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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Aug. 13

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2019

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August 13, 2019: Avengers: Endgame, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Avengers: Endgame

SYNOPSIS: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

The highest grossing movie of all time, completing an 11-year, 22-film series, finally comes home. Relive the thrills, twists, and laughs once again with the whole Marvel gang. Endgame gives fans plenty of classic moments and closes out the Infinity Saga admirably. Watch the film again and then go behind-the-scenes with some insanely thorough bonus features, that delve into multiple aspects of the production process, and learn how Endgame came together.


Digital Exclusive:
•Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Blu-ray & Digital:
•Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honour the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
•Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
•A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
•Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
•The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
•The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
•Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
•Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
•Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
•Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
•Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

 Pokémon Detective Pikachu

SYNOPSIS: When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son Tim (Justice Smith) and Harry’s former Pokémon partner Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) join forces to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together on an epic adventure through Ryme City, they uncover a shocking plot that could destroy the whole Pokémon universe.

Cute and colourful, Pokémon Detective Pikachu does a commendable job at introducing casual viewers to the world of Pokémon, while providing loads of fan service that should satisfy the die-hards. Justice Smith it fun to watch, as he unravels the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his father, and Ryan Reynolds brings just enough comic charm to keep the plot moving. The movie is also jammed with crazy critters and will surely satisfy those looking for a good ol’ creature feature.


•Detective Mode
•Alternate Opening
•My Pokémon Adventure
•Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Welcome to Ryme City
•Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Uncovering the Magic
•Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Action
•Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Colourful Characters
•Creating the World of Detective Pikachu: Bringing Pokémon to Life
•Mr. Mime’s Audio Commentary
•Ryan Reynolds – Outside the Actor’s Studio
•”Carry On” by Rita Ora and Kygo (Music Video)

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

SYNOPSIS:From directors Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of For the Love of Spock, The Captains) comes the critically acclaimed documentary feature What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  A fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. Featuring extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as newly remastered HD footage from the television series, What We Left Behind also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.

While I never actually watched Star Trek: Deep Space Nine during its initial run on TV, I was nonetheless engrossed and fascinated by this meticulous examination of a series that was perhaps light years ahead of its time. Full of cast interviews, a writers reunion, and classic clips, this immersive documentary is a must-own for any sci-fi and Star Trek fan.


•An Intro from Ira
•A Brief History of Deep Space Nine featurette
•What We Left Out – Deleted Scenes
•Behind the Scenes at the Variety photoshoot featurette
•HD Remaster Discussion with the filmmakers
•More from the Fans featurette
•Theatrical Trailer

What We Left Behind Two-Disc Special Edition Bonus Features
•An Intro from Ira
•A Brief History of Deep Space Nine featurette
•What We Left Out – Deleted Scenes
•Behind the Scenes at the Variety photoshoot featurette
•HD Remaster Discussion with the filmmakers
•More from the Fans featurette
•Theatrical Trailer

Second Disc
•A Roundtable Look at The Making of the Documentary, a 50-minute discussion with co-director and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr, co-director David Zappone, producer Kai de Mello-Folsom, producer/editor Joseph Kornbrodt and producer/editor Luke Snailham
•A Musical Reunion with Composers Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner


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