Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blu-ray Review: "Doctor Strange"

Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" might just be the most ambitious of the Marvel Cinematic films. Not content just to have superheroes duking it out with each other and their villains, what we get here is that and much more. Imagine a comic book movie if mashed together with "Inception" or other headtrip films like "The Matrix."

World-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) 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. Instead, he discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality in "Doctor Strange."

Although "Doctor Strange" does contain the signature Marvel movie humor and charm, it takes the viewer in a much more cerebral and spiritual direction than what we get with the other "Avengers" entries in the franchise. Bringing everything around full circle when it comes to quality is a group of fine actors giving their best and impressive special effects and CGI to boot. The film definitely ranks high on my list of favorite Marvel Cinematic films.

The Blu-ray version of "Doctor Strange" incudes some entertaining special features. Bonus material includes "A Strange Transformation" featurette, "Strange Company" featurette, "The Fabric of Reality" featurette, "Across Time and Space" featurette, "The Score-Cerer Supreme" featurette, "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look" featurette, "Team Thor: Part 2" video clip, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and audio commentary with Director Scott Derrickson.

"Doctor Strange" is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence. It also seemed like there was a bit more profanity than what we usuall get from our Marvel movies. Aside from that, there's really nothing more content-wise than we usually get from our superhero films of late.

Although Scott Derrickson is very vocal about his Christianity, I will warn that the movie obviously centers on magic and sorcery. There are a few incantations and spells recited and astral projection, which might bother some religious folks. Derrickson also uses different religions as a foundation of how Strange overcomes his trials and tribulations. We're not given any exact religion, but it's rather apparent the teachings are based on Eastern philosophies and teachings.

"Doctor Strange" hit home on February 28th, 2017. It was directed by Scott Derrickson ("Sinister," "Deliver Us from Evil"). The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Madds Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, and Benjamin Bratt. The running time is 115 minutes.

"Doctor Strange" is available now on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

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