Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

When I reviewed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in May, I said the movie was “a multiversal adventure complete with humor, thrills, and campiness that only Sam Raimi can effectively bring to life” and “the best Sam Raimi movie in years.” After repeated viewings, my thoughts on the movie relatively remain the same. At least this time around, I can freely talk the spoilers.

After repeated viewings, my thoughts on the movie relatively remain the same. At least this time around, I can freely talk spoilers. As a standalone Doctor Strange film, the movie hits all of its marks. It’s got mind-bending visuals with the magical and supernatural elements that the comics are based on. However, for Marvel fans, the most divisive part of the Multiverse of Madness is the inclusion of the Illuminati. While seeing the Illuminati is phenomenal, having them end up as glorified cameos feel blasphemous. As a plot device, it makes sense that their deaths signify the strength of Wanda, but it still stings.

Nevertheless, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a film that only Sam Raimi can bring together. He is a master at blending genres, which Madness is chock full of. It’s a mix of action, adventure, horror, and fantasy, and only someone with a deft hand at directing can seamlessly bring everything together. Welcome back to the superhero world Sam Raimi. We missed you.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Video

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Shadows and light have been a big part of Sam Raimi’s horror visuals since The Evil Dead. It’s all beautifully represented here in this Ultra HD release of Multiverse of Madness. The HDR grading provides a high contrast picture, displaying rich highlights and deep blacks.

However, it’s the color reproduction that stands out the most. The reds from Wanda and her hex powers stand out the most. The red and scarlet are bold and pop from the screen. At the same time, the blues (Doctor Strange and Mr. Fantastic), greens (Baron Mordo), orange (inter-dimensional portal), and yellow (Professor X’s wheelchair) are bold. Not to mention, the colors of various universes stand out as well. The details are sharp, as close-ups, makeup effects, CGI, and costume textures are well-defined. Multiverse of Madness is reference-quality from start to finish. It’s outstanding.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Audio

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘s Dolby Atmos track. The Atmos mix is big, immersive, and loud. The sound effects are aggressive, accurate, and flow smoothly across the soundstage. It’s something you can audibly hear when Strange and America Chavez are flying through the various multiverses or when the spirits of the damned fly across the screen. At the same time, the overhead effects, such as lightning, America’s star portals, and other action effects, envelops you and suck you in the middle of the magical battles. The atmospheric effects repeatedly fill up the entire soundstage, allowing for excellent immersion in certain scenes. Also, the audio mix presents Danny Elfman’s compelling score and the dialogue with outstanding fidelity.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Elizabeth Olsen

Special Features

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • Constructing the Multiverse
  • Introducing America Chavez
  • Method to the Madness
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
    • A Great Team
    • It’s Not Permanent
    • Pizza Poppa
  • Audio Commentary by Sam Raimi, Richie Palmer, and Michael Waldron
Features Assessment

Constructing the MultiverseIntroducing America Chavez, and Method to the Madness are cliff notes versions of the Assembled documentary that you’ll find on Disney+. Nevertheless, you’ll find a multitude of information and the history of the film’s production. 

Constructing is a condensed version of Assembled, which covers the essential topics in the documentary. Introducing America is more of an introduction to Xochitl Gomez than the comic book character. It goes to show you what youthful energy can bring to your films. Method to the Madness is a love letter to Sam Raimi and his legacy. Not to mention, it reveals a lot of Raimisms that you may have missed in your first watch.

When it comes to the gag reel, you know what you’re going to get exactly. The same goes for the deleted scenes. Each one is skippable, but “It’s Not Permanent” and “Pizza Poppa” are extended versions of Bruce Campbell’s cameo. So, at least you’ll have fun with those two short scenes.

The audio commentary contains much behind-the-scenes material that should whet any cinephile’s appetite. However, Raimi, Palmer, and Waldron are soft-spoken, so there aren’t lots of spirited conversations during this commentary track.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a visceral mixture of frights, shock, and humor. The video and audio presentations are stellar, but the special features are a bit lacking. It’s too bad they didn’t add the Disney+ Assembled making-of documentary in here or else the special features rating would be higher.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 26th.

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

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