Metal and alcohol don’t mix
Iron Man 2 Paramount, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99
Though less fresh and surprising than the first movie featuring Marvel Comics’ armored good guy, “Iron Man 2” is no less entertaining. This time out, Robert Downey Jr.’s quickwitted, cocksure billionaire Tony Stark is having difficulty with his newfound superhero celebrity; he’s drinking too much and making rash decisions, which makes him a weakened target for a rival industrialist (played by Sam Rockwell) and the mad scientist (played by Mickey Rourke) that he hires to take down Stark. The long scenes of Stark bottoming-out get a little dreary, but otherwise this is zippy, action-packed fun. Marvel fans in particular will enjoy the DVD and Blu-ray, which contain all the usual commentaries and featurettes, plus advance looks at the upcoming “Captain America” and “Thor” movies.
Focus, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98
If you like babies — and who doesn’t like babies? — you should find at least something to like about director Thomas Balmes’ documentary, which follows children from the U.S., Japan, Mongolia and Namibia as they go through the first year of their lives. If the film leans toward the treacly, that’s only because the wee ones are so gosh-darn cute, though Balmes also explores some enlightening parallels between how kids are raised in different cultures. The methods are similar in a lot of ways — but not always. The DVD and Bluray also feature an epilogue/ sequel to the movie, in which Balmes revisits the four families three years later. raunchy Hollywood comedies over the past few years, and they’re fun to watch in “Get Him to the Greek,” though they sometimes prove that brilliant character actors are better served as seasoning, not the main dish. Brand reprises his “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” role as a drunken, out-ofcontrol rock star, while Hill plays the poor schlub assigned to make sure he makes it to a concert on time. Frequently funny — and only occasionally too maudlin — “Get Him to the Greek” is like “My Favorite Year” but less madcap. On DVD and Blu-ray, the film adds a riotous commentary track with Brand and Hill, plus deleted/extended scenes and multiple featurettes.
The Killer Inside Me
MPI, $19.98; Blu-ray, $29.98
In director Michael Winterbottom and screenwriter John Curran’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s gamy pulp novel “The Killer Inside Me,” Casey Affleck plays a smalltown Texas lawman whose polite exterior masks a raging misanthropy. Affleck’s terrific — reserved, handsome and creepy — but Winterbottom doesn’t have enough of an individual style to make the movie any more than a serviceable noir homage. (Also, the graphic violence is ugly and gratuitous.) The DVD and Blu-ray add only a trio of featurettes.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.