Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
Plot: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Runtime: 123 min
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU’s latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula.
“Another solid addition to the MCU franchise.”
This movie was shot with Arri Alexa, Panavision & Red Weapon cameras — and finished at a 2k Digital Intermediate, so you will get upscaled 4k image for this release. As per the norm with UHD releases, it was also given a HDR color grade for your viewing pleasure in HDR10. When it comes to the grain levels, there’s very little to none, so you will get a clean image.
Like the majority of Disney’s releases, this 4K disc serves as an upgrade in the UHD department, but not drastically. Sure, you will get sharper details, more pop and deeper color, but it’s not mind-blowing. Hopefully the next Marvel release, Avengers: Endgame gets some of that treatment.
The place where you are going to see the biggest (or more obvious) improvement is with the use of HDR and clarity in the close-ups. Some of these up-close and personal scenes will show fine detail of the costumes the characters are wearing and of course, detail on characters faces down to pores, stubble and sweat. This movie has a darker vibe when it comes to the way the movie was shot, so you will see little things here and there — whether it’s the various wardrobe textures, large surrounding environments, color or POP! of Captain Marvel’s photon blasts. Another note: Skrulls look awesome in UHD because you’ll get great highlights on their green makeup and prosthetics.
This isn’t an eye-popping nor a razor sharp disc, but you will see improvements to detail, color and clarity across the board. The 4K disc is definitely the best way to watch it — but, I’m sorry for the bland write-up. You can notice the jump over the Blu-ray, I just want more. These Marvel movies are something to get excited about, but I want reference grade, demo quality material. I want to walk into Best Buy and see Captain Marvel blowing ships up at an eye-popping frequency.
We are more than 20 films into the MCU and it doesn’t shock me how they can keep pumping out movies. Even when Marvel misses, it isn’t by much and some how — by the power of Kevin Feige — everything stays on pace and the story continues to build. I ranked all 22 films top to bottom and this landed at #17 for me. It’s not a bad movie, the only thing that didn’t work in Captain Marvel’s favor was the fact that it was in-front of the monster that is Avengers: Endgame. I wonder what it would have been like if this movie came out a few years ago — guess we’ll never know.
Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out in less than a month and then we’ll go a year without anything new from Marvel. I’m assuming the 4K release of Avengers: Endgame will come in August or September, so at least we have that to look forward to. Beyond that, you can bet this movie comes highly recommended for all Marvel fans, so go pick up a copy — these films don’t really see sales… don’t wait on it.
After this year off we will be back at because two films release in 2020, three in 2021 and another three in 2022.
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