Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania review in 4K UHD and blu-ray: the two-disc Eagle edition offers excellent video, while the audio is engaging but with some limitations. Only discreet extras.
The return of one of the most beloved and witty superheroes marks the beginning of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniathe character of Paul Rudd reaches the third protagonist film in which, for the occasion, he will be forced to explore the lively Quantum Realm, full of ideas and new creatures. Around him many stars, from Evangeline Lilly to Bill Murray, from Michelle Pfeiffer to Michael Douglas, and above all a convincing Jonathan Majors in the role of Kang.
Like every film MarvelAlso Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was eagerly awaited landing in home video and ready to climb the sales charts. It is no coincidence that Eagle Pictures presents it in various versions, from the classic DVD and Blu-ray, to the more performing edition and subject of this review, namely the two-disc edition containing the film in 4K UHD and Blu-ray, which inside also contains an exclusive card. Without forgetting that there is also a steelbook edition of the same version.
The magic of a 4K video that enhances the visual richness of the Quantum Realm
The Eagle Edition of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania it is of high quality, even if it does not lack the usual small limitations of Marvel films in terms of audio and extras. This is why the best part is once again the video, especially that of a 4K UHD which always offers a very detailed picture, with some hint of softness only in the pushed moments of the CGI, with some backgrounds a bit blurry. Effects that also attracted a lot of criticism on the occasion of the film’s release. For the rest, the show of the colors of the Quantum Realm is exceptional, with the skies showing off a series of suggestive shades that are rich, yet never fired or saturated, indeed always very balanced in their brilliance. The general feeling is that 4K video is a bit darker than Blu-ray itself, which boasts a higher brightness in some sequences. It is probably the work of HDR, which tends to keep the images more faithful to the footage and to transmit a greater general gloom.
And in fact this feeling of gloom, as well as combined with a more incisive and sharper detail in bright scenes, is also accompanied by more compact blacks and certainly transmits more depth and greater precision of the details in the shadows. Skin tones are also more lifelike, costumes boast more clarity on detail, and brighter white complements it all. For the rest, it is precisely the film that has a look that certainly does not enhance all the potential of 4K UHD, but the reproduction is undoubtedly faithful to the shot. The blu-ray, for its part, of excellent quality for the format, is characterized by the aforementioned greater brightness, but also by a detail that suffers more in the frantic scenes full of special effects.
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Engaging audio, but with the handbrake a little tight
As for the audio, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania offers a good level Italian track in Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, capable of being involving in the chaos of sound effects of the film (the noisy action scenes are continuous and very numerous) , but it is obvious that in front of Dolby Atmos (with core True HD) English, the impression is that the audio in our language travels a bit with the handbrake on. Let’s be clear, the rear axle is active, the effects panning they are there, the spatiality is felt between flying objects and explosions, but it lacks that extra edge in the bass energy and a certain vivacity from the speakers.
After all, as often happens in Marvel films, not even the English track is at the super top: here too the sub is not exploited to the maximum for the power of the bass and in general there is not the explosiveness that Dolby Atmos ensures in other films , even if it is understood that the general quality remains very good in terms of the ability to involve the viewer and in terms of sound breadth. In short, the show is still guaranteed.
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Extras: audio commentary and 25 minutes of contributions
Only discrete extras, just over twenty minutes of contributions (all present on the blu-ray disc) in addition to the audio commentary by director Peyton Reed and screenwriter Jeff Loveness. It starts with All in family (7 and a half’), a featurette focused on relationships with the previous films, but also on family dynamics and the cast. Following Formidable enemies (11½), which examines the film’s villains, especially Jonathan Majors’ performance and costumes as Kang, and Bill Murray’s character, but also more action than previous Ant-Man installments. This is followed by 2 minutes of ducks with funny moments during filming, and two deleted scenes for a total of 3 minutes.
To conclude the review of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in 4K UHD and blu-ray, we confirm that the video, especially the one in 4K, remains the best part of the edition, with a satisfying vision for detail and chromatic brilliance, which enhances the visual richness of the Quantum Realm to the right extent. Good and immersive audio, especially in the original Dolby Atmos, but it has been heard better. Only discreet extras.
Because we like it
- The clarity of 4K video despite the dark tones of the film.
- The ability to enhance the visual richness of the Quantum Realm on a chromatic level.
- Immersive, panned audio.
- The extras present are interesting, starting with the audio commentary.
- Just over twenty minutes of special content, however, are very few.
- The audio, especially in the Italian track, does not sink the blows with the bass and lacks some energy.