September 24, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
Movies based on comic books can be very hit or miss. When Iron Man came out, it was an instant it - different, unexpected, self-deprecating in parts.
And along with The Dark Knight, another comic-book-based movie, it’s release on Blu-ray format helped push the HD disc more mainstream. Well like The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2 is pretty good for a sequel. Maybe not Dark Knight good, but certainly worth checking out on a big screen if you can.
Not only does Robert Downey Jr. still get the job done, but Gwyneth Paltrow returns and we get some great cast infusion with Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle this time.
If you’re looking for another action hero, you might as well check out Hero. Quentin Tarantino goes into production mode to help deliver this Jet Li warrior flick. As you may know, Li’s movies aren’t exactly yawners, so hopefully you’re display can handle fast action scenes.
On the music side, one of the best series around is the Classic Albums franchise that really takes you inside the production and recording of, you guessed it, some classic albums. This time around we get a daily double—the signature 2112 and Moving Pictures releases that helped shape the enduring career of Canadian rockers Rush. We’ll let Geddy, Alex and Neil tell you the whole stories.
Click here for our Top 10 Blu-rays of the Week. Here’s the complete schedule (listings and slideshow synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
All I Ever Wanted: The Airborne Toxic Event Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall
Battle 360: The Complete Season One
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
Get Him to the Greek
Iron Man 2
The Killer Inside Me
King Kong (1933)
Homage to Robert Schumann
Lighthouses of the Pacific Northwest
Mahler: Symphony No.2
Mahler: Symphony No.6
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Symphonies No. 41 ‘Jupiter’ & 38 ‘Prague’
Patton 360: The Complete Season One
The Private Eyes
Rock and Rule
Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures
Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost
Szymanovski: King Roger
The Thin Red Line
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.