So I am currently living in the United States, away from my life in Australia, and I awoke this Labour day to see a notification on my 4.7 inch screen stating, "Your Pre-order Avengers Age Of Ultron is ready for download. I knew that it was going to be available sometime today but I never realised it was going to be this early! So what did I do? I hit the little floating cloud to download. While that was going on, I explored all the options in iTunes Extras. [iTunes Extras is a feature that has come with many movies for many years, and all it is, is the bonus features menu you would have on a DVD or Blu-Ray. I came to realise that it is very rare for anyone to review an iTunes movie so I thought, what the heck. May as well inform all of those who are unsure whether to make the jump to digital or not! Read on!
It had been 5 months since I had laid my eyes on the movie and after reading all the mixed reviews, I loved it even more. But it wasn't exactly the movie I was pining to see, it was more the special added content. Deleted Scenes, micro-Documentaries, Behind The Scenes and the hopes can go on. In all reality, I just wanted to see if there was a look into Infinity War Part 1 & 2. Well there wasn't exactly that per se', rather, attached was a in depth look (7.5 mins) of the Infinity Stones—The Infinite Six
Now anybody that is a reader of comics knows about the gigantic story-arc known as The Infinity Gauntlet, in which Thanos (above) collects all the infinity stones and essentially wrecks havoc on the entire Marvel Universe using his golden glove. Now that is besides the point. I will cover that arc in a future post. This bonus featurette covers the 4 stones we have seen to date in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Mind Stone (The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Reality Stone (Thor: The Dark World), Power Stone (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Space Stone (aka Tesseract - Captain America, The Avengers). This featurette gives an in-depth walkthrough of how the cinematic universe has crafted and intertwined the movies to all somehow include the stones influence. This obviously means that all the movies are heading towards the Infinity War.
Another featurette is the micro-documentary; From The Inside Out — Making of The Avengers Age of Ultron which, as the title describes, documents the entire production of the movie. It begins 18 months before the movie's release, giving official behind the scene footage of the set in Italy. Much of which we have seen before in snippets on YouTube. However, the 20 minute culmination does include never seen before footage and interviews and is definitely worth your time! Want to find out how all the CGI was done? Then that is the video that you want to watch! It gives a very detailed look at how all of the suits, powers and even the evolution of Ultron himself.
The third featurette is the 3 minute documentary and previously released A Global Adventure. If you have seen this before but haven't seen it since watching the movie, it may be worth watching again, just for interests sake. But beyond that, I wouldn't recommend putting it at the top of your to-do list.
The next menu option is the Deleted Scenes. To all those fans who were hoping to see Loki... I am sorry to reveal that you do not. The first scene explains why Wanda and Pietro end up at the Church revealing a more human element to their lives. The second clip offers a further look into the team's reaction after Ultron crashes Stark's party. The scene has Rhodey informing Black Widow of the dangers and how the army is looking out for the 'metal man.' He informs them to "watch their six." The third deleted scene is just an extended clip of Natasha and Bruce Banner talking in the farm house with the fourth being the most intriguing. The fourth clip, The Norn Cave, is the extended look at Thor and Eric Selvigs journey into, as the title suggests, the ancient and mythical cave. As we movie-goers saw, Thor had some form of semi-realistic dream of Heimdall and Asgardians cursing him for abandoning them. However what that release does not reveal is what went on back in the cave. It is very intriguing and a perfect set up for later movies, involving the demi-god. But I will warn you, it does have a lot of Chris Hemsworth muscle movements. That was certainly present in both clips. If I had to choose one clip to watch, out of the four, it would definitely be the fourth by a long way!
Putting muscle aside, the one last clip is the Gag Reel. I will say one thing and that being that a 'gag reel' is no longer just a goof-up compilation but rather the humorous things that go on around the set. I say humorous because not all of the things are actually *funny*. There are definitely some chuckles but other than that, the humour relies on the cast making funny faces or doing weird faces at each other. But still worth a watch as it is not the minute-and a half version released online a couple of days ago. This is a 3 minute full release, but with most of the same gags.
All in all, if you enjoyed the Age of Ultron movie experience and would like to watch it before it is released on Blu-Ray in about another month, it is definitely worth spending the $20 to have the HD experience!
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