In Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program in the effort for “peace in our time.” This effort for peace backfires when the program comes to life and takes that mission to an extreme. Soon the Avengers find themselves fighting not for their lives, but the lives of all on earth as they try to defeat Ultron.
This is the first time DAPs Magic reviewed a movie in a solely digital format. That being said, there were no issues with lag or fuzziness. The quality of the visuals were pretty good. There was one moment with Hulk that bothered me a little bit. Ultron looked better on my TV screen than he did in theaters. The audio was pretty impressive as well. It helped create an immersive viewing experience.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a good movie but not greatest. It is enjoyable but doesn’t ranks as the best movie to be released by Marvel. At points it loses some momentum. However as the movie continues it gets more exciting and engaging as it leads to a solid climax. This is quite possibly due to the fact that the movie isn’t as large in scope as the first Avengers was.
The importance of this film has to do with the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe story. Age of Ultron shares glimpses at where the Avengers have come from and where they are going as Marvel moves towards next year’s Captain America: Civil War. At points this does feel like just a preview reel for Phase 3 movies. Thankfully, not to the point where it is a major detraction.
Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron is the kind of hero movie we have come to expect from Marvel. It is a fun hero movie with heart and potentially cataclysmic consequences. It definitely needs to be watched before next in preparation for Phase 3 of the Marvel Creative Universe.
- Gag Reel– Unlike most gag reels, this one is actually quite worth watching. It isn’t just people giggling the whole time. Instead there are moments that are genuinely entertaining.
- From the Inside Out – Making of the Avengers: Age of Ultron– This is a behind the scenes look at the making of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It quickly become clear that there is a sense of camaraderie as this ensemble cast really does enjoy working together. This featurette also shares how some of the magic is made and shares how some pretty cool effects were created. This feature wasn’t too long or too short and was a good offering for those who want a little bit more.
- The Infinity Six – Legend tells us one thing; history, another. But, every now and then, we find something that belongs to both. – Nick Fury. In this bonus feature viewers are given a tutorial on the Infinity Stones. It is a good crash course for those who may not be familiar with the Infinity Stones or Gems and how Thanos fits into the Marvel Creative Universe and the collection of these stones.
- Global Adventures – This featurette takes fans along on the journey of filming locations for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The fact that the production of this movie went to so many locations really does add a lot to the depth of it. The scenes being shot without all the extra effects in them look awesome on their own and then they add the special effects for the added movie magic. The Avengers in their quest to save the world really did go all around the world. It is a fun and fairly quick extra to watch.
Deleted & Extended Scenes
- The Man in the Church
- Watch Your Six
- Bruce And Natasha Talk
- The Norn Cave
The bonus features offered were solid and enjoyable. None of them seemed like something that was thrown in as filler space. Surprisingly, each feature was worth watching which is rather rare. This proved true even for the Deleted & Extended Scenes… which quite often seem as throw aways. The Norn Cave scene is almost worth buying Avengers: Age of Ultron for alone.
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) also offers an exclusive extra “Connecting the Universe.” When you purchase Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron through this cloud-based digital movie service. DMA has also now partnered with Amazon Video, and Microsoft Movies & TV that join the lineup that already included iTunes, Google Play and Vudu in the free Disney Movies Anywhere app.
Watching Avengers: Age of Ultron and a home television screen is a different experience than watching in the theaters. The movie is still big but it definitely doesn’t have the same scale as seeing it on a gigantic screen. That being said, in some ways it looked better and made for a more enjoyable viewing experience. The bonus features are solid and definitely worth watching. This is definitely worth adding to the home library (digital or otherwise) right next to all the other movies that tell the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is also a good lead up story to Captain America: Civil War so have it ready to be watched again next spring before that movie comes out!