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This is the collection of all six Marvel films on Bluray. Including (in chronological order) Ironman, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and Avengers Assemble. If you are contemplating buying the boxset that you probably have at least some familiarity with the films so I will jump straight into a review of this particular set instead.
I was in two minds about buying this boxset as I already had four of the films on DVD, if you don't already have the films on bluray the improvement in video quality is well worth the upgrade. All six films look incredible in high definition particularly the latest three films.
The box itself is slim line and easy to store. It comes in an attractive looking sturdy silver box covered in a plastic sheath with the characters printed on it, which fits easily alongside other DVD cases and doesn't take up much room. The appearance of the film discs inside are a minor disappointment they have clearly been taken straight from earlier releases as the printing on each disc is in a different style. Iron Man 2 is even labelled Disc 1.
The special features included vary between films and whilst some discs contain a wealth of different extras (full list below) including making of featurettes, commentary, deleted scenes and one-shots none of this material is new, all having been included in other editions of the films. The most glaring omission is the lack of any deleted or extended scenes for Iron Man 2 (which is particularly irritating as they are referenced several times during the directors commentary).
Special Features (list taken from Amazon):
Iron Man: Hall Of Armour, The Invincible Iron Man: Origins / Friends & Foes / The Definitive Iron Man / Demon In A Bottle / Extremis And Beyond / Ultimate Iron Man, Deleted/Extended Scenes, Bd Live: Iron Man Iq
Iron Man 2: Commentary by Jon Favreau, S.H.I.E.L.D.Data Vault
The Hulk: Alternate Opening, The Making of Incredible, Becoming the Hulk, Becoming the Abomination, Anatomy of a Hulk-Out, From Comic Book to Screen, Deleted Scenes, Feature Commentary with Director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth.
Captain America: Commentary by Director Joe Johnston, Director of Photography Shelly Johnson and Editor Jeffrey Ford, Marvel One-Shot: A funny thing happened on the way to Thor's Hammer, Featurettes: Outfitting a hero, Howling Commandos, Heightened technology, The transformation, Behind the skull, Captain America's origin, The assembly begins, Deleted scenes, Theatrical trailers, Sega game trailer, The Avengers animated trailer
The Avengers: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Marvel One-Shot: item 47, A Visual Journey.
I bought this, a week ago, mainly because it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is fast becoming one of my favourite actors.
The premise whilst fairly simple is one that is also seen fairly rarely. Boy meets Girl, boy falls in love with girl, and girl just doesn't. This film is shown through a series of time jumps, the first scene shows the main character romantic believer in true love Tom, as played by Joesph Gordon-Levitt, just after his girlfriend broke up with him. You are then taken backward in time to the first day they met, jumping forward and back through their story.
It's smart and funny and very well acted. This also has the added bonus of appealing to the romantic comedy fan and the more (shall we say) cynical movie goers alike. There are multiple jumps backwards and forwards throughout the movie which may occasionally make the story seem fragmented in places. However this is actually part of beauty of this movie as the sharp contrasts and recurring themes in different parts of the story give a cohesion to the story. The story is told exclusively from Tom's point of view which does mean that Summer is perhaps a little villanised, but this perspective shifts over the course of the movie as Tom's own perspective changes and matures.
I don't think I could ever overstate how much I love this entire series. This book introduces us to the characters and universe of The Sandman, a graphic novel series which brings a thousand stories into one. This book is a must for anybody who loves fantasy, myths or good old fashioned fairy tales, even if you have never picked up a graphic novel before.
In this book we are introduced to Dream of the Endless who at the start of this book has been imprisoned for decades. Dream or Morpheus is the personification of dreams and stories, one of the 7 Endless (Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair and Delirium) who have existed throughout all time. This book tells the story of Dream's escape and return to his own world in 5 complete and distinct stories, each introducing different styles, genres and aspects of this universe. The series as a whole continues as a sequence of many smaller stories which tell a much longer one. Different stories from different people intertwine together to tell a compelling tale of Gods and Monsters and the beings beyond them.
Whilst I loved this book it is not the best book in the series, it's really just the first few chapters of a complex and involved story. This book introduces lots of exciting and interesting concepts and threads which are developed during the course of all ten volumes and it will definitely leave you wanting more. I can promise you as well that the series as a whole more than lives up to the promise of this first volume as it gets better and better as it progresses.
Moving from the story telling to the art in this book, the style shifts and changes a lot, both in this book and throughout the series. Generally the art style reflects the storyline which I found added an extra layer to the storytelling, although honestly I wasn't a great fan of some of the drawing styles. I liked the art in some of the chapters better than others but the storytelling more than made up for it.
This book will suck you in and get you totally addicted to this entire Universe. Be prepared to be hooked by the end.
I was originally given this as part of a promotion and was a little dubious at first. There is no cover to this unit so I was worried about the potential for damage, particularly if left loose in a handbag. However it's a tough and durable design and I've never had a problem with it becoming scratched or damaged. I keep mine in a side pocket in my bag when carrying it about, so that it does not get banged around too much.
It has a useful hole at the top which can be used to attach the drive to a key ring or cord making it easier to carry and find. The design is small and compact so it is easy to use even with a netbook, or when other USB ports are in use, which for me was invaluable.
The files transfer quickly and reliably both to and from the drive. This can be used to watch video files through a DVD player if the file format is compatible with the DVD player.
The main disadvantage to this unit is the storage size, which depending on your usage may be limiting. The 4GB is more than enough if you are using it for documents and presentations for work or study and even for photos, but video files will use up the storage capacity very quickly.