Benedict Cumberbatch enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Doctor Strange, this time on the 4K Ultra HD format. How does he get on with the format? Is it worthy of your time, or should it just disappear?
The story: In the MCU Stephen Strange is not the lead singer of ’80s Fade to Grey hitsters Visage, rather he is a doctor of great ability – and great arrogance. However, when his hands are ruined in a car crash, his career as a neurosurgeon is curtailed. All manner of experimental surgeries fail to fix him, and he eventually heads to Nepal to take a more mystical approach. What he learns soon brings a seismic shift to his life.
“We never lose our demons. We only learn to live above them.”
The 4K disc: Doctor Strange comes to us via 2K, but its roots as a higher resolution movie when shot come through in many scenes via the upscaling process – at times this is a truly gorgeous looking movie. HDR obviously helps this along, keeping decent clarity in the many, many darker scenes throughout, while subtly intensifying those brighter scenes that break things up occasionally – in particular when things get all spellbound.
All the sound comes to us via a Dolby Atmos mix, as it did in (appropriately equipped) cinemas. Unlike many MCU home releases, the sound at normal listening levels is nice and solid, although we still bumped it a smidge because we were sure that our neighbours wanted to listen in on the fun… There’s some wonderfully thunderous bass here, while effects and music utilise the entire stage deftly, leaving dialogue front and centre – when appropriate – and coming through loud and clear.
This is a single disc release, and nothing by way of extra features is included.
Release date: October 2, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.