Avengers: Endgame appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Because the same people made Endgame essentially at the same time as Infinity War, the two offered virtually identical picture and audio.
As such, I figured I’d fail to reinvent that wheel and just replicate the comments from the Infinity War review. Call me lazy if you must – I prefer “efficient”!
In terms of sharpness, the image seemed solid. It displayed tight, accurate images from start to finish, with nary a sliver of softness on display.
I witnessed no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. No source flaws marred the image either.
The film’s palette favored Hollywood standard teal and orange at times, but it also boasted broader tones, with a mix of reds and purples as well. The hues seemed full and well-rendered.
Blacks seemed deep and dense, and shadows offered nice clarity. This became a consistently fine image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Endgame, it satisfied just as much as the picture. As anticipated, the many action sequences offered the most engaging moments. These used the various channels to create a good sense of place and action, with battle elements that zipped around the room.
Audio quality was positive. Music showed good boldness and clarity, while speech appeared distinctive and concise.
Effects came across as accurate and dynamic, with nice low-end response. The soundtrack fit the material and added zing to the proceedings.
Although most of the set’s extras appear on Disc Two, Disc One provides an audio commentary with directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. All four sit together for a running, screen-specific view of story/characters, connections to other MCU films, cast and performances, sets and locations, effects, music, editing, and related domains.
If you heard the commentary for Infinity War, you’ll know what to expect here, as the Endgame track uses a similar tone to cover similar topics. That makes it enjoyable and informative but a little restricted.
On one hand, I appreciate the focus on story and characters, as we get a good feel for these choices. On the other, I would’ve liked a broader view of the filmmaking process, especially given the enormity of this production. Ultimately, this becomes a useful but slightly disappointing commentary.
Disc One also comes with an optional Directors’ Introduction. During this two-minute, 33-minute clip, the Russos hype the production. It’s painless but not especially useful.
On Disc Two, we start with seven featurettes. With a total running time of 46 minutes, we find “Remembering Stan Lee” (7:15), “Setting the Tone” (5:25), “A Man Out of Time” (12:18), “Whatever It Takes” (7:25), “Journey to Endgame” (5:01), “The Women of the MCU” (4:52), and “Bro Thor” (3:42).
Across these, we hear from Joe and Anthony Russo, McFeely, Markus, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, casting director Sarah Halley Finn, filmmaker/actor Jon Favreau, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studios Production EVP Victoria Alonso, filmmakers Joss Whedon and Joe Johnston, Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, Civil War producer Nate Moore, executive producer Trinh Tran, and actors Stan Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira, Tessa Thompson, Tom Holland, Evangeline Lilly, Letitia Wright, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Karen Gillan.
The featurettes tend to offer MCU-spanning views of various main Avengers, with only occasional notes about Endgame itself. In general, these feel fairly fluffy.
Not that they lack value, and I like the examination of the characters’ evolution across films. Still, they don’t offer as much substance as I’d hope.
Six Deleted Scenes run a total of four minutes, 51 seconds. Obviously, these don’t go long enough to offer much real development. Nonetheless, they’re fun to see, even if they don’t add anything significant.
Finally, we get a Gag Reel. It spans one minute, 58 seconds and presents a lot of the usual goofs and giggles. That makes it predictable, but at least it’s short.
After 11 years and nearly two dozen movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes a long journey via the effective Avengers: Endgame. Exciting, dramatic and emotional, the film finishes this extended narrative on a positive note. The Blu-ray brings strong picture and audio along with inconsistent supplements. I wish the disc came with better bonus materials, but the film itself succeeds.