Shazam! Fury of the Gods UHD Review

4 Stars Fun but ultimately inconsequential sequel
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One of many DC films shuffled and rescheduled multiple times, Shazam! Fury of the Gods arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray from Warner Bros.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)
Released: 17 Mar 2023
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 130 min
Director: David F. Sandberg
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer
Writer(s): Henry Gayden, Chris Morgan, Bill Parker
Plot: The film continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word "SHAZAM!" is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.
IMDB rating: 6.0
MetaScore: 47

Disc Information
Studio: Warner Brothers
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 DD, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Other
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 Hr. 10 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-disc UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 05/23/2023
MSRP: $39.98

The Production: 3.5/5

When we last left Billy Batson/Shazam (Asher Angel and Zachary Levi, respectively), he had shared his powers with his foster brothers and sisters. They are still getting then hang of being superheroes, often leaving a wake of destruction behind them despite saving lives, so much so that the press has dubbed them the “Philadelphia Fiascos.” Even though oldest sister Mary (Grace Caroline Currey) aged out of the foster system and parents Victor and Rosa (Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans) allowed her to stay with the family, Billy fears that as he is about to turn 18 that he will have to leave the family. Not helping matters is that his other foster siblings, particularly best friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), are allowing their super powers to go to their head.

But the daughters of Atlas – Hespera (Helen Mirren), Kalypso (Lucy Liu), and Anthea (Rachel Zegler) – have stolen the Wizard’s staff broken by Shazam at the conclusion of the previous movie. They have kidnapped the Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) to force him to repair the staff, and want to use the staff to not only steal back the Shazamily’s powers, but destroy the world as well. It is now up to Shazam to save the world.

I really enjoyed the first Shazam!, and have been looking forward to this sequel ever since it was announced. Seeing the movie after most of the studio politics were made public that have also doomed any chance of a future sequel made the final product feel rather inconsequential, especially the two end credit scenes that setup the next installment. Putting all that aside, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is an entertaining 2+ hours. Levi shows he is still perfectly cast as the title character with his man-boy charm, while Mirren and Liu are obviously having fun playing the villains. Rachel Zegler is charming as the conflicted Atlas daughter Anthea, and has nice chemistry with Jack Dylan Grazer’s Freddy.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

Shazam! Fury of the Gods was captured in 4.5k resolution on Arri Alexa LF, Alexa Mini LF, and Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema cameras and completed as a 4K digital intermediate in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with Dolby Vision high dynamic range for its premium format presentations. Warner’s HEVC-encoded 2160p transfer retains the film’s theatrical aspect ratio and also includes both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range. This is a very good transfer, but not necessarily great. Colors are bold and vivid when necessary, never appearing oversaturated. Fine detail is excellent, from the intricate fabric textures of the Shazamily’s costumes to facial features to set design. Contrast on the whole is also excellent, with deep blacks and strong shadow detail and bright highlights such as lightning strikes and flames of fire. There are a few effects shots during darker sequences that lack detail, though.

Audio: 4.5/5

The default Dolby Atmos track is fun and immersive once you dial up the master volume a few notches. It’s never as bad as a Disney Atmos track, with beefy LFE and active surrounds and heights. The track has a wide front soundstage, and sound effects move seamlessly around the listening area. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 4/5

Warner continues their recent tradition of including the commentary track on the UHD disc, with the rest of the special features found on the included Blu-ray edition of the film.

Audio Commentary with Director David F. Sandberg: Sandberg casually reflects on various aspects of making the film, from casting to easter eggs, visual effects, etc. Included on both UHD and Blu-ray discs.

“Shazam!” Let’s Make a Sequel (1080p; 24:49): An entertaining look at the making of the film.

The Rock of Eternity: Decked Out (1080p; 5:42): Converting the Rock of Eternity into a hangout den for the Shazamily.

“Shazam!” The Zac Effect (1080p; 4:20): Zachary Levi goofing off on set, with the cast and crew singing praises.

Sisterhood of Villains (1080p; 7:54): A look at the Daughters of Atlas.

“Shazam!” Scene Deconstruction (1080p; 10:06): A look at five key scenes from the movie.

Mythology of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (1080p; 4:59): A look at the inclusion of Greek mythological figures.

Shazamily Reunion (1080p; 5:01): Reuniting the old team.

Deleted Scenes (1080p; 31:06): Director David F. Sandberg introduces thirty scenes cut from the film.

Digital Copy: A Movies Anywhere redeemable code is included.

Overall: 4/5

It is probably best to go into Shazam! Fury of the Gods without knowing any of the studio politics that went on between completion and release, as this is a very enjoyable and entertaining film.

Todd Erwin has been a reviewer at Home Theater Forum since 2008. His love of movies began as a young child, first showing Super 8 movies in his backyard during the summer to friends and neighbors at age 10. He also received his first movie camera that year, a hand-crank Wollensak 8mm with three fixed lenses. In 1980, he graduated to "talkies" with his award-winning short The Ape-Man, followed by the cult favorite The Adventures of Terrific Man two years later. Other films include Myth or Fact: The Talbert Terror and Warren's Revenge (which is currently being restored). In addition to movie reviews, Todd has written many articles for Home Theater Forum centering mostly on streaming as well as an occasional hardware review, is the host of his own video podcast Streaming News & Views on YouTube and is a frequent guest on the Home Theater United podcast.

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Malcolm R

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Evil Dead Rise did more box office than this turkey (both domestic AND international).

As Todd touched on, I think recent changes in leadership at DC/Warner made this movie largely irrelevant in the "grand scheme" re-imagining of the DC Universe, so many people decided to skip it.

I'll likely see this at some point, but may wait for streaming or cable. As I wasn't a big fan of the first, I don't think I need to own this.
 

Bill Street

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Evil Dead Rise did more box office than this turkey (both domestic AND international).

As Todd touched on, I think recent changes in leadership at DC/Warner made this movie largely irrelevant in the "grand scheme" re-imagining of the DC Universe, so many people decided to skip it.

I'll likely see this at some point, but may wait for streaming or cable. As I wasn't a big fan of the first, I don't think I need to own this.
I loved this film and to me the sequel was as good as the first film, however, if the first film wasn't to your tastes this is unlikely to change your mind.
 

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I enjoyed the film and the cameo. My only criticism is that I would have trimmed it a bit. Seems like this just got dumbed by Warner DC once a new direction was decided on by the studio. It's sad, really, because they could have had a very successful film if they had pushed this as hard as the first film. Perhaps the release date had something to do with that as well-if it had been held off till Summer rather than burned off in March, it might have done better. John Wick III coming right after this certainly hit much of the same audience.
 

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A new favorite of mine. I haven't had this much fun watching a super hero film since probably the first GOTG...and that was years ago. So much heart, and lots of fun. This is exactly what I love about comic book films. I enjoyed it much more than the first film.
 
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