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Doctor Strange (2016) (Plus Bonus Features)

7.53 h 29 min2016X-RayPG-13
In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, a world-famous neurosurgeon seeking a cure finds powerful magic in a mysterious place known as Kamar-Taj – the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality.
Scott Derrickson
Benedict CumberbatchChiwetel EjioforRachel McAdams
Science FictionActionFantasyAdventure
English [CC]
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Benedict WongMichael StuhlbargBenjamin BrattScott AdkinsMads MikkelsenTilda SwintonZara PhythianAlaa SafiKatrina DurdenTopo WresniwiroUmit UlgenLinda DuanMark Anthony BrightonMeera SyalAmy LandeckerAdam Pelta-PaulsSarah MalinEben YoungKobna Holdbrook-SmithElizabeth HealeyGuillaume FaureDaniel DowStan LeeEzra KhanKimberly Van LuinPat Kiernan
Kevin Feige
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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CynthiaReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining, even to someone who's never read a comic book
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For someone who literally never looked at a Marvel comic book, I've been thoroughly sucked into that world by the movies. Though obviously the creators' first love is the comics, I think they're aware that many in the audience don't know the backstory of all these characters, and the movies are thorough enough that the background knowledge isn't vital. I really enjoy the movies, and the actors, who seem never to make a misstep. I found Benedict Cumberbatch perhaps an unlikely superhero, but quite convincing. As usual, there's a fair amount of humor, and great special effects.
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Underground RebornReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A bit of Marvel Magic (Book 3 Pt. 2)
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So, we got the Marvel Universe in film and then we got the Marvel Cosmic Universe in film. It was finally time to introduce fans old and new to the other Marvel world...the Marvel Magic Universe. Once again the best way to do it...make a movie about a not so popular Marvel character. Now I always knew about Doctor Strange but, I never read any of the comic books so of course knowing that he was going to be the next hero introduced into the MCU I was curious. Once again...not a ground breaking film but, a fun and entertaining look at a brand new cinematic super-hero. Benedict Cumberbatch definitely did a great job as Doctor Strange, he was intellectual, pompous, arrogant and curious. The journey through this film is unlike any of the previous Marvel characters along with a very different origin story. The reveal of the Marvel Magic Universe in this film only scratches the surface of what is actually out there but, the film definitely makes you eager for more. There is a great supporting cast including Rachel McAdams, Matts Mickelson and Tilda Swinton. However the highlight for me is definitely Benedict Wong as Wong, who is going to show up with a much bigger role in future Marvel films. This film also furthers the story of the Infinity Stones and seeing the power that the new one possesses only made me more excited for Avengers: Infinity War. The issues I had was the fact that the villains once again like in most MCU films were very underdeveloped and weak. Especially knowing how powerful a magical entity like Dorumamu is to be resorted to an overused lame joke is horrible.

Either way, this is a good watch, it is amazing to look at and a very curious chapter in the MCU.
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CherylReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Important key in the MU storyline
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If you have seen most of the Marvel Universe films, and have reached "Infinity War" without seeing "Doctor Strange", then you're missing the backstory on one of the most important characters in the movie storyline.

Dr. Stephen Strange is a brilliant and gifted -- and of course, obnoxiously arrogant -- world-famous neurosurgeon. One night, he has a serious accident in his car, one that should have killed him (don't use your onboard computer system and drive, kids!). His life is saved, but his hands were crushed. Doctors put his hands back together, but he is plagued by nerve damage and a tremor in his hands, and physical therapy isn't doing enough for him, so he begins to seek alternative forms of therapy, expending his life's fortune as he tries to claw his way back to his profession.

His search leads him to the mystical temple of Kamar-Taj. Not surprisingly, Strange is frustrated by the pace of learning that is presented to him, and he chafes impatiently at his teachers' guidance, too focused on returning to his life in New York City to see the opportunity that is being offered.

Strange eventually plays a key role in the "Infinity War" storyline, so it is worth watching this film just to understand his role in that, as well as his appearance in the "Thor" movies. But it also stands alone as an entertaining entry in the MU.
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David LindsayReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining Movie
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This is a fun Marvel movie. I read the comic books in the 1960s and I like this adaptation. Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as Doctor Strange. Strange was a brilliant but cocky neurosurgeon with a huge ego. He is injured in a car accident and his hands are mangled. He ends up in Nepal desperate for a cure which will allow him to resume his surgical career.

There, he meets the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, who is a guru/sorcerer. Strange becomes a sort of monk/follower and learns to move between dimensions. Like Tony Stark, Strange discovers humility and develops special powers which allow him to manipulate time and matter. While being taught by the Ancient One, he decides to use his abilities for the greater good. This is an entertaining movie with an excellent cast. It also makes a refreshing change of subject matter for superhero movies. The special effects are spectacular.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but not great Marvel outing with a horrible casting choice
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When I first saw Doctor Strange in a movie theater I was not all that impressed. The story didn’t strike me as fun and exciting as the previous Marvel releases and I was even a bit disappointed. I was also offended by a casting choice. Upon further viewing however I appreciate it much more than before. That being said if you wanted to break Marvel movies into a hierarchy of great, good and bad, Doctor Strange would definitely be in the middle category.

Here’s what the movie does good. First, in the comics Stephen Strange was a vain and pompous character because of his success as a top notch surgeon. Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed that very well at the start of the film, highlighted by him berating Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) after his accident, which ended his medical career. Second, they did a good job with Dormammu the evil force in the background of the film. In the comics he’s man sized with a flaming head. In a movie that wouldn’t be so imposing so they made him into a huge force, so large you could only see his head. Third, the effects were impressive. They obviously borrowed a page from Inception with the folding and bending landscapes and took that to another level when the wizards fight each other. Last, I have always enjoyed watching Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo) on the screen and he did not disappoint in this role.

Here are the negatives. My biggest complaint was picking Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. In the comics he is an immortal Asian man. If Stephen Strange wanted to find a bald, white woman mystic he could have just stayed in New York City and gone to The Village. The producers tried to justify this by saying they made the character more diverse by making it a woman. My take is that they didn’t want to cast an Asian in such an important role. Totally racist. My second major complaint was that Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) was not a good nemesis for Strange. Any good comic book, action movie, etc. needs a good antagonist, one that is an evil genius for instance or just down and dirty. Without that there’s no reason for the audience to care about what the bad guy is doing. Here, Kaecilius steals part of a spell book to bring forth Dormammu. He kills a few people along the way, but that’s it. That’s a really weak villain.

Like I said, upon first viewing I wasn’t a big fan of Doctor Strange initially, but I’ve liked it more and more over the years. It’s a good, but not great Marvel release.
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GnomanReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite out of the Marvel Extended Cashgrab but issues...
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I love this movie, for being less generic than most comic movies and for the insanely complex VFX. The escher-like sequences of reality folding impress me every time I watch them. There's a big issue with the HDR10 grade though: darks are completely crushed in many scenes and they're hard to see detail much less anything in. Thankfully several months ago a way of generating dynamic HDR was created and I was able to fix the copy on my NAS (and find the likely reason for issues). The detail in darks is still there, but generating DolbyVision also involves measurements of the entire video, and it turns out that the MaxCLL value on the disc is about 400 nits lower than actual... Now this can be done on purpose to change the look, but it was done badly in this case. Injecting home-generated DV metadata containing the corrected MaxCLL fixed the problem and the movie looks great (for a 2k upscale). It's a shame they couldn't have been arsed to re-render everything at 4k because the movie deserves it.

I'm docking it 2 stars for looking worse than the FHD version without manipulation that is beyond the reach of most people. I'm sure the stream didn't have this issue (never bother with them) since Disney streams are already dolbyvision and the basic first pass automatic metadata generation would have fixed this issue. You don't need to go far to see the problem, the very first scene displays it badly.
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Victor OrozcoReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Strange Adventures
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I got to say that there is no stopping the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it surges with success in a year that showed Marvel’s dominance with Captain America Civil War. This movie shows that Marvel can be successful with something new in a long-time favorite in Doctor Strange.

Standing on its own, the film is about Steven Strange, a prominent surgeon who ends up with the horrible misfortune of being in a car accident that cripples his hands. This pretty much ends his career as he spends every dime to fix his hands but to no avail. But he is desperate to get his life back, so when a lead to getting better must take him to the other side of the world, he takes it and ends up being a part of something greater.

Strange discovers magic from a powerful sorcerer known as The Ancient One who slowly and steadily grants him the knowledge to wield powers that could heal him, but even more important she wants him to become something greater in the fight against supernatural evil. Especially when a former disciple of The Ancient One wants the ultimate power of life and death, Strange must use all the knowledge at his disposal to save the world.

The MCU stories are of adventure, comedy, sci-fi, but this one actually entertains magic, and it is amazing and as real as all the other Marvel films. Marvel brings forward a good story with exceptional actors and actresses, from Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, and Tilda Swinton. But it is the special effects that are amazing as well as a phenomenal story.

The 3D Blu-ray experience is still great, with phenomenal quality as the effects truly pop out. The special features are great with a good number of behind-the-scenes as well as deleted scenes. As well as a much-appreciated digital copy.
Barbra MadejczykReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Art of Steve Ditko in moving virtual reality
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Doctor Strange was one of my favorite Marvel titles until Steve Ditko ceased to do the artwork. Speaking as a person with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he is the only graphic artist to rival Jack Kirby in creativity and artistic skill. Ditko's work on Doctor Strange blazed new ground in putting the power of magical spells before the human eye. Instead of surges of power expressed in vertical or horizontal lines whose vanishing points were in a sorcerer's hands or face, he chose to create complex geometric patterns and shapes in two- or three-dimensional forms emanating from the magician toward an object he determined to cast the spell upon. His panels were examples of nonobjective and abstract art which could hold their own amid the works of the great abstract expressionists of the early and mid-20th century. The Marvel film Doctor Strange is a two-hour long tribute to Ditko's genius. Some of his graphic designs are lifted right from the comic pages and emphatically recreated in the film. Many of the special visual effects are directly inspired by his designs, and it's a real treat to see how beautifully they translate to the dramatic medium. As usual, great acting talent brings that touch of believability to fantasy. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chewitel Egiafor and Tilda Swinton. Please pardon if I've misspelled any of these.
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