Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Now Available on DVD and Blu-Ray -- Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection 3-Movie Set and Marvel Anmated Features 3-Movie Collection (Review)


Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection 3-Movie Set
Marvel Animated Features 3-Movie Collection

Pricing: Blu-ray Disc set- $19.99 each
Pricing: DVD set - $19.98 each

Perfectly timed for the theatrical release of The Avengers on May 4th, Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Marvel Animation have teamed together to release two animated feature movie collections: Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection 3-Movie Set and Marvel Animated Features 3-Movie Collection. These films were the first-ever full-length animated movies from Marvel and star some of the most popular super heroes in the Marvel Universe while staying true to the best-selling comic book roots. These collections give fans of all ages their favorite characters in two convenient sets. The Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection 3-Movie Set includes Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, Ultimate Avengers 2 and includes a bonus movie, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, while the Marvel Animated Features 3-Movie Collection includes Planet Hulk, The Invincible Iron Manand Doctor StrangeBoth Collections are loaded with bonus materials including "making of" featurettes, games, concept art, "first looks" and more.
Ultimate Avengers: The Movie: A world in crisis. Age-old enemies on the verge of attack. A mighty team is recruited, and Earth's ultimate hero is sought to lead them - Captain America. Unfortunately, he's been frozen in ice for over sixty years. Inspired by Marvel's best-selling books, "The Ultimates," this is the extraordinary story of six very independent heroes who, like it or not, must fight as one to save the world. Little did they know that their biggest threat would emerge from within their very own ranks - The Incredible Hulk.

Ultimate Avengers 2: To save humanity, the Earth's mightiest heroes must reunite for a rematch of heroic proportions. Mysterious Wakanda. It lies in the darkest heart of Africa, unknown to most of the world. An isolated land hidden behind closed borders, fiercely protected by its young king - the BLACK PANTHER. But when brutal alien invaders attack, that leaves the Black Panther with no option but to go against the sacred decrees of his people - to ask for help from outsiders. And so he turns to THE AVENGERS - Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man, Wasp, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk. These mightiest of heroes have battled the aliens before, and barely survived. They thought it was over. They were wrong.
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow: Whenever the forces of evil threatened mankind, Earth's mightiest heroes, the Avengers were there to stop them - until they made the ultimate sacrifice in their final fight with the indestructible robot, Ultron. But all was not lost, for Tony Stark (Iron Man) kept the children of the Avengers safe and raised them to become the teenage heroes of tomorrow. Now James (Son of Captain America and Black Widow), Torunn (Daughter of Thor), Azari (Son of the Black Panther) and Pym (Son of Wasp and Giant Man) must finish the fight their parents started. Soon the arrow-slinging son of Hawkeye will join their ranks but it will take more than five teens to destroy the machine that defeated their parents. If these young heroes have any hope of winning they must find the missing Hulk and come together as... the Next Avengers!  


Pricing: Blu-ray Disc set- $19.99 each
Pricing: DVD set - $19.98 each

Planet HulkA WHOLE NEW WORLD OF HURT! He was a monster, impossible to control, too dangerous to ignore. So Earth's mightiest heroes exiled him into outer space. But now the Incredible Hulk crash lands on the distant planet Sakaar, ruled by the tyrannical Red King. Sold into slavery, Hulk becomes the planet's mightiest gladiator-but his new masters get more than they bargained for when he forges a bond of brotherhood with his fellow fighters. Unlike Earth, the desperate people of Sakaar believe a monster is just what they need. But will the Hulk be the one to save their world...or destroy it?

The Invincible Iron Man: Past and present collide in this epic adventure that reveals the origin of Iron Man. While raising the ruins of a long buried Chinese kingdom, billionaire inventor Tony Stark digs up far more than he originally thought. He unleashes an age-old prophecy that foretells the resurrection of the Mandarin, the emperor of China's darkest and most violent dynasty. In order to confront the destructive force, Tony creates an armored suit infused with high-tech weaponry. To stop the evil that he himself has raised from the earth, Tony must become his greatest invention ever-Iron Man! The newly born champion must travel to the four corners of the earth to battle the Mandarin's henchmen, the Elementals-four magical warriors who harness the power of the elements-earth, water, wind and fire-with deadly chemistry. But is the Iron Knight, as he his known in the prophecy, strong enough to defy fate and turn back the malevolent forces hellbent on Earth's destruction.
Doctor Strange: Join us as Dr. Stephen Strange embarks on a wondrous journey to the heights of a Tibetan mountain, where he seeks healing at the feet of the mysterious Ancient OneBut before his wounds can mend, Strange must first let go of his painful past, and awaken a gift granted to very few. The gift of magic. Empowered as the new Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange now tests his limits, rising up against monsters that push at the gates, facing the most terrifying entity humankind has ever known.

My Thoughts:

I surprised my husband with this 3 disc DVD set over the weekend, and had wished I captured his reaction on film.  He is a huge Avengers and Marvel fan, and is eagerly awaiting the May 4th release of The Avengers in theaters, as is many other die hard fans.  I knew that when I gave him this DVD set, that it meant that he would be spending the weekend glued to the television watching each and every disc.  And, I was right.  But, I didn't mind as my parents were coming to visit and spend time with the girls, giving me time to clean and gets things organized.

When Sunday rolled around, my husband couldn't stop raving about these two disc sets and how great they were.  He loved the bonus features, which included "making of" featurettes, as well as "first looks."  I always ask my husband which Marvel super hero is his favorite, but he always tells me it is hard to choose as they each have unique qualities and amazing powers that make them great.    He did say, however, that his favorite discs were from the Marvel Animated Features 3-Movie Collection.  The Invincible Iron Man and Planet Hulk movies were his favorites, for the action, storyline and graphics.

The only complaint he had, is that is made him want to see the upcoming Avengers movie so much more, and wished it was out in theaters already. :-)  So, if you have an Avengers or Marvel fan in your house, why not surprise them with either of these 3-movie sets, now available on DVD and blu-ray?

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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