Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
Plot: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Runtime: 181 min
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga.
“I can’t believe this movie exists.”
This movie was shot with Arri Alexa 65 IMAX cameras and finished at a 2k Digital Intermediate, so you will get upscaled 4k for this release. As per the norm with UHD releases, it was also given a HDR color grade for your viewing pleasure in HDR10. A side note rant: this film was shot with a 6.5K source format, why couldn’t we get a native 4k disc with the IMAX shots? It’s strange to me why Disney shortcuts opportunities like this, it isn’t even a BD-100 disc, it’s a BD-66. With the right amount of love, this could have been the best looking movie ever made.
When it comes to the grain levels, there’s practically none — but that’s be expected with a full digital film like this one. Unfortunately, there are a few soft shots, but it’s nothing drastic or annoying — you probably won’t notice it if your not looking for it. (I tried to enjoy it without looking for flaws, but I can’t turn that off anymore… I always notice it.)
A great place to reference this disc is with Avengers: Infinity War, it’s essentially the same in all aspects, across the board. You will see the improvements in the finer details, textures and HDR almost everywhere you look and as usual, the best moments will be when you get up close and personal with the characters — highlighting hair, pores, sweat, blemishes — the works. The HDR will add more color, depth and tone seen in the brighter scenes, on the opposite in darker scenes and, of course, costume colors, textures and detail. Beyond that, black levels are improved and skin tones look natural. Thumbs up!
It’s definitely an overall upgrade over the Blu-ray — now on to the bigger picture.
It’s crazy to think back on my teenage self in 2008 heading out to the theater to see Iron Man, I had no idea what I was in-store for. Fast forward to today and it’s not only been 11 years, but 22 films up until Avengers: Endgame. This wasn’t just a movie, it was an event, something to be celebrated and something that will never be done again. The amount of detail that’s gone into the story telling is truly incredible because it’s over a decade later and everything has come full-circle.
Avengers: Endgame has everything you could want and more! I came in with an extremely high-bar and wasn’t disappointed. It’s one of the best features, films, motion pictures — whatever you want to call it, that I’ve seen in my lifetime. So much is being thrown at you in the 181-minute runtime, but it never feels it’s length because you’re not just stumbling into a long-movie, you’re invested — it’s become part of your life.
This film will give you jaw dropping moments, the hilarious humor you’ve come to expect, thrilling-action-packed sequences (some of which you didn’t know could come to life) — but, some of the most impactful scenes were actually the small-scale intimate moments. So many things inside this movie hit the mark. Every character was at their best, every character had their moment, every arc over the last decade was filled, like I’ll keep saying it, “I can’t believe this movie exists.” Everything was done right.
You will sit in awe, you will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer. This movie did things cinematically that were just unreal — I don’t know what else to say. I left the theater shaking — did I really just experience that?
Two words that have been tossed around that I disagree with is the term “fan service.” Fan service (at least to me) is just an excuse for when a franchise throws gold nuggets and callbacks at you with no depth. If you believe a 22-movie franchise spanning 11 years is just fan service, we’ll have to agree you’re wrong. I don’t believe Avengers: Endgame is that, I think it’s a love letter to all the fans. Ultimately, the Marvel Universe will go on, but nothing like this saga will ever be done again — not in our lifetime, or the next — never.
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