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“Iron Man 2” coming to DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 28

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Need another example that the theatrical-to-DVD window is shrinking? Summer’s halfway over, and the film that kicked it off is already announcing its release date.

Paramount just let it be known that Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2” will hit streets on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 28. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes fully loaded with immersive and interactive bonus materials including an in-depth, feature-length documentary of the making of the film, revealing featurettes about Nick Fury, Black Widow and War Machine, a look inside the creation of Stark Expo, deleted scenes and an exclusive peek inside the Marvel Super Hero Universe through the S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault.

The disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
· Feature film with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD)
· S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault (HD)— Extend your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with high-level clearance into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s digital data vault. Interact with select scenes from the movie that include new layers of graphics and insider information. View case files, dossiers, S.H.I.E.L.D. training films, tech details and more.
· Previsualization and Animatics (HD)

Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
· Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 (HD)
Rebuilding the Suit—An all-encompassing look at the beginning stages of this mammoth blockbuster.
A Return to Action—From Marvel Studios to the streets of Monaco, Jon Favreau takes viewers through the trials and triumphs of continuing Iron Man’s story.
Expanding the Universe—From the amazing sets of Stark Expo to Tony Stark’s home and beyond, the Marvel Universe continues to unfold into new and exciting places.
Building a Legacy—From filming to editing, scoring and visual effects, Favreau and his team face the challenges of bringing the sequel to the big screen.
· Featurettes (HD)
Creating Stark Expo—A look at how the sets and computer-generated elements combine to create the massive set piece.
Practical Meets Digital—How the “practical” props inform the “digital” work that ultimately brings our hero to life on screen.
Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury—A comprehensive journey into creating one of the most mysterious and influential heroes in the Marvel Universe.
Illustrated Origin: Black Widow—An exciting look at the new femme fatale introduced in Iron Man 2.
Illustrated Origin: War Machine—A look at the introduction of the character and how his friendship with Tony Stark resonates with fans.
Working with DJ AM—Jon Favreau remembers working with Adam Goldstein.
· Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD)
Alternate Opening
Coulson at the Senate
The Sub-Orbital Jet
Tony’s Workshop (extended)
Natalie Wears the Gauntlet
Flying Party Girl
Mark II Security
Element Rediscovered (extended)
· Concept Art Gallery
· Theatrical Trailers (HD)
· Music Video: AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill”

Disc 3 (DVD):
· Feature Film
· Digital Copy

Available for $39.99, the Iron Man 2 DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc 1:
· Feature film with optional commentary by Jon Favreau

Disc 2:
· Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau
Alternate Opening
Coulson at the Senate
Natalie Wears the Gauntlet
Element Rediscovered (extended)
· Featurettes
Creating Stark Expo
Practical Meets Digital
· Music Video: AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill”
· Digital Copy

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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