|Ultimate Avengers Collection [Blu-ray]
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ULTIMATE AVENGERS 1 - 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. A king who holds the fate of the entire earth in his hands. Because brutal alien invaders are coming, soon to fill every sky and control every land, seeking what is buried beneath ancient Wakanda. That leaves the Black Panther with a single option, one that goes 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. And the Incredible Hulk. These mightiest of heroes have battled the aliens before, and barely survived. They thought it was over. They were wrong.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Bad storyline but good ending!
I watched this animated movie many times and would really give it 3 and a half starts. The storyline was not so good which involved mainly stopping the Red Skull and an alien invasion of Earth. The ending of this movie was the best action part. It involved the Hulk badly beating up Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and this other guy who can grow into a giant. Like someone said earlier, if you're a Incredible Hulk fan, you'll love the ending of this movie!...more info
- the Hulk rocks
the movie was really good, Hulk did pick up Thor's hammer which nobody was really supposed to do, but Hulk did... They did pierce Hulk's skin with a special needle which never happens, but the movie is good and Captain America has a good leading role.... definately worth watching...more info
- Long time fan loves the movie
While I hold off giving the film 5 stars because of the animation quality, only part of it is horrible (i.e. the planes flying overhead in the opening scenes). Most of the rest is at least acceptable, with some of the battle scenes, especially those with the Hulk, are pretty well done.
That being said, I think the word "anime" is Korean or somesuch for "cheap animation done fast, mucked up with a few exagerations we can call style." This isn't anime as some of the reviewers suggest; it's not far off but it definitely tries harder.
Where the movie shines strongest is the pacing and the direction of the scenes. The movie is truly like watching a comic book on the screen, something I've never seen done before whether in live action or animation. Add to that a beautiful and appropriate score and it's an experience that far exceeded my expactations.
I became a fan of the Avengers at the very start of the Silver Age and I really, really wish they would have done a movie like this with the characters and settings of those times. It's a pipe dream, I'm sure, but those are the comic books I'd like to see on screen.
For the people that recommend the books over the movie, read the books and don't see the movies. They're two different mediums; if the movies don't give you what you get from the books, how can you be surprised? If you don't have enough crossover appreciation the movie won't work for you but it's not the fault of the movie. That's silly.
This is a good effort, I'd love to see them improve the animation, and I'd love to see them do the stories I remember from my youth, say the Kree-Skrull War. At the very least, if this first release is indicative of the kind of films they're looking to release, I say keep them coming. I'll keep buying....more info
- Way too short
First of all, anyone that gave this movie a bad review needs to leave that pipe alone. This movie rocks. It is one of the best animated movies that I have seen. The crackhead the criticized the animation is clueless. The animation and the story are great. The action is way great. The only problem that I have with this movie is it's too short. I could have watched this for hours. If you like Marvel, anime, or comics...BUY THIS MOVIE!!! ...more info
- A fun movie
I grew up reading Marvel comics, the Avengers being one of my regular ones. As with any movie-based-off-something, things get changed. You can't condense a whole series down into one movie.
This is a fun movie. It's one I enjoy going back and re-watching. I don't watch movies to rate them on how many bells-and-whistles of special effects they use, or how close they are to something else. I watch a movie to be entertained. And this one delivers....more info
- Bad, Just really bad
If you are a fan of the Ultimate Avengers comics, do not buy this DvD. The amazing artwork from the comics is in no way reproduced for this movie, it looks more like bad Saturday morning cartoons from the 80's. Which brings me to the story, it's sort of like the comics, close enough that you will notice some similarities, but far enough off that you will be left scratching your head & wondering what, if anything, they were thinking when they released this. It's really too bad, this could have been great, if anyone had bothered to actually care about their work when it was being made....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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 :)
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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
- Surprisingly good
I went into Ultimate Avengers with low expectations after all the mixed reviews I'd heard, but thankfully this little animated flick is surprisingly good. Based on Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's superb Ultimates comic series (which is pretty much a modern update of the classic Avengers lineup, hence the title of the DVD), Ultimate Avengers begins with the discovery of legendary WWII hero Captain America, who has been frozen in ice for over 60 years. When he's thawed out, he is teamed with Nick Fury, Iron Man, the Wasp, Giant Man, Black Widow, and eventually Thor, to combat the same shape shifting aliens that Cap fought back in the war. The story and dialogue aren't what you'd expect from Warner Bros. superb DC animated titles, but the animation is crisp and clean, and no other cartoon has blended traditional animation with CGI better to date. The story stays surprisingly close to Millar's comic, even though the volitale relationship between Giant Man and Wasp is downplayed here, but it's the use of Bruce Banner/Hulk where Ultimate Avengers really shines. All in all, if you're a fan, new or old, check this out, and while you're at it, check out the recently released sequel as well, which is even better....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
- 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 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.
- 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