Unless Marvel releases the next Avengers movie in 2018, it is pretty much a guarantee that Avengers: Infinity War will finish 2018 as the highest grossing movie of the year. It has already passed $2 billion at the global box office, it’s the fourth highest grossing film of all time, and it shattered all opening records in its path. Unless you’ve been sleeping for the past couple months – Avengers: Infinity War is kind of a big deal. Now you can bring home Avengers: Infinity War on Blu-ray and 4K UHD. Let’s talk about why you should add Avengers: Infinity War to your collection.
Avengers: Infinity War
Admittedly, I was not the biggest fan of the latest Avengers installment upon my first viewing. I thought it was great, but far from being the best Marvel movie. I stand by that opinion to this day and believe Captain America: The Winter Soldier still holds the title. That being said, there was a lot of expectations and hype heading into Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel has building up to this movie over the past 10 years, introducing new members to the Marvel Cinematic Universe just so they can wage the ultimate battle against Thanos. The result is two and a half hours of pure action teaming up Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man alongside Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis, while Captain America is joined by the Black Panther, Black Widow, Thor, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Vision, Scarlet Witch and more. You could not ask for a more epic cinematic event.
Avengers: Infinity War is not perfect. It feels overlong at some points and some questionable choices were made in character development, but ultimately there is a lot to enjoy in the movie. One of the greatest strengths Marvel has developed in their films is a unique blend of humor and action, which is on display constantly during Infinity War. The climax of the movie shook audiences to the core and inspired a slew full of memes that still pop up to this day. This movie is worth plowing through 10 years of Marvel movies to experience the massive undertaking that is Avengers: Infinity War.
The past couple Marvel movies have been very light on special features and Infinity War continues this trend. It’s incredibly disappointing considering how important Infinity War is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the biggest movie yet in the entire series, yet it is treated like any ordinary release. There is one feature for sure worth watching, but let’s take a look at everything featured on this release.
- Featurettes – There are four featurettes on this release, including Strange Alchemy, The Mad Titan, Beyond the Battle: Titan, Beyond the Battle: Wakanda. Of the four features, the two worth watching are Beyond the Battle: Titan and Wakanda. These features break down the two biggest fight scenes in the movie and take you behind the scenes into the production the most. The Mad Titan is a nice tribute to Thanos, but the Strange Alchemy is a painfully average feature.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes – There are four deleted and extended scenes and unfortunately none of them add to the story at all. The Guardians Get Their Groove Back actually provides an entertaining exchange between Peter Quill and Drax, but you can clearly see why all of these scenes were removed from the final product.
- Gag Reel – This is perfect if you want to see a bunch of on-set moments of hilarity that you weren’t a part of, but ultimately is not as funny as it probably was if you were there.
- Audio Commentary – The commentary track is hosted by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and it is mostly uninspiring. It does provide some excellent insight into how the movie was made, but overall it is pretty drab. The entire group just sounds tired. I can imagine why after completing Infinity War and continuing work on the sequel, but it makes the track very difficult to listen to.
- A Directors’ Roundtable – The gem featurette is unfortunately kept as a digital exclusive, but that isn’t a huge issue considering both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray releases contain a digital copy. The directors’ roundtable features some of the greatest Marvel directors discussing their movies and how they became a bigger part of the larger story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The feature is entertaining, engaging, and extremely in-depth and most worthy of watching.
Even though the bonus features don’t live up to the quality of the film, Avengers: Infinity War is a perfect addition to any collection. It is a critical film for Marvel and if you collect Marvel movies then you have to own this. If you have a great home theater then you’ll be eager to turn on this release with its outstanding video and audio quality. If you are a fan of movies that are action packed and fun then you’ll find a lot of enjoyment in it. There’s no better time than now to pick up Avengers: Infinity War. You can find Avengers: Infinity War on the 4K Cinematic Universe Edition, which includes a 4K Ultra HD disc, a Blu-ray and a Digital Copy, and the Multi-Screen Edition, which includes a Blu-ray and a Digital Copy.