Doctor Strange Blu-ray review

Feb 27, 2017- Permalink

I loved Marvel’s Doctor Strange when I saw it in the theatre and now all of the visual delights are available for the home as Disney releases it on Blu-ray on February 28th.

I had a chance to look at the 2D home release of this film (a 3D version is also available for those with the right equipment) and the visual quality of this release does not disappoint. The 1080p transfer is in the cinematic version’s original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Digitally captured, the movie transfers well with only some mild crush in the black areas. The image is very detailed, with great facial and surface textures. The film’s palette matches many of its moody, darker scenes, though of course the metaphysical dimension moments exhibit great colours but nothing that pops as unrealistic, which is a strange thing to say when you’re talking about metaphysical dimension scenes.

On the audio side, viewers get an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack, as well as French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available in English SDH, French and Spanish. Though the whole surround environment immerses you in Doctor Strange’s world, the low end gets a great workout here, with its deep tones adding to the mind-bending visuals. Dialogue is centred and crystal clear.

The disc also comes with a nice assortment of extras, including featurettes on the cast, locations and filming, a look at the supporting characters both in the film and comics, a costume segment cleverly titled “The Fabric of Reality”, as well as looks at the score and fight choreography. There’s also an update on the Marvel Universe, a Thor scene, as well as the usual deleted scenes, gag reels and a commentary from director Scott Derrickson.

A top-notch film experience coupled with a top-notch presentation means that the Doctor Strange Blu-ray deserves a spot in your home library.