Though the Hollywood blockbusters are projects designed to be seen on the largest of screens, a studio's hope is that the theatrical viewing won't be your only one. There's a lucrative home media market in the film industry that allows consumers to purchase their favorite films on a variety of platforms and watch them over and over again. And often times, those releases come with bonus materials that cinephiles and die-hard fans fawn over.
In the case of this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, one would expect for there to be a great deal of interest in the digital and Blu-ray versions. After all, the film was one of 2015's biggest hits, scoring $455.9 million just in the U.S., and many are probably wondering what treats they'll have in store when it's time to bring Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of Earth's Mightiest home. Now, Marvel has released details for the impending Avengers 2 Blu-ray release.
In the Blu-ray trailer (watch it above), it's revealed that the home release will include 45 minutes of exclusive content. That may not sound like a lot of time (considering some movies feature hours of bonus material on their Blu-rays), but what's being offered certainly seems like it will make for worthwhile viewing. Perhaps of most interest will be the "Infinite Six" featurette, which will detail the Infinity Stones and Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet, providing some clarity on this aspect of the MCU before the Infinity War movies hit in 2018 and 2019.
The Blu-ray will also have the typical behind-the-scenes bits, as viewers will be able to see a "making of" documentary and a look at the film's various shooting locations around the world. These will arguably be the most appealing for longtime Marvel fans, since they'll get to see how some of their favorite elements (like Paul Bettany's Vision) were created for the big screen. It will also be fun to check out the deleted scenes and gag reel, as these staples of home media releases are frequently entertaining and provide plenty of laughs.
Arguably the most fascinating feature listed here will be the audio commentary from writer/director Joss Whedon. He had an interesting process making the film to say the least, saying in multiple interviews that the project burned him out physically and mentally. He's now had some time to separate himself from Age of Ultron, so viewers should be curious to see if his feelings on the final product have changed between now and then. Chances are he won't say anything too controversial on an official Marvel Studios home release, but hearing the director speak about developing the movie should be an intriguing look behind the curtain as Whedon prepares to leave the studio behind. Just don't Whedon to release an Age of Ultron director's cut, because that ain't happening.
At the end of the day, this may not be the most comprehensive Blu-ray release Marvel has put together (the lack of a Captain America: Civil War promo will be disappointing for many), but there's enough here to get the job done. The special features that are being offered seem to mix the amusing with the informative for a complete package. And you get to watch an action-packed adventure starring your favorite heroes. What more could Marvel fans ask for?
- From The Inside Out – Making Of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
- The Infinite Six (A guide to the Ifinity Stones)
- Global Adventure (Filming Avengers 2 around the world)
- Deleted & Extended Scenes [With Audio Commentary By Joss Whedon]
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary With Director Joss Whedon
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be available on digital September 8, 2015. The Blu-ray will release on October 2, 2015.
Source: Marvel Studios