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Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
Review by Charles Mohapel
Lionsgate DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B000R5OFOA
Date: 05 December 2007 List Price $19.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

The fourth Direct-To-DVD Marvel Animated Feature to hit the shelves, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme follows up on the success of Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, and Iron Man.

Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme is the chronicle detailing how Steven Strange went from being a concerned older brother to his sister April to being a superbly gifted surgeon with an ego that dwarfs his talents. The viewer sees how a serious car accident causes Doctor Strange to become completely powerless to use his skilled hands to save lives and the depths of despair into which he sinks.

At the lowest point in his life, a mysterious grey-haired stranger named Wong approaches him and tells him to go to Tibet.

Once in Tibet, Steven Strange meets the Ancient One and his disciples and undergoes the training before taking on the forces of the Dread Dormammu, a series of events including betrayal and death that leads his ascension to the role of Sorcerer Supreme.

The Special Features include:

    * Marvel Video Game Cinematics
    * The Origin of Doctor Strange
    * A First Look At "Avengers Reborn"
    * Concept Art
    * Trailer Gallery
Marvel Video Game Cinematics gives us a view of the excellent work that goes into the making of various video games from the Marvel Universe, showing artwork from the beginning level through to the final level.

The Origin of Doctor Strange fills in even more of his backstory than was required to keep the story line of "Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme" flowing smoothly.

A First Look At "Avengers Reborn" is the fifth Direct-To-DVD Marvel Animated Feature and takes place several decades in the future, dealing with the children of the Avengers.

Concept Art deals with the storyboards and preliminary artwork involved in the making of Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme. Trailer Gallery is an entertaining collection of trailers from The Dresden Files, Season 1 (and only), as well as Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, Ultimate Avengers 2, and Iron Man. While many years have passed since I last read an issue of Doctor Strange, it was a real pleasure to see the genesis of the character told in an entertaining and action filled manner.

I would have to say that this animated feature film is the perfect gift for completists, fans of Doctor Strange, and anyone looking for new entertainment.

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