Turns out when the DVD/Blu-ray release of Iron Man 3 hits the stores, you may want to consider buying it twice. Once in the US version and once in the Chinese version which will have more footage and an appearance by Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past).
According to the press release, the additional footage was “made exclusively for the Chinese audience.” So, super fans will need to find a way to grab both copies and get some side by side comparisons. No news on when or if the Chinese version will be distributed here in the US. Here’s that press release, via Deadline:
Marvel Studios and DMG announced that a Chinese version of Iron Man 3 will be released in China on a date to be announced in the near future. DMG, a Chinese media and entertainment company, collaborated with Marvel Studios on the Chinese elements in the film, and is marketing and distributing the film in China. While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements. Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience. Marvel Studios’ experience working on this film with Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi and in shooting in China has been very positive and has created a springboard for future collaboration with China’s talented stars and its growing film and television industry. The Iron Man cast and filmmakers look forward to bringing Iron Man back to China.
And here’s the latest TV spot for Iron Man 3.
Marvel’s Iron Man 3 – TV Spot 3
We’ll keep you posted on the release dates for the Chinese and American versions of Iron Man 3 on DVD and Blu-ray.
Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale, Ashley Hamilton and Jon Favreau is slated to hit theaters on May 3rd, 2013.