As with any summer blockbuster of this caliber, the appearance of merchandise everywhere I’m sure comes as no shock, It’s been in stores for at least 2 months now, but is ramping up to an all time high as the Avengers release date approaches. However I took particular notice of the abundant amount of Media being pushed around this release. At Target for instance, all 5 Marvel feature films leading up to The Avengers (IM, IH, IM2, Thor, CA) are all have their own display along with volumes 1-4 of Disney/Marvels animated series Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes (which completes season 1). Also I noticed next week 6 of the 8 LionsGate Marvel Animated features released 2005-2011 will be re-released next week in bargain 3 packs (all 8 were recently added back to Netflix for instant watch also for your viewing pleasure). And if that’s not enough- 2 of the Marvel Anime series seen on G4 (Iron Man & X-Men) come out next week as well this is a new release for both series.
What annoys me a bit about all of this is you would think this would be the perfect time to release on DVD the original 1960’s Marvel Super Heroes animated shorts. Yes I know by today’s standards they are extremely hokey, but they are a part of my childhood I would like to preserve. A few individual volumes have been released on VHS in the mid 90’s. Also in Canada a couple of single DVD’s were released, but that’s about it. A complete set was proposed back in 2005, but was eliminated without explanation. Also the complete series was planned to be available on Netflix by fall 2011, this still has not happened. I still look forward to the feature film, but instead of rehashing everything already available on DVD, I wish Disney/Marvel would offer us something new.
Looking for WOTG Intl. Dub, Ebirah Horror of the Deep Intl. Dub(PAL VHS or DVD sourced from PAL VHS with original title card & Credits), FCTW (Original AIP), & The Last War (japanese w eng/subs)