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    Avengers Infinity War (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Peter Dinklage as Eitri, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

    My Thoughts
    I enjoyed seeing this in the theater and eagerly anticipated its release on UHD since it’s a movie that begs to be watched more than once because of the nonstop action from start to finish. As expected, a second time through was even more enjoyable than the first because I could take in more of the subtleties. There are a plethora of characters involved, but the overarching story revolves around Tony Stark and his desire to save the world. The villain actually is trying to save it too, but by a completely different way—killing one-half of the Universe’s population to eliminate overcrowding and hunger. Noble—maybe, crazy—absolutely!

    Fortunately, the UHD presentation is off the charts. As usual with Disney UHD titles, the audio is recorded too low—although this time only by 4dB, which is much better than the 10dB found on other A-list titles from the House of Mouse. Furthermore, the bass track is consistently good from beginning to end, something that couldn’t be said for any of the other Avengers movies. One area where Disney excels is with their video quality, and this is definitely a reference presentation. The WCG is put to great use and is a big upgrade over the stellar-looking Blu-ray.


    Video 9.5/10 (MVC)

    Audio 9.5/10 (Dolby Atmos)


    Special Features:


    • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
    • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
    • Beyond 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 power.
    • Beyond 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 attempted.
    • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
      • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
      • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
      • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
      • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
      • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
      • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

    • Blu-ray + Movies Anywhere Digital Copy





    Conclusion
    While this is a fun movie, I have to say that the story itself doesn’t have much meat because when you see the ending you’ll definitely know that there’s more coming in Part II that will “fix” things back to how they should be. I don’t want to spoil it for those of haven’t seen it, but when you do you’ll know exactly what I mean. Regardless, I still enjoyed it and look forward to Part II when it hits theaters and the A/V presentation is outstanding. Highly recommended.
    David Vaughn
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    DAvid, I have a MAJOR objection to this movie. You wrote, "killing one-half of the Universe’s population to eliminate overcrowding and hunger."

    I drive on the Long Island Expressway every day, we call it the Jurassic Parkway, the worlds longest Parking Lot. Even after Thanos eliminated half the population, it's still crowded! He aimed in the wrong place!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefisc View Post
    DAvid, I have a MAJOR objection to this movie. You wrote, "killing one-half of the Universe’s population to eliminate overcrowding and hunger."

    I drive on the Long Island Expressway every day, we call it the Jurassic Parkway, the worlds longest Parking Lot. Even after Thanos eliminated half the population, it's still crowded! He aimed in the wrong place!


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    I was in LA this past week and feel your pain. Traffic was horrendous.
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    I keep saying that I'm sick of superhero movies. But it feels like Marvel is one step ahead, and always ready with a fresh take or different direction.

    Can't really complain.

    When watching at home I paid a lot more attention to Thanos, the all-CG bad guy. Probably the best CG character we've ever had. I kept forgetting he wasn't 'real'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon Eberhart View Post

    When watching at home I paid a lot more attention to Thanos, the all-CG bad guy. Probably the best CG character we've ever had. I kept forgetting he wasn't 'real'.
    He’s not real? This will surprise James Brolin’s agent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefisc View Post
    He’s not real? This will surprise James Brolin’s agent.
    Haha.

    But from the behind the scenes I learned they used old-school tech for the motion capture, just 20 or so dots on his face. CG artists had to fill in the blanks. And it was very, very impressive. So many little subtle expression, felt very real.

    Better than Gollum in LOTR for me. That was great, but far more over-the-top. This felt grounded and human. (The fact that it was a giant purple space tyrant aside.)
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