Avengers: Infinity War

The first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has all been leading to this, an adventure so utterly spectacular that...well, it’s going to need a whole other movie to wrap the story up. Jam-packed with a who’s-who of familiar faces (and masks), Infinity War is a remarkably complex tale of conflict and loss highlighted by thrilling, high-stakes action. No time is wasted in thrusting us into the battle against the malevolent Thanos (Josh Brolin from Deadpool 2). He has a plan to load the six magical Infinity Stones into his newly forged Infinity Gauntlet, whereupon he will alleviate the woes of overpopulation across the universe with but a single snap of his nigh-omnipotent purple fingers. Accompanied by a squad of ruthless minions, Thanos will stop at nothing to realize his life’s mission, and only Earth’s mightiest heroes and their allies have any hope of defeating him.

1018aveng.box.jpgCaptured using the recently developed Imax/Arri 2D digital camera, the 2.39:1 Ultra HD image here is often shadowy. That characteristic matches the story’s dark tone, yet nuances are plain to see, and not just in the sprawling CGI cities but also in intimate character close-ups. Special effects comprise much of the film’s runtime, and they include a computer-generated lead villain. Fantastic worlds are rendered with precise lighting and focus, and high dynamic range helps us to appreciate this grand achievement even more. Some strange artifacts on the fine parallel lines printed on Vision’s face did pull me out of the moment, but that only happened with a couple of shots.

Infinity War features a Dolby Atmos mix with a TrueHD 7.1 core, and although I noted solid, and sometimes refreshingly subtle, surround activity, the bass presence and overall volume level were lacking. Whether it was the heft of an oversized dwarf stomping around his workshop, the crash-landing of a gigantic spaceship, or the arrival of a literally earth-shaking invasion, I was left feeling, “Oh, is that it?” The sonic deficit isn’t unforgiveable, but events on this scale—Thanos hurling an entire moon like it’s a baseball for Pete’s sake—deserve better.


Extras reside on the included 1080p Blu-ray. The best among them is the audio commentary by directors The Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, while the four featurettes are for people who don’t like commentaries. Half of the deleted scenes consist of tiny expansions of existing moments, while the others provide genuine substance. A roundtable discussion with some of the MCU’s most accomplished filmmakers is exclusive to the digital edition (a Movies Anywhere online code is supplied).

Ultra HD Blu-ray
Studio: Walt Disney, 2018
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
HDR Format: HDR10
Audio Format: Dolby Atmos with TrueHD 7.1 core
Length: 149 minutes
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin

Billm's picture

Enjoyed the review, certainly a great movie from the Marvel Universe catalog-

I would like to comment on bass impact and overall dynamics, as I have noticed that more times than not I find myself having to adjust bass levels and related sound adjustments from movie to movie. I typically purchase new ones on 4K, checking to see the original and editing resolution first [and sometimes reviews], and have noticed varying levels of sound quality, thats for sure, from disk to disk. [OPPO-205 4k player]

Given the quality and continuity variables of many of the newer [and older, obviously] soundtracks and scores, I find myself making slight adjustments, but perhaps I am a bit spoiled in this regard, as I simply make adjustments through an APP on a tablet. [Denon AVR X8500H-Remote APP] Easy enough to make an adjustment on bass levels and related with some of the newer room correction software, especially from a remote APP on a tablet, etc.

Point being, we may at times have to make some minor adjustments to the sound parameters if we find a soundtrack or score lacking in bass/impact/dynamics, IMO. Some room correction software features can actually add to this issue, if not adjusted properly [or perhaps turned off]

Thats sometimes easier said than done on many systems, and believe me, I have been yelled at enough times for pausing a movie to make soundtrack adjustments! Man, these remote APPS sure make it easy, as it can be performed on the fly without fellow viewers noticing. [not a plug for any manufacturer [-; ]

Finally, we sure live in an exciting time regarding video/audio quality, flexibility, and choices!

Although it has put me into debt at times, trying to keep up with the latest surround technology, and at odds with the significant other [she'll live], but its been worth it-

At least I dont have to pause a movie to tweak up/down the bass levels, adjust dynamics, etc.

My 2 cents-

Happy viewing.