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Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Takes a Stand on 4K Blu-ray

August 15, 2019Ben MK

With every new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes the desire to look back on the movies that have come before — to reflect on the journey that has led us to that point. But with the MCU's latest blockbuster, the journey is truly worth reflecting on. 11 years and 22 films onward, and it has finally come to this.

In Avengers: Endgame, we find Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and the heroes who survived the universe-shattering events of Avengers: Infinity War struggling to come to terms with their new reality. Some, like Thor (Chris Hemsworth), are quick to blame themselves for failing to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin) from executing his master plan, while others, like Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), will try everything in their power to find a way to bring their loved ones back. Then there are people like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who have managed to find a bright spark in this grim future, or others, like Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), who have chosen the dark path of revenge as a way of quelling the feelings of helplessness and loneliness growing inside them.

But what if our heroes could find a way to defeat time itself — to collect all of the Infinity Stones before Thanos and his Black Order have a chance to — in order to undo the pain and suffering wrought by the Mad Titan? The result is as much a celebration of a decade-long cinematic journey as it is a mourning of things that have come to pass and a passing of the torch to a new generation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. For Avengers: Endgame is proof that no matter how massive a movie franchise gets, it is still possible to bring the story full circle, while also blazing a cosmic path for new and exciting adventures ahead.

Avengers: Endgame makes a stand on 4K with a thrilling 2160p visual presentation and a powerful Dolby Atmos sound mix. Image quality is unequivocally splendid, with no shortage of fantastical eye candy to be found in the film's many replay-worthy set-pieces, especially the "time heist" sequence and the epic final act. Factor in the equally spectacular sound design, which calls forth everything from bombastic battle scenes to whimsical folk ballads, and the result is a memorable conclusion to over a decade's worth of interconnected storytelling.

Disney's three-disc "Cinematic Universe Edition" includes an iTunes/Google Play digital copy, a Blu-ray copy of the film, and a second Blu-ray disc, with the following extras spread across the two Blu-rays:

  • Intro by Directors Anthony and Joe Russo (2:33)
  • Audio Commentary - Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talk about their editing choices and narrative decisions, the role of the music in the film, the visual effects and production design, the characters' journeys, the actors' performances, and more.
  • Remembering Stan Lee (7:16) - Stan Lee talks about his love of doing cameos in the various MCU films.
  • Setting the Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. (5:25) - A look back at what Robert Downey Jr. brought to his role in the original Iron Man, and how he helped pave the way for the future of the MCU.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America (12:19) - A look at the overall character arc of Steve Rogers, Chris Evans' portrayal, the contributions of screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and adapting the visual look of Captain America from the comics to the big screen.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes (7:25) - A look at Natasha Romanoff's journey through the MCU, from her first appearance in Iron Man 2 to her fate in Avengers: Endgame, as well as Scarlett Johansson's portrayal of the character.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame (5:01) - The cast and crew talk about what Anthony and Joe Russo have brought to the MCU, from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Captain America: Civil War, and then finally to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
  • The Women of the MCU (4:52) - Stars Scarlett Johansson, Evangeline Lilly, Danai Gurira, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brie Larson, Letitia Wright, Elizabeth Olsen and Karen Gillan, Marvel Studios EVP of Production Victoria Alonso, Executive Producer Trinh Tran, and Directors Anthony and Joe Russo talk about the importance of Avengers: Endgame's all-female team-up.
  • Bro Thor (3:43) - A look at how Chris Hemsworth brought to life a version of Thor as audiences have never seen the character before.
  • Deleted Scenes (5:03) - Six 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").
  • Gag Reel (1:59)

Avengers: Endgame is available from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment as of August 13th, 2019. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray features English Dolby Atmos, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio tracks. The film is presented with English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The total runtime is 3 hrs. 1 min.

* Reviewer's note: Portions of this Blu-ray review were adapted from my original review of the theatrical release, published on April 23rd, 2019.

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