The film that went into my ALL TIME TOP 10 after first viewing is coming to DVD and Blu-ray around the world thanks to it's fabulous distributor Walt Disney!! YAY!!!
The press release below is the UK version but lets have a look at the release dates expected and some of the cover art that's working its way on to websites around the world.
UK Release: 17th September
US Release: 25th September
German Release: 30th September
French Release: 28th August
Before we go on, the German and French set may be appealing but they will be Region Coded to Europe so please ensure your Blu-ray player is capable of playing Region B or all regions when you purchase the disk or you may be disappointed. Plus be aware that location names may appear in that countries native language along with any subtitles that may appear in the film... although I don't recall any subtitles. These are the trials and tribulations of seeking out the best available editions worldwide :)
First Up we have the US and UK Artwork!
All I can say is... PLEASE RECONSIDER if this is the final artwork. Both of these covers came from Amazon in the US and UK but I have to say considering all the posters that came out for the theatrical release of this AWESOME EPIC Marvel Comics adventure, the image used above just isn't up to standard when it comes to portraying just how amazing this film is... also there's no quote from us on the cover... I mean, REALLY!!! (Tee hee)
HMV.co.uk will have exclusive rights to the steelbook in the UK but as of yet have not released the art for that.
Next up we have the amazon.de German steelbook which has been listed on their website for some time.
Making great use of the one sheet art work, Germany so far have the best cover for the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Avengers/Avengers Assemble. Considering the amount of steelbooks that are issued through amazon.de it's not hard to see that they do like to give consumers the best possible art to go with their collector's items... although the cover art they used from Dream Home was suspect! Although it does appear that this image may be a place holder... subject to change people, be aware, it is early days!
Finally we have the French collectors edition with added Avengers Figurines!
I'm sure they don't look tacky in the slightest... honest... judging from the other art work on amazon.fr, fans will be treated the the One Sheet Poster artwork from the film rather than the current US/UK art doing the rounds.
None of these are confirmed as of yet but it's nice to know what could be coming our way and it's going to be cheaper than I expected.
In my geeky brain I was thinking to myself "One of the highest grossing films of all time... well if I was going to market it to the masses and have geeks around the world digging DEEP into their pockets; I'd release a steelbook with the one sheet art BUT then I'd also release a steelbook featuring cover art for each individual Avenger.
Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Nick Fury, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Thor. The Spines on these individual steelbooks would make up The Avengers Logo but if I were really mean I'd re-release Iron Man 1 & 2, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and any other Marvel Assets associated with the Avengers and add them to my OCD inducing collection... I must have them all!!!
Geeks like collectors items and the more limited they are, the more money they will spend... even if it means owning the film five times over!
This is a day one purchase for me... DVD? PAH?!?! High definition all the way... I'll be tracking special editions popping up on websites around the world!!! Only the best when it comes to my hero Joss Whedon, only the best! I'm gushing right now, I'm literally excited as I write this and I'm thinking of ways to break into Disney/Marvel vaults and steal any signed or prototype merchandise they may be hiding away!
Take a look at the press release below which tells you more about what to expect on the UK release and keep an eye out for an amazing Avengers Phase One box set which will feature all the films leading up to this EPIC movie masterpiece!
THE UK’S # 1 SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME ASSEMBLES NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE IN HIGH DEFINITION
EARLY DEMAND FOR BLU-RAY AND DVD RELEASE ALREADY BREAKING RECORDS
The biggest film of the year will take retailers by storm on 17th September 2012 when Marvel Avengers Assemble is released on Blu-ray and DVD. As well as giving fans the chance to enjoy the exhilarating action and the movie’s visually stunning special effects over and over again, Blu-ray audiences will also be treated to a host of behind-the-scenes insights and all new footage.
Coupled with box office takings that exceeded $1 billion globally after just 19 days – making it the third biggest movie of all time globally – Marvel Avengers Assemble is unquestionably a must own Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-order sales for the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release underline how hotly anticipated this release is, racking up enough sales in three days of pre-orders to put it on track to be the second biggest week one in pre-order sales ever in the UK.
For the first time, Marvel shares scenes that never made it into the cinematic version of the movie and invites viewers to the very early stages of pre-production on the film “Marvel Avengers Assemble”. Included in the 90 minute documentary ‘Building A Dream: Assembling the Avengers’ is never before seen footage from ‘Iron Man’ as well as fascinating insight from director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige on how they began creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe for what has been described as “the smartest, wittiest, & most unapologetically entertaining comic-book adaptation of the modern era” (Kevin Maher – The Times) and become one of the most anticipated and talked about movie events in the world.
Marvel Avengers Assemble brings together some of Marvel’s most loved and iconic superhero characters in the biggest superhero movie in history. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, Marvel Avengers Assemble is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comic institution ever since.
Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power
The appetite for Marvel Avengers Assemble is seemingly insatiable. In addition to smashing box office records Marvel’s official Facebook site is liked by over 4 million people, and the new Facebook game “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” attracts over 1.2 million daily users. Sales of all consumer products ranging from action figure toys to adult apparel have exploded since the launch of the movie and is set to continue with with new additions to the range of existing products available and a new animated series of “The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes” set to premier this summer on Disney XD. Filming has just begun on Iron Man 3, which will be released in 2013.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham.