The name Doctor Strange is perfect for Marvel’s latest movie title. Likewise, Strange is a perfect name for the arrogant neurosurgeon turned superhero. Strange is also the perfect way to describe many of the action sequences that are so involved and dizzying that they could make you slightly nauseous. It’s perfect, as he’s the latest Marvel hero that borders right on the edge of being an anti-hero. It’s perfect because the movie, and the name, work so well together.
One of the big themes with recent MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) events is the shifting into a sort of murky morality for the members of the Avengers. In Age of Ultron, Tony Stark (who shares many characteristics with Dr. Strange), nearly destroys the earth. He truly believes he’s doing the right thing in creating Ultron, and we’ve all seen how well that worked out. He’s so convinced that he’s right about everything that he doesn’t take the time to consult with other members of his team. The theme continues in Captain America: Civil War as Stark, Captain America, the other Avengers and citizens of the world grapple with the issues of oversight.
Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is different from the other heroes in the MCU, but he is probably most similar to Tony Stark. They are both brilliant, albeit in very different fields, and they are exceedingly cocky and arrogant. And they both live in this sort of cloudy moral area. It’s this murkiness that gets really interesting for Doctor Strange when you look at the villain side of the equation as well. For that, we have Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). He differs greatly from his comic book version where he is a master of dark magic and the obvious villain and lifelong arch-nemesis for Strange. For the film, he has a friendly and even somewhat of a mentor relationship with Strange. In fact, Mordo is really the key factor in The Ancient One even taking him in as he seems to see the potential before she does. You’ll soon come to see that he’s kind of in this murky/cloudy/gray area as well. I’d say you could even make a valid argument that he is actually more of a good guy than Strange and that much of the hero/villain areas is really very blurry.
We really enjoyed Doctor Strange, and it will be interesting to see where the overall MCU story progresses from here. We know that Marvel is not yet finished with pushing the anti-hero aspects of their superheroes as we’ve recently seen with interviews with the Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Dr. Strange’s weird mystical powers will likely be necessary in the fight against Thanos.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange is really another must-have blu-ray for your collection. Along with a fantastic movie, it offers more than 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes extras that I’m sure you’ll really like. I’d also like to quickly discuss the visual effects. I’m definitely understating how really well done they are. I wasn’t sure how Marvel would pull off the mystical elements, but having seen the film now a couple of times, I’m more impressed with each viewing. They were simply amazing in the theater, and I was originally a little skeptical of how the special effects would translate to home viewing. I’m happy to say they are just as interesting and intense at home. This is one blu-ray you can definitely watch over and over again, and you can get it now!
Marvel’s Doctor Strange Movie Details
Bonus Features (Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.):
DIGITAL HD & BLU-RAY:
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
- 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
- Making Contact
- Lost in Kathmandu
Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson
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.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.