After dominating the box office earlier this year the Marvel Studios run-away smash hit and now that it’s available for home release there’s more ways than ever to dive deeper into the world of Wakanda. There’s one important decision to make, do you take the standard Blu-ray edition or do you opt for the Ultimate Cinematic Edition on 4K?
We had the chance to get a review copy of the home release and the awesome selection of bonus features that come with it…
- Director’s Intro is an option to watch the movie with a preface that shared Ryan Coogler personal pride in working on such a monumental picture not just for the MCU but for black and African American people. To be able to bring character to life “that look like me” was clearly such an important aspect to working on this project both personally and culturally.
- Crowning of a New King is an expansive piece that focuses broadly on bringing to life not just another Marvel film but an epic new franchise with a lot of personal connections and meaning for various people. It’s a lot packed into 5 and a half minutes and could have easily been expanded out into a complete robust feature on its own. In a way, it works as a great introduction into all the other featurettes. They book end well together like chapters of a full robust documentary.
- The Warriors Within showcases the prominent female leadership in the film and in the nation of Wakanda. Angela Basset, Danai Gurira, Leticia, Wright, and Lupita Nyong’o (amongst others) talk about the characters and the pride to bring this strength to the screen.
- The Hidden Kingdom Revealed is a FANTASTIC 7 minute piece giving in depth looks at the world of Wakanda. After seeing the film in theaters, we wanted to go there so bad so seeing the sets created for this movie were fantastic. There’s also fantastic shots of the reference trips used to inspire and flesh out the robust world. The colors, textures, and feelings captured are fantastic making this one of my favorite pieces to take in.
- Wakanda Revealed: Exploring the Technology delves into the science of Vibranium, the core of much of the innovation in Wakanda. The best kept secret is now out and all of its wonders are ready to amaze. Sonic technology is also featured along with the vehicles, aircraft and other fun goodies that would make James Bond blush.
- Gag Reel is fantastic as one can expect. Tons of laughs here including my personal favorite with Angela Bassett trying to make Leticia Wright break and laugh.
- From Page to Screen: A Roundtable Discussion is a solid 20-minute documentary-style piece featuring several notables talking about the merits of the film including Ryan Coogler, Christopher Priest, Don McGregor, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Joe Robert Cole. It’s a great convo but despite the film showcasing such strong female characters one thing notably missing in this room is a female presence.
- Deleted Scenes always add a new dimension to a movie release and for Black Panther we get four deeper looks into expansions of the story.
- N. Meet and Greet
- Okoye And W’Kabi Discuss the Future of Wakanda
- T’Challa Remembers His Father
- Voices from the Past
- Exclusive Sneak Peek at “Ant-Man and The Wasp” are hardly worthy of being called featurettes but it’s always nice to get an early look at what’s upcoming!
- Marvel Studios the First Ten Years: Connecting the Universe is perhaps the most “goose-pimply” of the set in that it takes a look at the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe and commemorates its 10 years since the debut of Iron Man. A surely unfathomable likelihood to build such a massive world spanning so many movies and yet with conviction and proper leadership Marvel was able to manifest such an achievement.
- Director’s Commentary is always a nice must-have on a disc although it’s not a feature we’ve yet had a chance to review.
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- Cast’s Marvel Must-Haves is a fun extra from press Junkets featuring the cast talking about their favorite Marvel movies.
- Creating the Chase is pretty self explanatory in that it showcases behind-the-scenes the making of the epic car chase scene in the film. A lot of the scene was filmed practically on location and it took NINE nights to coordinate and film!
- In World Wakanda Tourism Ads are FANTATSIC pieces done straight-faced to promote the nation of Wakanda. There’s a “Before” video labeled as 1988 with appropriately gritty VHS-filter and poor audio showcasing the world before its reveal as a hidden city. The “After” is also done straight-faced but promotes the actual city of Wakanda now that the secret of it’s existence is out.