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The Avengers - Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging [Blu-ray]

 

(Joss Whedon, 2012)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Paramount

Video:  Disney

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:22:54.899

Disc Size: 46,731,252,257 bytes

Feature Size: 37,013,704,704 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.74 Mbps

Chapters: 21

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: September 25th, 2012

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 5215 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5215 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
* DTS-HD High-Res Audio French 2046 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2046 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
* Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
* Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
* Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), French, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

3-D disc Blu-ray version

DVD

Digital Copy Disc

• Commentary by director Joss Whedon

• Marvel One Shot: Item 47 (11:20 - HD!)

• Gag Reel (4:05 - HD)

• Deleted and Extended Scenes including alt-opening (14:59)

Featurettes (14:37)

• Soundgarden Music Video "Live to Rise" (4:49) 

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the super hero team-up of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans) assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Joss Whedon creates an unprecedented universe that has become a global phenomenon. Packed with spectacular visual effects, and exclusive bonus features, including Marvel's first-ever gag reel, never-before-seen Marvel short, and an interactive second screen experience, Marvel's The Avengers will blow your mind!

 

 

The Film:

Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other. Show runner Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) adapted and helmed the script by Zak Penn, which focuses on a superhero lineup put together by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to combat a hostile force out to destroy the world. Scarlett Johansson once again dons the Black Widow costume, with Jeremy Renner stepping into the role of ace archer Hawkeye. Tom Hiddleston also returns as Thor's ever-deceptive brother, Loki.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Since making an Avengers movie requires lining up so many moving pieces in an orderly row, it’s something of an accomplishment that The Avengers even exists. But beyond that logistical nightmare is the double agenda the film has to serve, advancing the stories of the individual characters as begun in previous films while telling a coherent, self-contained story. Factor in another wave of Marvel movies and an inevitable sequel, and that agenda gets even more complicated. All of which raises the question: Is there room for any movie within this Avengers movie?

Decidedly, yes. Written and directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, The Avengers is big but graceful, carefully balancing small character moments with action scenes that stretch from the New York pavement to the sky and beyond. The film finds drama in the reluctant cooperation of teammates yoked together by the threat of a common enemy, as well as in the terrifying shadows cast by giant space monsters as they descend from the heavens. Tasked with meeting the many requirements necessary for any Avengers movie to work, Whedon checks off all the boxes, then sets about creating new expectations for what a big superhero movie ought to be.

Excerpt from The Onion AV Club located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Avengers, predictably, looks brilliant on Blu-ray.  There isn't a pixel out of place on the dual-layered transfer. There is some teal-leaning in a few scenes. The contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. The Hulk's effects are a shade less-opaque but that may be my only complaint - and it isn't much of a complaint - nor reflects on the 1080P. This Blu-ray gets a A++ grade for exporting the film's varied and expansive image quality that ranges from the dated color of Cap's costume to the myriad of effects used for fight/battle sequences. Highly impressive overall. We are treated to tight detail in close-ups, plenty of depth and not a hint of noise on the 1.78:1 frame. This Blu-ray is one of the more impressive visual presentations I've seen in a while. A long while.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Audio comes in a massively impressive DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a floor-board rattling 5215 kbps. Effects are every few minutes and separating crisply and explosively throughout the room. The soundstage spares no expense in creating and incredible aural atmosphere of action and intensity. There is tremendous depth giving your speakers a full workout. I played this loud and it didn't disappoint representing at least 1/3 of the full film experience. Tremendous. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

This is a 4-disc package in a standard box with 2 discs stacked on top of one another. 2 Blu-rays (standard and 3-D discs), a DVD version and a Digital Copy disc. The feature disc offers a commentary by director Joss Whedon. He's a smart cookie and knows his stuff like the back of his hand. Always a pleasure to listen to a consummate professional who really knows his stuff. There is another cool 'Marvel One Shot' short entitled Item 47 running 11-minutes (longer than the previous films, which were no longer than 4 minutes). It's about a couple who find a discarded 'Chitauri gun' and use it with criminal intent. There is a fun Gag Reel lasting less than 5-minutes and about 15-minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes including an alt-opening. The fans who didn't get enough of the feature will enjoy this. There are the typical cast and crew sound byte production interviews in a menu entitled 'Featurettes' - also running about 15-minutes and lastly a lengthy Soundgarden Music Video "Live to Rise".

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Wonderful work here. The Avengers takes some of the best of the superhero genre, throws-in a stacked, charismatic, cast and Whedon pulls it all together like the creative genius he is. The action is mesmerizing and dynamic building upon itself and the Blu-ray provides an endless ride that will be sure to be re-visited! What a great disc package. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

September 12th, 2012

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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