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'Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United' Blu-ray

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Not wanting anyone to forget about their characters in between films, Marvel unleashes the CG-animated feature "Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United." Apparently, these two super heroes don't need the rest of the Avengers to get the job done. The great green behemoth and heavy metal warrior can take on super-villains just fine as a dysfunctional duo.

The Invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk team up for the first time ever to battle an energy consuming monster named Zzzax. Neither of these super heroes can take on this tremendous threat alone. With the fate of the planet at stake, they must combine forces and set aside their differences to save the world.

There's enough action and adventure found in "Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United" to keep children happy. It's all PG-rated violence with some mild language. However, if you move past the slamming and banging and look at animation quality, you can forget it. This is more of the same shoddy CG work that anyone with any sort of viewing standards would shut off. It's a step above the crappy "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" CG, but that's not saying much.

"Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United" is presented in 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1.78:1). The video looks as good as it can with what it has to work with. The clarity of the picture does nothing but highlight just how lame the CG animation is.

A DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround mix at least gives viewers something good to hear while watching "Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United." There are plenty of opportunities to have your eardrums rattled with explosions and other chaotic noises. It will no doubt shake the pictures on the walls if turned up to loud.

"Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United" contains a few special features. Ryan Penagos (Agent M) and Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada discuss great team-ups in a short featurette. "Marvel Mash-Ups" provide fresh takes on some of the publisher's greatest super heroes. Marvel "Inter-Missions" give viewers a new twist on retro characters.

Kids will no doubt enjoy "Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United" for what it is. Their parents will cringe as they are forced to sit through more second rate CG animation that borders on unbearable. Marvel accomplished what they set out to do in the end. They created something else for the younger fans to bug their parents to buy for them. For my Marvel fix, I'll stick with the "Ultimate Avengers" animated movies.

"Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a digital download.

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