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Synopsis:

From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality.

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What We Thought:

I first saw Doctor Strange at the theater and was marveled (pun intended) at its size and scope. Rewatching it at home on Blu-ray, some of the size of the film isn’t quite there, but it’s still visually spectacular. It was also nice seeing a Marvel movie that wasn’t super connected to the Marvel Universe just yet and didn’t have tons of other characters in it. That’s what really stood out to me first and foremost, it stands alone on its own two feet.

Don’t get me wrong, the film is part of the MCU, but it’s a standalone film where you don’t need to be up to date on every other Marvel movie (although I am). It serves as the character’s jumping off point into the MCU and an end credit scene directly connects it to a movie coming out this year. It’s kind of like Guardians of the Galaxy from a few years ago.

As for the film itself, Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange. He was born to play the role. Cumberbatch has that unique quality of being a very direct and serious guy yet can drop a hilarious one liner at ease. He’s a tremendous dramatic actor yet has a great sense of humor/personality. Cumberbatch shines as the Sorcerer Supreme.

The film brings mysticism to the MCU and has some visuals that would rival Inception and The Matrix. Buildings move and shift. Characters walk on walls and ceilings. Spirits get pushed out of bodies and go through walls fighting each other. It’s a visually stunning film. I hope you saw it on the big screen first, but even on a flat screen at home, it’s still quite impressive.

The Blu-ray looks pretty stunning. Set design, wardrobe and costuming all add to the visuals with vivid coloring in HD. It has an Asian flair with the costume design and color scheme. Some scenes take place in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia and that really separates itself from other Marvel films which predominantly take place in big urban areas like New York so you get a totally different look than you are used to. Audio is top-notch with a full score and easy to hear dialogue. Bonus features include featurettes, gag reel, sneak peeks at upcoming Marvel films and more.

Doctor Strange is unlike any other Marvel movie to date. It has action sequences like you expect and a story involving a good guy and bad guys, but it’s so drastically different in style and tone. It has culture and mysticism and brings so much more to the table than your standard comic flick. If you missed it at the theater, definitely check it out at home. Cumberbatch is fantastic and the visuals make the film…

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Bonus Features:

  • Featurettes
    • 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-bendingmusic.
  • 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 andAvengers: Infinity War.
  • Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
    • Kaecilius Searches for Answers
    • The Kamar-Taj Courtyard
    • Making Contact
    • Lost in Kathmandu
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson

Cast & Crew:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Mads Mikkelsen

Recommended If You Like:

  • Marvel/Comic Book Movies
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Inception

 

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