The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings UK DVD and Blu-ray release date is about to drop (see details below), so here’s the low-down on the latest Marvel hit. Having done pretty well on the big screen earlier in the year, we’re expecting it to be one of the biggest home entertainment releases of the holidays.
The story introduces Shang-Chi (Simu Lui) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who was born the son of ring-wielding megalomaniac Wenwu (Tony Leung), but runs off to find a new life in San Francisco. When his old life catches up with him, he’s locked in for a father son showdown of epic proportions, taking his best friend Katy (Awkwafina) along for the bus ride.Advertisement Special features
Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings went on to be one of the biggest films of the year following hits cinematic release in September 2021 and with a solid batch of special features for the Blu-ray and 4K version, it should be on a lot of Christmas lists too.
In addition to the obligatory gag reel, deleted scenes and audio commentary, the home entertainment release also comes with a feature on Shang-Chi’s family ties, which are unusual to say the least. There’s also a video on building a legacy, which ties into his unusual lineage as well as his importance to the latest phase of the MCU.Advertisement There are no extras with the DVD though, so if you want all of the bonus content then you’re going to have to choose either the Blu-ray or 4K versions.
UK Blu-ray and DVD release date
There seems to be a new trend in the post-lock-down world where films are coming out on Blu-ray and DVD a lot closer to their cinematic run. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continues this with a UK release date planned for the 15th November 2021, which is just 2 and a half months after arriving on the big screen.
It could well be simply to get it out in time for Christmas sales, which is what seems to be the case for the No Time To Die Blu-ray and DVD. However, it could also be the new norm and the UK is finally catching up with the US where home entertainment release dates are much closer to cinema.Advertisement You can follow us on Twitter to see more news and updates on upcoming films, and you can see more on the film in the run up to the release with the official Marvel Twitter page at twitter.com/marvel.
Adding to the slightly unconventional state of home entertainment schedules, the US release date for the Blu-ray and 4K versions of the film has been confirmed for the 30th November 2021. This means it will be out in the US a couple of weeks later than in the UK, which is pretty much unheard of for blockbuster films like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
There will also be a limited DVD release in the US to go with the Blu-ray and 4K versions.
DVD and Blu-ray details
Age rating: 12 (UK) PG13 (US)
Runtime: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Lui, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng.
We’ll update you with more details on the DVD and Blu-ray release as they get confirmed. You can also check out our movie news section to keep tabs on the latest upcoming films, or visit the Marvel website at https://www.marvel.com.
It’s probably fair to say that few Marvel fans had particularly high expectations of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring, which makes its success all the more enjoyable. It surprised everyone by smashing expectations and delivering a genuinely refreshing new addition to the MCU.
It combines a strong story with excellent action sequences, impressive CGI and stunning settings that are beautifully shot. The characters are engaging and the dialogue contains a lot of laughs in and among the more serious effort to save the world from the monster behind everything.
Simu Lui and Awkwafina have a nice chemistry and the tension between Shang-Chi and his father is palpable throughout the film.
It’s not afraid to throw in wild curve balls either, which adds to the payoff as you find out there’s much more to the legend that just a few magic rings and a father son relationship that has gone sour. It adds to the replay value of the film and with the addition of the Blu-ray and 4K special features, it’s going to deliver a lot of enjoyment over the holidays.
DVD and Blu-ray review: 4/5