DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEW: Age of Ultron

 

 When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the 2nd instalment from Marvel Studios about the dream team of Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain America and The Hulk. With Tony, Steve and Thor all having a couple solo films of their own under their belts (but no Black Widow stand alone… or buddy up with Hawkeye *coughcoughGetOnItMarvelcoughcough*) it’s great to see our guys and girls back together and bouncing off each other’s mannerisms and energy.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-Ray, released 14th September 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-Ray, released 14th September 2015

Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-Ray Release: 14th September, 2015

Digital Download: 8th September, 2015

Feature run time: 141 minuets

Rating: 12

Director: Joss Wheadon

 

The team dynamic works so smoothly in Age of Ultron; whether they’re partying together, fighting together or fighting each other, the relationship between the core Avengers really plays a major part in the overall enjoyability of the film. Add into the equation the presence of fan favourite characters like Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, James Rhodes, Erik Selvig and Nick Fury plus new comers Dr Helen Cho, The Barton Brood, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff – and not forgetting one of the most important newbies of them all, The Vision – and you’ll get a film in Age of Ultron that almost feels like coming home, or at least getting to hang out with a group of lifelong friends.

I really enjoyed the film when I saw it in the cinema and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around, especially after getting the watch the bonus features beforehand.

Although at the time I felt that it was good, but not Avengers Assembled perfect, I was not one of the many people who felt the film really failed to live up to expectations. Yes, I did feel that the whole Barton family thing was a little shoehorned in and some of the things said during that part of the film were rather contrite and (if I’m honest) totally not believable in the realm of the MCU.

I could go on about the issues, but I think many, MANY people have already gone down that path before me. Plus, yeah it bothers me but I don’t think that it’s that big off a deal over all.

If you weren’t 100% sold on that idea, or were a little bit miffed as to how Natasha was so torn up at the end of the film, then you’ll want to watch the deleted scenes. There was some great conversation cut out between the two of them which actually makes a few of the left in comments later on in the film make A) Much more sense and B) Give those comments and what happens at the end of the film a whole new level of heartbreak.

The Making Of Featurette, which is on all three formats of release (itunes, Blue-Ray and DVD) near enough turned me into a little puddle of glee. Hearing the cast and crew talking about their time on set, about the world of the Avengers and seeing how the film was brought together is such a highlight. Everyone who talks seems to truly mean all the praise they give the characters, the crew and each other. Sometimes behind the scenes stuff on Blu-Ray and DVD extras can seem like an afterthought; it’s usually a couple of clips of the director saying “And… action!” or “Cut! That’s a wrap everyone!”, a few shots of actors on set and maybe a bit in front of the green screen, before you get a few sound bites of the cast taken from the publicity tour. The Age of Ultron Making Of is DEFINITELY not that, time and care was taking in making this featurette and it really shows – giving us a lovely insight into not just what everyone thinks of the film and each other but also a fascinating look into how Paul Bettany was transformed into The Vision and insight into just how much of the film was shot outside, on location and not just some green screen on a sound stage. You’ll also be treated to an overview of all the Infinity Stones, how they’ve been connecting throughout the MCU and what may be ahead.

Only the Making Of is included on the DVD release. If you want the gag reel, deleted scenes or audio commentary, you’ll have to get the Blu-Ray, which is rather disappointing. Marvel usually has some brilliant extras and in the past most of these were on the DVD as well as the Blu-Ray (Although, I know DVD owners missed out on some of the short films and the gag reels over the years) so to only have one featurette on the DVD makes it feel like Marvel is leaving a large portion of its consumer audience out in the cold.

It also feels like if you ARE going for the Blu-Ray edition only four featurettes is a little stingy for a Marvel production. When I was invited to go and watch the extras and the film I thought they’d forgotten to show us something, as it seemed to lack the usual Marvel picnic of bonus material – especially as there was nothing of the promised cut scenes including Loki, and a few other bits and pieces, that Marvel Entertainment assured fans would be included.

Don’t go buying Age of Ultron expecting the amount Marvel usually gives fans on their film releases, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the film as it has some of the best performances from the cast you’ll see, and if you’re like me you’ll pick up on all the amazing touches and little moments between the cast and in the story that you may have missed the first time around thanks to the action pack and fast paced flow of the film.

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Fia @madame_fifi

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