Heroes to the fore
IronMan2 and original KingKong top list of latest Blu-ray titles.
AN exhilarating super hero saga, Iron Man 2, and one of the greatest adventure movies of all time, the original King Kong, lead this week’s lineup of new releases arriving on Blu-ray.
Iron Man 2 (Paramount, 2010) has Robert Downey Jr returning as Tony Stark, who reveals to all that he is Iron Man. As the film opens, Stark’s ego has taken hold as he claims to have achieved world peace thanks to his superhero deeds. However, he is about to receive a jolt of reality.
The super villain Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) is out to take down Stark. Their first encounter on a race track is a memorable one. Stark’s biggest enemy, however, might be his Iron Man power source. It is poisoning him, which could mean death for Stark, who begins to wallow in self pity.
Not to worry. With the help of his friends Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Lt Col James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Stark bounces back complete with Iron Man suit just in time for a spectacular climatic battle. Also on hand are Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who proves she can handle herself in any situation.
Iron Man 2, based on the Marvel comic book, delivers an action-packed piece of entertainment as promised. Includes standard DVD version and digital copy. Recommended.
Nearly 80 years after its initial release, King Kong (Warner Brothers, 1933) remains a marvel of filmmaking and a lasting tribute to special effects pioneer Willis O’Brien. Using the timeconsuming stop-motion animation method, O’Brien brought to life the mighty Kong complete with personality.
It’s not just O’Brien’s work that makes this a great film. Max Steiner’s magical music score is unforgettable. The pacing is terrific, starting with a methodical buildup from New York’s harbour to the mysterious Skull Island.
Once showman Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) and his party land on the island, the film moves with a breathless speed that does not stop until the Empire State Building finale. And, of course, Fay Wray as Ann Darrow has become a part of Americana.
The film never looked better
(Sony, 2009): Here is the story of one of great romances of the 20th century between two creative souls, Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) and Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen). After Starvinsky’s music masterpiece The Rite Of Spring is booed as being too modern in Paris of 1913, he eventually encounters Chanel and the two inspire each other.
(Warner Brothers, 2010): Another in a series of welldone animated films based on the DC Universe. In this one, Superman encounter Kara, a cousin from Krypton. When the evil Darkseid puts her under his control, Superman and Batman team up to bring him down.
(Universal, 2010): Thomas Balmes directed this unique film that follows four newborns simultaneously from different parts of the world. They include Ponijo from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Mari from Tokyo and Hattie from San Francisco. Also includes a look at the babies three years later.
(Koch, 2010): Rock ’n’ roll and vampires. Jennifer (Jessica Pare), aided by her vampire buddies, is the lead singer of an incredibly popular rock band. As it sweeps across the country playing to sold out concerts, vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing (Malcolm McDowell) is on their bloody trail. – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services than it does in this Blu-ray book release. There are plenty of great extras, including documentaries on Kong’s father Merian C. Cooper and The Making Of King Kong. Also don’t miss the great recreation of the lost spider pit sequence. Very highly recommended.
Other Blu-ray releases
GetHimToTheGreek (Universal, 2010): Jonah Hill plays aspiring music executive Aaron Green, who has an assignment that could make his career. He has 72 hours to get rock legend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles for a comeback concert. The comedy comes in watching the obstacles Green must overcome to make it happen.