Marvel’s Doctor Strange Blu-ray Review
For fans of the mystical and magic realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange is “just what the doctor ordered.” It’s one of the few movies I wanted to re-watch immediately and it ranks in my top 3 Marvel MCU Movies. In the MCU Timeline, Doctor Strange takes place after Captain America: Civil War, and before Thor: Ragnarok. Doctor Strange is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital Combo Pack.
To watch the transformation of the how the arrogant Dr. Stephen Strange (played wonderfully by Benedict Cumberbatch) develops his talents and turns into the mystical Doctor Strange is pure entertainment. After running out of options to cure his hands that were injured in a horrific car accident, he travels to the Himalayas in search of Kamar-Taj. While there, instead of just healing his hands, he learns that he needs to heal his whole mind, spirit and soul and upon bended knees he pleads, “Teach ME!! ”. And so, with the help of The Ancient One, beautifully portrayed by Tilda Swinton, and Mordo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, he learns that everything he thought he knew in the universe is a speck to what’s out there just waiting to be learned. And the life lessons he learns are greater than he could have ever imagined.
The special effects in this movie are superb and rightfully earned an OSCAR nomination for visual effects. The writing is clever and although it’s not as comical as Guardians of the Galaxy, it has its fair share of comedic moments. I’ll rate the movie at 3.5 stars out of 4.
Included with the Blu-ray, Bonus Extras are:
A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambitious, imaginative films ever.
The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
Across Time and Space – Explore the countless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
The Score-cerer Supreme – Join Composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
Kaecilius Searches for Answers
The Kamar-Taj Courtyard
Lost in Kathmandu
Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson
My Top Three Bonus Materials:
Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look (Included sneak peek at GOG Vol 2, Thor/Ragnorok, Black Panther/Avengers:Infinity War
Deleted scenes– favorite was Dr. Strange helping the injured dog
My favorite featurette was Strange Transformation because it has some of the best behind the scenes looks at the film.
Through the Keyhole: The Science of the MCU – Discover how Marvel grounds all its films in real science, and explore the connection between science, magic and imagination.
Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “Sinister”) is directing with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Jon Spaihts (“The Darkest Hour,” “Prometheus”) and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (“Sinister,” “Sinister 2”).
The talented team of filmmakers assembled for “Doctor Strange” includes Ben Davis (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), cinematographer; Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), production designer; Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), costume designer; Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” “Ricki and the Flash”) and Sabrina Plisco (“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Charlotte’s Web”), editors; Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor: The Dark World”), visual effects supervisor; and Paul Corbould (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), special effects supervisor.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):
PRODUCT SKUs: Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Blu-ray 2D Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy),
DVD, Digital HD/3D/SD and On-Demand
RUN TIME: Feature run time is approximately 115 minutes
RATED: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray 3D = 1080p High Definition Widescreen (2.39:1/1.90:1) Blu-ray = 1080p High Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)
DVD = 2.39:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
SUBTITLES: English SDH, Spanish and French