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Old September 21 2010, 05:40 PM   #356
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Re: Iron Man 2: Grading, Review, Discussion **SPOILERS**

Iron Man 2 hits store shelves next Tuesday September 28.
Details.

The 3-Disc combo pack
Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating: 8 out of 10
Extras Rating: 9 out of 10
Rating: PG-13


Starring:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes
Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff
Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer
Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
John Slattery as Howard Stark
Garry Shandling as Senator Stern
Paul Bettany as Jarvis
Kate Mara as U.S. Marshal
Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
Christiane Amanpour as Herself

Directed by Jon Favreau

Special Features:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
Feature film with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault (HD) - Extend your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with high-level clearance into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s digital data vault. Interact with select scenes from the movie that include new layers of graphics and insider information. View case files, dossiers, S.H.I.E.L.D. training films, tech details and more.
Previsualization and Animatics (HD)

Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of "Iron Man 2" (HD)
Rebuilding the Suit - An all-encompassing look at the beginning stages of this mammoth blockbuster.
A Return to Action - From Marvel Studios to the streets of Monaco, Jon Favreau takes viewers through the trials and triumphs of continuing Iron Man's story.
Expanding the Universe - From the amazing sets of Stark Expo to Tony Stark's home and beyond, the Marvel Universe continues to unfold into new and exciting places.
Building a Legacy - From filming to editing, scoring and visual effects, Favreau and his team face the challenges of bringing the sequel to the big screen.

Featurettes (HD):
Creating Stark Expo - A look at how the sets and computer-generated elements combine to create the massive set piece.
Practical Meets Digital - How the "practical" props inform the "digital" work that ultimately brings our hero to life on screen.
Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury - A comprehensive journey into creating one of the most mysterious and influential heroes in the Marvel Universe.
Illustrated Origin: Black Widow - An exciting look at the new femme fatale introduced in "Iron Man 2."
Illustrated Origin: War Machine - A look at the introduction of the character and how his friendship with Tony Stark resonates with fans.
Working with DJ AM - Jon Favreau remembers working with Adam Goldstein.

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD):
Alternate Opening
Coulson at the Senate
The Sub-Orbital Jet
Tony's Workshop (extended)
Natalie Wears the Gauntlet
Flying Party Girl
Mark II Security
Element Rediscovered (extended)

Concept Art Gallery
Theatrical Trailers (HD)
Music Video: AC/DC "Shoot To Thrill" (HD)

Disc 3 (DVD):
Feature Film
Digital Copy

Iron Man 2 finished its run with a US total of $312m and worldwide total of $621m. It currently stands as the #3 film of the year.

I saw the movie twice in the theater. Once opening weekend and once again in August when it hit the $1.50 theater in my area. Wanted to see if it held up(initially I liked it) or if it was as flawed as so many insisted. While I wouldn't argue it could've used some tighting up in spots it works as good sequel and set-up for more of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don't find it as jarring as some and will be getting this either when it comes out or gamble and see if its a Black Friday special. Either way I'll be getting Iron Man 2, will you?
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