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Monday, September 07, 2020

A Short, Strange Review

Dr. Strange, a 1978 TV movie adaptation of the Marvel Comics character, is much better than I expected given the poor-to-laughable quality of the contemporaneous Captain America adaptations of the same era. Philip DeGuere's film takes the subject matter seriously, refusing to delve into camp; it plays like a decent episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, with a straightforward but decently compelling story, decent performances from the leads (always a pleasure to see Anne-Marie Martin, most famous for her work in Sledge Hammer!), special effects that enhance the story despite the low budget, fair production design, and a funky soundtrack.

One gets the feeling that had this been picked up to series, it had the potential to be at least as good as The Incredible Hulk show, another artifact of the period that holds up better than one might expect.

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