(**Marvel/Disney 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
DC Comics Super Heroes Aquaman: Rage Of Atlantis
(**/*both Warner Blu-ray w/DVD + Toy Sets)/Rusty
DVD/**all 2018)/Star Wars
Rebels: The Complete Season Four
(2017 - 2018/LucasFilm/Disney Blu-ray Set)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B & C+/B & C+/C+/B
Sound: B+/B & C+/B & C+/C+/C+ Extras: B/B-/C+/D/C
Main Programs: A-/B-/C+/C+/C+
for a mix of action, superheroes and family fun, save a few dark
moments that might not be child-friendly...
Studios celebrates its ten year mark with the biggest and most
ambitious superhero film to date. Avengers:
Infinity War (2018)
is the third installment in the Avengers franchise and sees an epic
crossover with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy that fans
have been waiting years for. While it could have been a mess (the
film's budget was a rumored $400 Million), the film earned critical
and fan acclaim and the story ends up balancing its thirty or so odd
characters very well and each one gets his or her own moment to
shine. There are some shocking moments and great surprises here and
an epic cliffhanger that brought some fans to tears.
is most effective if you've seen all eighteen of the films that lead
up to it, starting with 2008's Iron
and its two sequels and going through the Thor trilogy, Captain
America trilogy, Spiderman:
Hulk, Ant Man (though he's not in this one), Dr. Strange, Black
Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy films. There's a lot of
lead up to this film and there are many references to past films that
help shape this one. I can see how one would become pretty lost
pretty quickly if they weren't familiar with the characters or world.
by the Russo Brothers (who also directed 'mature' comic book film
America: Winter Soldier
America: Civil War),
has an unbelievable cast of Hollywood heavyweights and some of the
best digital effects in recent memory. This is a must see film for
not only comic book fans but genre fans as well. This is all thanks
to producer mastermind Kevin Feige who has been the man responsible
for this epic cinematic universe from day one with the help of Stan
Lee, Jon Faverau, James Gunn, and many others.
stars Robert Downey Jr.(Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris
Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Scarlett Johansson
(Black Widow), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Mark Ruffalo
(Hulk), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Dave Bautista (Drax), Zoe
Saldana (Gamora), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket
Raccoon), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Tom Hiddleson (Loki), Tom
Holland (Spider-man), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Anthony Mackie
(Falcon), Paul Bettany (Vision), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Don Cheadle
(War Machine), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letita
Wright (Shuri), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Benicio Del Toro (The
Collector), Peter Dinklage (Eltri), Benedict Wong (Wong), William
Hurt (Ross), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and of course Josh Brolin
as the villainous Thanos. Heck of a cast indeed.
face off against their biggest threat yet - Thanos... who is
obtaining ultimate power in the galaxy thanks to six Infinity Stones,
all of which are scattered across the galaxy. Whomever wields these
stones has the power over time, space, and has the ability to destroy
humanity with the snap of a finger. Teaming up with the Guardians of
the Galaxy, the Avengers make an effort to stop Thanos before its too
digital copy is also included.
Features are a little short this time around and (from the press
(5:08) - Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting
for the first time, and discover why some were teamed up together.
(6:34) - Explore the MCU's biggest, baddest villain, his trail of
influence through the stories, and the existential threat he
the Battle: Titan
(9:36) - Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos' ruined world,
including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its
the Battle: Wakanda
(10:58) - Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled
off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever
and Extended Scenes (10:07)
(1:23) - Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming
wedding, until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
for the Mind Stone
(1:24) - On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision
attempt to hide from Thanos' brutal allies.
Guardians Get Their Groove Back
(3:20) - As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to
Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
(4:00) - Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and
with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
Reel (2:05) - Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in
this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher
Markus and Stephen McFeely.
I'm surprised how quickly it came out on home video prior to its
theatrical run, it's great to add Infinity
to the collection! Marvel is also releasing the first two Avengers
films on the 4K UHD format as well (and we hope to cover on this site
soon). This is sure to get a trend going with more titles being
released on the new format over time. I, for one, am looking forward
to see them all in 2160p as the difference between this and the
Blu-ray are plainly noticeable.
sure once the next film is released there will be some super duper
edition of this film with more extras, as the supplements seem a
little on the light side. For the meantime, this is a fine edition
with a great transfer and all around solid 4K UHD presentation that's
demo disc worthy.
course, the recent live action DC Comics films took on its own recent
major event in recent comic book history, Superman dying and coming
back, but it was very loosely based on the print version of that
event. The new animated Death
is an outright adaptation that gives us Doomsday out to destroy the
Justice League, but especially clashing with the Man From Krypton.
At 81 minutes, it can be a bit short, uneven and too comical for its
won good, but has some good moments in it and is worth a look.
However, the big villain who is oversized, yells and goes 'grrrrr' a
lot gets thin no matter the comic company.
use of color is a plus in this production and it is easily the
best-looking of the four animated titles we are now going through.
The voice actors (like Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn) have done
a great job of melding into their voice acting and these actors do
not get enough credit for making this series of
animated-to-home-video movies work, but they should more often.
However, the idea is the illusion the characters are alive, which is
we have the other DC Comics animated series that goes for more humor
and is for a younger audience. LEGO
DC Comics Super Heroes Aquaman: Rage Of Atlantis
gives us another Justice League tale, a new Green Lantern (Jessica
Cruz) and is far more jokey than some of the previous entries, though
the self-appreciating jokes (especially on the part of Lantern and
Aquaman) I thought were overdone a bit too much. This is the older
Aquaman (not the new Jason Momoa model) and he is not always getting
the respect he deserves, though I can appreciate a joke when it
result is a mixed entry that has a few good moments, a crisis that is
not memorable and the underused Red Tornado. This could have all
worked a bit better and I'll add that maybe LEGO and DC have worked
their way into a corner that is not helping either franchise. The
fun logic of the LEGO world at least has its moments, but they need
to start thinking of new approaches or they could have an unnecessary
slide back in future entries in the series.
(2018) is a new DVD from Nickelodeon that is for the launch of yet
another new TV show that has the title character and regular
supporting friends fixing all kinds of gadgets and other mechanical
devices, some of which also are characters. These eight episodes run
a surprising 90ish minutes and have some moments, but again, we have
a situation here where the producers are drifting into a formulaic
corner and that is stopping the potential for this new show to be a
big hit. The 'jump on the bandwagon with friends and have an
adventure' bit was not every Nickelodeon show in the network's early
days and should not be now, though the parent comp[any is having some
issues as of this posting.
think the show could be a hit of some kind, but its got to find new
space and ideas to help it stand out. The plus is that it asks the
audience to not be lazy and either build or rebuild something, a
message we are not hearing nearly enough anywhere these days.
we have Star
Wars Rebels: The Complete Season Four
(2017 - 2018) with its ghost Crew trying to take on the Empire in
secret on their own mission(s) that can sound too much like parts of
the feature films we've seen on the big screen, but at least offers
some kind of alternative versus parts of the prequels or new films
that may not have quite worked out. This version is not one that
stays with me, but it manages to keep a sense of the world of the
franchise in tact that may be fading now that Lucas himself is no
longer part of any of the productions.
should be added that I liked the earlier animated series with
hand-drawn animation and thought (and still think) this CGI version
can come across as a bit crude at times. However, in the logic of
its own art and world, it is at least consistent and some of the
characters could be breakouts if they were allowed to develop
15 episodes are on two Blu-ray discs and the better definition versus
DVD also makes it more watchable, but you need to watch this series
from the beginning to get the full impact. I am somewhat impressed
the show's storyline is still running as well as it is with the
weekly TV grind that befalls all series. Still, this is for the
curio and fans for the most part, so only expect so much if you
for playback performance. Avengers
is presented in its 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on the 4K Blu-ray disc
and has a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a Dolby Atmos 11.1
lossless sound mix (and a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown). The image is
incredible here with vibrant colors, details on characters and
digital environments. The audio, however, leaves a little to be
desired in some instances where it seems like some scenes are a bit
louder than others... so you're constantly turning up the volume one
minute and then down the next when something epic happens. All in
all though, the film looks great here and far better in 4K UHD than
in the also included 1080p Blu-ray which has similar video and a
(Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix as its best soundtrack that had the
same sound level issues as the Dolby on the 4K disc.
Dolby Atmos 11.1, Marvel/Disney went all out making the film
available theatrically in Auro 11.1, DTS: X 11.1, IMAX 11.1 and Sonix
DDP and other mixdown variants, so why the sound is off-kilter here
is odd. We'll let you know what we hear next of this situation ASAP.
rest of the Blu-ray releases are presented in decent 1080p 1.78 X 1
digital High Definition image transfers
that all have some demo shots, good consistent color and are fine for
the animated releases they are, even if the animation styles vary
differently. None can match The Avengers overall even on Blu-ray,
but they have their moments. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1
image on their respective DVDs, along with the Rusty
DVD, look as good as they can on the older format. Rusty
is a CGI TV show too, if a bit simpler than the rest. However, none
of the DVDs have the range of their Blu-ray counterparts where
applicable and are harder to watch. Add that Superman
has a 4K edition and you can see how the DVDs are a convenience at
out the sound imbalance issues of either Avengers
have solid, well mixed and recorded DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mixes that may not always be stunning, yet are just fine and
consistent for what we get. So it is odd that Star
only gets lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes on its episodes (something
gets with less dynamic excitement) and that holds back enjoying the
episodes as it continues to frustrate fans. Will Disney change that
with a 4K release of the series?
include toy figurines for the Limited Edition Superman
(of war torn Superman) and Aquaman
(the Jessica Cruz Green Lantern) that are always fun and welcome.
That figurine is not available with the 4K Superman edition that we
know of. Rusty
only has a Paw
episode as its sole bonus, but Superman
also add Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other
cyber iTunes capable devices.
Of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All)
also add Behind The Scenes/Making Of featurettes, with the latter
Kiner: The Rebel Symphony
plus audio commentaries on six episodes. Superman
rounds things up with two Legion
Of Super Heroes
episodes (a two-parter) and look at the next DC Universe animated
Of The Supermen.
Nicholas Sheffo and James