Avengers: Infinity War was released this week on digital, and is coming home to DVD and Blu-ray on August 14th. I have said it many times before but one of my favorite things about purchasing a film like this is the bonus features. Deleted scenes, gag reels, and commentary really give you a feel for the movie that you didn’t have before. So when I was sent Infinity War, before even watching the movie again, I tackled the bonus features. Now I am going to tell you if they are worth the watch.
DUH! Yes! Of course they are! Come on guys, do you know me? My love of Marvel had me literally crying during many of these features. So what do we get exactly? Commentary of course. Deleted scenes. A gag reel. The background story of Thanos, and my personal favorite, a Directors Roundtable.
I always like the deleted scenes because it shows you part of the movie you didn’t see. These ones are no different. There are four, and they are all pretty amazing. They are short so it won’t take you long to go through them all. My favorite was of course the Guardians one, but Happy Knows Best added some much needed humor.
Speaking of humor, let’s talk about that gag reel. This particular gag reel is short and sweet. Just 2 minutes long. But it had me cracking up – something that I know we all need after watching Infinity War. I especially loved the Paul Bettany clips because I know from interviewing him he is a funny dude. Not to mention all the dancing – so many awesome dance moves. It might make sense to watch this last because some of the the other stuff is intense and emotional. I admit, I totally watched this again after watching all the others, to try to make myself laugh (and it barely worked).
The Mad Titan
Being a oretty hard core Marvel comic book fan, I know quite a bit about Thanos. He is a major part of the Marvel Universe, and we have been seeing and hearing about him on the big screen since Avengers 1. This featurette is pretty amazing and dives in to Thanos and how he fits into the MCU, and who he truly is. It really makes you think and realize that he has been thought about as a main villain since the very beginning. It kind of makes you feel for Thanos. Which I hate to admit.
This featurette is about all of the characters teaming up together. Why and how they were teamed up the way they were. I kind of love this one. Especially when we hear about Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Hearing the Russos talking about combining things that really don’t seem to fit together – and how they pulled it off – gave me chills. As a comic book fan, I love a good team up. So learning about the behind the scenes of it was amazing.
Beyond the Battle
The battle on Titan is one of my favorite parts of the movie. It hurts. It pulls at your heart strings. But man, it is amazing. What is really cool about this featurette is we get a lot of information about how the scenes on Titan were created. You learn a lot of fun facts, for example, the Doctor Strange and Thanos discussion on Titan was about twice as long as it was in the movie before they cut it down. In this you see the whole process of creating some incredible scenes, making it totally worth the watch. They even touch on one of the most emotional moments in the film that happens on Titan. And yea, I was a sobbing mess at this point.
This is one of the coolest battles in Infinity War – and probably the most epic battle in the entire MCU. So seeing what went in to it was pretty cool. The entire cast and the Russo Brothers talk about the battle and filming that scene. They even talk about creating the world of Wakanda. I mean, it is amazing to see and will make you appreciate that scene in the film even more.
Like I said, this is hands down my favorite bonus feature of Avengers: Infinity War is the Directors Roundtable. So many brilliant minds in one room together – I pretty much started sobbing before they even opened their mouths. I just loved listening to them talk about how they brought the whole universe together. From the very first Iron Man movie all the way to Ant-Man and The Wasp. Learning how they passed the baton to each other – and truly seeing how much they love these characters on their faces. If you only watch one bonus feature, make it this one.
Avengers: Infinity War is available on digital NOW! Do you have a favorite bonus feature? Tell me about it in the comments!