Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD Release: Marvel’s The Avengers

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Price: 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.99, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, DVD $29.99
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainment


Marvel's The Avenger movie sceneMarvel’s The Avengers, a giant action-adventure-science fiction house party of Marvel Comics superheroes who comes together to save the world, is likely to do some serious damage in the  home entertainment market

The third highest-grossing movie of all time, The Avengers crossed the  $600 million domestic box office threshold on June 26, 2012 – only the third film in history to do so. As of this writing, it has earned an estimated worldwide gross of $1.44 billion.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the film features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Chris Evans (What’s Your Number?), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlet Johansson (We Bought a Zoo), Jeremy Renner (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris), Clark Gregg (Iron Man 2) and Samuel L. Jackson (Arena).

The Avengers finds Nick Fury (Jackson), director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D, recruiting Iron Man (Downey), Captain America (Evans), Thor (Hemsworth), Black Widow (Johansson) and Hawkeye (Renner) to form a team to prvent Thor’s half-brother Loki (Hiddleston) from taking over the Earth. The team’s preventive measures culminate in a way-destructive battle in midtown Manhattan.

In anticipation of the release, Marvel launched the app “The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App” (available for the first time on iPhone), which gives fans access to exclusive content. Pieces were issued bi-weekly in July and August 2012 and weekly in September leading up to the street date. Content includes access to the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, invitations to “special missions” either remotely or in the field, links to character profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital reader comic books and more.

Here’s a breakdown of the various formats and features on The Avengers’ discs:

4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy+Digital Download of the “Inspired By” album):

  • Second Screen
  • Assembling the Ultimate Team
  • A Visual Journey
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary—With Joss Whedon
  • Soundgarden Music Video—“Live to Rise”
  • And more!

2-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD in either Blu-ray or DVD packaging):

  • Same as the 4-Disc Combo Pack above

1-Disc DVD:

  • Assembling the Ultimate Team
  • Audio Commentary—With Joss Whedon

High-Definition & Standard Definition Digital:

  • Second Screen
  • Assembling the Ultimate Team
  • A Visual Journey
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Soundgarden Music Video—“Live to Rise”
  • And more!

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.