Avengers: Endgame – 4K UHD Review

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film that is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed b Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.  It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  It was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.  In the film, the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies work together to attempt to reverse the damage that was caused by Thanos in Infinity War.

The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.  The Russo brothers came aboard to direct in April 2015, and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to write the script for the film.  In July 2016, Marvel removed the film’s title, and it remained untitled until its official title was revealed in December 2018.  Filming began in August 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, shooting back-to-back with Infinity War, and ended in January 2018.  Additional filming took place in the Metro and Downtown Atlanta areas, New York, and Scotland.  With an estimated budget of $356 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.

Avengers: Endgame was widely anticipated, and Disney backed the film with extensive marketing campaigns.  It premiered in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on April 26, 2019, in IMAX and 3D.  The film received praise for its direction, acting, musical score, action sequences, visual effects, and emotional weight, with critics lauding its culmination of the 22-film story.  It has grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide, surpassing Infinity War’s entire theatrical run in just eleven days, and breaking numerous box office records, including becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, overtaking the 2009 film, Avatar.

The Film Itself (5/5):

A feat that’s been 22-movies in the making, Avengers: Endgame is a movie that myself, my wife, and many other people have been looking forward to. Not only does it deliver a lot of questions that came up during the MCU saga, but it brings new questions to the table. It’s packed full with excitement, emotion, and curiosity from beginning to end. The performances from this star-studded cast were beyond exceptional, and overall left me and my wife looking forward to the new and upcoming phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Picture Quality (5/5):

For a movie that was shot on digital and, with the majority of the elements being computer generated, Avengers: Endgame had been finished with a 2K digital intermediate. So, with the 4K UHD release being an upscale over your standard Blu-ray release, the utilization of HDR10 was absolutely exceptional. While it’s not a revolutionary presentation for the format, the 4K UHD release of this movie is pretty top notch, and the finer details of the movie really stand out. With the improved sharpness and deeper colors, the textures of everything from the characters costumes to the various natural elements in the worlds that are visited absolutely shine. The black levels are extremely deep and a bit more polished in this release when comparing it to the Blu-ray counterpart, ultimately making this release a worthwhile upgrade.

Audio Quality (5/5):

Bundled with an English Dolby Atmos audio track, the 4K UHD release of Avengers: Endgame offers an insanely immersive audio experience for those that are setup with Atmos at home. Everything from the camera position in relation to the viewers to the roaring sound effects absolutely shine with this track. The dynamics of the track are insane, and the range of frequencies really do a number as the track rips through any home audio system. The dialogue is spoken cleanly, and the characters are able to be heard and understood without any need to manually adjust the volume levels whatsoever.

The Packaging (4/5):

The Best Buy Exclusive 4K UHD Steelbook for Avengers: Endgame comes ready and packaged with three discs.  In the left-hand side portion of the case, the standard Blu-ray copy of the movie.  In the right, the 4K UHD copy and bonus Blu-ray disc.  Each disc features a different piece of artwork taken from various scenes from the movie.  There is a digital copy redemption pamphlet that’s been included for the various streaming platforms.

Special Features (4/5):

Unfortunately, the 4K UHD disc of Avengers: Endgame” contains no supplemental content. The included Blu-ray discs feature all of the additional material, and the content that’s been included ranges from a variety of footage from behind the scenes to experiences that were shared among the cast and crew as they worked together in making this movie. Included with this release is:

  • Disc One
    • Introduction by Directors Anthony and Joe Russo
    • Optional Feature Audio Commentary with Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
  • Disc Two
    • Remembering Stan Lee
    • Setting the Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr.
    • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America
    • Black Widow: Whatever it Takes
    • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame
    • The Women of the MCU
    • Bro Thor
    • Deleted Scenes
      • Goji Berries
      • Bombs on Board
      • Suckiest Army in the Galaxy
      • You Used to Frickin’ Live Here
      • Tony and Howard
      • Avengers Take a Knee
    • Gag Reel

Technical Specs:

Video

Codec: HEVC / H.265

Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)

HDR: HDR10

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos

English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles

English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Runtime

Original Film: 181 Minutes

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Avengers: Endgame was one of my absolute favorite movies of this year. The experiences that were had by the 4K UHD release were insane as I laughed, I cried, and I celebrated from beginning to end, this movie does not disappoint. The video and audio presentation of the 4K UHD release was insane, and offered a unique view into the world and the final moments of the saga that’s been created over the past decade. The special features that were included were really great, and if you’re considering picking this release up for your collection, get it. Do not hesitate! Avengers: Endgame is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD today.