My husband and I like all of the Marvel universe movies, and I was very excited to watch DOCTOR STRANGE (PG-13) and meet the newest member in Stan Lee’s superhero group. If you enjoyed the previous Marvel installments, then you will be just as captivated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and the rest of the very talented cast, and special effect crew. For my full non-spoiler review with clips and pictures, click on “According to Stella’s Movie Review: Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE”.
Not sure if DOCTOR STRANGE is for you and your family? See what you think of this trailer:
Now, here is a 12-year old’s point of view.
I really loved the movie. Loved the action. The comedy made the drama easier to watch. Loved the special effects.
My 12-year old has just started getting interested in PG-13 rated movies. At this point, she still looks for stories that are captivating enough, with little drama. When I saw Doctor Strange, I was blown away by the effects and completely mesmerized by the story. I knew she would love it (like she loved ‘Fantastic Beasts…’).
As much as I love my movies, I am still very cautious and protective of our daughter and her viewing material. Over the years, we have allowed her to grow and watch movies within her ‘realm of understanding’. Because each family has their method of caring for their kid, it is my pleasure to share my insights in my reviews so that you can make the best decision for your family.
What is DOCTOR STRANGE about?
This superhero origin story introduces us to the 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 the 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. Now, you can Bring Home The Mystifying, Mind-Bending Journey on Digital HD Feb. 14 and Blu-ray™ Feb. 28.
For my Fellow Marvel Friends, I’ve got some new bonus material that gives you a deeper peek at it’s villain, Kaecilius and the Zealots that follow him. The two deleted scenes show a few darker moments that were cut from the movie and some excellent concept art where you can see how this character was developed.
Doctor Strange | Making Contact
Doctor Strange | Kaecilius Searches for Answers
Then for my Fellow Cumberbatch Friends, check out these additional Benedict bonus material that focus on both how Benedict was cast for the role and how he took it on and made it his own. The art work shows how they were conceptualizing him in the role as well as how they developed the costume further.
Doctor Strange | Diving Into the Role
Doctor Strange | Casting Benedict:
Bonus Features (Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.):
DIGITAL HD & BLU-RAY:
- A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
- Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambitious, imaginative films ever.
- The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
- Across Time and Space – Explore the countless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
- The Score-cerer Supreme – Join Composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
- Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
- Deleted Scenes
- Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
- Kaecilius Searches for Answers
- The Kamar-Taj Courtyard
- Making Contact
- Lost in Kathmandu
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson
- Through the Keyhole: The Science of the MCU – Discover how Marvel grounds all its films in real science, and explore the connection between science, magic and imagination.
Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “Sinister”) is directing with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Jon Spaihts (“The Darkest Hour,” “Prometheus”) and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (“Sinister,” “Sinister 2”).
The talented team of filmmakers assembled for “Doctor Strange” includes Ben Davis (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), cinematographer; Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), production designer; Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), costume designer; Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” “Ricki and the Flash”) and Sabrina Plisco (“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” “Charlotte’s Web”), editors; Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor: The Dark World”), visual effects supervisor; and Paul Corbould (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), special effects supervisor.
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