While superheroes are all the rage these days when it comes to movies, with the most successful ones being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the other end, films based on DC characters haven’t had as great of reception.
But Warner Bros is going in a slightly different direction with some of their DC films. Instead of trying to replicate the MCU and make their own Cinematic Universe, each of the films is their own contained stories such as this year’s Shazam.
Shazam takes a more lighthearted approach to the superhero genre with jokes throughout that are actually funny and characters that are likeable.
Fun Fact: Even though Shazam is set in Philadelphia, the film was shot in Toronto.
Here’s what Shazam is about:
We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do — have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam’s magical abilities.
I reviewed Shazam 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 Shazam supports both Dolby Atmos for more immersive audio and HDR10 and Dolby Vision which provide deeper blacks and better picture quality.
From a visual perspective, the 4K version of the film adds sharper details and bolder and deeper colour hues.
Thanks to Dolby Atmos support, the audio in Shazam sounds amazing and lets you hear all the little details in the film.
It’s worth noting that if you buy the 4K Blu-Ray of Shazam, 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.
One aspect that is kind of lacking in the bonus features, there are some but not an abundance.
The Blu-ray (both 4K and HD) and Digital Version of the film come with the following bonus features:
- Shazam Exclusive Motion Comic
- The Magical World of Shazam
- Super Fun Zac
- Carnival Scene Study, Shazamily Values
- Shazamily Values
- Who is Shazam?
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
The film was directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) with Peter Safran as a producer. The film’s script was written by Henry Gayden with story by Gayden and Darren Lemke.
Overall, Shazam is a great and funny film that is a joy to watch multiple times and that any superhero fan will enjoy.
Shazam is now available on Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
- 4K version of the film adds details and sharpness
- Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and HDR10 support
- A good amount of bonus features
- Great image and audio quality
- 4K Blu-ray disc only includes the film