Ant-Man and the Wasp Blu-ray review

Oct 15, 2018- Permalink

When Ant-Man came out in 2015, I found it a nice blast of fresh air. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe as much as the next fan, but I guess Paul Rudd’s comedic energy was a nice addition to the genre. A sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, was out earlier this year and will be released for home entertainment on October 16th, 2018. I checked out the Blu-ray edition.

The 1080p AVC-encoded transfer is in the theatrical release’s 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The transfer is great, with sharp details on natural and man-made items and in the computer-generated effects. Skin tones look good, contrast is excellent and the black levels nice and deep. The colour pallete is dazzling and there really isn’t anything to complain about in terms of digital noise or artifacts. All in all, it’s just a stunning visual presentation.

On the audio side of things, we get an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack as well as French, Portuguese and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available in English SDH, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The soundtrack is immersive, making good use of the surround soundscape to put you in the centre of the action. The low-end could use a little more oomph in some of the action scenes, but then again, “oomph” isn’t a scientific term so who’s to say? Dialogue is clear and centred and the musical store has very good clarity and tone. A very enjoyable audio presentation.

As far as extras go, there’s a few things that come with the disc and a few more that can be downloaded when you redeem the included digital code. There’s a director’s intro from Peyton Reed, interviews with the cast and crew about the vibe on set, a look at Evangeline Lilly and her Wasp suit, a piece on Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas, gag reels, some additional featurettes and deleted scenes. Using the download code, you also have access to a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s past decade, the Online Close-Up Magic University and director Peyton Reed.

A gorgeous visual presentation, a very good audio mix, laughs and action. You’ll want to add Ant-Man and the Wasp to your home library.