This Week in DVDs: The Avengers

I’m sure today marked the day of other DVD and Blu-Ray releases. I’m sure those films worked very hard. Heck, some of them might have been pretty high quality features. But let’s face it, nothing matches up to the releases of Marvel’s The Avengers. What began in 2008 with Iron Man and continued with multiple Marvel movies now arrives in full crescendo on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Avengers not only succeeds with great action and a solid story line but it pulled off one of the more sacrificial, and risky, business gambles in movie history. As the story asks the question, “How can these individual superheroes work as one cohesive unit?” director Joss Whedon and company also asked, “How can we get these highly paid lead actors to work as one cohesive unit?”

For being able to pull of such a feat, Whedon may need an Oscar nod for Best Director. Placed with the burden of impossible expectations, Whedon delivered one of the most entertaining movies of 2012, let alone this summer. Avengers is a perfect mixture of mind-blowing action and the quick-witted humor that brought Joss Whedon his massive cult following.

And the cast does not sell anyone short. Each superhero gets his proper “awesome moment” throughout the action pieces of the film while delivering surprisingly human performances. The real winner may be Mark Ruffalo giving the 3rd rendition of Bruce Banner and The Hulk in less than a decade. He’s able to display the weight that Bruce feels having to be the Hulk while also having fun with being the character of the Hulk—because it all can’t be that bad, right?

Overall, even with a 143-minute run time, Avengers leaves you wishing there was more—and from the post-credit scenes, there most certainly will be. The climatic battle in New York City is breathtaking and there are plenty of laughs and thrills along the way. And with the effort that was put into bring this film together; equal work went into the Blu-Ray special features.

Part of the special features include a short film Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 where a young couple finds one of the alien guns used from The Avengers final battle scene. The two then use the weapon for bank robberies. The short film provides a glimpse into what Joss Whedon in-the-works TV series about the S.H.I.E.L.D may be like. Also, if you’d like to make your Avengers experience all the more palpable, you can use your Iphone, iPhone, iPad or laptop to interact with a mock S.H.I.E.L.D database with information about every character from both the movie and comic book worlds.

Plus, witness the first Marvel gag reel along with an alternate opening and closing to the film. Enjoy the highest grossing movie of 2012, The Avengers.

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