‘The Avengers’ Blu-ray Review

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

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The Avengers was the darling film of the summer 2012 movie season and a billion-dollar achievement for Marvel Studio’s ambitious shared universe movie franchise. The epic adventure (and every fanboy’s dream) now arrives at home in the form of The Avengers Blu-ray combo pack – and while hardcore fans are likely still bummed about the delayed Marvel “Phase One” Collector’s Edition (which contains the entire Marvel Phase One movie saga) this Avengers Blu-ray is nonetheless a nice holdover.

Read on for a breakdown of the Blu-ray transfer and all the special features you get with this Marvel movie feature – including the new Marvel One-Shot: Item 47, which provides a nice little snapshot of what we may be getting with Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon’s upcoming TV spin-off of Marvel’s SHIELD.

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The Avengers on Blu-ray

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The Avengers (read our review) was a pretty solid technical achievement on its own, so it’s no surprise that the Blu-ray transfer is a good one. Even without the 3D conversion (which worked pretty well in the theatrical version), the Blu-ray visuals are crisp and clean, while the audio (presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1) is spot on and worthy of those who have invested well in their home theater sound systems.

For those whose sound-systems aren’t yet up to the Audio 7.1 surround-sound standard, there may be some dynamic contrast between scenes of spoken dialogue and the sequences of blaring action and/or music (that rousing Avengers theme that millions now know and love) – but when is that not the case with Blu-ray features, these days? And even if your TV doesn’t offer the most flawless 1080p resolution possible, the visuals on the Blu-ray look pristine when it comes to day/night scene contrast, CGI effects, movement, detail and texture. Best of all: The movie itself is still pretty awesome upon repeat viewings.

However, the real question is do the special features make this Blu-ray combo pack worthy of a buy, now, rather than waiting for the full 6-movie collector’s edition coming next year? Read on and decide for yourself.

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Marvel One-Shot: Item 47

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In this Marvel One-Shot short, we are introduced to Claire (Lizzy Caplan) and Benny (Jesse Bradford), a young couple who have gotten hold of a Chitauri weapon following The Avengers‘ climactic battle over New York. Benny being a skilled engineer, the couple are able to activate the alien weapon – which they promptly use to commit a string of bank robberies. Of course, such flagrant extraterrestrial larceny doesn’t go unnoticed, and soon two odd-pair S.H.I.E.L.D. agents – the grim Agent Black (Titus Welliver) and ‘new Agent Coulson,’ Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) – are on the tail of the would-be crooks.

Item 47 is a slightly goofy experience (it was directed by Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito), but it does provide some tangible example of what Joss Whedon’s SHIELD TV Show will be like. Agent Sitwell showed up in the first Marvel One-Shot, “The Consultant,” and repeat viewings of The Avengers reveal his presence in a few key scenes. As far as stepping in for Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson (as a kind of bridge character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Sitwell isn’t a bad choice and could conceivably carry a TV show. Without spoiling the (somewhat absurd) ending of Item 47, there are several players in the short who would be equally capable (and likable) enough characters for the TV show. We’ll see what develops on that front.

Hopefully, though, Whedon’s balance of comic book action, police procedural format and quirky humor will hit the mark a bit better than this short does.

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Other Special Features

All in all, The Avengers Blu-ray offers some fun (if not all that extensive) extras – though, admittedly, hardcore fans have probably already seen the lion’s share of them online already:

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The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen Experience – Use your iPhone, iPad, or laptop as a guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe while you watch The Avengers. The interactive experience is shaped as a mock S.H.I.E.L.D. database containing Marvel comic book and character histories, which will basically help explain the film universe to those unfamiliar or in need of a refresher course. A very helpful tool.

Marvel’s first Gag Reel: Want to see how much fun the actors had on set while making The Avengers? Marvel provides a Gag reel that will leave a smile on the face of any fan who watches. Best yet: the most unlikely candidates turn out to be the biggest comedians.

Deleted/Extended Scenes and Alternative Opening/Closing: Check an alternative opening and closing to the film, in which Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) recounts the events of The Avengers to the world security council; afterward, rejoice in the fact that they didn’t use these narrative bookends in the final film.

Do you question Scarlett Johansson’s acting skills? Try not to be impressed as Black Widow battles a horde of invisible CGI foes (and displays some impressive stunt work) in an unfinished extended scene from the NYC sequence.

Want more of Captain America or Henry Dean Stanton’s weird sermon to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo)? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Featurettes: “A Visual Journey” and “Assembling the Ultimate Team” take you behind the scenes with cast and crew to witness first-hand what it took to wrangle a cast of heavyweights together for the ultimate superhero team-up – and then, what it took (on a technical level) to actually make a reality of the film geeks have been ‘gasming over for decades. SPOILER ALERT: It was no small feat on either front.

Audio Commentary: You want to hear commentary that’s actually worth listening to? Check out the geek-wisdom, sly wit, and genuinely enthused commentary track of Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon.

“Live to Rise” Soundgarden Music Video: Because this is where we all imagined we’d re-discover Soundgarden, right?

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The Avengers Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available for purchase on Tuesday September 25, 2012. You can place your orders at Amazon. You can also order the 4-disc Blu-ray 3D version.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant team check out our Avengers episode of the SR Underground podcast - or our Avengers Spoilers Discussion.

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  1. Is the Joss Whedon commentary, through the entire movie or is it for certain features?

    • I can only guess (since the region B version doesn’t come with commentary), but I’d assume the commentary is like the commentary on any other film: with the director talking throughout the entire movie.

  2. The British Blu Ray release is dire and if you want the 90 minute featurette and a few more extras you have to purchase it exclusively from Sainsburys (crap british supermarket) which seems crazy considering that Dinsey own Marvel and their store don’t even sell this version!

  3. @Kofi

    So which Blu-ray offers the most extras ? From what I understand the 4 disc Blu-ray combo pack is the one with the most extras, is this true ? I know it contains a 3-D Blu-ray along with a 2-D BD and dvd and special feature disc and codes for digital download of he avengers and the soundtrack.

  4. For people contemplating where to buy it:
    BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE GIFT SET INCLUDES:
    $30 Sideshow Collectibles Gift Card
    Avengers Guide
    Lighted Lithograph Case
    Litho Card
    4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Music Download

    Walmart
    Walmart’s exclusive blu-ray set for Marvel’s The Avengers MARVEL includes the standard 2-Disc set consisting of the 2D Blu-ray + DVD and also includes a 100-page graphic novel titled Avengers: Season One.

    Target
    Target’s exclusive blu-ray sets for Marvel’s The Avengers MARVEL features exclusive cover art and includes a DVD featuring a 90-minute documentary titled “Building a Cinematic Universe”. The bonus disc is available for both the 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD edition and the 4-Disc 3D Blu-Ray edition.

    • Thanks for that info Kyle

    • Thanks Kyle

      You had me at bestbuy.

  5. Gave my Avengers Blu Ray to my son, don’t want it, it’s the terrible euro release, i will wait for the double dip, euro edition is not worth buying.

    • I think I’ll give my copy to a hobo when the better version comes along…

      • Lol, now I’m thinking someone should make a list of “Random things you could do with your Region B copy of The Avengers, when a better version comes around”

        #1 Annoy your friends and family by using the disc as a ninja throwing star.
        #2 Use it as a scooper to remove kitty litter from the box.
        #3 Throw it at Channing Tatum’s head (or Taylor Kitch)

        Does anybody have some other suggestions?

        • Tried throwing out the window, someone would throw it back.

          Tried using it as a coaster but there would still be a ring on the table like it was excreting something.

          The best use would be store money in the box or a collection of erotica, guaranteed the safest place in the house.

  6. What was your answer to:

    “However, the real question is do the special features make this Blu-ray combo pack worthy of a buy, now, rather than waiting for the full 6-movie collector’s edition coming next year?”

    • I don’t really have one for myself, considering I get review copies of a lot of things.

      The question is more for you, the reader: I listed and described what you get, is it is worthwhile to YOU?

      • I want you to tell me what I want. ;)

        Would you happen to know the list of extras (nothing physical like the case, comics etc) that are different between the two?

        I like behind the scenes, bloopers, etc. Will there be more of that or basically the same?

        Thanks

        • I think the 4-disc set has more interactive features and MAYBE(?) a few more featurettes – but their pretty close.

          Main difference is with the 4-disc set you’re getting both regular and 3D blu-ray.

  7. Great review Kofi thanks.

  8. I think the image quality was a bit soft compared to other recent Blu-ray releases, but I agree that it was pretty good.

  9. Out of curiosity, why didn’t you see it in theaters?

  10. Picked up The Avengers Blu-ray gift set from best buy and its freaking sweet. Also picked up Batman: The Dark Knight Returns pt.1.

    • I ordered mine from Amazon in August, and it’s on the way to my house.

      • Best buy had an awesome display for the avengers :)

  11. I was expecting a lot from The Avengers when I went to see it and I was still blown away.

    Amazing film!

  12. Those of us who are not happy about the results of the film
    and the actions of the retailers, keep the faith and beleive
    that your work is not in vain.
    blu ray lg