Doctor Strange Blu-ray Review
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 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.
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Run time: 115 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons who, after a major car accident, is forced to give up his career due to severe injuries sustained to his hands. After hearing of a potential cure, Strange sets off on a journey of healing to meet the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Strange’s journey takes him to Kamar-Taj, where he discovers the mystic arts. Trained how to use them and taught about the purpose he can serve, Strange takes a path that will change his life forever.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not all too familiar with the character of Doctor Strange in comparison to the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain America. That worked massively in favour of the film as I was interested to see how a character like this would fit into the MCU and excited to see something new altogether within the franchise.
Scott Derrickson really has done a great job in making a film that offers that something new while feeling right at home within the MCU at the same time. The exploration of the mystic arts is big enough but Derrickson juggles that with Strange’s origin story to make sure this is a hero we want to root for. Derrickson’s film flows at a steady pace and features some of the better humour we’ve seen in the MCU so far.
It’s no surprise that a Marvel film possesses impressive special effects however, when you see what they achieve with the effects in Doctor Strange, you can only be even more impressed with them. Watching Strange learn the secrets of the mystic arts gets pretty psychedelic at times while the action sequences, including a landscape shifting chase through New York, are quite breathtaking.
Movie Quality: 9.5/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. I never read the ‘Doctor Strange’ comics growing up so when I initially viewed the original ‘Doctor Strange’ I didn’t know what to expect. Then along comes ‘Doctor Strange’ which is a very stylistic film that makes the world of Asgard look even more realistic. The color palette really pops off the screen, and never disappoints one bit. Black levels provide some excellent depth as if ripped out of the pages of the ‘Doctor Strange’ comic book. Scenes up close and when the camera pans away show provide stunning details. Then when everything goes to hell and it turns into a war torn world, the high def takes yet another step up that will impress.
Print Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in a DTS HD-MA 5.1 mix. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of action panning from each speaker in the rears. It sounded as if there were all kinds of objects ricocheting off of the walls in the room. Bass was punchy as it shows with the amount of blasts and explosions. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Audio Commentary with Director Scott Derrickson
- Team Thor: Part 2 [HD]
- A Strange Transformation [HD]
- Strange Company [HD]
- Deleted & Extended Scenes [HD]
- Gag Reel [HD]
- The Fabric of Reality [HD]
- Across Time and Space [HD]
- The Score-Cerer Supreme [HD]
- Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look [HD]
Special Features: 8/10
To conclude ‘Doctor Strange’ is up high on the list of marvel movie’s, it’s no civil war and Stephen strange isn’t the most well known marvel hero but ‘Doctor Strange’ is a good movie to introduce the sorcerer supreme. ‘Doctor Strange’ lives up to fans expectations in both visual effects and in the actors’ performances.
Overall Rating: 9/10