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THERE IS A BARRIER THAT SEPARATES THE KNOWN FROM THE UNKNOWN…
Enter a world filled with sorcerers, powerful supernatural forces and bizarre enchantments as the famed Marvel Comics superhero Dr. Strange comes to life to battle the forces of evil.
A modern hospital may seem worlds apart from the days of ancient sorcerers. But for psychiatrist Stephen Strange (Peter Hooten, Orca) and his patient Clea Lake (Eddie Benton, Sledge Hammer!), this is where those worlds collide… and the nightmare begins! Nothing Stephen Strange learned in medical school could prepare him for an attack by an evil sorceress from the "fourth dimension, ", Morgan le Fay (Jessica Walter, Arrested Development), a villainess who plans an invasion of unimaginable evil on Earth. Chosen by an ancient guardian of the spirit world to learn the mystic arts to defeat Morgan and safeguard the Earth, Stephen Strange must take the place of the Earths last sorcerer. Come along for a fantastic adventure into the fourth dimension with… Dr. Strange!
Originally conceived as a backdoor pilot for a proposed television series, Dr. Strange also stars Clyde Kusatsu (Godzilla), Philip Sterling (Tomboy) and Sir John Mills (Ryans Daughter) as Lindmer, Dr. Strange's mentor and the original "Sorcerer Supreme. ",
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- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 43380423
- Director : Philip DeGuere Jr.
- Media Format : Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 33 minutes
- Release date : November 1, 2016
- Actors : Peter Hooten, Jessica Walter
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B01JQXEKRA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Like the 2014 Benedict Cumberbatch film, we see an awakening Dr. Strange coming into the mystic powers. Sadly, this movie like the more recent one delves into back story without letting the Doctor explore his full potential. As a TV movie that could have doubled as a series pilot this is a fun movie introducing a character. Sadly, the other Marvel hero from TV at the time does not make an appearance. Nicholas Hammond's CBS Spider-Man could have and should have made an appearance in the movie's world. Since this TV movie came before the success of the Incredible Hulk--that ultimately pulled in Daredevil and Thor--the comic book crossover did not occur in Dr. Strange's generation.
It is better than you might expect but you have to keep your graphics and pacing expectations set in their proper place.
This is much better than the TV quality Captain America movies (that had porn quality dialogue and a revisionist Captain backstory).
Jessica Waters makes for an excellent villain she is beautiful and deadly. The low tech the effects are not as bad as some other shows of this time.
This was a proposed pilot. It never received a pick up. Stan Lee was in Hollywood mode at this point in his career trying hard to get the Marvel Universe on TV and screen. This was one of several attempts. The biggest success would be The Incredible Hulk on TV. The attempt to break in to the movie screens, would produce nothing.
Today Marvel is an Entertainment leader. Add this to your Marvel collection I did. Nuff said!
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But the comic book Doctor Strange already had a cool origin story chock full of drama, characterization, and motivation. Arrogant, greedy Dr. Stephen Strange gets in a car crash, loses his ability as a surgeon, so goes on a quest to the Orient in search of the legendary "Ancient One" who he's heard can perform miracles. After spending his last dime, he arrives only to be turned down for what he is: selfish. Disillusioned, Strange turns to leave but a sudden snowstorm prevents him leaving the mountain retreat. Soon after he discovers that the Ancient One's disciple, Mordo, is secretly trying to kill his master. Strange tries to warn the Ancient One but Mordo casts a spell on him so that he can't. Stephen realizes the only way to fight magic is with magic and so asks the Ancient One to teach him the mystic arts. The Ancient One reveals that he knew of Mordo's plan and this was all a test to show Stephen Strange that he does indeed have the capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice. Thus, a new sorcerer supreme is born.
It's a classic adventure with a theme. But the producers of this film inexplicably chose to ditch all that and present Strange from the start as being this kind-hearted but smooth-talking ladies man kind of guy who *avoided* getting into a car crash that killed his parents. Furthermore, his job title is now a psychiatrist (although his hospital duties don't really reflect this change). There's no Ancient One, no Baron Mordo, and Clea, an extra-dimensional princess in the comics, is just a normal college student here who meets Strange when she is brought in a mental wreck, afraid to go to sleep because she is psychically suffering from being used by Morgan Le Fey as a puppet.
A man named Lindmer (or is he Merlin?), approaches Strange urging him to help Clea using esoteric means because he knew his father and knew that even as a child Strange had potential in him. Strange does go along with Lindmer's methods to a point, and is even given a "magic ring," but afterwards rejects that way of life for some reason. Only after Morgan comes after him directly and tries to tempt him with evil power, does Strange finally accept his destiny. It's a vague test, dragged out over the entire movie when it should have been much more potent a story.
The Amazing Spider-Man series that started a year earlier made similar mistakes--taking a strong character with a powerful motivation and eliminating it by altering the origin to remove Uncle Ben from the equation. UNCLE BEN, without whom there would be no reason for Peter to become a super-hero. But at least that show had a comic book accurate costume and amazing wall-crawling stunts to keep you interested. Here Strange is given an ugly purple and orange costume (purposefully not shown and altered on the cover of this DVD) which bears little-to-no resemblance to the original Ditko costume. Even the black and red "evil" number given to him earlier by Morgan Le Fey when she was seducing him was truer to the spirit of the comic book outfit. To paraphrase a wise old saying: If it ain't broke, why the heck break it?
But it's not all bad; the film does have it's good points. For one, the character is handled seriously enough--almost as if its striving to be another, credible, Incredible Hulk series (there's even a scene where Stephen Strange is flipping through a Hulk comic book!). And the special FX are fairly impressive for 1978 television, particularly the hurling of magical bolts through the hands. Best of all is the accurate description of the nature of astral travel. The actors do a good job with what they are given. Peter Hooten as Stephen Strange is likeable enough but would have made a better Tony Stark (oh, how I wished they made an Iron Man series back in the '70s!)
Overall, it's a decent effort, and for someone who watched it when it first aired this DVD is a welcome bit of nostalgia. If you're interested in another take on the character or want to further complete your collection of 20th century TV shows, as I am, I certainly recommend it, just don't expect too much.
Quality of the DVD was good too ...