He­roes to the fore

IronMan2 and orig­i­nal KingKong top list of lat­est Blu-ray ti­tles.

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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.

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