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Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ Blazes a Trail onto 4K Blu-ray

June 26, 2019Ben MK

There's something to be said for the way directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's blockbuster debut drops viewers into the middle of an intergalactic war between two alien races without so much as missing a beat. Nearly two dozen entries in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe have equipped moviegoers with enough backstory knowledge to be able to decipher all the cryptic plot points thrown their way — but there's always the risk of alienating (no pun intended) newcomers.

Enter Captain Marvel, a film that continues the MCU's tradition of bridging the gaps between previous Marvel movies and using state-of-the-art VFX technology to de-age some of the best-known stars from Hollywood's older generation. This time, it's Samuel L. Jackson's S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury who must team up with an amnesiac Kree soldier named Vers (Brie Larson), the latter of whom has quite literally fallen from the sky and crash-landed in 1995 California, where she must make sense of her fragmented memories while thwarting an invasion by shape-shifting creatures called Skrulls (led by Ben Mendelsohn's pointy-eared and green-skinned Talos).

Throw in a scene-stealing cat — or, more appropriately, a Flerken — named Goose, a soundtrack that harkens back to the some of the biggest hits of the '90s alternative rock scene, and a lovingly crafted tribute to the late Stan Lee hidden in plain view amongst the movie's opening titles, and what you have is something that is as much an homage to the past as it is a way forward to Avengers: Endgame.

While Captain Marvel doesn't soar to new heights on 4K, this is nonetheless yet another dazzling UHD presentation from Disney and Marvel Studios. The film's wide color spectrum benefits nicely from the HDR- enhanced color palette, and the 2160p image ensures that the fine textural details in the Skrull makeup and in Captain Marvel's suit don't go unnoticed. As for the audio, the disc's Dolby Atmos sound mix packs a memorable punch, whether it's the '90s-inspired soundtrack, the scream of jet engines, or the otherworldly roar of a hungry Flerken.

Disney's two-disc "Cinematic Universe Edition" includes an iTunes/Google Play digital copy and a Blu-ray copy of the film. There are no special features on the 4K disc, but the following extras can be found on the Blu-ray disc:

  • Intro by Co-Writers/Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (1:51)
  • Becoming a Super Hero (6:40) - A look at what Brie Larson brings to the title role, her flight training, and working with Samuel L Jackson and Annette Bening.
  • Big Hero Moment (3:31) - Examining Captain Marvel as a character.
  • The Origin of Nick Fury (3:33) - A look at how Captain Marvel serves as an origin story for Nick Fury, and hence the entire MCU.
  • The Dream Team (2:44) - The cast and crew talk about what directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck bring to the movie.
  • The Skrulls and the Kree (3:31) - A look at the backstories of the Skrulls and the Kree.
  • Hiss-sterical Cat-titude (3:23) - A tongue-in-cheek, 80s-styled piece about the character of Goose and the cat named Reggie that plays him.
  • Deleted Scenes (8:47) - Six scenes ("'Who do You Admire Above All Others?'," "Starforce Recruits," "Heading to Torfa," "'What, No Smile?'," "Black Box" and "Rookie Mistake").
  • Gag Reel (2:02)
  • Audio Commentary - Co-Writers/Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck recount filming various scenes, the films that inspired them, the '90s songs chosen for the movie, and more.

Captain Marvel is available from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment as of June 11th, 2019. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray features English Dolby Atmos, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio tracks. The film is presented with English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The total runtime is 2 hrs. 4 min.

* Reviewer's note: Portions of this Blu-ray review were adapted from my original review of the theatrical release, published on March 6th, 2019.

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