"The Avengers" Jumps onto Television, Phone, and Computer Screens

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July 16th, 2012

"The Avengers" Jumps onto Television, Phone, and Computer Screens

-- When "The Avengers" hit theaters in May, the movie set records around the world. While some reviewers thought the film would only appeal to comic fans, it hit a nerve with teens, adults, kids, and those who have never picked up a comic book before.

Previous films from Marvel introduced the characters of Captain America (Chris Evans, "Not Another Teen Movie"), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes"), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth, "The Cabin in the Woods"), but this was the first time that the characters all appeared on-screen together. The movie also introduced Jeremy Renner ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol") as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids are Alright") as Hulk. It also brought back Scarlett Johansson ("The Black Dahlia"), who appeared as Black Widow in "Iron Man 2."

The movie makes its way onto DVD and Blu-ray this fall, and some reports indicate that the movie will hit shelves on September 25, 2012. From the moment that Marvel revealed the box art for the movie, fans started getting excited. The box puts Robert Downey, Jr. in the center, wearing the classic Iron Man suit with only his face revealed. Directly behind him are Hemsworth in the Thor costume and Evans in his Captain American costume, and in the very back of the case stands Hulk. Despite other characters appearing in the movie, choosing this four for the box was deliberate as they are the most famous characters, if not the most popular ones.

Fans of the movie will undoubtedly want to get their hands on the 3-D Blu-ray set, which comes with four discs inside. A second set with only two discs will be available, and fans without a Blu-ray player can purchase the basic DVD of the movie. It's worth noting that the basic DVD will feature a completely different color that shows the six main characters from the movie, instead of the four characters on the Blu-ray set.

The set with four discs has the most features. It comes with an audio commentary by director Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), a special one-short comic from Marvel that is unavailable anywhere else, and a gag reel featuring outtakes from the movie. The set also comes with some special features that take viewers behind the scenes of the movie. The two featurettes: A Visual Journey and Assembling the Ultimate Team show fans how the director pulled the cast together and how teams finished the special effects.

Fans will also want to get their hands on the deleted and extended scenes. These scenes expand on some of the shorter scenes in the movies, and it also features a brand-new opening that only a few people ever saw. Some of the scenes focus on specific characters, such as the Captain America scenes, which show what Steve Rogers did between "Captain America" and this movie. The movie has a run time of 143 minutes, but these special features will add hours to its run time.

Marvel doesn't want DVD fans to feel left out, which is why the company added two special features to the basic DVD. It comes with the same audio commentary found on the Blu-Ray and the featurette titled Assembling the Ultimate Team.

Reports also indicate that Marvel will release a 10-disc set that contains every movie leading up to "The Avengers." Fans can watch "Iron Man," "Thor," "Captain America," "Hulk," or any of the previous films and see the little nods that the directors added to connect the movies. Hawkeye makes a small cameo in "Thor," while "Iron Man" features Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, "Snakes on a Plane"), the man who put the team together.

The four-disc set comes with a 3-D Blu-ray disc, a DVD copy, a regular Blu-ray copy, and a digital copy. Fans who buy the set can also download a digital album that contains all the music found in the movie. A Blu-ray combo pack with the movie on DVD and Blu-ray is also available in DVD or Blu-ray packaging. The only difference between the four-disc set and combo pack is the digital and 3-D discs.

Fans who want to watch the movie at home or on the go can skip the discs in favor of On Demand and other options. The movie reaches On Demand towards the end of September/beginning of August, and it will also be available for download around the same time. Fans can download the movie from iTunes or other paid services and watch the movie on an iPhone, iPad, or other electronic devices. With so many ways to watch the movie, no one has any excuse to skip "The Avengers" when it drops in September.