To say that The Avengers on Blu-Ray Hulk-smashes the little screen is both cliche and an understatement. Not an easy feat.

If it was possible to enjoy The Avengers even more than we did in theaters, then consider the Blu-ray experience the absolute best way to experience the film without a couple extra thousand dollars and access to state-of-the-art digital projection technology.

The Film

Not much has changed about our enjoyment of the film, other than the fact that the replay value is well worth the price of the Blu-ray all by itself. Even without the special features, the extra disk, and all the special swag that comes with the price of the Blu-ray, the film is endlessly re-watchable; especially to devout followers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The non-stop Whedonesque humor, the title-to-credits action sequences, and even the biting drama makes The Avengers a joy to own. We’ve gotta admit, we would have paid full price just for the opportunity to replay the “Puny God” scene thirty times in varying stages of slow motion. It’s just a fun film to own.

The Asthetics

For anyone worrying that the most visually stunning film of the year would be dulled down in the DVD/Blu-ray transfer, you can rest your soul easy and bury it with a few of your favorite orchids. The film is gorgeous, colorful, and even more crisp than we recall seeing it on the silver screen.

The sound, particularly the soundtrack, is all-consuming and even overwhelming at times. This isn’t a bad thing, particularly for fans that don’t mind waking up the neighbors with the roar of The Hulk or the screech of The Leviathan.

Of course, this is a Disney production so the sound of gunfire has been toned down considerably (what do you think this is, The Dark Knight?), but other than that, every noise has been beefed up to amplify the theatrical effect in a home-theater environment.

The Special Features

Have we even mentioned the title menu yet? It’s awesome. As this writer compiles this review, he has kept the main title sequence on loop in the background for inspiration and encouragement. Braaaa bra bra bra braaaaaa dumm dummm DUUMMMMM. What? Oh, sorry.

The Deleted Scenes: If you weren’t expecting the deleted scenes to completely redefine what The Avengers could have been, then maybe you aren’t quite ready to check out this list of deleted, extended, and alternative scenes.

You’ve probably already seen the alternate opening with Maria Hill and the Council. What you might not have known is that scene basically could have functioned as a brand new launching pad and narrative from which we view The Avengers. Also included is an alternative ending, featuring a voiceover from Maria Hill as The Avengers assemble in Central Park as well as a number of scenes that serve to explain a little more behind Loki’s motives and Bruce Banner’s sudden scooter-pearance.

Combined with a few extra scenes that detail Hill’s and Fury’s complicated relationship, the bulk of the deleted scenes are meant to serve a longer, more serious, and more pondersome cut of The Avengers; one that would have placed it more in the category that Iron Man found itself in as opposed to the fun and flighty Whedonesque film that we eventually got and fell in love with. The “Play All” experience is very satisfactory since it basically presents an alternative Avengers.

Commentary with Joss Whedon: Perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited features (sorry to our UK readers) is the track commentary by director Joss Whedon. Having his play by play, his wit, and his vision play side-by-side with the film adds a new layer of artistry.

Realizing exactly how many ideas were floating around in that brain of his while he was directing not only helps to fully realize the full extent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it also gives us hope that he didn’t use up all of his best ideas and leave nothing for Avengers 2. We don’t want to spoil the best bits for you, but getting an insight from the mastermind of Marvel’s entire Phase 2 process proves to be a very revealing process.

Item 47: Like Thor and Captain America before it, The Avengers comes equipped with a Marvel One-Shot; this one called Item 47. Whereas the first to One-Shots chose to follow Agent Coulson and his hi-jinks, this one chooses instead to focus on two regular New Yorkers, one of which has figured out how to use a fancy Chitauri weapon.

It has an odd, kooky air to it, even though it features two protagonists that have taken on a life of armed robbery. Then the ending takes a turn that can be seen as a cop-out that doesn’t really make sense. We don’t want to ruin the ending of this one, but out of all the special features, this was easily our least favorite.

If anything, the short has given us an insight into what we might be able to expect from that S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, but we can only hope that future ventures are a little more thought out.

The Gag Reel:It’s hysterical and even more fun to watch immediately after a viewing of the movie, but you already knew that.

Target’s Special ‘Building A Cinematic Universe’ featurette

We totally don’t work for Target, nor are we currently accepting money from them, so we can say this with absolute honesty and zero corporate involvement. Buy it from Target. Seriously. Wal-Mart is currently offering a promotion with a graphic novel or some bullshit. DON’T BE DRAWN IN BY THEIR LIES. Get your special Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Target and you’ll be treated to an extensive documentary about the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

If you were looking for the end-all-be-all of special features, this is the one for you. There are about ten minutes worth of featurettes on the feature disc, but this full-on documentary (available only at Target) is so detailed that it takes almost twenty minutes before the featurette even gets to the part where Marvel studios makes Iron Man.

From the casting of Robert Downey Jr. all the way to the decision to hire Joss Whedon to direct Avengers, this full blown documentary explores it all. Just to give a sense of perspective, the Building A Cinematic Universe featurette has a scene selection option in the menu. If you want the full experience, we highly recommend the combo pack exclusively available at Target.

Final Thoughts

Buy it, and buy it from Target. The film is expertly transferred, endlessly rewatchable, and comes with hours of special features, deleted scenes, featurettes and additional commentary. The Avengers Blu-ray is now available in stores (especially from Target. We swear we’re not getting paid to say that).

What do you think of ‘The Avengers’ Blu-ray? Will you buying it?

With Captain America: Civil War coming to theaters this week in the U.S., the Russo brothers are teasing their plans for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2!

In an interview with Uproxx, the Russo brothers revealed that they believe that the current titles for the next Avengers films are misleading. Joe Russo stated, “The movies are two very different movies.” However, the current title makes it feel as though it’s the same story just split into two different films. It looks like that’s not what they’re going for, though.

“The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them,” Joe Russo went on to say in the interview. Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is currently scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 so it may be quite a while before we learn what the new title is. Thanos will be serving as the main antagonist in both of the films, with the conflict revolving around the Infinity Stones.

Before we even get to Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Marvel still has several movies to release. Including, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther.

Marvel recently pulled Inhumans from their upcoming Phase Three slate. It was supposed to be released July 12, 2019 after the release of Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. It’s still unclear whether the film is cancelled entirely or if it is simply being pushed back.

Are you glad to hear ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will be retitled?

Cami O’Connell has always been wise beyond her years and station on The Originals, and we will carry her most important words with us for a long time to come.

Cami O’Connell may not have survived Lucien’s bite on The Originals season 3, episode 19, but her words and wisdom will never be forgotten. She helped Klaus find peace and goodness in the world, she showed Davina that she is powerful enough to make her own destiny, and she constantly reminded everyone on that show that rising above one’s circumstances and being a good person is completely possible, even in the supernatural world.

Thinking back to all the incredible moments we had with Cami over the three seasons she was a part of The Originals, we tried to find a worthy enough way to pay our respects to her character. She was constantly dishing out incredible advice and knowledge, some of which is applicable to the world at large. Here are a few of our very favorite Cami quotes:

‘The Originals’ season 1, episode 4, ‘Girl in New Orleans’

“People are not awful. They want to be good. Something makes them bad, makes them snap. There are always signs. Symptoms before someone has a psychotic break.”

Cami The Originals season 1 episode 4 Girl in New Orleans edit

‘The Originals’ season 1, episode 8, ‘The River in Reverse’

“You are the architect of your own happiness.”

Cami The Originals season 1 episode 8 The River in Reverse edit

‘The Originals’ season 1, episode 16, ‘Farewell to Storyville’

“No one can control you unless you let them.”

Cami The Originals season 1 episode 16 Farewell to Storyville edit

‘The Originals’ season 2, episode 4, ‘Live and Let Die’

“This is a city of death, fires, floods. To say nothing of the violence we do to each other. We may laissez les bon temps rouler, but really we’ve turned life into one big party to distract ourselves from a single, unavoidable truth: We’re all going to die.”

Cami The Originals season 2 episode 4 Live and Let Die

“There’s more to life than the pain they made you feel. A cold beer, a slow song, a good friend. There are good things, Klaus, and you need to see that, too. There’s no real peace in revenge.”

‘The Originals’ season 2, episode 6, ‘Wheel Inside the Wheel’

“You know, sometimes I ask myself why I let people like Klaus into my life. I have this destructive pattern. I’m always drawn to the bad boys. Maybe deep down, I feel like that’s what I deserve.”

Cami The Originals season 2 episode 6 edit

‘The Originals’ season 3, episode 19 ‘No More Heartbreaks’

“I was never naive enough to think that I was your light, but there is light in you. All that anger, the cycle of abuse that Mikael began, you can end it. You have to, so you can be the light for your little girl. For Hope.”

Cami The Originals season 3 episode 19 No More Heartbreaks Leah Pipes edit

“Love will make you strong. It will make you the man that I know you want to be, and you have to remember that because I won’t be here to remind you.”

Which quote will you remember Cami for?

Another nail has just been placed through the cable box coffin: Hulu has just confirmed reports that they’re putting together a live TV service.

Speaking in front of advertisers on Wednesday morning, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said that live TV on Hulu is in the pipeline and will offer consumers a way to watch network and cable channels live via Hulu’s suite of apps.

Hopkins’ comments arrive on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal which first revealed the streaming service’s plans. According to that report, ESPN, ABC, Disney, Fox News, FX are the first channels set to join Hulu’s live TV service. Hopkins didn’t confirm any channels during his presentation this morning.

When it launches, Hulu will likely have one of the best shots at making a live TV streaming service take off, and it may seriously disrupt the traditional cable box business. The only other major service currently offering live TV via streaming is Sling TV (with plans starting at $20/month), but unlike Hulu, Sling lacks brand recognition.

Over the past couple of years it’s been widely report that Apple has made several attempts at creating a live TV service like the one Hulu is trying to put together, but the iPhone maker has run into trouble striking deals with the various networks.

Hulu’s current packages allow consumers to watch TV shows from most of the major channels the day after they air on traditional television. Plans start at $7.99 per month.

For some fans, watching TV shows live is important so they can live tweet or discuss their shows elsewhere online immediately after they air. A live TV service from Hulu could cause many people to get rid of their traditional cable boxes, which tend to come saddled with bad user interfaces and extra fees.

Are you tentatively interested in Hulu’s live TV service?

The price of the service will be an important factor in how many people subscribe, of course. Hopefully it’s cheaper than most cable subscriptions.