|The Invincible Iron Man Home Video Release
Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Marvel Animation
Release Date: September 2nd, 2008
Blu-ray Special Features:
•Alternate Opening Sequence
•"The Origin of Iron Man" featurette
•"The Hall of Iron Man Armor" featurette
•Preview of Hulk Versus Wolverine
•Preview of Hulk Versus Thor
The Invincible Iron Man Blu-ray Review
By James Harvey
The Invincible Iron Man, which was previously released on DVD last year, has finally found a home on Blu-ray, just in time for the home video release of both Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow and the live-action Iron Man. The packaging is the standard Amaray blue-tinted clamshell, with inside interior art but no insert. The feature is given a pretty standard Blu-ray release, with a small collection of extra and a solid presentation.
The transfer for this Blu-ray release is great for the title, and a massive improvement over the error-laden transfer from the original DVD release of The Invincible Iron Man. The audio, which was great on the original DVD release, is great here, if not better. The DTS-HD Master Audio is just great, providing a solid and crisp sound to the movie. The video, well, the video is a major improvement over the original DVD release. While the original DVD release was mired with interlacing and compression, this one is a major step up from that, looking great on all fronts. The Invincible Iron Man has never looked so good here, with a crisp and pristine transfer that puts the previous DVD release transfer to shame. This is just a solid presentation and an obviously superb effort on part of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The Blu-ray extras are basically the same EPK-styled extras featured on the previous DVD release, save for a couple additional bonus features plugging an upcoming animated film. We get a nice featurette discussing the origins of the character and the movie, with the creative team explaining why they the movie's particular direction, starting with the basics with the character and using a rather surprising approach for Stark's main adversary. It's not as thorough as I would like, but it right in line with the extras seen previously. Everyone from Craig Kyle to Joe Quesada share their two cents on the classic character and why they thought he was the perfect choice for an animated feature.
Also on tap are a couple galleries, one of Iron Man's armor and another of model sheets and 3D characters. The armor gallery is a great treat for fans. We get a look at the various armors Iron Man has worn throughout his comic history, though it feels slightly incomplete. Where's the Extremis armor? I may have overlooked it, but I saw nothing of his current armor or status anywhere in the gallery. The 3D models and character sheets give us a look at some of the behind the scenes production of the movie.
We round things off with a look at the alternate opening to the film, a bevy of trailers, and a preview for the upcoming Hulk Versus Wolverine and Hulk Versus Thor animated features.
Overall, it's a fine disc, in terms of both the feature presentation and the bonus features. The movie itself looks great in High-Definition Blu-ray with probably the best audio/video transfer the movie has ever had. If you happen to be a fan of Iron Man, then picking up this release is a no-brainer. Again, the movie has more than a few problems, but, in the end, I found it enjoyable. If you're on the fence, I'd say give a rental before opting to pay the full price. The extras are simply average for the release, but they do at least provide some nice production information to round out the standard EPK fluff. At the end of the day, I'd have to Recommend the Blu-ray release of The Invincible Iron Man. It's a fun, if flawed, movie with a remarkable audio and video transfer, and deserves a spin.