The Super Mario Bros. Movie Home Media Review

Is 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' "Power Up Edition" worth it?
The Super Mario Bros. Movie Power Up Edition

The Super Mario Bros. Movie, much like the game, has taken the world by storm, and now is our chance to own our very own copy of Illumination and Nintendo’s hit movie! While already available on digital, the ‘Power Up Edition’ is the physical copy of the film for fans to add to their 4K, Blu-Ray, DVD collection. But is worth getting a physical copy when all you want to do is watch the movie? Let me try and help.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie ‘Power Up Edition’

Available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD, The Super Mario Bros. Movie ‘Power Up Edition’ offers some pretty cool Bonus Features for the home media edition. These features are: “Getting to Know the Cast,” “Leveling Up: Making The Super Mario Bros.,” “The Super Mario Bros. Movie Field Guide,” “‘Peaches’ Lyric Video,” and “Leadership Lessons from Anya Taylor-Joy.” The features are partially available online, however, the full versions are only available via the ‘Power Up Edition’ for now.

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The “Leveling Up: Making The Super Marios Bros. Movie” was a very entertaining bonus feature for those who are into the making of a movie. It details the inspiration, the expectations, the casting, and even the easter eggs. It’s a very thorough encompassing that begins to scratch the surface of how much planning and work goes into bringing a film to life. However, the rest of the features do not feel very unique or add noticeable value.

The rest of The Super Mario Bros. Movie “Power Up Edition” bonus features all feel like repackaged content from the press tour. While it’s very high quality and entertaining, it doesn’t make having the disc special, and it doesn’t add to the reason for owning the film. They’re also pretty sure. There’s maybe an hour of extra content in total. If Universal Pictures Home Entertainment would have added maps and graphics of the world, stuff to use as backgrounds and stuff, it would have been great. They provided a video guide through the Mushroom Kingdom, but a digital map would have also been great.

Also, the case is nothing to brag about either. The slipcover is exactly the same as what is on the case, which just adds to the packaging for no reason. The discs are gorgeous at least. The box art is what you’d expect. It does look good, but it does not compare to like a Steelbook version. But outside of the slipcover, it is perfectly what you would expect and want from a standard home media case.

The Super Marios Bros. Movie ‘Power Up Edition’ is More of a regular Edition

The Super Marios Bros. Movie ‘Power Up Edition’ is not really powered up. While the physical home media release does come with bonus features not found with the digital edition, only one of them really adds any value. The rest were all pretty much available in some form online. Combined with a standard box case, there’s no major advantage to the physical edition over the digital edition.

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If you love the movie, like we did, and just want to watch the movie, the cheapest option is the best option. If you’re a diehard fan, physical collector, and or want to get a glimpse of the scale of work that went into bringing this movie to life, then definitely get the physical edition.

For only having one good bonus feature, and no commentary track, gag reel, or any notable exclusive content, The Super Marios Bros. Movie ‘Power Up Edition’ gets a 3 out of 5.

The Super Marios Bros. Movie ‘Power Up Edition’ is available on 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD beginning June 13, 2023.


The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Release Date: Now available on Digital, on Home Media June 13, 2023.
Directors: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
Producers: Shigeru Miyamoto, Chris Meledandri
Screenplay: Shigeru Miyamoto, Matthew Fogel
Production companies: Nintendo, Illumination 
Distribution: Universal Pictures
Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Charles Martinet, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sebastian Maniscalco, Fred Armisen

A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. A feature film adaptation of the popular video game.

What did you think of all of The Super Mario Bros. Movie? Are you going to get the “Power Up Edition?” Is it worth having to get up and put in a disc rather than browsing through your digital library? Let us know your thoughts and theories on social media!

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