Iron Man (PG-13)

Ultimate 2-disc Edition Blu-ray

Movie: 3 1/2 stars out of 4

Discs: 4 stars out of 4

Even though "The Dark Knight" supplanted it as the highest grosser of the year, "Iron Man" is still the best comic-book adaptation of this decade. This is exactly the kind of movie for which the Blu-ray format was designed. The crystal-clear, hi-def visuals and balanced, bone-rattling audio will match or surpass any theatrical presentation. If you're still on the fence about investing in a now affordable Blu-ray system, take the plunge and make "Iron Man" your first acquisition.

Technical specifications: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p), audio: English (5.1 Dolby True HD), French and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Special features include:

· Three exclusive Blu-ray features

· Deleted and extended scenes

· Seven-part "making of" documentary

· Visual effects feature

· Robert Downey Jr. screen test

· The actors' process

· Stills galleries

(Paramount, $39.99.)