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Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
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Aug 31, 2007 By: Quigles
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme order
Director:
Jay Oliva

Actors:
Bryce Johnson
Paul Nakauchi
Michael Yama

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A terrible accident leaves an egotistical doctor without the use of his hands. Hoping to find a cure, he ventures up the Tibetan mountain, where a mysterious and magical man (known as The Ancient One) shows him he may not even need his hands to aid the world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Beware Doctor Strange fansout of those likely to enjoy this direct-to-DVD production, those that are less inclined toward the Marvel world top the list. The filmmakers have basically taken a very loose adaptation of the original storyline, thrown in about half an hours worth of melodrama concerning Dr. Strange's ex-girlfriend and dying sister, and then tied the whole package together with some D-grade level comic book dialogue and half-assed spiritual philosophies.

The only thing that truly works in this 75-minute production (for some reason listed as 95-minutes on the DVD's back cover) is the animation, which is vibrant and features some cool-looking action sequences. I will also admit, anything that has characters magically extracting swords from thin air automatically goes up a few notches in my book as well.

Normally, I would refrain from being so hard on this type of film, as it tends to fit that standard Saturday morning cartoon mold meant specifically for kids. But with its unnecessary PG-13 rating (likely due to the weird bat-like creatures that swarm around and eat people, leaving nothing but bones) and dull, drawn-out storyline, I'm not exactly sure who fits the demographic DOCTOR STRANGE is intended for; after having seen the film, I can guarantee that I'm not in it.
THE EXTRAS
Having next to nothing to do with the actual film, the majority of the bonus material is worthless if you want some actual insight into DOCTOR STRANGE.

Video Game Cinematics: Included here are three separate options, allowing you to view the video game cut-scenes for Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse. The last option is a "Best Of" video. Admittedly, the CGI is really cool.

The Origin of Doctor Strange (14:02): This is the only substantial extra, giving a more in-depth look at the creation of "Doctor Strange". Stan Lee pops up to voice his thoughts, and there are plenty of images from the original comic.

A First Look at Avengers Reborn (5:45): An inside look at the upcoming Marvel feature (the fifth of their direct-to-DVD animated line), recently retitled, TEEN AVENGERS.

Also included is some Concept Art and a bunch of Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I haven't seen any of the other similar animated Marvel releases that have been coming out lately, so I can't say how this compares. What I can say though, is that if they're as mediocre as this one, you're better off not wasting your time. Even the most diehard comic book and movie fan will struggle to find reason to add this to their DVD collection.
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