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Iron Man 3

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Iron Man 3 shines in 4K UHD; a fitting, visually spectacular end to the trilogy with RDJ's stellar performance.

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  • Video
  • Iron Man 3's 4K UHD release, while not perfect, impressively enhances picture quality with HDR and WCG, presenting the best visual upgrade of the trilogy.

  • Audio
  • Masterful soundscapes in DTS-HD and Dolby Atmos deliver blockbuster aural experiences with precision, though some mixes lack bass, still ensuring a thrilling home theater journey.

  • Extra
  • The Concorde Ultra HD Blu-ray of Iron Man includes all classic extras with commentary, Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more, maintaining the trilogy's high standard, although the UHD lacks new extras.

  • Movie
  • Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, delivers a witty and character-driven exploration of Tony Stark's struggles and triumphs, set against a backdrop of high-stakes action and personal growth.

    Video: 85

    Iron Man 3" dons its 4K UHD Blu-ray suit with a commendably strong, though not without flaws, HEVC / H.265 encoded 2160p transfer, retaining its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 widescreen. The leap from its Blu-ray counterpart is significant thanks to the digital source format it was shot in—originally in ARRIRAW 2.8K, albeit limited by a 2K digital intermediate. This process somewhat hinders its potential for true 4K glory but nevertheless, the detail quality benefitting from the higher resolution and HDR (High Dynamic Range) elevates it above its predecessors, especially with more precise skin textures and enhanced clarity on fine objects. This demonstrates a marked improvement in resolution, albeit subtly, compared to the prior 1080p presentations.

    Attention to detail is slightly sharper, revealing nuances such as the micro-scratches on Iron Man’s armor and the distinct textures of clothing and environments, yet it's an upgrade that demands keen eyesight to appreciate fully. Contrast sees an overall improvement, lending a more pronounced pop to whites and maintaining deep, rich blacks that add a desirable depth and dimension, instigated particularly by the HDR enhancement. Such advancements bring out vibrant and fuller colors throughout, most notably in the red, white, and blue of the Iron Patriot and the fiery glow of the Extremis soldiers. Despite the movie being darker and occasionally veering towards a grayer palette - likely a creative decision by director Shane Black - the presentation benefits from HDR10, showcasing more lively and diverse colors that breathe new life into scenes.

    In essence, while Iron Man 3’s transition to 4K UHD may not be a definitive leap over its Blu-ray version due to inherent limitations from digital intermediates and source material handling, it certainly presents the best version of Tony Stark’s third outing. The HDR execution elevates it with more vibrant colors and improved contrast that makes every frame pop more than it ever has before. Although it might not set the benchmark for UHD presentations, it remains a substantial upgrade over previous versions, making it the most visually compelling iteration of the Iron Man trilogy on home media yet.

    Audio: 90

    The audio presentation of the 4K UHD Blu-Ray of "Iron Man 3" boasts an impressive array of technical specifications, offering both a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track that delivers blockbuster bombast with unyielding precision and an admirable Dolby Atmos mix that, despite not quite reaching the heights of its predecessors or the full potential of bass depth, nonetheless provides a solid sonic workout for your home theater system. The DTS-HD track, in particular, is lauded for its ability to engulf viewers with a furious volley of sonic elements without sacrificing the eminent clarity and distinct shape of its expertly-crafted soundscape. Dialogue remains prominent and coherent throughout, able to dominate even amidst the cacophony of action sequences, while the musical score adeptly mirrors the tumultuous events on screen with unbridled conviction.

    Meanwhile, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack, though it falls slightly short in delivering the authoritative low-end some might expect from action-packed scenes such as the shipyard battle or the helicopter attack on Tony Stark's mansion, is nonetheless effective in its spatial audio delivery. Vocals are clean and well-prioritized, with a rich full sound that maintains excellent clarity. Surround activity is smooth and engaging, creating a spacious and immersive soundstage that enhances on-screen visuals. However, critiques arise regarding its somewhat underwhelming bass response during key moments that should otherwise pack a substantial punch.

    Collectively, these audio tracks offer a nuanced and dynamic listening experience that ranges from the precision and bombast of the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track to the richly textured and spatially engaging Dolby Atmos mix. Despite some reservations about the bass depth in the Atmos mix, both tracks contribute significantly to the overall enjoyment of "Iron Man 3", with expertly integrated effects that stun and startle in equal measure, befitting of the film's high-octane action and immersive storytelling.

    Extra: 74

    The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of "Iron Man 3" amalgamates legacy extras from its previous release, focusing on quality rather than quantity. Accompanying the visually stunning main feature, the disc provides fans with an engaging trove of supplements focusing on the film's production, behind-the-scenes insights, and deleted content that shines a new light on the cinematic experience. Among the included content is a commentary by Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce that offers both humorous and insightful perspectives on the film's creation and themes. Notably, the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter short film stands out, connecting to a broader universe and leading to a spin-off series. Additionally, for those interested in the technical aspects, features such as "Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One" provide an in-depth look at how key sequences were brought to life. While the set does not offer new material exclusive to the 4K release, it compensates with a comprehensive collection that retains high standards, packaged together with a Movies Anywhere digital copy code. The primary drawback is the absence of the Blu-ray 3D version and reliance on external downloads for the full "Restore the Database" Second Screen experience through the Iron Man 3: Jarvis app.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary: Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce offer insights.
    • Marvel's Iron Man 3: JARVIS - A Second Screen Experience: Interactive companion via iOS app.
    • Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter: Short film.
    • Iron Man 3 Unmasked: Behind-the-scenes featurette.
    • Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One: Technical breakdown.
    • Exclusive Look at Thor: The Dark World: Sneak peek.
    • Deleted and Extended Scenes: Additional content not in the theatrical release.
    • Gag Reel: Humorous outtakes.

    Movie: 85

    Iron Man 3," presented in its splendid 4K UHD Blu-ray incarnation, stands not just as another chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but as a testament to Shane Black's distinctive directorial flair. Transitioning from Jon Favreau, Black imbues the film with his hallmark attributes - witty script, a Christmas setting, and a down-on-his-luck hero, making this entry arguably the best in the "Iron Man" series. The narrative effectively delves into Tony Stark's psyche, exploring his PTSD with a finesse that adds remarkable depth to the character. Although the film's villains, portrayed by Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley, have polarized fans due to unexpected twists and unfulfilled expectations, the Extremis assassins provide a chilling menace. Despite a grandiose finale that may lean too heavily into spectacle, the movie flourishes in its quieter moments, showcasing the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Black.

    Disney's transition of "Iron Man 3" to 4K UHD is an exemplary feat, enhancing the visual and auditory experience with new 2160p/HDR video quality and Dolby Atmos audio. This release carries over the supplements from the previous 2013 Blu-ray, ensuring fans have a comprehensive package. The storyline's post-"Avengers" setting reveals a Tony Stark grappling with vulnerability, lending an authenticity to his character development. The introduction of enhanced soldiers led by the Mandarin offers a formidable challenge, pushing Stark to rediscover his identity beyond the suit. Supported by Rhodey as "Iron Patriot," Stark's journey is both personal and action-packed.

    Initially divisive among fans, especially concerning the portrayal of the Mandarin, "Iron Man 3" has aged well, benefitting from revaluation over time. Appreciation for Shane Black's direction has grown, recognizing his ability to blend action with deep character introspection. The film's treatment of heavy themes such as anxiety and the consequences of past actions is handled with care, contributing to a more nuanced superhero narrative. This 4K UHD release not only elevates the technical presentation but also invites a reevaluation of its place within the broader MCU tapestry, solidifying "Iron Man 3" as an essential and enriching cinematic experience.

    Total: 82

    Iron Man 3" on 4K UHD Blu-ray presents a visually rich and technically superior experience that not only transitions Tony Stark’s arc into the next phase of the MCU but also serves as a prime example of how to execute a character-driven narrative with finesse. Co-written and directed by Shane Black, the film explores deeper layers of Stark’s persona, delivering a plot that is both entertaining and emotionally engaging. The upgrade from Blu-ray to Ultra HD is significant, with a stunning HDR10 presentation accentuating the visual spectacle and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that, although not groundbreaking, elevates the audio experience. This release underscores Robert Downey Jr.'s pivotal role in the MCU, offering a performance that reminds us of the depth and complexity of Iron Man.

    From the technical standpoint, "Iron Man 3" stands out as the best in its trilogy concerning picture quality on UHD. Despite some audio limitations not surpassing expectations, the film benefits from a commendable upgrade, making it a showpiece for both audiovisual connoisseurs and dedicated fans. The inclusion of all extras from its 2013 release ensures that enthusiasts are not left wanting for content. Furthermore, the German studio Concorde takes a commendable step in providing fans with an Ultra HD experience that somewhat compensates for Disney/Marvel's slow embrace of the format, especially highlighting this third installment as a definitive improvement over its predecessors.

    In conclusion, "Iron Man 3" on 4K UHD Blu-ray not only offers a superior audiovisual feast that is arguably the best among the trilogy but serves as a pivotal conclusion to Tony Stark's journey before "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The combination of Shane Black’s direction, Robert Downey Jr.'s performance, and the technical excellence of the 4K presentation make this a highly recommended addition to any MCU collection. Whether for the depth of its character exploration or its standout quality in 4K format, this release affirms "Iron Man 3" as an essential chapter in the Iron Man saga and a must-have for fans and newcomers alike.