One of the most interesting aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is how character origin films each have a different tone or set in a different time period.

With Captain Marvel it not only is a film that is set in the ’90s, but it’s also the first Marvel solo film with a female lead. That aspect not only helps the film become successful at the box office (grossing over $1 billion) but it also cements the idea that women and girls can do anything they put their mind to.

Here’s what Captain Marvel is about:

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

I reviewed Captain Marvel on 4K Blu-ray and even though the movie was upscaled to 4K resolution, it made the film look better overall. The 4K Blu-ray of Captain Marvel supports both Dolby Atmos for more immersive audio and HDR10. There is no support for Dolby Vision or HDR10+ formats.

From a visual standpoint, the film looks great with sharper details, bolder and deeper colour hues. Even in scenes where the lighting is much dark, HDR10 support helps make these scene brighter.

Even the visual effects in the film look better thanks to the upgrade in resolution, the digital de-ageing on both Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson looks so realistic that you would think they actually got younger.

The audio in Captain Marvel sounds great with being able to hear every detail like spaceships travelling through the cosmos and gun going off. The music in the film has a few throwbacks to popular songs from the ‘90s.

While I did enjoy the film, there were some scenes that dragged on for too long or some of the character dialogue seemed a bit off. But the film does do a good job of setting up Carol Danvers in Avengers: Endgame.

One aspect that is kind of lacking in the bonus features, there are some but not an abundance.

It’s worth noting that if you buy the 4K Blu-Ray of Captain Marvel, the 4K disc only includes the film and nothing else, while all the special features are on the 1080p disc which is also included. There is also a digital code included with the Blu-Ray.

The Blu-ray and Digital version of the film will including these bonus features:

  • Alternate Movie Versions
    • Movie with Intro – An introduction by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
    • Movie with Commentary – Commentary by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
  • Featurettes:
    • Becoming a Super Hero – Follow Brie Larson’s journey as she joins the MCU, and see what it takes to be a Marvel Super Hero in every sense of the word.
    • Big Hero Moment – Explore how impactful Captain Marvel’s entrance into the MCU is, and how she inspires audiences around the world.
    • The Origin of Nick Fury – Witness some of the MCU’s most significant events through Nick Fury’s eyes, and see how his influence helped shape the MCU.
    • The Dream Team – Discover why Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck are the perfect pair to direct Marvel Studios’ most powerful hero.
    • The Skrulls and the Kree – Take a deeper look into the Skrulls and the Kree, their ongoing conflict, and the importance of shifting perspectives in the film.
    • Hiss-sterical Cat-titude – The cast and crew dish on working with Goose and the raw talent it takes to portray such a complex character on-screen.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • “Who Do You Admire Above All Others?” – Kree Commander Yon-Rogg must answer to the Supreme Intelligence, who questions his leadership ability.
    • Starforce Recruits – Yon-Rogg lectures a roomful of students on the Kree’s mission to defend all nations from the scourge of the Skrulls.
    • Heading to Torfa – Vers (Danvers) and her fellow Starforce members banter as they prepare for their rescue mission to Torfa.
    • “What, No Smile?” – In this alternate version of a scene from the movie, Vers is consulting a map when she receives a dubious offer of assistance.
    • Black Box – Keller attempts to track Vers and Fury after their escape in a quadjet from the Joint USAFA Facility.
    • Rookie Mistake – Novice S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson helps Director Keller out of an embarrassing situation.
  • Gag Reel – The fate of the universe hangs in the balance as the cast battles props, flubs and Flerkens in these outtakes from the set.

The Digital version of the film has some exclusives:

  • Journey into Visual Effects with Victoria Alonso – Experience how filmmakers’ visions of the MCU come to life on-screen through the skill of the Visual Effects team.
  • What Makes a Memory: Inside the “Mind Frack” – What does it take to craft an action-packed sequence for a Marvel Studios film? Nothing short of an epic team effort!
  • Concept Art – Explore artwork from “Captain Marvel” and trace the visual development of characters.
  • On-Set Images – Uncover a trove of behind-the-scenes and production photography.

The film was directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, Sugar, Mississippi Grind) and produced by Kevin Feige. With Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee as executive producers.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Captain Marvel is a good film that is entertaining, funny and lots of action that any Marvel film will appreciate.

Captain Marvel is now available on Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Pros

  • 4K version of the film adds details and sharpness
  • Dolby Atmos and HDR10 support
  • A good amount of bonus features
  • Great image and audio quality

Cons

  • 4K Blu-ray disc only includes the film
  • No Dolby Vision support

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