Marvel's The Avengers [SteelBook] [Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] [Only @ Best Buy] [2012]

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Synopsis


Marvel's The Avengers
Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other. Taking center stage this time is Nick Fury (played once again by the note-perfect Samuel L. Jackson), leader of the peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury, along with former Russian spy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), recruits a super team to combat Thor's ever-deceptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after he brainwashes ace archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) while stealing a cosmic cube from an underground base. Thus the heroes must learn to work together alongside outlaw scientist Bruce Banner (Ruffalo), who can track down the artifact's gamma signals when he's not hulking out into a giant green monster. Show runner Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) adapted and helmed the script by Zak Penn. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Downey, Jr.
    Robert Downey, Jr. - Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Chris Evans
    Chris Evans - Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Mark Ruffalo
    Mark Ruffalo - Bruce Banner/The Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth
    Chris Hemsworth - Thor
  • Scarlett Johansson
    Scarlett Johansson - Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comic Book Fans... Assemble... In 3D!!!!

    Posted
    cornjakecake
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    Yes.... this is it, the event of a lifetime. Seeing Sean Connery as the bad guy wearing a huge Teddy Bear costume as a disguise. Oh wait, wrong Avengers... silly me. No this is the Avengers where Earth's (And...um... Not of Earth) mightiest heroes assemble and fight evil, and in cooler costumes. In the lead up from the previous 5 films, the film starts in a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, with Dr. Selvig experimenting with the Tesseract, and in the process opens up a wormhole that unleashes Loki, who was last seen in Thor letting go of his grip and encountering The Other, leader of the Chitauri. Loki promises The Other to conquer Earth and enslaves Dr. Selvig and Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) in the process. Nick Fury reinstates the dead Avengers Initiative, and orders Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) and Agent Coulson to find Bruce Banner (To use his extensive gamma radiation research to find the Tesseract) and Tony Stark (To figure out everything about Selvig's research). Fury himself recruits Captain America to spearhead efforts to retrieve the Tesseract. Locating Loki in Stuttgart, Germany, Loki is creating a diversion while Hawkeye steals iridium to contain the Tesseract's power, when Rogers, Stark and Romanoff manage to subdue and capture Loki. While transporting him to the Helicarrier, Thor arrives from Asgard to retrieve Loki (But how since Thor destroyed the BiFrost in his standalone film...?) hoping to stop Loki and return him back home. Iron Man and Captain America catch up to Thor and after a sweet fight that ends in quite a stalemate, they agree to return Loki to the Helicarrier to be held while Banner and Stark try to find the Tesseract. On suspicion of S.H.I.E.L.D.S. motives along with division amongst the group on how to approach Loki, The Avengers begin to fight, realizing that this is what Loki wants and at the same time, Hawkeye manages to invade the Helicarrier and retrieve the God of Mischief and invade Earth. They put their fight on the backburner and try to stabalize the ship, stop the Hulk's rampage and find the Tesseract. Unfortunately, the Tesseract is atop Stark Tower, with Selvig opening up a wormhole and unleashing the Chitauri on Manhattan and on all of humanity. Now its up to the Avengers to save the world despite their differences and stop Loki. Wow, this is a film I have been waiting ages for, the ultimate team up of superheroes tackling evil. While I wish Batman vs. Superman was first, this film more than makes up for it with a hugely entertaining film overall. I was afraid that since there would be a huge amount of characters, four of which having solo movies beforehand, how would the cast interact and would they have chemistry. To my surprise, every cast member gels extremely well with each other with ease, bouncing off like this wasn't their first film together. Joss Whedon was another problem I was afraid of, at first. I had knew Whedon's work for years, having him create Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, and writing for several different films and TV series such as Toy Story, Alien: Resurrection and even Roseanne. But he had only directed one film previously, Serenity: a sequel to the short lived Firefly. My fears were unfounded when I finished the film, loving how every frame was permeated with his signature style and wit, with Whedon also writing the film being part of his artistic vision coming through. The visual effects are amazing, detailed and fit in with the universe of Marvel. The only thing I can knock about the film is the story. Yes it wasn't the worst story I have heard or seen, and this one has a fairly satisfying ending unlike some other MCU films (*cough cough* Iron Man *cough cough*) but the plot was fairly thin and the whole battle scene on the HeliCarrier could have been shortened by a few minutes to shorten the 2 hour and 22 minute run time. Other than this issue, I had an absolute blast and concludes Phase One extremely well, and I have a opportunist outlook on Phase Two. Moving onto the disc itself, the bluray is a visual and audio treat that is absolutely demo-worthy. The 1.85 digitally-sourced (A few slo-mo shots were shot on film however) photography shines well here, that is colorful, detailed, and no defects whatsoever. Shadow detail in darker scenes are also well-resolved and no crush is evident at all. The 7.1 DTS-HD audio is also a foundation-buster, with a deep bass and battle scenes scenes like you are actually in the middle of the battle. The 3D is surprisingly amazing, and compared to the previous MCU 3D discs, this one is a revelation. Sure, certain scenes in dim lighting lack dimensionality, but for a post-conversion, this one is superb. Extras are surprisingly lacking though but fairly decent for whats at hand. Starting off is the commentary with Joss Whedon, giving us hilariously deadpan chat about him being chosen to direct a huge blockbuster, shooting with 3D in mind, and much more. Next up is a Second Screen experience, using a phone or a tablet to access story and character files. The next Marvel One-Shot: Item 47, is a fun 12 minutes with two criminals who find alien technology and help them achieve their dreams. 15 minutes of deleted scenes, a 5 minute outtakes reel (A first for a MCU film), two featurettes lasting 15 minutes discussing the making of the film and last but not least a 5 minute music video by Soundgarden ending the scant set of extras. A DVD copy, 2D BluRay and digital copies are also included here. Overall, a must buy, though if you are looking for hours of making of documentaries, featurettes and more, best to keep waiting.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Movie of the YEAR (2012)

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    DarthShader
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    I eagerly anticipated this movie (saw it 8 times in theaters). Better than Star Wars? Can't say that because we couldn't have this movie without Star Wars and all of the advances gleaned from that series. Maybe the Star Wars of the 21st Century would be fitting. All other Super Hero movies (past, present & future) will be judged against this movie. To take the 4 very different main heroes, along with the other 2 (not so minor) heroes, mix in Nick Fury and his gang, along with the very enigmatic Loki; so many things could have gone very wrong. Everything meshed! Here we could say that the story, writing, and acting were better than Star Wars... far better. Whedon thought of every detail! At first, I was dreading the casting of Mark Ruffalo as Banner, but he pulled it off far better than Norton or Bana. He channeled his inner Bill Bixby and delivered an excellent rendition of Dr. Banner. Hulk has some of the best moments of the film. I like how this movie picked up where the last Hulk movie left off and didn't just downplay the two previous installments. This is not an origin of the characters movie, but rather the origin of this grouping. Each hero has been set up in previous movies, allowing the Avengers to be about the Avengers and not about any one hero. Downey Jr. made a very apt point about Agent Coulson during the extras: It is amazing how a seemingly very minor character played such an integral part in weaving together the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, movies to culminate into a very necessary element in the Avengers. Nick Fury refers to Coulson and his "one good eye." I am eagerly awaiting Iron Man 3 next summer (May 2013) and then the next Avengers movie which is too far off for my liking. Until then, I will be content to watch the Avengers every week until their next outing... it won't get old; it's that GOOD! Treat yourself to the BEST MOVIE of 2012. Oh, and feel free to watch the animated series: Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes; vols 1 - 5.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Posted
    Treydle
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    You’re larger than life. You have abilities beyond that of most human beings on the planet. Then the world finds itself in peril and to save it, you’ll need to join a group of people just as unique as you if not more so. What do you do? S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is overseeing a top secret project designed to study an energy source from another world known as the tesseract. The experiment soon goes awry and the tesseract appears to explode. In actuality, it has opened a portal allowing the malevolent being known as Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) to emerge. It’s almost immediately clear that S.H.I.E.L.D. is outmatched and what’s worse, the supervisor of the tesseract project Dr. Erik Selvig (played by Stellan Skarsgard) and experienced covert agent nicknamed Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner) became mindless drones under Loki’s (Hiddleston’s) command. Once the facility is destroyed and the invaders have moved on, Fury (Jackson) calls Agent Natasha Romanoff also known as the Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) to recruit one member of The Avengers. The Avengers Initiative was abandoned some time before the events depicted in this film, but is reactivated for the sake of mankind and for lack of a better alternative. Romanoff (Johansson) is next seen in India resorting to subterfuge to gain audience with Bruce Banner (played by Mark Ruffalo). Banner (Ruffalo) has gone into hiding to escape opportunists in the American government, to remain calm, to spare the world and those around him any damage he might inflict as The Hulk. Next to be approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. is Iron Man, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr. in the character’s third major film). The last member left to recruit is Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans), more commonly known as Captain America. When they’re finally brought together, Banner and Stark are tasked with tracing the energy source and, in so doing, locating the enemy. When that’s accomplished, they meet yet another traveler from worlds beyond, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Loki’s brother. Now, I was not really a fan of Captain America: The First Avenger, nor was I altogether pleased after seeing Thor. As for Bruce Banner’s larger half, perhaps it’s impossible to make a film about the incredible hulk that I wouldn’t like. First there was the Ang Lee/ Eric Bana film, then the Edward Norton film, both of which I enjoyed. Still, I did like Ruffalo. Also, Thor, Captain America, and the Black Widow made individual contributions to enrich the story. Hiddleston may not be as physically imposing as Chris Hemsworth, but as an egomaniacal extraterrestrial, he is truly terrifying. I can’t comment on whether the 3-D effects added anything, as I saw it in 2-D, but regardless, The Avengers was incredible. The one thing I might say was lacking was Iron Man’s best friend James Rhodes wearing an armored flight suit of his own and going by the name War Machine. We caught a glimpse of that suit in action in Iron Man 2 but it was nowhere to be seen here and I thought the film was worse off for it. Still, very exciting, highly entertaining, and one great ride. See it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Movie Since Star Wars IV

    Posted
    MidnightBlue23
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    I saw the Avengers 7 times in the theater. I would have gone more, but movie prices are expensive. I left the theater after seeing it the first time, grabbed some lunch, went back to see it again, picked up my wife, grabbed dinner and saw it with her for a third viewing in the first day. I highly recommend watching the five movies that lead up to The Avengers first and in order: Iron Man, Hulk (Edward Norton), Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America. The combination of the backstories from these five movies are what vault The Avengers from a good action flick to a GREAT story. You are cheating yourself if you go into The Avengers cold. My one concern going into the film was that Edward Norton was replaced as Dr. Bruce Banner (the Hulk). But Mark quickly won me over to his version of the character. Both did great jobs and I enjoy both films, but I no longer look at the change in actors as a negative point of the film. And the Hulk steals the show. Everyone was great...but the Hulk just dominates the scenes where he is raged-up...well...even when he's not. You also have to pay attention to all of the little side comments. Humor is found EVERYWHERE. There were lines that I didn't even hear until my 4th or more viewing of the show because the audience was clapping/laughing too loudly to hear the follow up. I can not recommend this film and the five preceeding films enough. I can't wait for Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and Captain America 2 coming up...and I'm sure to be followed with The Avengers 2 at some point!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Lamentation
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    Okay, let me just get the negative out of the way first: This isn't a standalone movie. Yes, you can watch it without watching the others, and overall get the movie. But if you watch Ironman, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Ironman2, and Captain America (I think that I got the order right), then watch this, you get the bigger picture. The other part is that I don't really care for the choice of actor for Bruce Banner. Now, with that out of the way, this is a great movie. Robert Downey Jr. is Anthony Stark, Chris Evans is a rather good Steve Rogers, Chris Hemsworth (My wife and daughter have a bit of a lust for him) is a really good Thor, Samuel Jackson is Nick Fury, and Tom Hiddleston is Loki. As well as many of the other actors really took to their parts. The effects are what one has come to expect from Hollywood blockbuster movies. It isn't a thinking movie, you pretty much know what is going to happen, but it is good entertainment. And can I just say that Joss Whedon really does know his stuff when it comes to writing and directing?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great comic adventure lol

    Posted
    Idiginit
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    I am no critic of movies because its...well fiction. Id much rather enjoy any movie im watching rather than looking for faults. So i am deginately not a critic. But a few observations... The quality of acting to me is good as all the actors appear comfortable in their roles to me. The story line is in line with the comic books (with some creative license of course) so can't really criticize the story line too much. The cinematography has a lot of CGI with very good and detailed renderings. The only downside (as with most of the DC movies) is ghosting issues in 3D mode. I can't knock this issue too much, however; because technology of the devices I use to watch this movie may play a large role in this. That being said I am not using a low end TV and 3D blueray player and I seem to have more of an issue with ghosting in these DC comic movies...they might be pushing the 3D harder than most movies or its the CGI...idk. But; once you get settled in you don't notice the ghosting as much. Over all its a great movie though

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AVENGERS UNITE!

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    gusvelasco94
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    S.H.I.E.L.D. has located the mysterious Tesseract device and the Army's super soldier Captain America. The Tesseract is actually a gateway to an entirely new world called Asguard. A mysterious being known as Loki arrives on earth and immediately assumes that he can rule all human beings. But that irks S.H.I.E.L.D. directory Nick Fury the wrong way. As Loki escapes with the Tesseract, Nick Fury believes this is an act of war against Earth. His only hope is to assemble an actual team of super heroes. Dr. Bruce Banner, who turns into an enormous green rage monster known as the Hulk. Tony Stark and his venerable Iron Man armor. Captain America, the Stark Enterprises created super soldier. Thor, the god of thunder, protector of Earth and his home planet of Asguard, and Loki's brother. Master assassins Hawkeye and Natasha Romanoff. Together they will become a team to take on an attack that will call them to become the greatest of all time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product at a GREAT PRICE!!!

    Posted
    JDub04
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    Bottom Line: If you bought The Avengers 3D Blu-Ray for 37.99, this combo is for $19.99 Avengers Illuminated 3D Lenticular Gift Set - Best Buy Exclusive and has a few more extras for a lesser price. I've been wanting to get this product for a while, im glad I waited.....awesome deal on a great product.....highly recommend, check around and you will see this stands out. Includes: Best Buy exclusive gift set with illuminated 3D lenticular case, 4-disc disc set w/ 3D blu-ray, regular 2D blu-ray, DVD & digital copy (iTunes & Windows Media), as well as 208 page, hard cover full color "Ultimate Character Guide", 7" x 9" litho card, and $30 Sideshow Collectibles gift card. The earlier review might be correct about gift card, I haven't messed with that as of this review.

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