Like many of us out there, we have become big fans of the wonderful world of Wakanda and the character of Black Panther, ever since its namesake movie came out in February. As much as we enjoyed watching the movie on the big screen, and it sure was a spectacle to behold, we knew we would like to own and watch it again when it came out on DVD. So when we had a chance to receive and review the movie on DVD we literally jumped at it.
By now almost everyone knows about the numerous records this movie has already broken worldwide: 5 weeks as the top movie in US and top 3 grossing movies of all time, one of the top 10 grossing movie globally with over $1.3 billion in revenue. In addition to being a great superhero story, the movie breaks ground in some many different arenas that is amazing to watch. It is the first time that a big budget blockbuster has had African Americans in the role of writers, producer, director and main characters and women play many leading, strong characters in the movie. The weaving in of historical and contemporary cultural references only adds to the effect.
Nothing beats a good story in the end and this movie has a fascinating one. It introduces us to the Black Panther, his backstory, the country of Wakanda, and the remarkable group of people, especially the strong women around him, who reside there. It is the story of T’Challa, who returns home to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king, following the death of his father. But his mettle, and claim to the throne, is tested by a formidable man named Killmonger. Pitted against his own family, the king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes.
The Multiscreen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, and a Digital Copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Disc extras include never-before-seen commentary from director Ryan Coogler; deleted scenes; outtakes; and several making-of featurettes, which detail the Black Panther’s evolution, the remarkable women of Wakanda, the history of T’Challa’s proud nation, and the cosmic origin and technological applications of vibranium. Also included are a roundtable discussion with “Black Panther” filmmakers and writers; a featurette tracing the countless connections between heroes, characters and storylines within the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and a sneak peek at “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.
The movie becomes available in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on May 15, and would make a great addition to the library of any family of superhero fans.
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