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Stark Contrasts

22 Jul, 2010 By: Fred Topel

Iron Man 2

Director Jon Favreau says the Iron Man 2 disc will be more fan-centric than for the general consumer.

“It’s more a movie fan set of extras for people who really want to immerse themselves,” he says. “If you don’t like that kind of thing, it could be boring. But we did overkill on this one.”

When Paramount Home Entertainment releases Iron Man 2 Sept. 28, fans will see some deleted scenes that made it into the trailer for the film, most notably a scene between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) that was cut from the opening of the film to give Stark a more dramatic entrance.

“We had different versions of things that we tried,” Favreau says. “That was something that was a great image that we love in a scene that’s going to be on the DVD. But we had two different versions of it, and because of the pacing and the way we reveal Tony Stark, it felt really good to flow into the drop-down and reveal him for the first time on the stage. Often in the editing room we figure out what combinations of scenes work.”

Iron Man 2 introduces new allies and villains to Tony Stark’s world, while Stark himself deals with a personal health crisis and new information about his father. Favreau culled from the Marvel comic books characters and story points the fans would like. Likewise, he kept the fans in mind when it came to thinking about home video plans.

“[Marvel Studios head] Kevin [Feige] and I are always swapping back and forth books and things about the movies that we grew up loving, so we document it very well,” Favreau says. “There’s going to be pretty extensive featurettes and then commentary this time around and then also deleted scenes that we thought would be interesting for people to see.”

Favreau also made sure to capture a lot of behind-the-scenes footage for more bonus features. The Blu-ray includes the documentary "Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2," while the special-edition DVD includes a few featurettes.

“We were running cameras behind the scenes all the time,” he says. “Everything was very well documented. We have a very interesting group of people. So between the interviews and all that, you get a really good sense [that] we’re fans of these movies.”


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