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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Collection Delay

Posted September 7, 2012 08:37 AM by Webmaster

Walt Disney StudiosWhile The Avengers 2D and 3D releases are still scheduled to storm Blu-ray on September 25, 2012, Disney has officially delayed the release of the 10-disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled Collection box set.

Disney issued the following statement:

    "We are sorry to inform you that there will be a delay in the availability of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Collection. Originally, the Collection was to be available on September 25, 2012, but unfortunately we are now unable to make that date. We are currently working with Marvel to identify the exact date when the Collection will be available, but we expect it to be during Spring, 2013."

However, Disney also revealed that the Collection will now come with new packaging and additional special features:

    "The Collection will come in a new briefcase and include even more than the content and features that were first advertised. We know that you are disappointed in this delay, and we are working hard to get your Collection to you as soon as possible. We will have an updated announcement for you in the coming weeks which will include actual timing and final details. Once again, we apologize for the delay and hope that when you do receive the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Collection, you will enjoy it as much as Marvel enjoyed creating it."

No further details have been provided about the new briefcase design or packaging, or the additional content and features Disney mentions in its press release.

Also, while Disney didn't reference any particular cause for the delay, the culprit is presumably the lawsuit recently filed in California by German luggage manufacturer Rimowa, the company that designed the briefcase that appears in the film and upon which the Phase One briefcase was based. Marvel reportedly had the right to feature the briefcase in the film but not as a part of a mass-produced collectible. Rimowa's complaint stated that the replica case is "a close copy of Rimowa's Topas attaché case in every respect but quality -- from the proportions and coloring, to the style of the handle and latches, and, of course, in the use of the trademarked parallel ridges around the body of the case."





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News comments (37 comments)



movieman1979
  Sep 07, 2012
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Well, I know more than a few collectors who'll be storming the gates over the delay of receiving their steel briefcases. I'm not one of them, but my heart goes out to you. There's not much I grab in regards to special packaging, but when I do, I always look forward to it like it's Christmas morning.

thephantomcat
  Sep 07, 2012
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I imagine this has to do with the lawsuit from the manufacturers of the briefcase featured in the film. Apparently they had permission to use it in the film but not as part of the Blu-ray release.
huskersports
  Sep 07, 2012
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Actually, it's because of a lawsuit over the briefcase. Dagnabit, phantom beat me to it!

dsman71
  Sep 07, 2012
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A lawsuit over a briefcase....people really need lives in this world

R3P0
  Sep 07, 2012
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Hmm to buy or not to buy the set now... Do I really want to buy Avengers now as well

pixarforlife
  Sep 07, 2012
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Well, I'm still getting the 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for "The Avengers" when it comes out. Don't need the set since I have all the other post-Avenger movies. I'm still waiting for "The Dark Knight Rises" to be announced.

dadarkknight
  Sep 07, 2012
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@dsman71 if someone used your idea or something you created with out getting permission from you and made a lot of money from it wouldn't you get ticked off too. As much money as Disney/marvel makes they should know better.

dsman71
  Sep 07, 2012
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Its a briefcase ! How many briefcases are there in the world ? Blade Runner had a briefcase, business people use a briefcase. While we are at it, lets start lawsuits over blu ray case designs , eco cases , digibook designs , steelbooks.

Lincoln6Echo
  Sep 07, 2012
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I'm still waiting for "Hamburger: The Movie" to come out on BD in Special Collector's Edition in Big Fully Loaded Cheeseburger collectible packaging, but rumors are that Burker King was sueing because it resembled the Double Whopper w/Cheese.

Please, gimme a break....so there's a briefcase in the film and Disney/MARVEL wants to do a special briefcase packaging and someone has a problem with it?

Sorry, but this is as stupid as someone claiming that the new Red Dawn film looked like a recruitment film for the Army. That's like saying The Avengers was a recruitment film for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sky_Captain85
  Sep 07, 2012
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Pass on this. Already ordered the Target edition, plus I have the other movies.

seannyd
  Sep 07, 2012
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The briefcase they used was a specific briefcase design from that company. They required specific rights in order to use that briefcase in the movie. They did not obtain the rights to make replicas. It's pretty clear cut.

To me, Rimowa is within their rights to sue. The fact they couldn't come to an agreement bums me out since I've had this set preordered for months. And the fact that the legal powerhouses at Disney didn't see this coming is mindboggling to me as quick as they are to sue if even a hint of Mickey shows up anywhere other than authorized materials.

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Swissangel4616
  Sep 07, 2012
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Hm, when its true that there will be more bonus features than right now... then I will thinking about to get the briefcase. :-)

But when I buy a blu-ray, then I don't need the DVD's which are included (I never use/need it) and also not interested on the Digital-copies/ultraviolet things. Common, when i'm watching a movie then I do it onto a big plasma/LCD 42" TV and not on portable media or computer.

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megafan999
  Sep 07, 2012
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This is actually great for me, too many big releases for this year already, I was probably not going to pick it up until it got a big discount.

xhtcuevas
  Sep 07, 2012
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Its because in spring coming the iron man 3 .....

go_wrench
  Sep 07, 2012
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If they're delaying to redesign the briefcase, then the briefcase needs to be the Starktech briefcase from Iron Man 2. All the collectors would nerdgasm.
NIGHTMAREBLADE17
  Sep 07, 2012
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If the case was metal it would have been cool but it's cheap plastic and the disc are in cardboard sleeves so that another thing I didn't like either .I pass when and if it doesn't come out .
insomniac013
  Sep 07, 2012
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Was hoping they'd ditch the suitcase design and go for NORMAL packaging... You know, to avoid any more lawsuits O_O

bhampton
  Sep 07, 2012
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If one leaks,.... Collector's Gold!

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paper tiger
  Sep 07, 2012
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I sent an e-mail to Amazon asking about my order and they responded with this...

Hello,

I'm sorry about this delay, we certainly didn't expect that this would happen.

Your order will be automatically canceled.

You may also cancel your order, just go to the URL below and click the "Need to cancel an item?"

So, I guess they will soon send an e-mail out and cancel all of our orders. I guess it is to be expected if the product will most certainly change, I wonder how the price will be affected because of this whole debacle.

doctorD
  Sep 07, 2012
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As much as this disappoints me, I always like more stuff. Looking forward to what they have.

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Yojimbo68
  Sep 07, 2012
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I wonder if this made anyone cry?

iwanttobeabmoviestar
  Sep 07, 2012
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I cried a little ...like Bane

kenkraly2004
  Sep 07, 2012
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Why delay it until 2013 Marvel? The set was suppose to come out this September. But at least we know it won't be a long delay. Looking forward to it when it comes out. The Avengers is the best marvel comics movie ever. Oh well I will get the Blu-Ray Version of The Avengers (The one without the 3D Version) later this month anyway.

The Bluray King
  Sep 07, 2012
Simonbergeron
  Sep 07, 2012
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September 2012... to Spring 2013... okayyy... that's almost 6 more months. You better make this wortwhile with loads of behind the scenes and special features... and make it available individually since I own almost all of the titles.

Youngbus46
  Sep 07, 2012
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Hopefully the bonus disc from Iron Man - 2 Disc - Ultimate Edition makes the set this time. then i can sell my other marvel blu-rays.
Michael_d182
  Sep 07, 2012
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@Youngbus46 Finally someone understands my thoughts.....this was the only essential disc missing in the set. If they put it in, it would make me happy and make the set perfect. I don't care about the 3D versions, I just want all the special features!!!!

illegalprelude
  Sep 07, 2012
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really hope this means that they will include digital copies.

slainery
  Sep 08, 2012
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Hahaha! Disney done goof'd.

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Bluprint
  Sep 08, 2012

kemcha
  Sep 08, 2012
boulder_bum
  Sep 08, 2012
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Huge bummer! The collector's set was probably the coolest in America in years! It's certainly the coolest looking set I've seen Disney make.

I guess we'll still be stuck with steelbooks and "collector's" editions that only come with little more than big cardboard boxes and a book (a la the Titanic box set).
NIGHTMAREBLADE17
  Sep 08, 2012
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Well maybe they will have a metal case this time and a better case for the blu rays because those cardboard they had them in would scratch the disc very easy .For me I own all the blu rays anyway so I felt it was a waste of money to begin with .Really all it is was just another Gimmick it seems like that going around today

I mean take a look at Best Buy first they were the only ones that had the Jaws Digibook and now they had the Terminator blu ray box set ...

I only have Walmart were I live and it ticks me off that store can be aloud to do this with all these gimmicks anyway because all people do is have employees who work there buy the item before they come out and then sell them on ebay there should be some sort of law against this

Cutter_
  Sep 08, 2012
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I'll take the delay; more content makes the price tag that much more worthwhile. I can wait till 2013 and will be keeping my pre-order from Amazon.

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Ken Brown
  Sep 08, 2012
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@kemcha - The post is about the official delay, Disney's response, and the promise of new packaging and features. It isn't inaccurate, it just doesn't discuss the lawsuit. (Much like Disney's press release.) Incomplete maybe, but not wrong

I'll update it later this evening, though, that way it's more complete

thephantomcat
  Sep 09, 2012
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Has anyone entertained the idea that they may abandon the briefcase design entirely and find some other method of displaying the cosmic cude? If so, what do you think they could go with?
schmejap
  Sep 09, 2012
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Well, what with Titanic UCE, and Harry Potter Wizards coming this month, my Credit Card could handle a 6 month delay on this one!


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