CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Blu-Ray News: Bonus-Packed ‘Iron Man 2’ to Hit Stores on Sept. 28, 2010
CHICAGO – Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures sent over the cover art and all the juicy details regarding the September 28th, 2010 Blu-ray and DVD release of the smash hit “Iron Man 2.” Mark your calendars.
With over $300 million in domestic box office, “Iron Man 2” is easily one of the biggest hits of 2010 and the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that’s been put together by Paramount looks like it will treat fans with the respect they deserve and once again deliver an amazing collection of special features. The Blu-ray for “Iron Man” was one of the best of 2008. “Iron Man 2” looks poised to take a similar title for 2010.
Iron Man 2 Blu-Ray/DVD
Photo credit: Paramount
The film will, of course, be presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Brazilian Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. The 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 special features are downright overwhelming, courtesy of Paramount:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
o Feature film with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD)
o 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.
o Previsualization and Animatics (HD)
Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
o Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 (HD)
o Rebuilding the Suit—An all-encompassing look at the beginning stages of this mammoth blockbuster.
o 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.
o 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.
o 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.
o Featurettes (HD)
o Creating Stark Expo—A look at how the sets and computer-generated elements combine to create the massive set piece.
o Practical Meets Digital—How the “practical” props inform the “digital” work that ultimately brings our hero to life on screen.
o Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury—A comprehensive journey into creating one of the most mysterious and influential heroes in the Marvel Universe.
o Illustrated Origin: Black Widow—An exciting look at the new femme fatale introduced in Iron Man 2.
o Illustrated Origin: War Machine—A look at the introduction of the character and how his friendship with Tony Stark resonates with fans.
o Working with DJ AM—Jon Favreau remembers working with Adam Goldstein.
o Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Jon Favreau (HD)
o Alternate Opening
o Coulson at the Senate
o The Sub-Orbital Jet
o Tony’s Workshop (extended)
o Natalie Wears the Gauntlet
o Flying Party Girl
o Mark II Security
o Element Rediscovered (extended)
o Concept Art Gallery
o Theatrical Trailers (HD)
o Music Video: AC/DC “Shoot To Thrill”
Disc 3 (DVD):
o Feature Film
o Digital Copy