Captain Marvel – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Captain Marvel Theatrical Poster

In my initial review of Captain Marvel, I originally gave it a decent review of three and a half atoms. After a secondary and third viewing, my thoughts remain relatively the same.

Although it would’ve been nice to see an actual war between the Kree and Skrulls, the conflict between the two races is still intriguing nonetheless. Having the first half of the film be Kree propaganda against the Skrulls then to switch it around and have the Skrulls actually be the good guys is a nice twist. The Skrulls have never been the good guys in the comics so this is a refreshing twist.

This is why Talos is single-handedly the best character in the film. Not only is does his story have a lot of heart but he’s hilarious as well. Ben Mendelsohn has such comedic timing that his dry humor is hilarious. In addition, a lot of the film’s humor does come from jokes that poke fun at the 90s. As someone who grew up during the 90s, these gags hit close to home.

Brie Larson’s performance though does get a bit better with each subsequent viewing. Although I thought her performance was a bit stiff, I started noticing her subtle hotshot attitude. At this point is when my eyes opened to her performance. At the same time, her friendship with Nick Fury is just entertaining to watch. It’s another highlight of the film.

Unfortunately, Captain Marvel‘s villain is still a bit lackluster. After a recent string of fantastic villains, Yon-Rogg doesn’t have the kind of sympathetic storyline that’ll make us kind of cheer for him. In fact, he’s a bit bland in comparison to Thanos or Killmonger. At the same time, the film is littered with characters that are barely in the film. Unfortunately, Coulson, Ronan, and Korath are barely in the film.

Overall, Captain Marvel is an entertaining superhero film that’s a good addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It may not be the best Marvel Studios film but the film’s pros do far outweigh the negatives.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Captain Marvel - Jude Law

Captain Marvel hits Ultra HD Blu-ray (see it on Amazon) with an HDR transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The brightness is fantastic as the whites are vivid with no bloom in these bright areas whatsoever. The black levels are dark obsidian black with zero crushes in these areas. In addition, there’s a good smooth grayscale which brings out the details in the shadows. There is a nice vibrancy to the whole color saturation. It may not look natural but that doesn’t mean it’s oversaturated. In fact, it’s just slightly more saturated than the normal, natural look.

For an upscale 4K transfer, the picture is really crisp. Small details like hair, Goose’s fur, and clothing texture can clearly be seen. Not to mention that the edges are clear. Unfortunately, this clear picture highlights some of the uneven CGI. Overall, this video transfer is all that and a bag of chips.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Captain Marvel - Ben Mendelsohn

Captain Marvel hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Captain Marvel‘s Dolby Atmos track. It may have taken them a bit, but it seems as if Disney has finally figured out their Dolby Atmos issues. The sound effects seamlessly pan through the soundstage with ease. At the same time, they’re accurately placed which fills up the entire soundstage.

Now Disney’s biggest Atmos issue was with their overhead effects. With Captain Marvel, the overhead effects are a splash, dome-like effect instead of overhead noise. The atmospheric effects are nice and subtle which permeates the entire soundstage. In addition, the music fills soundstage but it’s not layered—it’s just static. Lastly, the dialogue is clear and the mix’s LFE adds weight to the action scenes. Overall, this is a mad dope mix.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
Captain Marvel - Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson

Captain Marvel‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the regular Blu-ray disc:

  • Featurettes
    • Becoming A Super Hero
    • Big Hero Moment
    • The Origin of Nick Fury
    • The Dream Team
    • The Skrulls and the Kree
    • Hiss-terical Cat-titude
  • Deleted Scenes
    • “Who Do You Admire Above All Others?”
    • Starforce Recruits
    • Heading to Torfa
    • “What, No Smile?”
    • Black Box
    • Rookie Mistake
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary by Co-Writers/Directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

“Becoming a Super Hero” is a good break down of the Carol Danvers character and the training Brie Larson went through to become her. Doesn’t quite go in-depth, but gives you just enough information about the mindset of everyone involved to bring her to life. “Big Hero Moment” is a good companion piece to “Becoming” since the featurette talks about Carol’s story and further analyzes the character.

“The Origin of Nick Fury” is a good showcase of Nick Fury’s influence over the entire MCU. In addition, there’s a good analysis of the character told by Sam Jackson and from other actors.

“The Dream Team” is a basic featurette about the directors of Captain Marvel, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The actors and producers talk about why Boden and Fleck were the right choices for the project—which is standard for this kind of featurette. On the other hand, we get to see a ton of behind-the-scenes footage of the filmmaking process.

As you can expect, “The Skrulls and the Kree” tell you about the Skrull and Kree War. Unfortunately, it doesn’t dive much into the comic book history of the war. Instead, it breaks down the Kree Skrull War as it pertains to the film.

“Hiss-sterical Cat-titude” is a hilarious and very 90s featurette about everyone’s favorite furry feline. It’s so retro that it even uses the same music in the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu dance video. Don’t be fooled though. This isn’t an actual documentary but more of a mockumentary.

When it comes to the deleted scenes, there are surprisingly a few scenes that could’ve made it into the final cut of the film. The scenes involving Talos and Yon-Rogg are the most noteworthy ones. The others give a little more insight into some characters, but those scenes involving Talos and Yon-Rogg add to the story. With the gag reel, this is Marvel’s funniest in a while and it’s mostly because of Goose.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms

Overall, Captain Marvel is a fun action-packed romp through the totally awesome 90s. The video transfer and audio mix are mad fresh while the special features are just “aight.”

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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