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Blu-ray Review: Avengers: Endgame

August 13, 2019

By John Corrado

It’s already the biggest movie of the year – not to mention the highest grossing film of all time worldwide, finally surpassing the record previously set by James Cameron’s Avatar a decade ago – and now Avengers: Endgame is arriving on Blu-ray this week.

Bringing about the end of the first stretch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which started eleven years ago with Iron ManAvengers: Endgame is the culmination of the epic finale set in motion with last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, and it’s a thrilling, emotional and wildly entertaining blockbuster that delivers on every level. For more on the film itself, my full review can be found right here.

The Blu-ray comes with a selection of bonus material, spread over two discs. The first disc includes the movie along with a commentary track featuring directors Anthony and Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, as well as a short, optional introduction by the directors which oddly features scenes from the end of the film, so I would recommend only watching it beforehand if you have already seen the movie.

The second disc is where we find most of the bonus features, starting with seven featurettes. First up is Remembering Stan Lee, a touching tribute to the late Marvel creator that takes us through his different cameos in all of the movies; Setting the Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. focuses on the actor’s role at the centre of the franchise, and how he was initially seen as a risky choice before being cast in the first Iron Man film; A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America focuses on the character’s history, his integral place in the MCU, and Evans’ initial reluctance to take on the role; and Black Widow: Whatever It Takes offers the same treatment to Scarlett Johansson’s kickass heroine.

Next up, The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame looks at how the two sibling filmmakers rose to the gargantuan challenge of bringing all of these heroes together to deliver some of the biggest films in the franchise, and how instrumental they were in the success of this series; The Women of the MCU focuses on the female characters in the franchise, and that moment of collective empowerment near the end of the film; and finally Bro Thor looks at the evolution of Chis Hemsworth’s character and his shocking transformation in this film.

These are followed by six short deleted 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), and a two minute gag reel. It’s a little under an hour of content in total, but the featurettes in particular are all quite engaging, making this is a solid supplemental package to back up one of the best movies of the year. A digital copy is also included, which unlocks the two bonus featurettes Avengers Script Security and the Secret Scenes of Infinity War and Endgame and Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance.

Avengers: Endgame is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 181 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: August 13th, 2019

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