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Avengers: Endgame 4K UHD Review

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“Avengers: Endgame” is a whole lot of movie.

After a post “Avengers: Infinity War” intro that addresses Thanos and the Infinity Stones, “Avengers: Endgame” jumps forward 5 years later where things look grim for the world as all of those that were dusted may be lost forever. Luckily, the survivors (Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, War Machine, Rocket, Thor, and Nebula) devise a plan to use the quantum realm to time travel and retrieve the infinity stones from the past to reverse what has been done…sort of (it’s convoluted). Unfortunately, Thanos from the past gets wind of what is going on and makes a big move to stop the plan from ever being carried out.

After embarking on a 22 film journey (“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the 23rd) with a giant cast of characters, the Infinity Saga continues with this epic movie that is now (at this point in time) the highest grossing film worldwide at the box office unadjusted for inflation. To say Endgame is emotional ride is an understatement. There’s simply so much to absorb and unpack with this movie. There are emotional payoffs, the delivery of words we’ve been longing to hear, sacrifices, unexpected character arcs (Thor and Hulk in particular), surprises galore (no spoilers here), and a climactic battle that is like seeing your wildest comic book dreams unfolding on the big screen before your very eyes.

Endgame is so epic, in fact, that it’s essentially 3 movies in one. The first part deals with the fallout of the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” as we catch up with the surviving characters, find out where a couple missing characters have been, and discover what the world is like post Thanos “snap” as the fans love to say. The second part is a straight up multiple time travel adventure that even ties in with past films (it’s a real treat for MCU fans). The last part delivers nearly everything you have been longing to see with a battle for the ages that includes nearly every character together (there are a few missing like Lady Sif, Sharon Carter, Goose, and Ghost). Truthfully, I don’t know how one could come away disappointed by the sheer amount of content and depth that this movie has to offer.

I could spend days talking about the ensemble cast, but I’m only going to single out a few. We all know that everyone is perfectly cast in the MCU and viewers should know that every character has at least one shining moment here. The real stand-outs though are Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillan and Josh Brolin. As we all know, the MCU started with “Iron Man” and RDJ and it’s one of the smartest casting choices in Hollywood history. Not only did the actor revitalize his career and become a major star, but you really can’t picture anyone else in this role. He’s that good. In a movie filled with character and emotion, RDJ’s Tony Stark and Iron Man stands tall. I wouldn’t be shocked if he received a Golden Globe or Oscar nomination for his cumulative work over the past 11 years. Equally impressive here is Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers. Evans has truly made the character his own and his heart, heroism and leadership is on full display here. Karen Gillan’s Nebula character has come a long way since the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” and it certainly shows here in Endgame. Nebula arguably has one of the deepest if not the deepest character arc in this film and Gillan simply nails the role. Between the motion capture work and the voice acting, Josh Brolin truly becomes Thanos. The villainous character has even more complexity in this outing as we see multiple versions of him from different timelines.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? Surprisingly, the 4K disc is not actually a significant upgrade over the Blu-ray as some might expect. It’s a little too dark and soft in spots. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a quality transfer, it’s just not a homerun.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The audio, on the other hand, is perfect. The dynamic track is sure to wow you (especially during the climactic battle).

Extras:
* Commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Expect discussions about creative choices, alternate cuts, the tones, behind-the-scenes stories, and so much more. Fans are sure to eat this up.
* An amusing 2 minute gag reel.
* 6 deleted scenes. Unfortunately, there’s nothing of real consequence here. Everything was wisely cut.
* “Remembering Stan Lee”- A touching tribute to Stan Lee that contains interviews with him as well as set footage from his various cameos. A must see.
* “Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr.”- A featurette on the inspired and perfect casting of RDJ.
* “A Man Out Of Time: Creating Captain America”- A featurette on the formation of the cinematic version of the character and his evolution over the course of several films. Film clips, set footage and interviews are included.
* “Black Widow: Whatever It Takes”- Another character centric featurette. This one is, of course, about Black Widow in the MCU as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.
* “The Russo Brothers: Journey To Endgame”- A 5 minute look at the accomplished work of the two directors in the MCU.
* “The Women Of The MCU”- A nearly 5 minute featurette on the strong and layered female characters of the MCU.
* “Bro Thor”- Last, but not least is an extra about Thor’s arc in Endgame.
* Blu-ray copy and Digital copy.

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August 7, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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