These days, one of the biggest obstacles for the Marvel Studios movies is high expectations. The movie was far from perfect but it did have some great moments. We won't go back into what did and didn't work since we did that in our review and even in a spoiler-filled video.
If you're a comic collector, chances are you already have this in your personal collection. There may be some waiting. There are other options like OnDemand and eventually Netflix. But there is the extra value the Blu-ray offers that the other options do not.
Of course it's the Special Features that can really make or break a release. Personally, I tend to dive into those before re-watching the actual movie since, chances are, I've already watched the movie. Possibly more than once. The Special Features is where we get the extra value. This is what you don't get from the streaming services.
I wouldn't normally say you should buy a Blu-ray just for a fifteen minute feature but the one included here just might make that case.
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (15:29) picks up one year after Captain America: The First Avenger. There's been talk of a possible TV series based on the character and time period. Even though it might be too similar to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (just in a different time period), based on this short, I would be all for it. Hayley Atwell does a remarkable job here and it feels closer to the Cinematic Universe than the current SHIELD series does. Definitely a great reason to pick up this Blu-ray.
Also included is Iron Man Unmasked (10:59). Kevin Feige talks how the movie is a follow up to Iron Man 2 as well as The Avengers. Shane Black talks about Robert Downey Jr and directing the movie. We see some behind-the-scenes from Stark's mansion getting attacked.
Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One (8:43) breaks down the scene with skydivers and the different sets used. The scene was impressive enough in the movie but seeing how they actually pulled it off should give you a new respect for what was needed.
Exclusive Behind the Scenes Look - Thor: The Dark World (1:53). It's a short feature. We don't learn a whole lot. It's great seeing the bits and helps get us excited for the November 8 release.
Deleted and Extended Scenes (16:20). There are ten scenes. Some outtakes are included. It's nothing new with these movies but it's pretty amazing how many takes and ad-libbing is done.
Gag Reel (5:07). Another big reason for buying the Blu-ray. Seeing the actors goof up or goof around not only brings a smile to your face but also a good feeling seeing they actually enjoyed working on the movie and together. Some productions are being done just for the sake of cashing in on the genre so it's great to see actors wanting to be part of the production and having a great time as well.
Because the movie was released last week, chances are you've already decided on purchasing it. If you haven't, you might want to reconsider. Or try to get it on a birthday or holiday gift list. If you own the other movies, it makes sense you include this as well. Watching the movie again is a different experience because you already know what to expect and most likely won't get hung up on the little problems. Marvel Studios is on a role. This should hold you over until Thor: The Dark World is released in theaters.