Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Superhero > Animation > Ultimate Avengers Collection (Blu-ray/2 animated films)

Ultimate Avengers Collection (Blu-ray/2 animated films)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: A     Film: B



Lionsgate’s DVDs of their first two Ultimate Avengers animated features have been critical and commercial successes that have kept just about everybody happy.  Even I liked them, but our critic Scott Pyle liked them even better.  Now that they are out on one Blu-ray disc, we are revisiting them.  To learn more about the actual films, you can go to our previous reviews as follows:


Ultimate Avengers One



Ultimate Avengers Two




That leaves high expectations for the Blu-ray and though it is conveniently smaller, does that mean it is better?  It should be, but the 1080p digital High Definition versions of both offer strange trade-offs.  Yes, there are shots that are cleaner and clearer, yet there are also shots that looked strained, less natural and hurt the overall presentation.  With 600 more lines, there are enough better shots to choose this over the DVDs, but this should have been more of a homerun along the lines of Lionsgate’s better discs.


When it comes to sound, the DVDs only offered Dolby Digital EX and since Lionsgate has been supporting DTS on their Blu-ray releases, you would think we would get DTS here in addition to the Dolby.  Instead, we get the first-ever PCM 7.1 mix which spreads out the soundfield of the 5.1 mix and it is an interesting upgrade that is better than the Dolby overall, but dialogue still sounds like the Dolby tracks and the full potential of the 7.1 mix is never totally realized.  For a Superhero genre work, you would think otherwise.


All the same extras are also here and squeezing all of those with PCM 7.1 and having two features on one 50GB disc might have just been too much even for all that space.  However, I think the Blu-ray still out-edges the DVD-Video versions overall and if you have a Blu-ray player is the better option.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com