Marvel Studios has been behind some of the biggest movies in recent history, and have helped to define what a great superhero movie actually is. When Doctor Strange came out in theaters, Marvel officially opened the door to the mystical universe in their comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same again – and that is a GOOD thing. Doctor Strange features mind-bending action with a ton of humor and a stellar cast. If you didn’t see Doctor Strange in theaters then you should absolutely run to the store or pop on Amazon to pick it up. Let’s go over why you should add the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to your collection.
The movie tells the story of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant neurosurgeon whose ego may even exceed his talent, and his downfall after his hands are destroyed in a terrible car accident. Doctor Strange embarks to Kathmandu, Nepal to find Kamar-Taj and a cure after hearing how it helped a paraplegic man become completely healed. Strange is taken in by a sorcerer, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and he has to forget everything he thought he knew to learn all there is about the mystic arts.
Doctor Strange is unlike anything Marvel has done so far and it is one of its best successes. The visuals in the film will leave you speechless and wondering how they were able to alter dimensions. The cast is just as impressive as any Avengers film by thanks to so many talented individuals like Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, and Academy Award nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. Rounding out the cast is one of the best villains of our day, Mads Mikkelsen. It just really doesn’t get much better than this.
The Doctor Strange Blu-ray is packed full of special features that dive further into the making of the movie and beyond. Let’s take a look at which features you definitely have to watch.
- Featurettes – There are five behind-the-scenes shorts on the making of Doctor Strange that come together to make a nearly hour long making of the film and it is very exhaustive in its coverage. A Strange Transformation does a good job of giving an overview of the film as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on the role. Strange Company focuses on the other talented cast members and their roles in this new realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Fabric of Reality highlights the costumes, set design, and filming locations. Across Time and Space explains the practical and visual effects used in Doctor Strange. The Score-Cerer Supreme lends an ear to the wonderful score of Michael Giacchino. It would be very hard to find a more in depth look into Doctor Strange and it is convenient that it can be watched in smaller, bite-size pieces.
- Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – This features shows us what we have to look forward to in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Team Thor: Part 2 – SPOILER – One of the two end credits scenes shows Doctor Strange and Thor sitting together having a chat, but if you were wondering what Thor was doing during Captain America: Civil War then look no further than this feature. This short that appeared on YouTube shortly after Doctor Strange was released shows Thor moving in with a roommate and finding the balance between being a god and a normal person. This feature is absolutely hilarious and shows off how great Chris Hemsworth is as a comedian. You will be watching this one over and over again until Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters.
Other features include Deleted and Extended Scenes, a Gag Reel, and Audio Commentary from director Scott Derrickson. Every bonus feature on this disc is absolutely worth a watch and really helps round out why it is worth owning Doctor Strange on Blu-ray.
Doctor Strange may not fall in line with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe much like Guardians of the Galaxy did a couple years back. However, it adds a brand new layer and dimension to Marvel that casual fans may not have explored before and lovers of the comics have been waiting for. The star-studded cast, breath-taking visuals, and witty script make for one of the most interesting additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one that has a TON of rewatchability.