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'The Avengers' Hits DVD/Blu-ray September 25th With Alternate Ending And More Harry Dean Stanton

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 18, 2012 4:59 PM
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Not content with holding 25 box office records to date, Marvel and Joss Whedon's superhero team-up flick "The Avengers" looks to continue to dominate the top ten this weekend, beating competitors "Battleship," "Dark Shadows" and "The Dictator" remorselessly, as though they were CGI recreations of a RADA-trained actor playing a Norse god. How far it goes is a good question: crossing the two-billion dollar mark and overtaking "Titanic" could be a distinct possibility, but we suspect "Avatar" might be out of reach -- that film had months to play with little competition, while blockbuster season starts to kick up a gear in the next few weeks.

But what's clear is that Marvel, and distributors Disney, are already starting to look beyond theatrical and towards further revenue streams, as the company have announced (via JoBlo) that the film will be arriving on home video formats in only a little over four months, on September 25th, as well as giving up the details on what looks to be the extras package.

The DVD, as tends to be the case these days, is relatively sparse, with only a commentary by director Joss Whedon (which is admittedly sure to be a treat) and a featurette on 'Assembling The Ultimate Team.' But those who've upgraded to HD get a whole host more from either a two disc combo Blu-Ray set, or a four-disc 3D blu-ray set with all of the above, plus a new Marvel short called "Item 47," something called a 'Second Screen' -- presumably some kind of picture-in-picture deal, a gag reel, and some extensive deleted scenes. Whether it adds up to the 30 minutes promised by Whedon isn't clear yet, but there seems to be plenty here, including an alternate opening and ending featuring Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), an extended version of the scene between Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton (yes!), and something called an Extended Viaduct Fight. Where was the viaduct fight? Did we forget that completely? Or is this a whole new excised action sequence?

It's not all good news, though; you also get a music video for the song that Soundgarden contributed to the film. Disney: we will pay an extra ten dollars for a Platinum Version where there's no chance of hearing the track. Just so you know. There's also reported to be a ten-disc set in the works featuring all the Marvel movies leading up to this, but that's yet to be confirmed officially. Even if that doesn't happen, Marvel are sure to be raking it in all over again. Again, the film hits stores on September 25th, and you can check out teeny-tiny versions of some of the covers below. Watch the way the artwork gets progressively less shitty the more you have to spend on it. 

Artwork removed at request of studio.

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6 Comments

  • Lawrence | May 20, 2012 12:03 AMReply

    The viaduct is the "Park Avenue Viaduct", that elevated street level in front of Grand Central Station on Park Avenue and 42nd street where Cap, Black Widow and Hawkeye were fighting most of the time.

  • rodie | May 18, 2012 7:45 PMReply

    Movies with an alternate ending have no soul. Seriously, how can releasing an "alternate ending" be justified artistically? Why not just call it The Avengers Blu-Ray (Money Edition)?

  • Mike | May 19, 2012 11:41 PM

    I dunno, the various alternative endings on 28 Days Later was actually a really cool feature to see into the film's development, including the "radical alternate ending" that was thrown out early on but they demonstrated it for the DVD using storyboards.

  • Wash | May 18, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    Wasn't the viaduct scene the car/jeep chase in the beginning of the film? Where Loki & Co. were escaping and Maria Hill & Friends tried to stop them?

  • Abz | May 18, 2012 6:47 PMReply

    "Second Screen" runs sync'd with the film on an iPad or tablet - shows factoids & development artwork & BTS info etc while the movie plays.

  • Yay! | May 18, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    Viaduct - I'm guessing Black Widow vs. Hawkeye OR The Hulk chasing Black Widow.

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