New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Iron Man 3' Explodes Home, Plus 'The Kings of Summer' and a New 'Halloween'

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Iron Man 3' Explodes Home, Plus 'The Kings of Summer' and a New 'Halloween'

Sep 24, 2013

Iron Man 3 - Disney - 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr.Gwyneth PaltrowDon Cheadle,Guy PearceRebecca HallFull cast + crew

Iron Man 3 is arguably the best Marvel movie made so far. However, the reason you can even make that argument is because it's so different than all of the other Marvel movies. It doesn't have to be saddled with an origin story, or a need to introduce new characters or a bigger storyline that feeds into the larger Marvel universe. In a way, director Shane Black was liberated by the success of not only the Iron Man series, but all of the other Marvel movies, and was given the opportunity to break pattern a bit and make a superhero movie that's far less about the super than it is the hero.

Of course, there still is plenty of over-the-top action you'd expect from a massive superhero movie, but what makes Iron Man 3 so great is the way it digs in to the character of Tony Stark and how he lives his life in a post-Avengers world. It's funny and dramatic and badass, but most importantly, it's just a plain 'ole, old school story about a guy solving a murder mystery (that happens to involve hundreds of people).

Special Features: A truly fantastic, must-listen audio commentary from Shane Black and his co-writer, Drew Pearce; the Marvel One-Shot short film Agent Carter (15 minutes), a must-watch for Captain America fans; a further 45+ minutes of making-of material and deleted scenes.

 

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The Kings of Summer was one of the breakout films from this year's Sundance film festival, and while it may not have stormed the box office in the same way it took Sundance, everyone who did see it seemed to love its fresh, honest take on a coming-of-age story. If you missed it in theaters (and you probably did), now's the time to check it out.

You probably already own John Carpenter's Halloween. Hell, if you're a horror fan, you probably own multiple copies of it. So why get a new one? Well, Anchor Bay had the good sense to do a new video transfer for this particular Blu-ray, and had cinematographer Dean Cundey sign off on it. So, this is the best, most accurate copy of Halloween available to fans anywhere. If you're a die hard, it's worth the double dip. Sticking with horror, V/H/S/2 hits home this week, and it is an all around better film than the first horror anthology. It's shorter, and on average each segment is just better than the first one. It's worth watching for Gareth Evans' crazy cult sequence alone, which is one of the wildest pieces of horror you'll see all year.

Even though Jason Statham is a global star, he still has more than a few movies that don't get the superstar treatment here in America. The latest to fit this bill is Redemption, which hit is native UK under the title Hummingbird.  

Lastly we have the first season of NBC's Hannibal, which ended up being one of, if not the, best new shows of the year. It does bank a little too much on the audience knowing all about Hannibal Lecter ahead of time (there's a lot of teasing of jokes that require you to know about his past before they show you), but it's still the best procedural thriller on TV currently. If you love the character, or cop dramas in general, you're going to want to give it a shot.

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