Robert Downey Jr. dons the red-and-gold metal suit again while Kong gets a high-def makeover.
Iron Man 2: Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as billionaire playboy-cum-superhero Tony Stark who has revealed at a press conference that he is Iron Man. This prompts the unwanted attention of the military (they want his flying-suit technology for a weapon) and one Ivan "Whiplash" Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian physicist who wants to take down Stark before radiation poisoning from the Iron Man suit finishes Stark off first. Gwyneth Paltrow, who is usually insufferable on-screen and off, is almost adorable as Stark's dutiful assistant Pepper Potts, who gets an unexpected promotion. Don Cheadle replaces the first movie's Terrence Howard as Stark's pal Rhodey, and Scarlett Johansson is the sexy S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Black Widow by whom guys wouldn't mind getting knocked around. It all makes for a dazzling and bombastic sequel that will satisfy fans even with its hurried final battle. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary by director Jon Favreau, four deleted scenes, "Creating Stark Expo," "Practical Meets Digital" and the AC/DC music video "Shoot to Thrill." Exclusive to the BD are four more deleted scenes, "Illustrated Origins," an interview with Favreau, "Working with DJ AM," concept art, trailers and the interactive S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault. Blu-ray's Bob's Verdict: Buy Me
Get Him to the Greek: This spin-off of 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall features Jonah Hill as a low-level record-company employee tasked with bringing out-of-control rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for his comeback concert. The film also stars Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as Hill's unscrupulous boss and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss as Hill's overworked girlfriend. The movie unintentionally mocks the pathetic state of the modern music industry as we follow Hill and Brand from one sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll misadventure to the next, which might be shocking and amusing to those who have taken a tepid, middle-of-the-road approach to partying (i.e. maybe a drink or two of champagne on New Year's). For the rest of us, it's like a high-volume hangover. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray are filled with deleted scenes, extended musical performances, audio commentaries and a behind-the-scenes featurette; the BD adds more deleted and extended scenes, a karaoke feature and cast auditions. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me (if you like to rock 'n' roll all night and party every day)
Frozen: If you ski or snowboard again after watching this surprisingly nail-biting horror thriller about three college students who accidentally get stranded on a chair lift with no hope of rescue for a week, then you probably jumped in the ocean right after watching Jaws, too. It's hard not to squirm in your seat as our threesome (Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers and Emma Bell) deal with frostbite, hungry wolves and cringe-inducing choices in this claustrophobic hell ride. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentary, the origins of Frozen, making-of featurettes and deleted scenes; the BD adds an additional commentary track. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me
King Kong (1933) (Blu-ray): "What ever happened to Fay Wray?" asked Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The answer is, she got remastered and her scenes deemed too risqué got reinserted for the Blu-ray debut of the classic supersized-simian flick. This is the definitive version of the original King Kong, a movie always named as one of Hollywood's greatest achievements. While its then-revolutionary stop-motion special effects are fascinating to look at from a historical perspective, the truth is—to be brutally honest and risk the scorn of film snobs that think anything olden is golden—the film does not age well. Sure, Fay Wray is a vision from another era, but she has no emotional connection to the beast, unlike her successor, Naomi Watts, in Peter Jackson's version. Instead Wray just screams and squirms, plus she endures endless sexist and leaden dialogue delivered by the rest of the cast. If you dissect every element of the film (acting, special effects, dialogue, chemistry, score), you’ll be forced to admit that Jackson improved on every one of them. Regardless, this Blu-ray packaged in a photo book is an essential historical collectible for Old Hollywood buffs. Best extras: commentary, a seven-part documentary, a documentary on Merian C. Cooper and more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (if you go ape for oldies)
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