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Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray Review

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“Avengers: Infinity War” is a satisfying comic book movie on every level.

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” Thanos and the Black Order are looking to bring balance to the universe (I won’t say how in case you haven’t seen it). In order to do so, however, Thanos must first collect all of the Infinity Stones from various locations across the galaxy by any means necessary. Standing in the way of his destructive journey is, well, basically everyone we have seen in the MCU ala Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, the Guardians, Thor, Black Panther, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Dr. Strange, you get the drift. Can they stop Thanos or will he carry out his mad plan?

After 18 movies of lead-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was understandably a lot of hype surrounding this large scale event film. Many times in cinema, it has been shown that bigger is not always better, but thankfully, “Avengers: Infinity War” does not disappoint one iota. Not only is this an epic Marvel/comic book movie, it’s just an epic movie period. The set pieces are grand in scale, the danger is catastrophic, the cast is huge as previously mentioned, the jokes are hilarious (especially those from Drax), the pacing is perfection, the drama packs an emotional wallop and Thanos proves to be yet another fantastic villain (the MCU has been on a roll in that department with Vulture and Killmonger also being grade A villains).

As impressive of a spectacle as this movie is, ‘Infinity War’ wouldn’t work if we (the audience) didn’t invest in the characters. For those that are worried that there’s too many characters here, don’t be. Everyone gets a chance to shine here. If I had to single out the characters that I liked the most, I’d have to go with Thor and Rocket. Chris Hemsworth’s take on Thor somehow manages to get better with each appearance and he has never been better than he is here. His interactions with Rocket are particularly amusing and rewarding as they become an unlikely team. Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and Hulk proves to be one of the most interesting character arcs of the film as it raises many questions and goes a route one wouldn’t expect. While we continue to wait for “Dr. Strange 2” (seriously, when is this coming out already?), we get to see Benedict Cumberbatch absolutely crushes it once again as the mysterious ‘wizard.’ Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Karen Gillan (Nebula) have a lot of major moments in this story. I could go on and on, but just see the movie for yourself to absorb all the wonderful characterization.

If I had any nitpicks, I would say that I was a bit bummed by the absence of a few characters namely Ant-Man, Valkyrie, and Hawkeye. Granted, I’m sure they will pop up in the fourth installment, but it’s still weird not to see them have any screentime. Also, while he does come through in the end, the Teen Groot stuff is slightly irritating. We get it, he’s a teen who is rebelling and playing video games. They kind of beat you over the head with that.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? You can’t ask for a better transfer on Blu-ray. The colors are positively stunning.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a layered track with a lot going on here, but you should expect that from a high quality 7.1 track.

Extras: * Digital copy * Marvel and Disney trailers * 4 deleted scenes. Nothing noteworthy here. Where are all the other deleted scenes? Are they saving them for a longer cut of the film someday? We can only hope. * A quick amusing gag reel. * “Strange Alchemy”- A featurette about the different character dynamics and team-ups in this film. * “The Mad Titan”- A Thanos centric bonus feature. * “Beyond The Battle: Titan”- A behind-the-scenes look at how Titan came to life. * “Beyond The Battle: Wakanda”- This extra covers the look of Wakanda in ‘Infinity War.’ * Commentary by Joe and Anthony Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. This thoughtful and informative track is the best extra to be sure. Expect lots of fun facts and behind-the-scenes stories.

Overall Thoughts: Let’s be real, you’re going to buy this disc and you should. It’s the type of movie that has so much replay value. For that reason alone, it’s sure to be one of the biggest selling discs of the year if not of all time.

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August 1, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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