Excelsior! We here at That AV Dude recently picked up a copy of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on UHD Blu-ray this last weekend, so we decided to sit down, watch it, and review it.
The Vital Age of Ultron UHD Blu-ray Disc Stats
Housed in a black UltraHD keep case with a glossy slipcover, this 2 disc set contains both the UltraHD version as well as the 1080p Blu-ray version of the film. There is also a digital download code that allows you streaming access to the movie through a variety of networks (iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Movies Anywhere). Here are the vital statistics of the 4K disc in this 2-disc set:
- 4K (2160p) resolution (upscaled from a 2K Digital Intermediate)
- HEVC / H.265 Encoded Video
- 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
- English: Dolby Atmos over Dolby TrueHD (24bit, 48khz)
- English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (24bit, 48khz)
- Subtitle Languages Available: English SDH, French, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional)
Equpiment Used by That AV Dude to Review Avengers: Age of Ultron (Cinematic Universe Edition) on UHD Blu-ray
Here is the equipment that was used to review this film by our primary film reviewer (Josh):
- LG Electronics OLED65E7P 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2017 Model)
- LG UBK90 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Player with Dolby Vision (2018)
- Onkyo TX-SR373 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver with Bluetooth
- Klipsch R-51M Bookshelf Speakers – Black (Pair)
- Sony SS-CNK10ED Center Channel Speaker
- Sony SACS9 10-Inch Active Subwoofer
Please note that his television has been calibrated at home for all things except for color. He plans on eventually paying an ISF professional to come in and calibrate his set in the future. Also please note that this review was done sitting 8.5ft from the display.
Picture Quality on the UHD Blu-ray of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Even though this movie originally hit theaters 4 years ago (2015), the CGI (Computer Generated Image) scenes of Age of Ultron look very, very dated. The edges of characters seem soft and blurred during heavy action and the fact that this movie is an upscale from a 2K digital intermediate is very apparent (in CGI scenes at the very least).
The HDR10 encoded HDR in Avengers: Age of Ultron is decently well done, but the film really seems a little too grey during darker scenes. Light sources are decently bright and add a bit of realism to the picture, but those grey dark areas are definitely a cause for concern. This seems to be a pretty common issue among Disney 4K disc releases (as unfortunate as that really is). Another example of these muted dark color ranges in a Disney 4K home release is Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Faults aside, this home release has moments where the lighting, color pallet, and sharpness really do show off just how awesome the format really is. Even though there are definitely issues with the picture quality for Avengers: Age of Ultron, we highly recommend you pick this one up if you can find it on sale (or if you win our giveaway that will be described at the end of this article).
Overall, we here at That AV Dude give the picture quality for Avengers: Age of Ultron (Cinematic Universe Edition) on UHD Blu-ray a 7.5 out of 10.
Sound Quality Review
Since Josh at That AV Dude does not have the equipment necessary for Dolby Atmos, he reviewed Age of Ultron over a Dolby TrueHD enable 3.1 sound system (parts listed above). The lossless Dolby TrueHD presentation of this film falls victim to the same issue that many enthusiasts have pointed out about Disney 4K home releases: the levels are too low. Everything needs to be cranked to 11 for dialog and then action sequences are way, way too loud.
Even though the Dolby TrueHD encoding used for the audio in Age of Ultron is lossless, the high-end frequencies seemed to be slightly cut-off in favor of a much bass-ier sound signature. Even so, every bit of the soundtrack was engaging and exciting. Voices seemed to come from who was speaking them, and the overall sound imaging of the whole film was superb.
Overall, even with the usual Disney issues with Dolby audio, we here at That AV Dude give the sound quality for Avengers: Age of Ultron a 6.5 out of 10.
As usual, we don’t provide in-depth plot summaries or anything like that to avoid spoiling any film or piece of media we review here on That AV Dude. That being said, we give the plot for Avengers: Age of Ultron (Cinematic Universe Edition) on UHD Blu-ray a 8 out of 10. It’s not our favorite Marvel or Avengers movie, but its definitely not a bad one (looking at you, Iron Man 3…)
Should You Buy Avengers: Age of Ultron?
This film is definitely worth owning for any Marvel movie collector or for anyone who likes Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. However, those more interested in picture and audio quality could probably skip it or wait for a Black Friday sale (or participate in our giveaway described below!!).
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MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON [Blu-ray]