Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray review
Aug 13, 2019- Permalink
If you’re one of the handful of people on the planet who didn’t see Avengers: Endgame during its theatrical release, I’ll refrain from saying much about the film except to say that this latest installment of the Avengers story took the audience on an action-packed emotional rollercoaster five years after Thanos destroyed half of the life in the galaxy at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. This epic tale is now available to enjoy at home. I had the chance to review the Blu-ray version, which also comes with a digital download code.
The 1080p AVC-encoded transfer is presented in the theatrical release’s 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The video presentation is quite flawless, with no discernible noise or encoding artifacts. The real and CGI elements blend well and detail and clarity — whether we’re talking about textiles, surfaces, facial features or natural environments — is excellent. Black levels are great, low-light scenes have detail and the colour palette across environments and superhero costumes is pleasing. It’s just an all around great presentation.
Moving on to audio, the disc comes with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound track as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available in English SDH, French and Spanish. Those looking for a Dolby Atmos soundtrack will have to look at getting the 4K release of the film. Unlike many recent Disney releases, this one plays well at reference volume levels and doesn’t need a volume boost to show off its full dynamics. As you’d expect, the soundscape makes full use of your surround speakers and places you in the centre of the action. The low-end frequencies give oomph where oomph is needed. Music is nicely presented and dialogue is clear and centred in the mix. An excellent audio presentation.
The presentation contains so many extras that a second disc just of extra material is included. The first disc contains audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, as well as an introduction by the two directors. The second disc includes a tribute to the late, great Stan Lee, a look at Robert Downey Jr.’s work in the MCU, explorations of the characters of Captain America and Black Widow, a look at the Russo Brothers’ work on several of the MCU films, a look at the Women of the MCU, an exploration of Thor’s character arc, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will definitely want Avengers: Endgame in their collection. With a thrilling, emotional story, great video and audio, and a good amount of extras, you’ll want this one in your home entertainment library.