The high-tech “Iron Man 2” comes to Blu-ray with tons of extras packed in, as well as a third disc containing a DVD and digital copy of the film.
In the second “Iron Man” film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers that the device he created in the first movie to power the “Iron Man” armor and keep his heart beating is also killing him. Not wanting to burden others with his problems, he withdraws into his work and increasingly erratic behavior. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), the son of an exiled Russian who helped Stark’s father develop the ideas behind the power source Stark used for his “Iron Man” armor, develops a weapon of his own, in an attempt to discredit Stark.
Vanko’s attack on Stark in Monaco, in the film’s best sequence, draws the attention of arms manufacturer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), who wants to parlay Vanko’s know-how into his own armored suits to sell to the U.S. government.
The film is flashy and explosive, and director Jon Favreau knows how to let his actors work. The film may feel overstuffed to some. Characters Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) work in an espionage subplot, while returning characters Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Happy Hogan (Favreau) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard) focus on Tony’s personal problems. Both of these eventually intersect, as Stark discovers his father’s true legacy.
The Blu-ray looks fantastic and is packed with three hours of extras, including featurettes on making the films, creating the armor suits, introducing new characters, deleted scenes with commentary, a music video and more. The “data vault” on the first disc works in conjunction with selected scenes to provide additional information. There’s also a full-length commentary on the film by Favreau.
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