Marvel continued their box office domination last year with the release of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, the thirteenth and fourteenth entry into the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Raking in just under $2 billion in worldwide box office takes, the one-two punch from Marvel did away with any notions of superhero fatigue settling in at the cinema, and established a firm foundation upon which to build their much-vaunted “Phase 3.” The high performance at the box office sets the stage for the next round of money making for any movie, home video.
Civil War dominated home sales in the weeks following its release on home video, which is no surprise for an MCU movie. With the recent announcement that Doctor Strange will be coming to home video next month, fans are already preparing space on their shelves for their next Marvel purchase. Marvel fans flock to these movies on home video, eager to add to their growing collection of superhero cinema. It’s not just the movies they’re after either. Each Marvel release comes with an impressive array of special features that add further depth and insight into cinematic world of Marvel. Now that we know the date that we can own Doctor Strange, the only the question that remains is what extras would be included.
Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney has unveiled the special features set to be included on the upcoming Doctor Strange Blu-ray/DVD release which releases February 28, 2017 and February 14, 2017 on Digital HD. Doctor Strange will provide fans with the standard extras that reveal more about the world of Stephen Strange and his place within the larger universe. Over 80 minutes of special features are set to be included, in addition to several retailer exclusives for fans to pick from.
Here is the official rundown of what to expect from the Doctor Strange Blu-ray/DVD in terms of special features, followed by the official artwork for the film’s home release:
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.
Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
Kaecilius Searches for Answers
The Kamar-Taj Courtyard
Lost in Kathmandu
Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson
This is an impressive lineup of special features, to be sure. Marvel never wavers in giving fans the most bang for their bucks when it comes to their home releases, which goes a long way towards ensuring a continued allegiance to the company and their films prior to the next theatrical release. There’s always something for everybody, from casual fans who might want to see a bit more with deleted scenes, to the hardcore cinephiles who want insight into the more technical aspects of the films. Marvel tends to always deliver, making the home video purchases a solid investment for fans.
Fans do also get the added bonus of retailer exclusives, with Best Buy offering a limited edition SteelBook featuring art based on the The Book of Cagliostro and the Eye of Agamotto, while Target buyers get access to the exclusive featurette, “Defying Reality: The Art and Visual Effects of Doctor Strange”.
Either choice sounds fantastic, depending on your desires as a fan, and of course each comes with the all of the special features mentioned above. For many fans of course, Doctor Strange would be worth owning for the movie alone. Everything else feels like a thank-you gift from Marvel and Disney. With all that’s included in the home release, there’s plenty to keep you busy until at least this May, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters.
Source: Disney/Marvel Studios