PLUS: What to add to your Netflix queue
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What to add to your Netflix queue this month
Iron Man 2
DVD Release Date: September 28, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
Iron Man 2 does what every self-respecting comic-book sequel should do: it doubles the number of people who get to wear the cool super-powered suit. There are more mechanized men and more mayhem in this film than in the first—while still allowing for Robert Downey, Jr., to brandish his trademark dry humor through the mask. Mickey Rourke plays bad-guy Ivan Vanko, a body-builder-sized villain who—guess what?—also invents an Iron Man suit.
The Secret of Kells
DVD Release Date: October 5, New Video Group
When the 2010 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature were announced, the contenders were Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Pixar’s Up, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox—and The Secret of Kells. To call it a surprise is an understatement. But that doesn’t mean it was undeserved. See how this little, traditionally animated movie—about a boy who lived in Ireland during the harsh eighth century, when Vikings were a threat—charmed over the Oscar judges with its warmth and beauty and earned a spot with the animation titans.
Glee: The Complete First Season
DVD Release Date: September 14, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
It’s no secret that this show has won over a following of “Gleeks.” If you’re one of the converts, revisit your favorite hits of McKinley High’s scrappy glee club—from Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Got a voice? Belt out the numbers with the DVD’s “Glee Karaoke” features. There’s even a dance lesson included if you want to bust out the glee club’s dance moves. Don’t stop believing, indeed.
Modern Family: The Complete First Season
DVD Release Date: September 21, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The other breakout hit of last year’s television season involves no glitzy musical numbers—well, for the most part. Modern Family uses a deadpan, mockumentary style—reminiscent of The Office—to follow one extended family through their hectic suburban lives. (Westchester parents should be able to relate.) Critics were so taken with the series that almost all of the leads in the show were nominated for Emmy awards (including Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara, and Julie Bowen, if you’re counting).