do you do if you lose faith in the
weapons industry where your father
made his fortune? You stop production
and turn yourself into an Iron Man,
ultimate weapon to fight the worlds
what! CLEVERLY WORKING THE IRON MAN STORY around the hostilities in
Afghanistan, this superb action film comes to DVD on 27 October (2008) with
all the high-speed, high-flying exploits that made it a box office smash hit.
In Kunar Province, Afghanistan, jet-setting industrialist Tony Stark (Robert
Downey Jr: Zodiac, Chaplin) survives a surprise attack in enemy
territory during which he is badly injured, lapses into unconsciousness and
is taken prisoner.
When he comes round, he finds some sort of magnetic metal 'plug' has been put
into his chest by fellow prisoner Yinsen (Shaun Toub), to prevent the remaining
shrapnel in his body piercing his heart. Yinsen has removed as much as he can
but some still remains.
The two men are forced to build a powerful missile for their captors
one of whom is the most famous mass murderer in the history of America
but instead of sticking to the master plans, they build a prototype all-weapons
high-tech robotic suit of armour in which Stark can make his escape. In doing
so, his new friend is killed and the prototype 'iron man' suit is destroyed
before he is picked up by a US military helicopter.
Recovering back in America at his luxury beach house in Malibu, playboy Tony
Stark has much to keep his mind off of his traumatic ordeal after all,
he is one of the world's richest men with an amazing collection of cars (including
a Cobra and an Audi R8, for those who are interested) and a private plane. Horrified
to witness Americans being killed by the very weapons manufactured by Stark
Industries to protect them, Tony tells his right-hand man Obadiah Stane (the
magnificent Jeff Bridges: The Contender) that he has decided to shut
At his luxury beachside home in Malibu, California, Stark secretly builds a
much more sophisticated Iron Man, little realising that he will soon
meet a mighty adversary whose very being threatens the entire world.
There are only two people Stark trusts implicitly Colonel James "Rhodey"
Rhodes (Terrence Howard: Hustle And Flow) and his super-efficient aide,
Deborah "Pepper" Potts (Oscar®-winner Gwyneth Paltrow: Shakespeare In Love)
but he has begun to realise that there is an enemy close at hand.
Great one-liners include Pepper Potts getting a woman with whom Stark has spent
the night to leave the house with the parting shot that she does everything
for Mr Stark "including sometimes taking out the trash"!
A superhero with unique power, irresistible charm, intelligence and wit
Iron Man is a hero who is built, not born, to be unlike any other. With
some very clever special effects, Iron Man is a beautifully filmed, engrossing,
rip-roaring action film that deals out thrills, spills and excitement from beginning
Iron Man features an all-star cast including Academy Award® nominees
Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and Oscar® winner Gwyneth Paltrow.
The film also features: Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart; Faran Tahir as Raza;
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson; Bill Smitrovich as General Gabriel; Sayed Badreya
as Abu Bakaar; and Gerard Sanders as Howard Stark. The film is Directed by Jon
Favreau (Elf); Screenplay by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and
Matt Holloway; Produced by Avi Arad and Kevin Feige. Executive Producers: Stan
Lee and David Maisel; Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique; Editor: Dan
Lebental; Visual Effects Supervisior: John Nelson; Music by Ramin Djawadi; and
Music Supervisor: Dave Jordan.
Straight from the pages of the legendary
Marvel comic book, Iron Man thrilled both critics and audiences
around the world with its captivating story and stunning visual effects. Released
on DVD and Blu-ray on 27 October (2008), courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment,
Iron Man will be available in Ultimate Edition two-disc sets and as a
single-disc DVD. Single-disc RRP £19.99; Ultimate Edition 2-Disc set RRP £24.99
| Running Time: Single-disc 121 minutes; Two-disc 230 minutes.
The Iron Man Ultimate Edition two-disc sets are supercharged with hours
of explosive bonus features that take viewers inside the suit of self-made Superhero
Tony Stark and his invincible alter ego. The sets offer the ultimate Iron
Man experience with extensive explorations of the origins of the character
in a six-part featurette, as well as a seven-part in-depth look at the making
of the film, a revealing documentary on the stellar visual effects, Robert Downey
Jr's original screen test, deleted and extended scenes, a photo gallery of concept
art and behind-the-scenes images on the set and more. The Iron Man single-disc
DVD bonus features include the deleted and extended scenes.
true heavy metal hero" The Sun
"A movie to savour" Daily Mirror
"With some very clever special effects, Iron Man is a beautifully filmed,
engrossing, rip-roaring action film that deals out thrills, spills and excitement
from beginning to end" Maggie Woods, MotorBar