Marvel’s The Avengers

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!

Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy 0 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense. –Ted Fry

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector's Set)
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set)
Release Date September 25, 2012 September 25, 2012 September 25, 2012 September 25, 2012 TBA
Format/Disc # 1 DVD Disc Two Total: 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD Disc Two Total: 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD Disc Four Total: 1 Blu-ray 3D, 1 Blu-ray, 1 DVD and 1 Digital Copy Disc 10 Discs Total
Digital Copies No No No Yes (Standard Definition Only)
To Be Announced
Digital Album Download No No No Yes, see full track list in Special Features section below TBA
Commentaries Audio Commentary by Director Joss Whedon Same as DVD Same as DVD Same as DVD TBA
Featurettes - “Assembling the Ultimate Team” – “Assembling the Ultimate Team”
- “A Visual Journey”
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Deleted Scenes None – Alternate Opening – Maria Hill Interrogation
– Extended Scene – Loki & Barton Strategize
– Steve Rogers – Man Out of Time
– Nick Fury & World Security Council
– Extended Viaduct Fight – Raw Footage
– Fury & Hill Discuss the World Security Council
– Extended Scene – Banner and Security Guard
– Alternate Ending – Maria Hill Interrogation
Same as Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Same as Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo TBA
Other Features None - Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
- Second screen
- Gag reel
- Soundgarden music video – “Live to Rise”
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  • Roland says:
    225 of 274 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Are you sure about this?” “Yeah, it’ll be fun.”, May 30, 2012
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    Roland (USA) –

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    ….And what fun it is.

    *Spoilers Ahead*

    Marvel’s “The Avengers” is an expertly-crafted movie that makes 2 1/2 hours fly by like….well….I don’t really know…SOMETHING FAST. My thoughts on seeing this movie–the first time (yes, you WILL go to see this more than once)–were: “This was just as good as ‘The Dark Knight’….how is THAT even possible?” Well…consider first that Marvel has always had the best storylines, and the know-how to mix all of their characters’ comic books together into one, all-encompassing storyline. Then, consider they decided to apply said formula to their movies. Third, they went out and expertly casted the parts.

    How could this NOT be good?

    Who else but Robert Downey, Jr could be a multi-billionaire, techno-wizard, armor-wearing snark-artist? Acts like he doesn’t care, but is willing to sacrifice his life to save New York.

    Chris Evans is Captain America. A 1940s guy living in the present day….brings “a little old-fashioned” to the role and shows old-fashionedness isn’t cheesy, it just depends on how it is presented. It is presented very well, with Evans being the heart and soul (not to mention team leader) of The Avengers–by the way: love the shot, at the movie’s end, of him on his motorcycle riding off into the sunset.

    Mark Ruffalo, (great casting here; now I feel the Hulk movie franchise finally has hope) channels Bill Bixby in his performance (good idea!) but adds a “Hulk-sized” portion of world-weariness to his character…his over-the-shoulder “I’m always angry” is one of my favorite moments in an entire movie of favorite moments. And….The Hulk gets two more “Hulk-sized” moments that totally bring the house down.

    Oh, nice touch having Lou Ferrigno voice the Hulk.

    Chris Hemsworth as Thor is the only character in the movie whom I feel was under-utilized. No fault of the actor’s; he does a great job with what he is given….and DOES have his moments (“He’s adopted”)….I just felt they didn’t give him as much as they did the other three leads.

    Rounding out The Avengers are Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner as the assassin/couple: Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) and Hawkeye. Ms. Johansson is a master interrogator (albeit by making use of quite unorthodox means). Hawkeye is the steely-cool expert marksman–I had my doubts as to how an archer could work in such a high-energy movie. It works.

    The Avengers are put together by SHIELD: Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (need I say more?); Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson, and very funny in the role); Colbie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill–doesn’t get nearly enough screen time) and Stellan Starsgard.

    Loki is portrayed by Tom Hiddleston; whom, for a character thinking of himself as a god, brings some amusing vunerability to the character: His embarrassment at being unable to kill/brainwash Tony Stark: “This usually works.”; or, “If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now.”

    I was initially skeptical about this movie. I didn’t think Loki was the best choice for a screen villain. Er, was I wrong….this tale of an immortal/meglomaniac/demigod/god-wannabe who enlists an alien race to help him conquer Earth (Question: if Loki *really* was a god, why would he need alien help?) made for some great popcorn, big-tent, summer viewing.

    ….My other initial fear was that this wasn’t going to be “The Avengers” as much as it would be “Iron Man and Friends”.

    Thankfully, I was wrong again.

    To sum up: The Avengers is cinematic excellence. Many have complained about it being too long–and, the first 20 minutes or so setting up the story *do* take a moment….but once “Marvel’s The Avengers” splashes across the screen: The movie takes off and never looks back. It is packed with great moments and memorable lines/one-liners. The action sequences are the best I’ve ever seen and it all looks real. Seems I read somewhere online the battle in New York would have done (in reality) 39 billion dollars’ worth of damage. You WILL believe it.

    Oh, one last thing: sit through ALL of the credits.

    Thank you, Joss Whedon and co.

    Please go all-out on the blu-ray release. Please.

    Quotes

    Natasha: “I’d sit this one out, Cap.”
    Captain America: “I don’t see how I can.”
    Natasha: “These guys (Thor and Loki) come from legend. They’re basically gods.”
    Cap: “There’s only one God, ma’am. And I’m pretty sure he isn’t dressed like that.”

    Cap: “Dr. Banner, now might be a good time for you to get angry.”
    Dr. Banner: “That’s my secret, Captain.” (looks back over his shoulder at Cap) “I’m always angry.”

    Loki: (embarrassed) “This usually works.”
    Tony Stark: “Well, you know, performance issues…”

    “The Avengers”

    PG-13 for language (non-harsh) and violence; no gore or sex to be found,…

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  • H. Bala "Me Too Can Read" says:
    574 of 690 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    …And there came a day, a day unlike any other…, May 4, 2012
    By 
    H. Bala “Me Too Can Read” (Recently moved back to Carson, California, or as I call it… the center of the universe) –
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    Mr. Nolan, is that a gauntlet on the floor? Brother, I am more giddy than my giddy aunt. I saw the midnight showing of the AVENGERS last night and, at the end, my face hurt from grinning so big. I am so wired I can’t form a coherent thought, and so here, instead, is a salvo of stream-of-consciousness impressions, in whatever order.

    Mark Ruffalo is simply terrific as the Hulk’s alter (and calmer) ego. I actually prefer his interpretation of Dr. Banner over Bana’s and Norton’s. Ruffalo steers away from the deadening angst that made me fidget in earlier Hulk pictures. He finds a balance. This Banner exhibits a dry sense of humor but exudes this quirky, low simmer edginess. And I love Ruffalo’s interactions with Downey, Jr., two swaggerful eggheads matching their test tubes against each other and applying big words. I like that there’s respect between their two characters. There’s an intriguing twist involving Banner’s relationship with the Hulk, of which I won’t say more. The Hulk – and this seems to be a unanimous impression – hijacks the movie.

    Comic book geeks like me have recently been dogging Marvel’s latest company crossover event, AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. And, yet, this film demonstrates that, sometimes, there’s nothing more exhilarating than eyeballing an epic hero vs. hero scrap. Mjolnir, meet the Hulk’s face. Have you ever wondered what happens should Thor’s enchanted hammer go up against Captain America’s indestructible shield?

    The plot revolves around the far-ranging machinations of Loki, Asgardian god of mischief. Those who’ve read the AVENGERS’ origin in the comic books should note a smidgen of familiarity, but only a smidgen. The Tesseract artifact plays a part. The bad guys Loki recruits as an invasion force aren’t Skrulls. Not exactly. Certainly they pose an extinction level threat, alarming enough that some assembly becomes required.

    Captain America is well utilized here, although I’m hating his awkward modern-day costume. I vastly prefered his more practical WWII outfit.

    You and me, let’s kowtow to Joss Whedon. His storytelling has big scope; it has grandeur. He orchestrates a sprawling, high-profiled cast and just about gets away with not slighting anyone. He does rely some on your familiarity with the character development sunk into the prior films. He manages to tie in various plot threads from previous Marvel pictures. Although Stark, Cap, and Banner get the lion’s share of the spotlight, Whedon devotes time and space to side characters like the slinky but lethal spy, the Black Widow, and the likable, unobstrusive Agent Coulson. If you assume the Black Widow’s defining action moment surfaces in that early interrogation scene, you’d be all kinds of not right. Scarlett Johansson ticks off Whedon’s Buffy box, not only in things assskickery but also in terms of strong character beats (the Widow’s dialogue with Loki happens to be an acting showcase). She’s so much more here than when she was showcased in IRON MAN 2. But if I could pick out two people who may have been underused, they would have to be Maria Hill and Hawkeye. I do feel that Cobie Smulders was wasted.

    I love that, like in the comics, Thor never gives up on his half-brother.

    The first half hour is essentially a slow burn set-up that may or may not keep you engaged. And at times Whedon does sacrifice narrative for those wild action sequences, and that’s okay, because Whedon treats us to a series of marvelous cape-on-cape violence (in true Marvel fashion, these heroes harbor instant grudges against each other). But all those violent “misunderstandings” merely whet your appetite. Joss doesn’t disappoint. The extended climactic combat sequence – as the Avengers hold the line against a horde of grotesque invaders from deep space – is off the charts and immensely gratifying. I’m reminded of the 1990s X-Men cartoon in which the camera would often track the X-Men in frenzied action, as they hurtle in and out of the picture, occasionally mingling with each other only to break off again into individual skirmishes. I was mesmerized by Whedon’s sweeping, organic approach to the battle scenes.

    No surprise, there are heaps of whip smart one-liners, plenty of them generated by a smirky Robert Downey, Jr. – and yet even Chris Hemsworth’s regal thunder god elicits chuckles. No contest, though, the brutalizing Hulk – rendered to savage life in astonishing CG – captures two of the film’s biggest laughs.

    For pure escapism and sheer fanfare and fan service beyond expectation, THE AVENGERS is the best superhero movie I have ever seen. I have to see it again. But you, you make sure to stick around for the embedded scene during the post-credits and then for the post-credit scene. You may wet your pants.

    Hours and hours later, I’m still big grinning. Joss Whedon actually pulled it off.

    DC Comics, whatchugonnado?

    What I have is…

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  • patientdude "Richie" says:
    341 of 403 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Love the movie, cheated by 4-disc set., September 26, 2012
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    patientdude “Richie” (Puerto Rico) –

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of my favorite movies and I highly recommend it as a Blu-ray purchase for any action and/or hero fan. The problem is that this 4 disc set is nothing but a sham, and on multiple levels:

    Digital Copy:
    First, the only supported tablet is the Ipad, so for all of us Android tablet users, don’t dream about taking the movie with you on the go through legitimate means.
    In fact, even if you choose the WMP version which can only be seen on your computer, you might face difficulties. My Laptop apparently needed a security update (which I couldn’t get no matter how much I tried), in spite of the fact that it’s running on the latest version.

    Digital Music Download:
    Why not simply include the music within the set in MP3 files? Here’s why. Although you’ve already paid a higher price for a set that should provide the soundtrack, they feel that you still haven’t actually paid enough. After giving my authentication code online, I was asked for personal contact info. WTH!?!? I have enough spam mail as it is! I decided to give it a shot and give my email address, at risk of getting flooded by unwanted ads.
    What message did I get upon punching in my zip code? “Not available in some regions”. Never mind that I purchased it at a local retail store.

    This set (I assume) should only be sought out by those who actually have a full 3d home theater set. Even then, I fell as though everything listed after DVD in features is false advertising.

    I bought the set yesterday, and today I’m going back to my local retail store to get my money back and get the simple, Blu-ray set.

    Update:
    Retailer won’t accept opened movie.

    Someone commented that I shouldn’t whine over a product that costs $19.99 or technology that doesn’t work.

    It wasn’t $19.99, it was $29.99. And it works just fine if you torrent a ripped file.

    I’ll whine as much as I want over a product whose label reads “watch anywhere, anytime”, with pictures of phones and tablets, and doesn’t deliver. If I’d known the truth of what was inside, I would have saved 10 dollars by buying the simple set, a lot of time trying to get something to work when it doesn’t, and the stress of going back to the store (in vain). I posted this for the benefit of those who might want what I wanted out of the product.

    There’s a second reason why this whole situation is upsetting to me:
    The industry is trying to fight piracy, which I understand and respect. If they would make it easier for people like me to get what we want (instead of difficult or even impossible through legitimate means), I would gladly pay full price for a movie if I can use it for my personal enjoyment in technology that is by no means new. Another user who got to use it on his laptop said that he still needs to use the DVD to authenticate his ownership every time he wants to watch the digital file on his computer, so in essence it’s just like popping in the DVD.

    This is the 3rd consecutive movie that I buy (and love) with a “digital copy” that is inaccessible.
    I don’t care if it’s $2.00 or $200, don’t sell me something that doesn’t do what you say it does.

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