|Ultimate Avengers The Movie
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- Hey, this is pretty good!
Come on people, Ultimate Avengers deserves better than a 3-star rating! Even if the animation wasn't the greatest, it is still the first animated Marvel project that doesn't treat its audience like children.
Like many of you, I am a huge fan of the Ultimates series. I think it is the best thing to happen to comics this decade. But Ultimate Avengers was never supposed to be an adaptation of the comic books; it was supposed to be based on the comics. In that respect, the DVD succeeded. With the possible exception of Thor, the characters all remained faithful to the comic, and the better aspects of Mark Millar's storyline were present on the DVD as well. Naturally the animation was a letdown, but it would have taken a huge budget to even attempt to replicate what Bryan Hitch accomplished with his Ultimates artwork.
Look at what you're getting with Ultimate Avengers - a nearly feature-length animated feature with a great story, dynamic characters that have real personalities and aren't just caricatures (except for Thor), and an approach that doesn't assume the audience is full of A - children, or B - idiots. Plus, that massive fight at the end kicked all sorts of a**! Again, the animation needs major improvement, but this is still leagues beyond any previous Marvel animated product, and I'm honestly amazed at the poor response it has received.
- if its for you
i think it rocks but im a big comicbook fan you might like it if your new to it ...more info
- Not a true Avenger Assemble
I'm an Avenger fan but not an Ultimates fan. I really like the DVD and I'm just glad to see the Marvel's Avenger characters in animation. I hope someday to see them in the movies. The quality of the animation is well done and the story is also well done.
I could have given this a 5 star but certain superhero characters were not true. Hank Pym "Giant Man" is a giant jerk in this movie instead of a brilliant scientist. There's not enough Thor and even he was way off. He didn't act like a Thunder God at all. He lost to the Hulk very easily. His own hammer knocked him out. Usually he could go toe to toe with the Hulk with bare fist without the hammer and take a huge amount of beating. How on earth did the Hulk lift Mjolnir??? You have to be worthy to do that.
Too much emphasis on Captain America and not enough on the others. Iron Man was the only character that was played out right. This movie made the Hulk look good, which happens to be Marvel's cash cow anyway.
I hope someday they do a true Avenger, earth's mightest hero, and I hope the characters are true.
- An outstanding film
As long-time fan of the super-hero genre, I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. The treatment of classic Marvel heroes is well done. In traditional Marvel style, the DVD addresses the emotions and feeling of Captain America who is agruably the central figure of the story. That is what I expect from Marvel. Perhaps the story line borrows a little from the premiere of Cartoon Network's adaptation of the Justice League (i.e. heroes uniting against an alien menace). And maybe an origin story isn't truly necessary. But I still have to give this DVD the highest ratings ...more info
- Great for father and daughter
I'm a father trying to expose my 4yr old daughter to the marvel universe. As she can't read yet, this was the best way. Also, as the story and dialog is interesting enough for me to watch with her, I find it much better than some of the mindless junk on Noggin. Of course some purists will knock it as they always do, but I found this enjoyable....more info
- Ulitmate Avengers Blu-ray
I purchased the Ultimate Avengers Blu-ray because of the low price. I had already purchased both DVD's that are on this one Blu-ray but was looking for better picture and audio quality. The content is great but the High Def picture is not as good as other animated movies such as Cars, Wall-e, & Hulk VS. Still a Great Blu-ray and recommended to any Marvel Comic fan. My Five Year Old Son loves this movie and its a good buy at such a low price for two HD movies....more info
- Ultimate Marvel Comics
Ultimate Avengers is a great cartoon for Marvel Comic inthusists.
Great graphics and a pretty good story line introducing Captain America and the Avengers to the veiwers.
- Excellent Marvel Movie
This is the best non cgi anumated movie I've seen in awhile. A must for any Marvel Fan. It's worth the money for just the ending battle sequence alone. It's not too kiddy and will apeal to young and old. After seeing this I'm now getting number two!!!...more info
- It actually wasn't bad for what they were trying to do
Marvel is giving the Avengers a pretty big buildup these days. This direct-to-DVD movie doesn't take too many risks, and I don't blame Marvel for this, since they are already finding other ways to ssaturate the comic-buying market with Avengers-related merchandise, and probably making a killing.
This DVD's actually based on Ultimate Avengers, a comic title set in an alternate universe that has grown very popular, since it revamps the well-known characters with different histories and rewritten origins, even reinterprets them completely in some cases. Here we see Nick Fury as a relatively young Black man instead of the grizzled Caucasian, weathered soldier with white streaks in his hair and a potty mouth. Wasp is still married to Henry Pym in his incarnation as Giant Man, and Wasp also looks vaguely Latino. The idea of ethnically diverse heroes is refreshing, but it just makes you do a double take at first to make sure you can recognize the leads.
Basically, Captain America is discovered by the government after being frozen and cryogenically preserved in a block of ice since World War II. He's shell-shocked, culture-shocked, and his girlfriend has married his old sidekick, Bucky.
The plot of the movie is vague. The Avengers find themselves embroiled in battle with shape-changing aliens who break into SHIELD (Nick Fury's spy organization) and download their security and weapons files. As a side plot, Bruce Banner, AKA the Hulk, is working on a new version of the Super Soldier formula that originally gave Captain America his powers. Little do his backers at SHIELD and his ex-wife, Betty know that he is testing the new formula on himself and skipping his dose of sedatives that repress his transformations into the Hulk.
I thought the animation was good enough, at least in certain scenes, I would call it at least as good as the X-Men: Evolution cartoon from Saturday mornings. The voice talent left a lot to be desired, and the fact that there weren't a lot of celebrities voicing any of the characters feeds my assumption that this was done on a shoestring budget.
As far as whether it is suitable for children goes, my ten-year-old and seven-year-old both loved it and didn't find it scary. I don't recall any bad language or gratuitous blood, so that was good. I didn't like the interpretation of Bruce Banner's character as a washed-up hack all that much, and I haven't read the comic book to know if this is how he is portrayed now. He was the most poorly drawn character, looking slumped over and disheveled, and whoever voiced him sounded like Dennis Leary after ten cigarettes. Thor's character was very cartoony and was reimagined here as a hippy, mead-swilling environmental activist. His hammer also looked huge. Filling out the ranks were Iron Man and the Black Widow, whom I actually liked the best, but who didn't get as much exposure as Captain America and Bruce.
If you aren't already a comic book fan, this movie is a fine "starter," much like watching episodes of "Justice League Unlimited" allows prospective DC Comics fans to have a little "primer" of who's who. The relatively low price is worth the cost, as long as you aren't a purist....more info
- Hulk vs. Avengers
I love this animated action movie! It shows just how powerful the Hulk is! He takes on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man, Wasp, and Black Widow and beats all of them within an inch of their lives!
While the aliens are hardly as devastating a threat as The Hulk, they play their role in this animated film. Hopefully, when the Avengers live-action movie is released, we get to see the Hulk take on all the Avengers and beat them within an inch of their lives!
I am a big Hulk fan, but I like Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Giant Man, Wasp, and Black Widow, but even these seven heroes cannot stop the Incredible Hulk! So if you are a marvel fan, buy this DVD. ...more info
- HULK SMASH!
The fight with the Hulk at the end is worth the price of purchase alone. The rest of the flick is a pretty decent comic adaptation, but the Hulk fight is one of the best animated fight scenes I've ever seen....more info
A lot of people are bagging this movie, but it's actually a really good setup with some really cool action sequences. For old school Marvel fans, the characters are updated in many ways, but still have their powers with minor changes to their respective histories (having read the Ultimates though would've prefaced that). The story jumps straight to the action showing the newly formed team as awkward heroes showing off their abilities...not very much depth if you're looking for a serious story line with solid villians, but an incredibly over the top intro to what could lead to very good and intense stories and potentially a good Marvel series. Analyzing the animation is useless because the pacing is good as is the design, so the movie flows like butter. With all the other Marvel animation duds out there this sets the stage to potentially develop more animation with a cast of characters who easily match DC superheroes and would rival the great animation series developed on that end. Marvel characters definitely deserve top notch animators and story tellers and this is a huge step in the right direction....more info
- Marvel dips its toe into the direct-to-video market with the Ultimate Avengers
"Ultimate Avengers" is an interesting combination of the new and improved 21st century version of the Avengers written by Mark Millar and penciled by Bryan Hitch, and a revitalization of the 1980s style of animation. Now, "The Avengers" was the one Golden Age Marvel comic book that never really impressed me growing up. I liked the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, so it was not a question of not liking superhero groups. But the roster of the Avengers went from one extreme to the other. They started out power heavy with Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk, and then went ultra light with Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. Either way there was always a problem with coming up with super villains for the Avengers to fight, and only the Vision really captured my interest.
Then Millar and Hitch came up "The Ultimates," the Avengers counterpart for the Ultimate series Marvel came up with the rework its superheroes for the 21st century. On balance, I like the Ultimates more than the Avengers, even though the way they play off of the "real" Marvel Universe does not always work (e.g., Hank Pym having Hawkeye's personality, Thor's divine delusion). "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie," is a direct-to-video effort that covers the same group as the first Ultimate's storyline, "Super-Human," which had to do with the formation of the group and their first collective effort to bring down the Hulk. The idea is that Bruce Banner's days as the Hulk are behind him and he is in charge of the government's effort to update the super-solider formula that created Captain America way back when. In charge of the proceedings is General Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The story begins with the final mission of Captain America during World War II, but after that point all of the superheroes who make up the Ultimates already recognized as superheroes, albeit with one large exception. The Captain America thread is the best of the bunch, with Steve Rogers getting caught up on his life 57-years later and free from that annoying guilt over the death of Bucky Barnes, but the movie moves so quickly (it is only 70 minutes long) that there is no time to give depth to Rogers or any of the other characters. The key difference from the comic books is that in addition to having to deal with the Hulk, when he finally shows up, the Ultimate Avengers have to contend with aliens. These aliens were around at the end of World War II and have apparently waited for Earth to develop advanced weapons and superheroes before launching their attack. But the advantage with aliens is that there are a whole bunch of them, they do not spout corny super villain dialogue, and the Ultimate Avengers can wale on them big time.
If they had added another 20 or even 10 minutes to this "movie" and expanded the characterizations beyond the bare bones, the retro-animation style would certainly be more acceptable and perhaps almost endearing. But that complaint comes from my adult perspective and clearly Marvel is aiming this at a much younger audience. That makes it more of a recruitment effort as well as a first foray in the direct to video market. But that is not to say the older audience is ignored. You can turn on the Avengers Trivia Track, so you can access trivia about the characters and the world of the Avengers which watching the film. This covers not only information about the characters, but also the World War II, the production company, and what scenes are lifted from the comic book. "Avengers Assemble" looks at the history of the group from September 1963 when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Avengers, to the creation of the Ultimates by Millar. Showing up as talking heads are editor Tom Brevoort, artist George Perez, writer Kurt Busiek, and editor-in-chief Joe Quesada from "The Avengers."
There is also a first look at "Ultimate Avengers 2," so there will be more of the same in the future and you can make the argument that things have to improve. This 2006 effort turns the comic book into a cartoon, which in this case is not a good thing. The results are not really bad, they are just ultimately disappointing....more info
- Worth It
I purchased the Ultimate Avengers - The Movie for my husband as a gift. He was so thrilled and played it over and over again. It was really well done and very enjoyable. I had to go out and but vol. 2. I was well worth the price....more info
- Avengers Movie for Adult Marvel Fans
Ultimate Avengers: The Movie is an engrossing animated feature that brings to life the Marvel magazine of the same name. However, creative changes have been made, and these may annoy some hardcore fans of the Avengers characters. Besides changes of race to Nick Fury and Janet Pym (Wasp), I can't say another biggie.
Some reviewers complained about a) not enough character development and b) poor animation. Both these claims are bogus, as the animation is excellent in both line drawing, color, and depth. Character development is enhanced if you turn on the English subtitles. Instead of dialouge, there are trivia balloons that pop up periodically with intriguing information about the History of the Avengers, specific changes made for the animated feature, and character information. This is especially useful for someone unfamiliar with the series.
There is a lot of violence and sexuality. The two female superheroes have huge perky breasts, and one scene involves blatant seduction. In battle scenes, soldiers die. An astronaut desperately screams she is "burning up" as aliens attack a space station. In some of the most violent cartoon scenes I have ever seen, the Hulk goes bananas on his teammates, going for blows to the head, the knee, the throat. This is not kid stuff. Neither is the poignant story of the return of Captain America to a modern world, one in which he meets his former fiancee who is now elderly. Intelligent adults with a grasp of WWII will appreciate this storyline.
The voice acting is terrific. Extras include dubbing in Spanish (although there are no English dialouge subtitles), a "which Avenger are you?" quiz, and an interview with longtime Marvel Avengers illustrator George Perez and current writers.
My only complaint is that the aliens were not developed well. They seemed like Saturday morning disposable monsters. Their ships were cool, though....more info
- A great Avengers' double feature on Blu Ray at a great price!!!
This great release comntains two great Avengers feature length animated films on one Blu at a great cheap low price,plus there is some great supplimental material as well! The PQ and sound are great on this Blu Ray release from Lionsgate! A treat for Avengers fans!!! A+...more info
I love this movie. I've never been a big fan of the Avengers, preferring X-Men instead, but I gave this movie a chance and I was really surprized.
I liked the subplots more than the main plot but it was very entertaining in the end. Thor was my favorite character. He's so funny.
This movie actually made the comic characters come to life and not seem childish. I would totally recomend this movie as a must see for any Marvel fan....more info
- the boys love it and i don't mind sitting through it myself
first off,i'm a huge avengers fan and own almost all the comics through the first 200 comics,so as a fan i knew they could never make me happy about all the things they did in this movie,but setting that aside i found this movie a lot of fun. part of my fun was the two boys zumming and jumping around me as we watched this one and the sheer joy they had watching it. now normally i wouldn't let them watch this as they are under 10 and this is pg-13 but they gave it to me as an early christmas present(at least that's what they tell me)but even so this one is a great deal of fun and they did a nice job of updating the story and people. be ready though as stated it is pg-13 and rough in a few parts,but still remember "Avengers Assemble"...more info
- Nicely done animated comic book adaptation
I am an old-time Avenger's fan who read the comics when they were in their hay-day. I collected older back issues (from around issue 50). My collection ended around issue 200. This movie is a retelling of the Avengers. If you are looking for the "classic Avengers" you will not find it here. There are differences from the original, but none so bad as to ruin the story, and some are changes for the better.
About the movie itself... it is well done. The 2D animation is superb and is more "comic book" than had they chosen the trendy 3D computer animation we see nowadays. The story is nice and flows well. I enjoyed it, and the sequel, a great deal. You will find Captain America, Iron Man, Giant Man, the Wasp, and the Black Widow as Avenger members. The Hulk is in the movie, though not as a member. Nick Fury is also in the story as the "founder" of the team. If you enjoyed the comic, or if you still DO, this will certainly please you.
Check out the sequel as well :)
The DVD extras are very nice as well :)
- pretty good...
i'm not sold on reinventing nick fury for the newer generations (who the hell really thinks samuel l. jackson is cool anyway? he's a grandstanding guy desperate for attention, par for the course for his profession), i think it would be better to just introduce new characters rather than alter famous old characters. but that'd be too much work i guess, marvel and dc haven't been great cauldrons of ideas in, oh i don't know, 30 years or so?
back to the ultimate avengers, it's a good comic book movie. i'm just a 616 fan who doesn't really like the ultimate universe idea....more info
- Not bad, but not great Marvel Comics movie
This movie, based on the Marvel 'Ultimates' universe, shows the origins of the 'ret-conned' Avengers.
Good: Has all the major Avengers characters. Shows good character development with some of those characters. Widescreen format with Dolby 5.1 sound.
Bad: Overfocuses on certain characters and ignores others. Sometimes too much action at expense of storyline. Length is a bit too short.
Most Marvel movies have been outstanding; this one is okay, but could have been better.
- buy the movie....you jerks
its great for a cartoon and the hulk is the man, just buy the movie .......you jerks...more info
- Its No Justice League But Still Fun To Watch!
That opening line pains me to say because I grew up a Marvel fan and I still am one. That being said, perhaps I've been a so spoiled by the writing quality of JLU from WB that I expected much more from Lionsgate with Ultimate Avengers. I'll admit, I didn't enjoy it on first viewing but after I set my own expectations aside, I found it to be a very well done opening!
In this one, we start back at the end of World War II when Captain America seemingly died after stopping a nuclear warhead from reaching its target. In reality, he fell from the exploding missle into the Atlantic Ocean where he remained frozen for 60 years! He is awakened by Nick Fury and SHIELD to help form a team of super-heroes to stop a new alien threat...........which happens to be the same threat Captain America fought back in WWII!
The characters strikingly different here than in the traditional past. Captain America isn't as optimistic but still is the brave solider that we all know. Iron Man is kept about the same as he is in the comics and in other animated features of the past. Thor has no secret identity anymore of Dr. Donald Blake. He's just Thor! Henry and Janet Pym aren't the lovey dovey couple they were in the old school comics either! Janet is actually a mutant with the same "Wasp" powers but Henry (while still a brilliant scientist) is a big jackass here! From what I understand, their relationship in particular was toned down for this feature because in the "Ultimates" line of comics, Henry was actually physically abusive to Janet and even got into a fist fight with Captain America himself over her! As a result, Cap and Janet actually dated for awhile! Here, the Pyms just argue constantly but the heated tension is there to where you think something COULD happen.
The Black Widow is still very much the person she is in the comics. Dr. Bruce Banner and Betty Ross have a strained relationship due to his transformations into the Hulk and Nick Fury is recast as an african-american! I was shocked by this at first but I've grown to love it though I do miss the classic Nick Fury.
I thought that the animation was suspect a little but nothing bad. I agree that the way the characters are drawn are more realistic than even in Justice League. Both the men and women dress like they are going into battle instead of a costumed ball.
Overall, I found this to be a watchable feature. While certain aspects could've been better (particularly the Thor/Hulk fight), its not a bad first attempt. Worth a rental or buying (preferably at a special price)....more info
- Great Collection
To the nay-sayers who think that animation can't be better on Blu-ray, I say pick up this or any other Marvel animated film and see the difference.
I've been reading Marvel Comics since I was ten, and I have to say I'm really impressed with these two films. To be honest, I wish there was a third, just because they've done such a good job of bringing the Avengers into the 21st century. None of this would have been possible if it weren't for the creators of the Ultimates comics, which there's a great featurette on the disc about their contributions to the Ultimate line of comics.
The plot of both of these films is deeply involved in an invasion by a species called the Ch'tauri and their involvement in Earth's history since World War II. I won't spoil the stories, but basically, the first film is centered around Captain America's resurrection in the present day, and his involvement with the fight against the Ch'tauri both now and in the past. The second film is primarily about the Black Panther and the fight that Wakanda has had against the Ch'tauri and how the Avengers help to protect Wakanda. I know it's boiled down and basic, but if you want a detailed synopsis, I would imagine there are other reviews that have them....more info
- Ultimately pleasing!
I didn't know as much about Marvel's Avengers as I do their DC counterparts, the Justice League, but I have to admit that I enjoyed this film nonetheless.
This animated feature focuses on Captain American thought dead after World War II, who once found, is selected by Nick Fury to head a group of super heroes. The group, the Avengers, are made up of Capt. America, the Black Widow, Wasp, Giant Man, Thor, the Hulk, and Iron Man. Together, this group must face an alien force threatening mankind.
I thought the animation was well done but there were a few things that I hope is tweaked for the sequel. Sometimes scenes just moved along to quickly and the characters need to be better developed. Also, I hope we are given a longer movie the next time around. Otherwise I think this was a good first movie for this group of deserving heroes and I look forward to seeing the sequel. A nice addition to a Marvel fan's dvd library....more info
- Not given a fair chance by reviewers
Marvel plays it safe ,as always, for a first movie in a potential series. Not much of a budget seems to be the only thing
that keeps this good movie from being great.
Plenty of fan boys are coming out of the woodwork to slam the animation while, they should be glad that we are even getting comic book movies made.
Like the original X-Men and Spider-man live action movies, the budget is modest and this is considered by Marvel a low risk experiment to see how well the movies will sell.
If it does well, we get things like X2 and Spider-man 2.
Better FX and all that. In this case, you will get better animation with a bigger budget.
For what it's worth, this movie is well done. Action, good dialogue (for animation anyway), fun, comedy, it's all there.
Just relax and enjoy....more info
- Ultimate Avengers Collection [Blu-ray]
I can honestly say I enjoying the blu-ray version so much better then the regular dvd,its becoming all to difficult to settle watching anything but blu-ray's
and these animated movies were well done and stood out so much more when watched on blu-ray plus the fact I paid 12$ for the set which makes it a must own for any fan!...more info
- Nice combination of Marvel classics
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk star amongst other larger than life superheros in this animated comic book story of a long brewing battle between Capain America and Nazi sympathizers, who also happen to be aliens. Animated and running around 70 minutes, this tight little story does not leave much to some of the character development, but does have plenty of action, and a strong enough plot to keep it movie along. There are just a few sub-plots to spice things up. I thought the animation was adequate, kept with a comic book feel, and managed to get dark enough when needed. I hope the second edition is as good as the first. ...more info
- This movie was average
Marvel has put out alot of great animated series like Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Iron Man to name a few. So I went under the assumption that there would be some effort to make the movie with the same stellar quality as each cartoon series. Boy was I wrong. I want that hour back that I lost watching this snoozefest. The plot was slow and boring. This was basically Captain America's story and I have got to say one of the most boring characters in the Marvel Universe. Thor on the other hand is one of the most fascinating characters and he is on the screen for only a few minutes tops. The only interesting part of this was when the Avengers had to do battle with the Hulk. The action was pretty good and that is what saves this movie from getting 2 stars. ...more info
The story of the film was very lacking and the hulk sub-plot was completely pointless. The last 5 minutes containes the team trying to put down the hulk?...more info
- A great Marvel Animated Movie
This has some great animation and a good story, features some of my favorite characters. A great purchase for the kids and for the comic book parents....more info
- New but not improved
This animated crossbreed of the original Avengers and Mark Millar's remarkable reincarnation The Ultimates fails both titles equally. It lacks the both earnest charm of the original comic as well as the Matrix-esque glitz and gusto that makes The Ultimates one of the most readable and cleverly modern comics published today. Additionally, the special features fall short with a long winded (and inexplicably Millar-less) documentary on the Avengers past, present and future that would bore even the least discriminating fan boy to tears....more info