Friday, 8 August 2014

DVD REVIEW: Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher - Sony Home Entertainment

Release Date: 04/08/14
Publisher:  Sony Home Entertainment


After interfering with a top secret mission, THE PUNISHER is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENT and AVENGER, BLACK WIDOW. At the orders of Director Nick Fury, Punisher and Black Widow are sent on a mission to stop LEVIATHAN, a global terrorist organization that plans to sell stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder. Now, the vigilante and spy must work together to prevent this technology from falling into the wrong hands. The fate of the world, and of the AVENGERS, hangs in the balance.

DVD bonus features:

“Espionage and Punishment” featurette -- This featurette looks at the exciting versions of these popular Marvel characters as adapted in this stunning style of anime. From early concept art and storyboards to the final film, all aspects of creating the compelling story of this unique anime feature are explored.

“The Vigilante Vs. The Spy” featurette – A look at the Marvel’s Frank Castle (The Punisher) and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow). Each of these characters feature dark and complex origins that led them to extreme action and extraordinary lives.

Go behind-the-scenes of AVENGERS CONFIDENTIAL: BLACK WIDOW & PUNISHER with two revealing, making-of featurettes “Espionage and Punishment” and “The Vigilante Vs. The Spy.” In both featurettes, fans will hear from filmmakers on the highly anticipated pairing of two of Marvel’s most deadly Super Heroes.


I’d been looking forward to this since I heard about it a few months ago, yet whilst I was excited, I did wonder how they could bring two major kickass killers to a 12 market without compromising on what fans will be demanding. What the tale brought across was something that was sadly lacking. The story was pretty sketchy, Black Widow was overly emotional and when you add the Punishers no nonsense attitude, it left me feeling that she was more a damsel in need of rescue and emotionally unable to cope with the situation.

It felt wrong, it didn’t have the strengths that I was coming to expect from this and to be totally brutal BW was little more than a tease with her sly comments who would fall apart as parts of the story were uncovered. All in, it just didn’t work and to be honest its not one I’ll be re-watching in the future.

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