Blu-ray Tuesday: “Iron Man 3” Kicks Off Marvel’s “Phase Two” in HD – by Matt Marshall

by Matt Marshall

What better way to wrap up the month of September than with 2013’s highest grossing film making its mark on Blu-ray. With over $400 million in its domestic bank and $1.2 billion worldwide, Iron Man 3 blasted “Phase Two” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe off to new heights and more so now being available on Blu-ray.  Joining the billionaire Avenger this week on Blu-ray this week are: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Ultimate Collector’s Edition),  Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition),  Psycho II (Collector’s Edition), Psycho III (Collector’s Edition) and The Kings of Summer.

In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) continues to feel the aftermath of his epic confrontation with Loki in The Avengers. However, a new threat emerges in the form of the Mandarin, an international terrorist who destroys Tony’s Malibu home and terrorizes those closest to him. Now with Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle) at his side and countless iterations of Iron Man suits, Tony battles back in this seemingly concluding chapter.

Iron Man 3 debuts this Tuesday from Buena Vista Home Entertainment in three versions to purchase. The standard version available is a Blu-ray, DVD combo pack. A Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy combo pack is also available as is a comprehensive version with a 3D copy and music. Iron Man 3 is limited on special features, featuring an hour of extra content which includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes-featurette and a sneak peak at the upcoming Thor: The Dark World.

While Iron Man 3 might be the must-buy this week for superhero fans, Warner Bros. is re-releasing their superhero juggernaut in a definitive box set. The Dark Knight Trilogy (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) brings together all three installments of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy in one six-disc set. In addition to the three films, Warner Bros. is adding a 64-page version of “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

Just in time for the Halloween season, Starz/Anchor Bay and Shout Factory are both releasing a few of their catalog classics on Blu-ray. First up is Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) from Starz. While Halloween has already received a Blu-ray release previously, this version capitalizes on the film’s 35th anniversary and is housed in DigiBook packaging. Shout Factory will additionally be releasing Psycho II and Psycho III on Blu-ray as single-disc versions.

Rounding out this week, this summer’s coming-of-age tale, The King of Summer will arrive on Blu-ray as a single-disc edition from Sony Pictures. In The Kings of Summer, three friends seek out independence from their  parents and decide to live out in the woods. The Kings of Summer stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Nick Offerman and is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.


Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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