Ant-Man appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie offered terrific visuals.
In terms of sharpness, the image seemed solid. It displayed tight, accurate images from start to finish. I witnessed no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. No source flaws marred the image either.
The film’s palette favored Hollywood standard teal and orange with some amber along for the ride as well. Those choices left me cold but the Blu-ray replicated them appropriately. Blacks seemed deep and dense, and shadows offered nice clarity. This became a consistently fine image.
As for the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Ant-Man, it satisfied just as much as the picture. The soundscape opened up the material in an active manner, especially during scenes at “ant-level”. Those gave us an immersive feel that added a lot of information all around the spectrum.
Even at “normal size”, the mix worked well. As anticipated, the many action sequences offered the most engaging moments. These used the various channels to create a good sense of place and action, with battle elements that zipped around the room.
Audio quality was positive. Music showed good boldness and clarity, while speech appeared distinctive and concise. Effects came across as accurate and dynamic, with nice low-end response. The soundtrack fit the material and added zing to the proceedings.
The package includes both 2D and 3D versions of Ant-Man. The technical comments address the 2D edition – what does the 3D platter bring to the table?
Picture quality seemed almost as strong as the 2D’s visuals. Some light ghosting created mild distractions, but that was the only minor concern I noticed. In all other ways, I felt the 3D image matched up well with is 2D partner.
As for the 3D effects, they added some zip to the proceedings. The image boasted a good sense of depth, and a variety of scenes – usually those at “ant level” – demonstrated impressive immersiveness. The combination of strong visual quality and some fun 3D elements made the 3D version my preferred way to watch the film.
All the extras show up on the 2D disc, and we start with an audio commentary from director Peyton Reed and writer/actor Paul Rudd. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, cast and performances, sets and locations, various effects, music, editing and related topics.
While not a great track, Reed and Rudd give us a pretty good overview. The director dominates and delivers a likable, engaging chat, while Rudd contributes enough insights to make his presence worthwhile. This becomes a solid “B+” commentary.
Three featurettes follow. Making of an Ant-Sized Heist: A How-to Guide runs 14 minutes, 34 seconds and includes info from Reed, Rudd, co-producer Brad Winderbaum, production designer Shepherd Frankel, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick, producer Kevin Feige, costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ, head specialty costume creator Ivo Coveney, stunt coordinator Trevor Habberstad, second unit director Jeff Habberstad, executive producer Stan Lee and actors Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Tip “TI” Harris, David Dastmalchian, and Anthony Mackie,
We hear about cast and performances, story and characters, music and pacing, production design, sets, locations and effects, the Ant-Man suit, stunts and action. “Heist” offers a pretty frothy little piece, so don’t expect a ton of substance. Nonetheless, it gives us a quick and lively overview.
Let’s Go to the Macroverse lasts eight minutes, six seconds and features Reed, Rudd, Douglas, Feige, Winderbaum, and executive producer Victoria Alonso. The featurette informs us about elements used to create the “small size” Ant-Man sequences. Like “Heist”, this one seems a little fluffy, but it still includes a decent array of details.
Under WHIH Newsfront, we get a compilation of clips that fills a total of nine minutes, 12 seconds. These offer faux news segments related to the movie’s characters and situations. These acted as marketing for Ant-Man and they offer a fun collection of clips.
Eight Deleted/Extended Scenes take up a total of eight minutes, 39 seconds. That overall running time indicates that these will consist of brief clips – which is true for all but the first. “Fixing the Cable” lasts about three minutes and becomes the only substantial sequence here – and it’s a lot of fun. It lets us see an encounter between Scott and Hank that takes place earlier than their first meeting in the final cut.
Otherwise, the altered scenes offer minor tidbits. These can be entertaining but they remain pretty minor, so outside of “Cable”, don’t expect much from them.
We can view the scenes with or without commentary from Reed and Rudd. They tell us a little about the sequences as well as why the clips got the boot. They add some good information.
Lastly, a Gag Reel goes for three minutes, 25 seconds. It shows some of the usual goofs, but it mostly provides improv/alternate lines. That makes it a nice addition to the package and much better than the usual blooper collection.
The 2D disc opens with ads for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Agent Carter. Sneak Peeks adds promos for Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. Sinister Six, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, and Claymation: Marvel’s Avengers. No trailer for Ant-Man appears here.
A nice combination of comedy, action and heart, Ant-Man brings us a strong superhero flick. It blends its elements seamlessly and gives us a fine piece of entertainment. The Blu-ray delivers excellent picture and audio as well as a smattering of supplements. One of the best entries in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, I can’t wait for the sequel.