My first memories of DC’s Shazam character started with an old drinking glass with the superhero on it from 1976 that my mom bought before I was born (still have it in great condition as well) that tied-in with the classic live action TV series at the time. Who knew all these years later we’d get a feature film of this character with Shazam! in 2019. This 4K HDR release takes an already fun film and makes it one of the best DC films that gives the MCU a run for its money.
Our own Christian Stirling enjoyed this at the theaters, and you can check out his review for all of the plot details and his take on the movie. Here I’ll just go into my thoughts on it and the special features of this home release. As you’ve already guessed, I had a really good time with this one as it was both fun and surprisingly dark at times. I think it was a combination of not knowing too much about the characters, the plot of the film, and the spot-on acting that really pulled me in and didn’t let go until the end. I also loved the post-credit scenes that introduce another hero and villain that you’ll have to see for yourself.
Another fun and crazy thing that happened here is how director David F. Sandberg went as far as bringing one of the characters from his first film, Lights Out, into this movie, which was actress Andi Osho reprising her role as social worker Emma Glover. This was a fun treat/Easter egg for me as I had reviewed the Blu-ray release and immediately recognized her.
As if the movie wasn’t colorful enough, this 4K HDR release cranks the lightning up to eleven to deliver crystal clear visual and audio details. I love how smooth and crisp the film looks, and the Dolby HD sounds are sure to rock your sound system with plenty of bass-filled booms and fun dialogue.
Then there’s the special features that are pretty super as well. “Superhero Hooky” is a neat treat for fans as it plays out like a motion comic, complete with voices and sound effects to enhance the experience as you read along. “The Magical World of Shazam” has director David F. Sandberg discussing how he was able to go from making horror films to this movie without losing anything in the process as he feels there’s not much difference between the genres.
“Carnival Scene Study” goes into the big amusement park scene of the film and how some of the special effects came into play during the huge battles. “Super Fun Zac” features Zachary Levi being fun and silly on the set between takes. Speaking of silly stuff, there’s a gag reel which I love in special features, some deleted and alternate scenes that are cool to go through, and a few other features to round them out.
I know I’ve said it before with releases such as Aquaman, but Shazam! really is the most fun DC movie I’ve seen so far. A nice blend of funny and dark moments, nice special effects, cool characters and great acting all come together to make this one of the best superhero films out there. Let’s hope lightning can strike twice when the sequel comes, as I can’t wait.