Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: A band of superheroes defends the Earth, plus horror reinvented for television, an indie take on battling gods, and another stage of a kindly angel's long journey.
There's a reaon this movie made an unholy amount of money this year—so much that Marvel released it again just to see how deeply they could cash in. It's been described as the "near-perfect summer blockbuster," carefully designed by Joss Whedon and company to wow both casual moviegoers and die-hard fans.
Formats: Blu-Ray, 3D, Digital Copy, and DVD.
The story: The Avengers is the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Erik Selvig), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Paul Bettany (Jarvis (voice)), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk (voice)), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Jenny Agutter (Female council member).
Directed by: Joss Whedon.
Features: Commentary by Director Joss Whedon; The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen Experience; Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 (HD; 11:20); Gag Reel (HD; 4:05); Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD; 14:59); Featurettes (HD; 14:37) include A Visual Journey and Assembling the Ultimate Team; Soundgarden Music Video "Live to Rise" (HD; 4:49).
This innovative, Emmy-winning series is a must-see for any horror fan.
Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD.
The story: A family of three move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted.
Starring: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Kate Mara, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge.
Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk.
Features: Commentary on the pilot episode by Ryan Murphy; The Murder House presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: Behind the Fright: The Making of American Horror Story, On the Set of American Horror Story Season One, Overture to Horror: Creating the Title Sequence, Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts.
Any shoestring UK indie movie that notes, in its promotional materials, that "similar titles" would be Clash of the Titans, Lord of the Rings, and Farscape is likely to raise a skeptical eyebrow. But the writer-directors did create a killer Doritos ad, so...
Formats: DVD only.
The story: Upon creating the earth the great god Zelos grew weary and so forged in his image two sons to uphold his kingdom and ensure its longevity, Aevum and Thanatos. As time progressed, so did the intentions of the two sons. The second, Thanatos poisoned himself against the will of his brother and turned to blackness and evil for answers. From this new hatred, the darkness bore a final battle to end the rule of either son--for their father lay dormant, undisturbed and unaware of his failing hopes. Years later, Thanatos threatens the very existence of our world, but something is still preventing him from total domination as the future of all humanity lies in the balance.
Starring: Henry Amphlett, Julian Lamoral-Roberts.
Directed by: Dom Lenoir and Tim Osgood.
Features: None listed.
CBS is moving rapidly through the 9 seasons of this durable standby.
Formats: DVD only (7 discs).
The story: A trio of angels Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese), and Andrew (John Dye) are dispatched from heaven with a special mission: to inspire people facing sometimes unseen crossroads in their lives. Monica, an angel who at times still needs some guidance with her earthly assignments, reports to Tess, her tough, wise and always loving supervisor. Season 6 guest stars include Michael Nouri, Kathy Baker, Judith Hoag, Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd, Ann-Margret, Kenny Rogers, Kirk Douglas, Eileen Brennan, Nancy McKeon, Kathy Ireland, Brad Hawkins, Kimberly Scott, Alexis Cruz, David Kaufman, Joe Spano, Ray Abruzzo, Steven Martini, Kimberly J. Brown, and more.
Starring: Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye.
Created by: John Masius.
Features: None listed.