Blu-ray Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ Continues to Be an Inspiration

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CHICAGO – There are few films in 2017 that are as historically important as they are cinematically well-crafted. Of those, there is only one I saw three times in theaters. That honor comes in the form of the revolutionary “Wonder Woman,” which not only shows huge promise for the future of DC Comics films but for comic book-based films as a whole.

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At this point, you either liked the film or you didn’t. If you didn’t, all I can do is recommend that you watch it again. With the release of “Wonder Woman” on DVD/Blu-ray, I was more than anxious not only to rewatch the film but to take a look at the special features. The film itself is unchanged, but seeing it on blu-ray reminded me how gorgeous and vibrant the visuals are, and made me wish I had the setup to see its splendor in 4k.

As far as the special features are concerned, I had heard early on that there were no deleted scenes left on the cutting room floor, and the “Wonder Woman” blu-ray proved that to be true. Instead what you get are several extended scenes that you wish were in the film. It would have made the film a little longer, but no one would have had any complaints about that. The scenes added more humor to the film and just a bit more character development, but we are only talking seconds of difference and ultimately aren’t missed.

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A scene that was created just for the DVD/Blu-ray release was an epilogue called “Etta’s Mission”. I won’t spoil it for you but it takes place after the film with Etta forming a team much like Marvel’s Howling Commandos. It’s a fun scene and gives a hint as to what “Justice League” will be about. They show the image of a box that should prove to be one Mother of a clue.

The rest of the special features include behind the scenes look at filming, development, and a hilarious set of bloopers that show just how much fun Gal Gadot and Chris Pine were in between takes. A unique thing about the special features in “Wonder Woman” is how empowering they are. From seeing director Patty Jenkins creating the film to seeing the power behind the real-life Amazons, to seeing the female-focused crew inspire a new generation of female filmmakers, it’s all full of the essence of Wonder Woman. Let’s not forget the great history lesson on Wonder Woman’s origins and strengths and the many people she has inspired.

The film alone is worth owning, but the special features make this a must-have for any DC or Wonder Woman fan. “Wonder Woman” comes out today (September 19th) on Blu-ray/DVD so make sure to pick up your copy and have a Wonder-ful night watching it.

Jon Espino, film and video game critic, HollywoodChicago.com

By JON ESPINO
Film & Video Game Critic
HollywoodChicago.com
jon@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2016 Jon Espino, HollywoodChicago.com

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