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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
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,731,252,257 bytes
Feature Size: 37,013,704,704 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.74 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 25th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
3-D disc Blu-ray version
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)
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!
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
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.
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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.
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".
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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Gary W. Tooze
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