Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 267, May/June 2023

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In "Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania," super heroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought possible. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Peyton Reed and Screenwriter Jeff Loveness, the featurettes "All In The Family" (HD 07:28) and "Formidable Foes" (HD 11:36), gag reel (HD 01:52), two deleted scenes (HD 02:59) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arriflex 235 camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. While the movie was produced with a 3D conversion by SDFX Studio, no 3D Blu-ray was provided for review. With lots of CGI treatment, the imagery looks terrific with a strongly saturated color palette that fills the screen. Colors are diversified with nuanced hues. Flesh tones are perfectly natural and realistic. HDR contrast is wide with deep black levels, detailed shadow textures and brilliant white levels. Resolution is terrific. Facial feature are revealing of skin pores, lines, beard stubble and hair. The multitude of costumes and creature features are nicely defined. Clothing fabrics are well defined. Object textures are revealing of fine textural detail as well. This is a colorful jumbo of mind-boggling imagery that will please Super Hero fans.. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with articulate Foley sound effects that fuel life into the quantum world universe. Atmospherics are creative. Sound effects are galore from nuanced to explosive. The orchestral score plays more as a background support instead of a powerful frontal element. Still, the music is well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds for soundfield envelopment. Surround energy is strong and directionalized with numerous effects that enhance soundield spatial dimensionality. Deep bass is supportive during the action scenes with sound effects. Dialogue is mostly ADR but effectively integrated.

The Immersive Sound element has no orchestral extension to the height layer but there is atmospherics and numerous sound effects, as well as some dialogue extension. So much opportunity for enhanced dimensionality was ignored leaving spurts of sound effects here and there.

This is a creatively inspired holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that effectively brings to life the sonics of an alternate universe. (Gary Reber)