Ant-Man and the Wasp 4K Blu-ray Review
|Pros||Fun, enjoyable movie with a good mix of humor and action, very good HDR image and good soundtrack with nice dynamic range.|
|Cons||Atmos channels could be used better.|
|Summary||Ant-Man and The Wasp is a very enjoyable film where Paul Rudd is far too likable. The mix of humor and action is well done and it is a film I'll watch more again.|
|Title||Ant-Man and The Wasp|
|Negative Formats||ARRIRAW (3.4K), Redcode RAW (6K), ALEXA 65|
|Stars||Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas|
|Review Date||October 25, 2018|
Ant-Man and The Wasp Summary
In “Ant-Man and The Wasp”, Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both the Super Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War.” As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as AntMan, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost and her ally Bill Foster.
Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie Review
After the heaviness of Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a light, fun, highly rewatchable Marvel film. I didn’t see the original, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the sequel at all. Paul Rudd fits the role perfectly and helps to set the tone of the movie. Unlike so many movies I’ve had to watch recently, the bad guys aren’t just token bad guys with nothing redeeming, but actual people where you can sympathize with how they are acting.
The movie moves along quite well with a good balance of action and comedy throughout. As much as I worried about how Ant-Man was going to be, the film wound up being great and I’m sure I’ll watch it again with my kids soon enough.
Ant-Man and The Wasp Technical Review
Ant-Man and the Wasp was shot on a variety of RED and ARRI cameras at 3.4K, 6K, 6.5K, and even 8K resolutions. Despite this, it only has a 2K digital intermediate so lots of the extra detail there is lost in the transfer, and there is no Dolby Vision on the home version of the film. Despite that, the transfer looks great here with lots of detail, good but restrained use of HDR, and no artifacts or other issues to intrude. It isn’t quite as flashy as some other films have been on 4K Blu-ray, but it looks essentially perfect with the only flaws being the lack of a 4K DI and Dolby Vision.
The soundtrack here is a huge step-up for Disney as well. There is actual bass and dynamic range here unlike many of the other recent Marvel releases. The Atmos channels are used effectively in some fight and chase scenes but are not fully used in other parts of the film. Dialogue is easy to understand throughout, and the immersion level during those action scenes is quite good, making for a very good audio experience. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new trend for Disney home releases.
Ant-Man and The Wasp Special Features
- Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed
- Making-of Featurettes
- Gag Reel and Outtakes
- Deleted Scenes
Ant-Man and The Wasp Review System
Sony A1E OLED, Panasonic UB820 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver, Martin Logan 800X Subwoofer.