Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther DVD Home Video Release
Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Marvel Animation
Release Date: August 8th, 2006
DVD Special Features:
• "The Ultimates" featurette
• Gag reel
• "What Avenger Are You?" DVD-ROM feature
• "Iron Man" First Look
• "Dr. Strange" First Look
• Trailer gallery
Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther DVD Review
By Jim Harvey
Lionsgate gives their second Marvel
feature a nice collection of extras, on par, if not a little less, than
the first "Ultimate Avengers" video release. We get a main featurette
detailing the history of The Ultimates and how the movies came to
be, as well as a look at the upcoming Marvel video features and a
The audio and visual for the release, much like the first one, is top
notch. The audio comes out loud and clear, and the battle scenes sound
just stupendous. The opening sequence in Wakanda sounds amazing, and the
climactic battle just roars out of the television. It’s a great audio
mix, and the visuals are just as impressive. Definitely a gorgeous
transfer, there appears to be any hardly noticeable interlacing. If
there are any visual problems then I must have missed them.
The main featurette clocks in at around twenty-three minutes and fills
us in on how The Ultimates came to be and why these Ultimate
Avengers cartoons were made. Interviews focus primarily on Mark Millar
and Bryan Hitch with Joe Quesada, Avi Arad, and the team behind the
movies also adding their thoughts. A nice surprise is how the featurette
deals with some of the controversial aspects of "The Ultimates,"
including the infamous "France" quip at the end of the first comic
volume. It's a well done and quick affair, filling us all in on the
comic and the movies themselves.
Save for the sneak peeks, the other featurettes are pretty forgettable.
The gag reel may get a laugh or two, but overall proves to be just
filler, and pretty boring. The extra just drags on until the bitter end.
The DVD-ROM game is something to a quick time-waster and looks to be
exactly the same as the DVD-ROM game on the previous movie's DVD
release.. There are also trailers for "Ultimate Avengers 1,” a video
game and one for Liongate's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" DVD releases.
Oddly, there is no trailer for "Ultimate Avengers 2."
The early look at both "Iron Man" and "Dr. Strange" provide great
insight on those productions, including designs and early animation.
Both of the sneak peeks provide a great look at the story and style for
these two movies, but Dr. Strange looking absolutely amazing in terms of
visual style. The feature based on Iron Man looks to be a high quality
product as well.
There’s some truly good material in here, but there should be more. The
extras only look to add up to only 40 or so minutes of actual extras
content. The featurettes and sneak peeks are worth checking out, but the
DVD-ROM is (once again) a waste of space. The main attraction is, of
course, the feature film, and the extras do add some context to it, but
not as much as I’d like. Still, the disc is well put together and worth
the hour or so it will take to go through the materials.