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Shazam! Fury of the Gods (UHD Blu-ray) review

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: May 18, 2023, 03:02:32 PM »

Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: May 23, 2023
 Rating: PG-13
 Film:  2.5/5
 Shazam! Fury of the Gods continues the story of teenage Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who, upon reciting the magic word “SHAZAM!,” is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam. Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam (Zachary Levi)—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.
My Thoughts
I was a very big fan of the first film and went into this with high expectations. Sadly, it failed to meet them. The story is paper thin and the villains aren’t very interesting or that threatening. There’s very little dialog throughout the film and it seems to move from one action scene to the next for no other purpose than to give the special effects team steady employment. Furthermore, at 130 minutes, it’s way too long for the weak story to have much of an impact. Color me disappointed.
I expected the A/V quality to be off the charts like the first film and it mostly delivers, but I wouldn’t put it in the same class. The gamma is a bit dark and dull and some of the special effects are pretty obvious—something that’s common with 4K transfers. The Dolby Atmos has its moments to shine, especially during the raucous fights and action scenes, but I think the LFE could have been a ;tad more agressive.
Video 8.5/10 (AVC)
 Audio 9/10 (Dolby Atmos)
 Special Features: 
Blu-ray Disc Supplements
  • Commentary
  • Shazam! Let’s Make a Sequel
  • The Rock of Eternity: Decked Out
  • The Shazamily Reunion
  • The Zac Effect
  • The Sisterhood of the Daughters of Atls
  • Pay By Play: Scene Breakdown
  • The Mythology of Shazam!
  • Deleted Scenes, Alternate & Extended
  • 4K + Blu-ray + Digital Code


 I was really tired when I sat down to watch this and thought maybe it colored my evaluation, but my wife didn’t care for it either and she liked the first one even more than I did. Another quibble with the film is the addition of some wokeness and in all honesty, I’m tempted to add a “wokeness” score to my movie reviews in the future. It’s getting so blatant and in your face that it’s taking away my enjoyment of movies. I’m starting to wonder if the writers have a checklist they use to make sure every box is checked before finalizing the screenplay—I certainly hope not! If so, maybe it’s a good thing they’re all out on strike.     

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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2023, 03:24:37 PM »
I loved the first one, so this is a disappointment. As far as " wokeness " - stick to movies like " Nobody ", " John Wick 4 " or the new " Sisu ". 8)
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2023, 12:39:21 AM »
Thanks, David. Missed this in theaters and looks like we'll just wait for it to pop up for free on HBO Max.


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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2023, 08:23:21 PM »
Forget about my review at https://discuss.avscience.com/index.php?topic=3645.0

I am concerned about Tawny, the cat. They adopted a cat at the beginning of the movie, but leave him in the house when it is destroyed !
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Re: Shazam! Fury of the Gods (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2023, 10:50:49 PM »
Such a letdown after hoe great the first one ws
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