Deal of the Day: Iron Man 2 on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Copy. – $24.99

imageGet the ultimate Iron Man 2 experience with this special edition loaded with bonus features that take you inside the suit, plus a digital copy of the film that you can watch anywhere, anytime! Now that Tony Stark’s superhero secret is revealed to the world, he must once again suit up in order to face his most dangerous enemy yet – but not without a few new allies of his own!

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image After the high-flying adventures of the first Iron Man picture, the billionaire arms manufacturer and irrepressible bon vivant Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself nursing a hangover. But not like any hangover he’s had before: this one is toxic, a potentially deadly condition resulting from heavy metals (or something) bleeding out of the hardware he’s installed in the middle of his chest. This is the problem Stark needs to solve in Iron Man 2, not to mention the threat from resentful Russian science whiz Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father helped create the Iron Man technology. There’s an even bigger problem for the film: the need to set up a future Marvel Comics movie universe in which a variety of veteran characters will join forces, a requirement that slows down whatever through-line the movie can generate (although fanboys will have a good time digging the clues laid out here). Actually, the main plot is no great shakes: another Iron Man suit is deployed (Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard from the first film, gets to climb inside), Stark continues to bicker with assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and a weaselly business rival (Sam Rockwell) tries to out-do the Iron Man suit with an army of Vanko-designed drones. Mickey Rourke is a letdown, burdened by a wobbly Russian accent and looking skeptical about the genre foolishness around him, and Scarlett Johansson has to wait until the final couple of reels to unleash some butt-kickin’ skills as the future Black Widow. That climax is sufficiently lively, and the initial half-hour, including Stark’s smirky appearance before a Senate committee and a wacky showdown at the Monaco Grand Prix, provides a strong, swift opening. But the lull between these high points is crying for more action and more Downey improv.

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Special Features

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
Feature film with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault (HD)— Extend your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with high-level clearance into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s digital data vault. Interact with select scenes from the movie that include new layers of graphics and insider information. View case files, dossiers, S.H.I.E.L.D. training films, tech details and more.
Previsualization and Animatics (HD)
Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 (HD)
Rebuilding the Suit—An all-encompassing look at the beginning stages of this mammoth blockbuster.
A Return to Action—From Marvel Studios to the streets of Monaco, Jon Favreau takes viewers through the trials and triumphs of continuing Iron Man’s story.
Expanding the Universe—From the amazing sets of Stark Expo to Tony Stark’s home and beyond, the Marvel Universe continues to unfold into new and exciting places.
Building a Legacy—From filming to editing, scoring and visual effects, Favreau and his team face the challenges of bringing the sequel to the big screen.
Featurettes (HD):

  • Creating Stark Expo—A look at how the sets and computer-generated elements combine to create the massive set piece.Practical Meets Digital—How the “practical” props inform the “digital” work that ultimately brings our hero to life on screen.
  • Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury—A comprehensive journey into creating one of the most mysterious and influential heroes in the Marvel Universe.
  • Illustrated Origin: Black Widow—An exciting look at the new femme fatale introduced in Iron Man 2.
  • Illustrated Origin: War Machine—A look at the introduction of the character and how his friendship with Tony Stark resonates with fans.
  • Working with DJ AM—Jon Favreau remembers working with Adam Goldstein.

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD):

  • Alternate Opening
  • Coulson at the Senate
  • The Sub-Orbital Jet
  • Tony’s Workshop (extended)
  • Natalie Wears the Gauntlet
  • Flying Party Girl
  • Mark II Security
  • Element Rediscovered (extended)

Concept Art Gallery
Theatrical Trailers (HD)
Music Video: AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill” (HD)
Disc 3 (DVD):
Feature Film
Digital Copy

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Deal of the Day: The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] $36.99

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Buy The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] for just $36.99

In this charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum novel, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she encounters some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.

Review:

When it was released during Hollywood’s golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn’t start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn’t until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz‘s TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz–the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)–have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy’s enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film’s still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it’s loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it’s required viewing for kids of all ages

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Special Features

The movie in 1080p picture and Dolby TrueHD sound

Ultimate Collector’s Edition:

  • Limited-edition 70th-anniversary watch
  • Original 1939 campaign book reproduction
  • Behind the Curtain of Production 1060: 52-page commemorative book
  • Replica of original movie budget

All-new singalong feature (requires BD-Live or BonusView-enabled Blu-ray player)

Extras featuring the life and times of original author L. Frank Baum and early-screen adaptations of the Oz books, the original Baum silent The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and the complete The Magic Cloak of Oz

Nearly four hours of extras new to this collection, including a documentary profile of director Victor Fleming, the TV movie special The Dreamer of Oz, and the 2007 Hollywood Walk of Fame salute to the Munchkins

MGM: When the Lion Roars bonus movie (standard DVD)

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The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray is on Sale for just $49.99

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The definitive 7-disc Blu-ray set, The Ultimate Matrix Collection features all three films in the trilogy together for the first time ever with a newly re-mastered picture and sound for The Matrix. Also included is the companion piece The Matrix Revisited and the best-selling The Animatrix, plus five entirely new Blu-ray discs packed solid with brand-new supplemental materials that encompass every aspect of the Matrix universe, including two new audio commentaries on each film, Enter the Matrix video game footage, 106 deep-delving featurettes/ documentaries and much more!

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Special Features

Written Introduction by the Wachowski Brothers
Commentaries by:
– Philosophers: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber
– Critics: Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
– Cast/Crew: Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta
for The Matrix
Feature-Length Documentary The Matrix Revisited
Behind The Matrix Documentary Gallery: 83 Featurettes with The MTV Movie Awards Reloaded and 3-D Evolutions Stills Gallery
The Music Revisited: 41-Track Audio Selection of Nearly 3 Hours of Music
Music Videos: Marilyn Manson’s Rock Is Dead and P.O.D.’s Sleeping Wake
Enter The Matrix: The Game Documentary
Enter The Matrix: View 23 Live-Action Scenes Shot for the Video Game That Plug into the Action of The Matrix Reloaded
4 Director Commentaries and 8 Documentaries on The Animatrix, Including Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime
The Burly Man Chronicles: Probe the Society of Actors, Craftspeople and Filmmakers Who Shaped the Movie Trilogy and the Enter The
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Console Game in 21 Featurettes and a Feature-Length Documentary
The Roots of The Matrix: Historical, Philosophical and Technological Inspirations Are Explored in Insightful Documentaries
The Zion Archive: Production Assets Developed for The Matrix Universe, Including Concert Art Storyboards, Drawings, Music Videos,
Music Rave Reel and The Matrix Online
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

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