Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Ultimate Avengers Collection |
Actors: Justin Gross, Grey DeLisle, Michael Massee, Olivia d'Abo, Marc Worden
Directors: Bob Richardson, Curt Geda, Steven E. Gordon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Animation
ULTIMATE AVENGERS 1 - A world in crisis. Age-old enemies on the verge of attack. A mighty team is recruited, and Earth's ultimate hero is sought to lead them- Captain America. Unfortunately, he's been frozen in ice for ove... more »
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Do I like mega violence? Yes. Does the Hulk supply it. A tad
Ken Jensen | Kingston, NY | 04/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I tell you what...get this if you're a fan of the Hulk alone. That in itself is reason enough to see this movie. I have forever loved all that the Hulk represents and how he rolls. But he about lost his mind in this movie! I loved it!!! Beyond that, good plot, beautiful fantasy cartoon babes abound, and as a Marine, I appreciated how Captain America and the military were portrayed as they went into battle against Nazis and space aliens in WWII. C,mon...space aliens, dream babes, Nazis, and the Hulk...what're you waiting for? Relax the literary critic inside you and have some fun. Go. Rent."
Ultimate Avengers made better by Bluray
N. Becker | CT, US | 05/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Most agree that the story was bad for this animated release. I personally think part 1 was bearable, but 2 was close to unwatchable. What I DO however like about this release, is the quality Bluray brings. Those who tell you animation wont be enhanced by hi def? Show them this. Crisp lines, and solid colors all around. Very impressive to watch visually. And the sound was incredible. I only use the two speakers on my TV, but the sound that came out of this release was still pretty amazing, leaps and bounds over my regular DVDs."
Steven Beckmann | San Bernardino, CA USA | 04/27/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up during the 70's and was an avid comic book junkie (as weere most kids my age). The kid in me still gets excited to heard about a new Marvel movie. That's probably why I liked this movie even though there were a few things that bugged me:
- Bruce Banner was potrayed as an whiney, little rat-faced man. He wasn't like this in the comic book, why now?
- Thor seemed more like a alchoholic hippie. Always drinking his mead and trying to save whales. A "Hero" not interested in the wars of man. What's with his hammer having a blade on one end? I know Marvel revamped most of it's characters quite a while back, but if I remember correctly it's referred to as the HAMMER of Thor, not the AXE of Thor. This makes me think of how DC ruined Aquaman.
- Henry Pym was about as arrogant and self-centered as they come. He blamed everyone else for his mistakes. While I remember him as being arrogant this was went overboard. I did though, like the part of the movie where he puts on his old Ant Man helmet.
Overall, it's worth getting if you do not expect it to strictly follow the comic books of your childhood."
A promising idea ruined by poor execution
Seteger | 02/28/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
The Ultimates comic is an excellent revamp of the classic Marvel title. The Avengers was a favorite of mine throughout my childhood, but recently, with the popularity of the Justice League comic and cartoon, it was hard not to see the Avengers as a weaker JLA.
What the Ultimates comic did was resurrect the team with grittier, more cinematic, more realistic angles: Captain America as the tough-as-nails but assinine patriot, Iron Man as the frivolopus alcoholic, Thor as the possible schizophrenic merely pretending (perhaps) to be a Norse god, etc. It's interesting, it's dramatic, and the concept of creating a PG-13 version for a straight-to-DVD release is promising.
The promise goes unfulfilled. First of all, only the bare structure of the Ultimates is followed. I can accept that; it's an adaptation, after all. But what is most missing is what was most vital, and that's the gritty characterization. In the "Ultimate Avengers," Captain America is the same boring hero we've already seen a million times. Thor and Iron Man are themselves, no more and no less. We get no new insight in their lives, we see nothing new about them, and they do what generic Marvel characters seem to do best: punch people and get thrown around.
So what we get is the worst of both worlds. We get the generic characterizations of these Avengers, except without the comic book fantasy and flourishes that could possibly compensate. And then we get SOME realism, but without the full depths and subtleties that such realism requires to turn into actual drama. The result is a bland story filled with boring characters--when they're not being outright annoying, as is the case with Banner and Pym (why "annoying," and ONLY "annoying," passes as "realistic" to so many writers escapes me).
The art is ok, but not great. It's what you would expect from an Avengers TV cartoon, if they made one today for, say, Cartoon Network. The animation is ok, but not great; CG is used randomly, as has become the custom in most TV cartoons, and there are moments of "not bad" to moments of "oh my god, that's awful."
There was a time--when I was a teenager and when I was starved for comic book films and cartoons--when this movie might have appealed to me. Maybe there are 12-15 year olds who might get a kick out of it. But in an era of Justice League Unlimited, successful Spider-Man and X-Men and Batman movies, and even decent super-hero live-action TV shows like Smallville, this is no longer acceptable. They're going to pump these out now, probably twice a year, until the well runs dry. In the meantime, the results are uninspired.
In short: Don't buy this movie. At most, watch it on Cartoon Network when they show it one day (which is probably very soon, knowing their track record with straight-to-home-video movies)."