Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: August 14

Avengers

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Blu-ray reviews, but there just hasn’t been anything worth talking about. But now, we come to the biggest movie of the year. Ten years’ worth of quality films has lead to this moment – and now that moment is on Blu-ray.

Here’s my pick for August 14, 2018.

123471_frontAvengers: Infinity War
Marvel Studios
Written by Christopher Markus
and Stephen McFeely

Based on characters appearing in Marvel Comics
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

For the last ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this one story. Clues were dropped throughout the entire films and a mysterious puppet master was manipulating events from the shadows of the cosmos. With all this hyper riding on it, Avengers: Infinity War did not disappoint.

On my first viewing, I couldn’t give a full, honest review of this film by design. I suppose my full opinion will depend on how I feel about the story’s conclusion – set to open next year – as the storylines for both are inextricably tied together. It was definitely enjoyable for sure. Seeing all the characters interacting was amazing. But the film itself left me in a narrative lurch, wanting resolution. Judging by the way others have reacted, I don’t think I’m in the minority.

The film also left lots and lots of questions – mainly about the whereabouts of characters, as the Marvel crew claimed that this film would wrap up all the loose ends. And certain character motivations were fuzzy and illogical. But the film, as a whole, was completely engaging and very exciting. And the verbal reactions of a group of guys toward the front of the theater made the film experience even more entertaining.

Seeing Infinity War a second time and knowing what happens has allowed me to really take it all in and appreciate its brilliance. Thanos is indeed the ultimate MCU villain. Josh Brolin delivers the goods and the CGI artists bring him to life. His evil motivations have a startling amount of real-worldness to them. For decades, there have been many people, especially in the halls of academia, who share Thanos’ worldview and desire a similar solution to a “problem” that appears, more and more, to not be one.

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Best Buy: SteelBook (4K only)

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Disney Store: Lithograph set

Target: 40-page gallery book (4K only) and exclusive Funko Iron Man

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Walmart: One-disc version

My Pick: No actual additional bonus material makes this pick a lot easier. I’m getting the regular Blu-ray version. I don’t particularly care about either the gallery book, Funko Iron Man, or the lithographs (which appear to just be screen caps of the film). And the SteelBook is just meh.

Two trends I’m seeing that I don’t like: there seems to be a slow move to making bonuses 4K exclusive and titles (especially Disney ones) are losing their DVD copies. The former is aggravating because I see no real reason to convert to 4K and justify the inflated price point. The latter is just annoying because I liked having the DVD for kids to be able to watch the movie without potentially damaging the Blu-ray. That and the price is only rising with less to offer.

Happy Watching!

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