Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sling rings into our homes with elite-selected bonus features.
Dr. Strange and America Chavez’s universe-hopping adventure to escape the Scarlet Witch is now streaming on Disney+! When it is so easily accessible to watch the film, what is the best way to watch it? Is it worth owning the movie when it is already on Disney+? Is a Disney+ subscription worth starting for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Or is it best to wait for the film to come out on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD? Ultimately, it depends on the kind of viewer/collector you are but hopefully, this review will help you make your decision.
Just based on the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie
If you like the film and want to see it again, Disney+ is hands down the best option. While the 4K from the Digital release is still great, Disney+ offers the IMAX formatting which is visually the superior way to view the film. There’s more of it, and in a grand scheme, the way it was meant to be seen. Chances are, if you’re a Marvel fan, you already have Disney+ because of the MCU shows. Otherwise, the movie and everything else available on Disney+ is worth a one-month subscription compared to purchasing it on Digital.
But Based on the Bonus Features
However, if you’re the type to watch the bonus features of home media releases, then that’s another story. The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness home media release comes with three featurettes, three deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a commentary track with Sam Raimi, Micahel Waldron, and Richie Palmer. The upsetting part is that aside from the commentary track, the rest of the features can easily be found online. Vudu just released the “Pizza Poppa” deleted scene today as seen above. So the only bonus feature of actual value is the commentary track.
Without giving too much away, the commentary track is amazing. The behind-the-scenes stories of how things are done, the passion for the art, and the inspiration that led to the incredible scenes audiences see on screen. It’s always enlightening. Personally, I loved hearing about all the original versions and how they were scrapped because the consensus among Raimi, Waldron, and Palmer was, “Why are we setting up all the best stuff for someone else to do? Let’s do it ourselves!” Which is how the film ended up with Wanda as the villain so abruptly. The commentary track is a must for MCU film nerds, or anyone looking for creative inspiration.
If you enjoy or want to get into commentary tracks, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has a great one that makes it worth purchasing on Digital.
Physical Editions of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Not including special edition cases, like a steelbook, or lithograph cover, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness does not offer anything special its the 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD versions. The only benefit to purchasing the movie in a physical edition is to add to your physical collection, or you are a sound purist who can hear the difference when streaming compared to playing a physical copy. As someone who used to sell high-end audio, most would need to invest heavily to hear the difference and even then it’s minimal. Even with the fancy machine that measured sound quality with a visual meter, it’s still really hard to actually notice.
Aside from the collector’s value, there is not content benefit to purchasing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. You can find all the tech specs of the physical releases here.
The Only Reason to Buy is for the Digital Commentary.
Aside from liking and loving the film, the only true and worthwhile bonus feature is the Audio Commentary Track featuring Sam Raimi, Michael Waldron, and Richie Palmer. If commentary tracks are your thing, then purchasing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on digital is the best way to go. If you just want to watch the film, the best experience is to stream it on Disney+. And the only reason to purchase the film on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD is if you’re a physical edition collector.
Because it only has one truly worthwhile bonus feature, the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness home media review gets a 3.5/5.
ABOUT DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
Release Date: Digital and Disney+ on June 22, 2022, and 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD on July 26, 2022
Director: Sam Raimi
Screenplay: Michael Wardon
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Scott Derrickson, Jamie Christopher
Music: Danny Elfman
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stühlbarg, Rachel McAdams
Run Time: Approx. 126 minutes
Journey into the unknown in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When the MCU unlocks the Multiverse, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must enlist help from old and new allies as he traverses mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities in order to confront a surprising adversary.
Are you going to purchase Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or stream it on Disney+? What would make you want to own a physical copy of the film? Any bonus features you wish were included with the movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below and share your thoughts about all the different versions and bonus features with us on Twitter.