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The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – The Complete First Season Blu-ray Disc Review 39.99

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – The Complete First Season Blu-ray Disc Review

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  • THE SERIES
  • VIDEO
  • AUDIO
  • EXTRAS

THE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES –
THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE

(2011, Blu-ray released April 17, 2012 – MSRP CDN$ 39.99)

THE SERIES:

    When the planet is threatened by super-villains, time traveling conquerors, mythical monsters or mad robots bent on the total destruction of humanity, when the forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero has the power to save the world, when there is no hope left… the Avengers assemble!

    Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Ant-Man, Wasp and The Incredible Hulk. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must band together to protect the world from a break-out of Super-Villains the likes of which no one has never seen. Only the Avengers can stand against this threat, and the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

WHO SHOULD BUY:

I almost hate to say it, but this latest animated series from Marvel is better than most of their multi-million dollar feature films. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes does just about everything right, taking its time to introduce each and every character (which is saying something as the series features just about every hero and villain from the Marvel universe!) but not squandering any opportunity to throw them straight into action. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Captain America are all rendered recognizable for those only familiar with the films but fans will note that the origin of the team is closer to the comics than its silver screen counterpart. The exceptional, stylized character designs also hue closer to the printed page (though, I understand, that’s about to change in the second season) but I don’t think anyone will mistake Cap’s red, white and blue attire for Spider-man. It’s all pretty great with the only potential difficulty for young or casual viewers being the serial nature of the show, requiring that viewers have seen previous episodes to fully understand the narrative, the deeper you get into the series. The simple remedy for this is to just pick up this excellent 2-disc set of all 26-episodes and gorge yourself on Avengers cartoons!

THE BLU-RAY DISC: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes looks fantastic on Blu-ray! I mean, this isn’t a perfect encode by any means – there’s a fair amount of banding and you’ll notice most lines and shapes are aliased, if you look closely enough – but overall, it’s a colourful treat for the eyes. In fact, it’s impossible to be sure if the the issues I see aren’t inherent in the production of the animation and have nothing at all to do with the encode, but either way, there’s still a lot to like here. Audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track with an alternate French dub in DTS-2.0 stereo. It’s solid and even bombastic at times but no match for the more dynamic tracks you’re used to hearing from feature film Blu-ray discs. Extras are limited to around 12-minutes of interviews with the cast and crew.

NOTE: This is a Canada-only release from eOne but is compatible with all US Blu-ray players.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Interviews with the following cast and crew:
  • Brian Bloom – Voice Actor – Captain America
  • Eric Loomis – Voice Actor – Iron Man
  • Rick Wasserman – Voice Actor – Thor
  • Fred Tatasciore – Voice Actor – Hulk
  • Joshua Fine – Supervising Producer
  • Christopher Yost – Story Editor


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