Blu-ray Review: Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Josh Brolin returns as the film’s infamous villain, Thanos. Kevin Feige produced the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Marvel Cinematic Universe characters restored to the universe in “Avengers: Endgame” include Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, and Vin Diesel as Groot with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Reprising their roles, Rene Russo returns as Frigga, John Slattery as Howard Stark, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Taika Waititi as Korg, William Hurt as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce.

Avengers: Endgame takes place after the devastating event by Thanos that wiped out half of all living things in the universe. The surviving team members meet Captain Marvel and they come up with a plan to ambush Thanos on his own turf but the Mad Titan had already destroyed the Infinity Stones after he completed his Endgame mission. He gets what’s coming to him but it doesn’t fix things and leaves some of the heroes a little messed up, especially Thor. What happens is, we fast forward 5-years into the future where the team comes up with a plan to travel back in time to locate and collect each stone one by one before Thanos ever gets to them the first time. The plan doesn’t go off without a hitch and there are all kinds of obstacales and life-threatening tasks that the team has to go through.

The plan to find the Infinity Stones does work but Thanos is always one step ahead and is ready to battle it out with the remaining Avengers. The thing is, everyone who was lost gets to return and join in on the fight to stop Thanos once and for all but he brings his massive army with him. This epic matchup has factions of the Avengers and all of their allies going up against the Mad Titan’s alien forces and in the end they’re able to stop Thanos and his sinister plan to snap every living thing from existence. Iron Man shows what kind of hero he really is as he makes the ultimate sacrifice in this epic final showdown and Captain America finally gets that long overdue dance with Peggy Carter. In the end, the good guys and girls when the war but not everyone makes it out alive.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is light blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, as long as I’ve been going to movies and even watching them at home, Avengers: Endgame is definitely the biggest blockbuster to come along in my lifetime for a number of reasons. The movie is driven by its story, the cast and the directors. This is a smart (and sometimes emotional) story that introduces the element of time travel and revisits some of these fun movies from the past 11-years. The ensemble cast is simply incredible and they do a fantastic job with these wonderful characters that so many of us Marvelmaniacs cherish. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are the heart and soul of this team, especially RDJ because this version of the MCU started with Tony Stark and the journey ends with him. The Russo brothers are amazing storytellers and how they brought this slick screenplay to life (with a lot of help from their friends) is what makes this well-crafted and visually stunning comic book movie masterpiece such an awesome watch. Avengers: Endgame is a 3-hour and 1-minute cinematic experience that’s nothing short of epic. It’s action-packed to the max (with a little humor) and there’s never a dull moment as this MCU arc finally concludes. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and is a must watch.

Distributor: Marvel Studios

Run Time: PG-13

Rated: 181 Minutes

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include eight making of/behind-the-scenes featurettes, six deleted scenes, a gag reel, an intro by the directors, audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.” (05:55)
  • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos. (07:16)
  • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU. (05:25)
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero. (12:19)
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way. (07:25)
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back! (05:01)
  • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble. (04:52)
  • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created. (03:43)
  • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.” (04:51)
  • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set. (01:58)
  • Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo. (02:43)
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
  • Digital Copy
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