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Marvel's Doctor Strange: The Art of the Movie Hardcover – November 22, 2016
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This is the best art book Marvel has done in some time. Some of the books, like Iron Man and Cap, have become repetitive. I love seeing the new armor appear in the movies, but you can only look at so many iterations in a book before they all run together. Strange is a shot in the arm because so much of the art is pure imagination. There is the usual coverage of costumes, and how well they adapted Strange’s, but this art book doesn’t rely as heavily on comparisons to the comics. There’s a lot of talk about capturing the “trippiness” of Ditko’s original work, but only a few direct comparisons. The section on the Dark Dimension, and how the director was inspired by a blacklight Doctor Strange poster from the 70’s was cool.
The best parts of the book for me was how they not only showed alternative production designs, but went into detail on why they weren’t chosen. All of the books show a lot of design choices, but readers rarely get why the final design won out. For instance, there are some truly wild ideas included here for what the astral projection would look like. However, they decided to go with something simple because they didn’t want the audience to be distracted when characters are having conversations in astral form. There’s a similar section regarding Dormammu’s influence on the zealots (e.g. the eyes). This book really shows fans how the artwork underlies the production, but also the reverse - how the art is influenced by storytelling requirements and the medium of film.
Overall, this is a fantastic installment to the Art Of line. It has the usual high production values (glossy pages, slipcase). The artwork is gorgeous, and the book adds another layer of enjoyment for the film. Highly recommended.
I wish I could give it 4.5/5 stars. I only had one real issue with the book. It has this weird chemical smell that needs to be aired out. It didn't bother me but it bothered my mom who made me go and read it in another room.
Unfortunately, the ink or some chemical that it was made with actually triggered a severe sinus headache. It needs to be totally aired out before you can actually read it. Had to put it back inside the cellophane packaging to keep it from whafting through my house. Be careful if you have allergies, (particularly chemical.) Don't know who printed these but it's just a tad toxic.
Furthermore, after paying $50 (shipped with Prime) I returned the book within a couple days of receiving it because it wasn't what I needed. I am very disappointed to find out that I was refunded only $22 yesterday. I was fine with paying a return shipping fee of $7~ or so, but 50-7 is not 22. It's $43, which is a much nicer number. So far as I can tell, I'm missing part of my refund, even though the book had no damage by my hands.
I would have this conversation privately but there is literally no way that I can see of contacting Amazon about a return issue. So, here it is for all to see.
So, to reiterate,
-The book itself has pretty pictures and you can see how much work was put into Marvel's Doctor Strange (AWESOME movie!)
-Got less than a 50% refund even though the item was returned way before the 30 day time period and had no damage.
-The price seems to no longer be $50, but that is what I was charged when I bought it.
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This is a great gift idea for anyone who loves looking and movie art and costumes.