The BBC consumer affairs show Watchdog decided to cover the screwed up UK release of The Avengers on DVD and Blu-ray. Unfortunately, their report was as botched as the DVD. Here’s the full segment. All 50-odd seconds of it.
“Now they’ve been released, most special features have been removed” should have been “The commentary and a music video aren’t available in the UK, and you have to buy various retailer’s editions to get all of the other supplements – but most are actually on the disc. Do be aware though that the 90 minute documentary on the Sainsbury exclusive is largely comprised of material to do with pre-Avengers films and a great deal of it is actually cut from special features on previous Marvel discs.”
Then “Disney says this is for compliance reasons” should have been “Disney says ‘Each country has its own compliance issues relative to depictions of violence. Unfortunately, another region’s elements were inadvertently used to create the UK in home release.’”
And if we’re being super pedantic, which I am, then “The Iron Man” should have been “Iron Man.”
I though Watchdog was a consumer rights show with a campaign spirit. This clip seemed utterly lacking in any of that, and served better as a quick way to mention some sidebar topic that had gained a bit of traction online.
Ideally, the show would have raised the remaining issues in respect of this release, things that they didn’t even nod towards: are Disney going to recall the discs? Will there be a replacement scheme? And are they going to toss the commentary on while they’re fixing it?