Blu-ray Review: Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. 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.

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Peter Dinklage as Eitri, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

Avengers: Infinity War serves as the first of two parts where Thanos finally comes into the picture as the main villain instead of looking at everything from a distance, like he’s done in some of the previous movies. The movie picks right up after Thor: Ragnarok where Thanos begins his retrieval of the Infinity Stones (Space, Power, Reality, Mind, Time and Soul) and if he collects all six then it’s the end of the universe as everyone knows it. Half of every living thing in the universe will be exterminated courtesy of Thanos’ twisted way of looking at things because in his mind he thinks he’s doing some good.

Every superhero we’ve met so far team up in packs as they take on the supervillain and even though they’re able to throw a few punches here and there, they find out that they’re no match for Thanos. With each stop, the muscle bound purple villain picks up an Infinity Stone which makes him even more powerful than before and this leaves the heroes at a loss. Thanos has to make six stops during this epic sci-fi adventure with the final one being on Earth where he comes up against the biggest team up of them all but even Captain Ameria and his friends aren’t able to stop Thanos from getting his hands on the final Infinity Stone and this is where everything changes. In the final moments of the movie, Thanos sets his twisted vision in motion with the Infinity Gauntlet that changes the MCU forever.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images 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, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was a fantastic way to bring all of these larger than life superheroes together so they can go up against the biggest threat the universe has ever faced – Thanos. The ten years since the MCU first launched has been nothing but pure entertainment even though there were some highs and lows but all in all they’ve been a lot of fun and it’s all lead to this. Avengers: Infinity War is the first of two parts and it’s really well done, from the plot to the nonstop action to the humor to the amazing special effects that were use to created these worlds. There are some shocking moments that will be answered in the next Avengers movie and like always there’s an after credits scene that teases the arrival of the next superhero who will play a major part in stopping Thanos and hopefully undoing some of the damage he’s done. I think what I like most about this movie is the pairing between some of the heroes that I thought I never see team up on the big screen and they all have their key moments. Yes, there’s so much going on with so many wonderful characters to deal with but at the center of it all is the story of good versus evil. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will be availble on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on August 14th.

Distributor: Marvel Studios

Run Time: 149 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

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

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

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Blu-ray Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include some audio commentary,

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
  1. Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
  2. Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
  3. The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
  4. A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
  5. Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
  6. Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Digital Exclusive Bonus:

  • A Directors’ Roundtable (approx. 32 min.) – Eight amazing directors reflect on how their movies contribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger storytelling adventure.

 

  • Digital HD Copy

 

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