While they’re starting to get a bit overwhelming, I still love and enjoy the Marvel films and some of their small screen presentations as well. It also helps that I’m a huge Captain America fan, so I had to see the follow up to 2014’s Winter Soldier in 3D no less with the Captain America: Civil War 3D Blu-ray. Watching a great superhero action movie in high definition and in 3D makes for a superpowered good time on the senses.
Fellow editor Chris Pandolfi reviewed the theatrical release earlier this year that has all the plot and details, so I’ll just get to my take on the movie and all the superhuman extras the disc contains. I do agree with Chris that the Marvel films are starting to buckle under their own weight thanks to their fast release schedule and having to keep up with all of them (just like comic books) in order to get any meaning for the overall story. But even still, I loved how the Russo brothers made Winter Soldier a near perfect comic book film and just had to see what they had planned in this follow up. I’m more than happy to say it delivers and then some, and having a sweet cameo by Spider-Man is the cherry on top for me. I was impressed how Tom Holland portrayed him and I can’t wait to see what he does in his own stand alone movie next year.
As with Winter Soldier, I absolutely loved the action here as it’s fast-paced and fun as the heroes fight bad guys and one another here. I know a lot people complain about the heroes fighting each other and that it feels unnecessarily tacked on, but just let us fanboys have this in peace. What comic book fan doesn’t want to see some of their favorite heroes fight some other heroes? We might as well get used to it, as we all know at some point in the future that a DC vs Marvel film is going to happen, mark my words. Thanks to our Disney PR friends, not only was I able to watch this on Blu-ray, but also in 3D. As if the high definition details weren’t enough, the 3D makes the action literally jump off the screen and puts you square in the middle of it. I felt like I was on a thrill ride for the entire airport scene where our heroes finally get to duke it out, as the visuals and audio were just an awesome feast for the senses.
When the day has finally been saved, you can take a look at some of the nice bonus features on the disc, starting with audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely as they talk about making the movie, how it ties into the other Marvel features, working with this many characters and more. “United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Making of Captain America: Civil War” is a big extra that features interviews and discussions with the cast and crew and their takes on everything about what went into making the film. Then it also goes into the newly added characters such Spider-Man, Crossbones, Black Panther and others. Two of the features, “Captain America: The Road to Civil War” and “Iron Man: The Road to Civil War” both show their respective sides about how they feel on the upcoming battle, and some other neat extras like a sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel’s Doctor Strange film, some deleted and extended scenes, and lastly a hilarious gag reel round out the special features.
I had a great time with the Captain America: Civil War 3D Blu-ray as it’s one of the best action movies I’ve seen since Winter Soldier. I won’t lie, the comic book genre is starting to grow a bit tiresome, but this film stands out more than enough to be worth watching. Add in some awesomely used 3D effects and a sweet set of bonus features, and you have a Blu-ray for your collection that’s worth going to war for.