Doctor Strange is undoubtedly Marvel Studios’ most technologically stunning film they’ve done to date, and it’s one that simply must be watched in 3D. Now available on home video in a variety of formats, the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings its magic to a smaller screen but still packs quite the punch.
I saw Doctor Strange twice in theaters, once in regular 3D and once in IMAX 3D, and I am still blown away by the special effects of the film. The way they introduce magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is wonderful and makes sense when given the context of everything the franchise has been building thus far. My favorite part of the film is still Stephen Strange’s first trip through the astral plane and the complete wackiness and psychedelic nature of the scene.
Naturally, many of the special features included on the Blu-ray revolve around the technical aspects of creating Doctor Strange. While you no doubt see a lot of green screen, there’s also a surprising amount of real sets and on-location shooting. I mean, they actually went to Kathmandu, Nepal to film.
There are five featurettes that total almost an hour of behind-the-scenes footage. Most of it is your typical extras content that includes casting, characters, costumes, choreography, and score. With a film as interesting as Doctor Strange, though, they’re all worth watching.
What fans are most likely excited for is the 7-minute look at what’s to come in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Audiences are able to get a brief glimpse of the future with concept art and some behind-the-scene conversations about Marvel’s upcoming slate including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War. I was particularly giddy when I saw some rough concept footage of Thor battling the Hulk in the gladiator arena. From the look of things, it’s going to be awesome!
Other highlights of the Blu-ray include Team Thor: Part 2 which continues Thor’s adventures with his normal roommate Darryl that was first scene on the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. The Gag Reel is also good for a few laughs, too. Rounding out things include a few deleted/extended scenes and an audio commentary with Director Scott Derrickson.
The Doctor Strange Blu-ray is a solid release and one worth owning on 3D if you have the capabilities. It’s a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel Studios has done a wonderful job at bringing the same big screen quality to the home.