Blu-ray Review “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete First Season”

shield-bluStarring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet Number of discs: 5
Studio: ABC Studios
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Run Time: 946 minutes

Season: 4 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a good show because it follows the events of “The Avengers” and keep in line with the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact it directly links to the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” while the film was still in theaters. This takes a lot of planning and preparation for sure and I appreciate that. The season starts off a little slow to be honest but the last half of the season is really a must watch for any Marvel fan. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” also has a cast that you can’t help but love. It stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grand Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. Plus it is jam-packed with fantastic guest stars. Can’t wait for season two.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete First Season” Official Premise: In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is “The Clairvoyant”? What is Hydra’s sinister master plan; what dark secret lies behind Skye’s puzzling origins; and most importantly of all, who can be trusted? Start your collection and relive all 22 thrilling episodes as you unravel mysteries, discover cool gadgets and meet iconic Marvel characters. Then, achieve Level 7 clearance and delve deeper as you explore newly declassified bonus features with this must-own set!

ABC Studios/Disney is not usually one to bring their television shows to Blu-ray but this is a rare case. The 1080p transfer is solid on this show, I have always felt from the start that it seems to have a very “TV” feel it in terms of scale but it is still sharp. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks work for the tone of the show. The special features are a great follow up to the season. First we have “Journey Into S.D.C.C.”, which has out cast at the convention introducing the show. “Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe” was a TV special that aired this summer. There are five Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports looking into some of fans favorite episodes. There is VFX Breakdowns on various sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version. There are some audio commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast. Lastly there is a Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes included.


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