He knows that he is all these things, but I love how he turns himself around, actually caring for a cause to stop the spread terror and violence and actually makes us care for Tony. Bravo! And the direction is also surprisingly light hearted when its needed, but also emotional and dark when needed. Everything else from supporting performances (James Bridges to Gwyneth Paltrow to even the voice of Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S.) are exceptional. Cinematography, the score, sound and visual effects are truly top notch and still hold up almost a decade later. Only the story is a flawed that has two fantastic act of Tony being captured and escaping his kidnapping, and building and mastering his Iron Man suit but then it collapses on itself with a rushed and underdeveloped third act, but then it ends with probably on of the best closing lines ever that I will not spoil for those who have yet to see this film. Truly amazing film. Moving on to the BluRay itself, the PQ/AQ are stunning, with sharp, colorful and detailed image that still stands up almost a decade later with the image free from any major problems ,and ,for that matter, minor issues as well with grain kept level and detailed throughout with only a few spikes during the darker scenes, but even the it still avoids the look of bees swarming the cave. The sound is turned up to 11 with great surround usage, deep and rumbling bass response and may knock off unsecured items off the walls, its that good (and Oscar-nominated!). Of course, the final area is the extras, and here's where the disappointment starts. In 2008, the film came in 4 varieties to watch, a 1 and 2 disc DVD and a 1 and 2 disc BluRay. Unfortunately, Paramount (and now Disney) pitched the second disc and the cool slipcover in favor of this one-disc release. Even though this lacks the second disc full of amazing extras (Luckily found a 2-disc BluRay with slips extremely cheap) the one-disc will suit those who just wants the film and nothing more. The biggest and best extra is the over-20 minutes of deleted scenes which were rightfully yanked from the film, but shines some light on some lightened or completely removed subplots from the film. Next up is the Hall of Armor which is a showcase of the different suits used in the film. The Invincible Iron Man is a series of biographies about the origins of Iron Man and his place in comic book history. Lastly is a BD-Live feature called Iron Man IQ which are just a series of quizzes, from the content producers and user created content. I really wish they would re-release this film on BluRay, not only with the 2nd disc included but also include the 2008 commentary recorded live (Wasn't included on either format, but still worth a listen!) and a new commentary by Marvel and Jon Favreau. All in all, worth a purchase just for the movie itself, but don't pay $20+ just for the 1-disc release, search for the 2-disc edition for the same price, you'll thank me for it.