Ant-Man and The Wasp appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected, the movie came with strong visuals.
Overall sharpness seemed strong. Virtually no softness materialized, so this became a tight, well-defined image. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and both edge haloes and print flaws remained absent.
Like every other modern action movie, Wasp opted for an orange and teal orientation. These choices didn’t overwhelm, and the Blu-ray depicted them in an appropriate manner. The 4K UHD’s HDR added a bit of zing to the hues as well.
Blacks showed good depth, and shadows offered nice clarity and smoothness. The HDR created nice whites and contrast. This became a highly satisfying presentation.
In addition, Wasp brought us a stellar Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the soundscape opened up best when it indulged in its many battle sequences.
These used the various channels in a vivid, immersive manner that placed the elements in logical spots and meshed together well. The track gave us a strong sense of place and action.
Audio quality also pleased. Speech remained natural and distinctive, while music was full and rich.
Effects came across as accurate and dynamic, with tight low-end. I liked this mix quite a lot.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray edition? The 4K’s Atmos mix added more involvement compared to the BD’s 7.1 track, and visuals showed the expected step up in accuracy, colors and blacks. Though not a tremendous jump in quality from the Blu-ray, the 4K UHD turned into the more satisfying release.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD itself, but the included Blu-ray copy came with some components, and we begin with an audio commentary from director Peyton Reed. He delivers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, issues related to the sequel and connections to comics, effects, cast and performances, music, sets and locations, and other domains.
From start to finish, Reed delivers a terrific commentary. He covers a wide array of subjects and does so in a concise, informative manner. Throw in some funny comments and this winds up as a strong chat.
We can view the movie with or without an Introduction from Director Peyton Reed. In this one-minute, eight-second clip, Reed gives us a few thoughts about the movie’s characters. It’s insubstantial but painless.
In one domain, we find a Gag Reel (1:31) as well as Stan Lee Outtakes (0:46) and Tim Heidecker Outtakes (1:29). The “Gag Reel” seems forgettable, but the other two offer some fun alternate lines.
Two Deleted Scenes go for a total of one minute, 38 seconds. We find “Worlds Upon Worlds” (0:48) and “Sonny’s On the Trail” (0:50). Both seem insubstantial but decent.
We can watch the scenes with or without commentary from Reed. He gives us basics about the clips in his brief but useful notes.
Four featurettes follow, and we start with Back in the Ant Suit. It fills five minutes, 56 seconds with info from Reed, producer Stephen Broussard, and actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, and David Dastmalchian.
“Suit” looks at the lead character and Rudd’s performance. A few decent notes emerge but much of the show just praises Rudd.
A Suit of her Own goes for five minutes, 19 seconds and includes info from Reed, Broussard, producer Kevin Feige, head of specialty costumes Ivo Coveney, stunt coordinator George Cottle, and actors Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.
“Own” examines the Wasp costume as well as stunts. It’s a much more informative clip than its predecessor.
Next comes Subatomic Superheroes, a four-minute, nine-second piece with Rudd, Pfeiffer, Douglas, Reed, and Lilly. “Subatomic” resembles “Suit”, so it mainly discusses characters and performances – and it also feels superficial.
Finally, we get the seven-minute, four-second Quantum Perspective, a featurette with Reed, Broussard, Feige, production designer Shepherd Frankel, visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti and executive producer Victoria Alonso.
This show looks at sets and effects. It turns into a fairly tight little overview.
The Blu-ray opens with ads for the Contest of Champions, Future Fight, Battle Lines and Strike Force videogames. No trailer for Wasp shows up here.
Though not quite as delightful as the first movie, Ant-Man and The Wasp still musters pretty good entertainment. While its muddled mix of plot points can slow the pace, I think it comes with a nice mix of comedy and adventure. The 4K UHD boasts strong picture and audio as well as a set of supplements highlighted by an excellent commentary. Wasp becomes a generally fun tale and this 4K UHD represents it well.
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