Doctor Strange is the story of Stephen Strange, a brilliant surgeon who has a massive ego. One night he’s in a horrible car accident and loses the one thing most important to him: the use of his hands. He’ll be lucky if he’ll be able to grip a pen, so forget performing surgery again.
Desperate to regain the use of his hands, he travels the globe to meet with specialists until he exhausts his money. No one can help. Penniless and his spirit crushed, Strange is approached by a man who tells him he can regain the use of his hands, but he must travel to Tibet.
When he arrives, he meets the Ancient One, who is the current Sorcerer Supreme. He puts Strange through a bit of Karate Kid/Jedi training (i.e. hard work to break his old habits, unlearn what he has learned, and develop a bit of humility). But Strange isn’t interested in becoming a sorcerer; he just wants his hands back so he can return to being a surgeon.
Once he learns the ways of the mystic, however, a whole new world opens up to him. He must use his new found skills to prevent an invasion from the malevolent Dread Dormammu, who is trying to enter our world through the nightmares of children trapped in comas. Strange must also contend with Baron Mordo, a current student of the Ancient One. When Mordo learns he will not be the next Sorcerer Supreme, he switches over to Dormammu’s side.
My only criticism of this DVD is that while the producers took 45 minutes or so to set up Strange’s story, they didn’t put much time into explaining his nemesis. While Dormammu is said to be an evil entity of pure magic, not much else is detailed. He also didn’t look like his comic counterpart; he was just a flaming head (whereas in the comics he’s humanoid).