Shazam! (2019) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Shazam! (2019) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Shazam! (2019) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

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Shazam! (2019) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: David F. Sandberg
Starring: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel
Rated: PG-13/Region O/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Bros.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

Despite me considering myself to be a pretty big comic book fan in general, I have to admit I wasn’t too familiar with Shazam! heading into this movie. My interest in it did go up following me seeing the trailer and then I had another spike when I learned that this movie was taking place in the now somewhat in shambles DC extended cinematic universe. The movie puts a lot of fun back into the world of DC. Following the rather dark Batman vs Superman, they have made it an effort to bring the fun back into it and this movie does just that. The stage for a fun time is already set when you see the plot involves a 14-year-old who can turn himself into a full-grown superhero just by saying the name Shazam! Perhaps the bad guys in this movie aren’t as cool as some of the other hero villains of the world but everything does come together here for a good time and the movie never does seem to take things too seriously or get too heavy. What I’m basically saying is if you want to have a good time this is a good movie to watch.

I’m also not saying the movie is perfect. There are a few plot details that feel rushed and they do seem to do the DC thing of perhaps stuffing a little much into one movie, but I still liked what I saw and I truly enjoyed the character of Shazam! The movie tells a good story about family and growing up into your own person and finding out just who you are. It also has Zachary Levi as the grown-up Shazam! embracing a comic character the best way I’ve seen an actor do so since Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool. I’m not sure what comes next with the character but even with DC sort of re-thinking its DC Universe, I hope Shazam! goes the way of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Harley Quinn and keeps the same actor and keeps this story rolling. You generally like the cast and have a blast with this one.

Extras

– DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
– ENGLISH DOLBY ATMOS TRACK
– Shazam Exclusive Motion Comic
– The Magical World of Shazam
– Super Fun Zac
– Carnival Scene Study, Shazamily Values
– Shazamily Values
– Who is Shazam?
– Deleted Scenes
– Gag Reel
– Optional English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, B.Portuguese subtitles

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 98%

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