Disney Answers Avengers DVD Criticism
Fans angry at missing commentary and claim film is censored...
Disney has answered criticism over the UK DVD release of The Avengers, after fans had complained about censorship and a lack of extras.
People took to online retailer Amazon to voice their anger about director Joss Whedon's commentary being dropped from the British release - despite its inclusion in the US version.
And it was also claimed that a particular scene showing a spear penetrating one of the characters has been cut.
But Disney UK's home entertainment spokesperson Lydia Rodrigues told HomeCinemaChoice: "There's been no censorship, no foul play. The version of Marvel's Avengers Assemble on Blu-ray disc in the UK is the same as the version shown theatrically. It really is.
"The version on disc is the same as was released in the UK theatrically. The simple fact is for a 12 certificate film in the UK, that scene was deemed inappropriate. So Marvel Studios chose to remove the spear tip digitally."
And she said that fans were unlikely to get director Whedon's commentary on future versions of the film either.
She continued: "Our DLT (Digital Linear Tape) had to be delivered one month earlier than that required for the US pressing. So we missed out. We wanted it too."
Asked if it might be included on a future special edition, she replied: "That's been the subject of heated debate here [at Disney UK], but we don't think we can really ask fans who have bought this version to buy another just to obtain the commentary. So at the moment we are thinking it won't be released.
"We also know that hardcore fans with Blu-ray players are probably going to end up buying the US release which has the commentary. The American Blu-ray is region-free. We don't think we can ask people to buy both versions."
Joss Whedon has recently been talking about the sequel.