The second Avengers movie sees Earth’s mightiest heroes add to their fold, as they fight to save us all from an off-the-rails AI. Now it’s come to 4K Ultra HD, how does Avengers: Age of Ultron fare? Will it rock your world, or destroy it?
The story: It started with the best intentions, as Tony Stark set about creating a peace-keeping defence system for the entirety of Earth, called Ultron. But then, upon being made sentient, Ultron calculated the best way to do its job – by eliminating the human race. Uh, Avengers, assemble – pronto?! Ta muchly.
“You’ve come up with some pretty impressive things, Stark. War isn’t one of them.”
The 4K disc: Much like the new-to-4K release of The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron apparently hails from a 2K master. Also like that first film in the series, this presentation looks very good, and remarkably detailed at times. HDR is the big winner here, adding a range of light to dark – and there’s a lot of dark – that really bolsters the movie’s over-the-top experience.
What do we want? WHUMP! When do we want it? Now! If you’re in this camp when it comes to audio then we have some advice – crank the volume knob beyond its usual comfy spot for this one, for like other Disney Atmos mixes it’s a bit on the shy side. Once turned towards 11 audio performance is better, however we can’t help thinking that it could have been more in-your-face (or ears, for that matter). Still, the subwoofer gets to go “WHUMP!” in scenes that demand it (hell-o Hulkbuster!), and the all-out chaos of many scenes is definitely brought to life in your lounge room (or wherever you have your gear set up, natch).
Extras? You want extras? Just swap in the enclosed Blu-ray and marvel at everything from featurettes to deleted scenes, a gag reel and an audio commentary from writer/director Joss Whedon, who rivals Thor in the godlike stakes as far as we’re concerned.
Release date: August 15, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.