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Blu-ray Review: Dr. Strange

Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (Cumberbatch), a jerk and neurosurgeon loses the use of his hands in a car accident. He expends all of his time and money on finding a miracle cure but nothing works and he falls into despair. Eventually, he finds himself in Nepal under the tutelage of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), otherwise known as the palest woman in town, who exposes Strange to a whole new world. Overall, it’s a good if slightly forgettable movie with excellent special effects nearly as good as those found in The Jungle Book.

On the off-chance Dr. Strange won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on Sunday (it lost to The Jungle Book and Marvel alum Jon Favreau), Marvel has released the Dr. Strange Blu-ray, complete with special features and of course, the film. Dr. Strange.

The gag reel, like most gag reels, is good fun. Missteps in action sequences or dialogue are only made more amusing by green screen and the variety of props that come with it. It seems like the cast had an excellent time making Dr. Strange, which is not all that surprising considering they are working on a high-budget, guaranteed hit, marvel movie.

The deleted and extended scenes will please fans of the movie who just want a little more. There’s nothing overly exciting here but certainly worth the watch for fans of the film. However, more serious fans of the film should just check out the featurettes, which provide extensive behind the scenes detail. A nice accompaniment to the other special features is the audio commentary where writer/director Scott Derrickson provides some excellent commentary, including in depth details not found in the featurettes. It’s a shame the cast isn’t involved in this segment at all, but it still works.

The highlight, even if a bit routine, is the Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look, which takes stock of the Marvel journey. It’s a bit safe and has been well-documented already, but looking back how far Marvel has come since Iron Man remains a compelling narrative.

For those who missed this movie in the theatres or are trying to recreate the theatre experience on home, Marvel has done a really solid job on visual presentation and audio. Based on the quality of the film and the respectable array of special features, the Dr. Strange Blu-ray is definitely worth a look.

Dani Saad

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. Unless you're Harry Potter in which case you'll lose... everything.