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Los Angeles Times - - Movies - Noel Mur­ray

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.

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