‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Blu-ray Review

With Ant-Man and the Wasp coming to home media this week, here is what viewers can expect as far as exclusive extras on Blu-ray:

  • Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed – The talented creator behind some of Marvel Studios’ funniest and most charming films will invite home audiences deeper into the world of “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”
  • Making-of Featurettes:
    • Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang – Hero and all-star dad Scott Lang keeps the laughs coming for the audience, cast and crew.
    • A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp – Highly trained Hope Van Dyne is now the Wasp. See how some of her craziest stunts and action-packed scenes were brought to life.
    • Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet – Hank Pym’s wife Janet was lost in the quantum realm. Trace the legacy of these characters and the iconic actors who portray them.
    • Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of “Ant-Man and The Wasp” – Explore the movie’s visual effects and production design from a whole new viewpoint, in which every micro and macro detail counts.
  • Gag Reel and Outtakes – Audiences are treated to the hilarious quips that did not make the film as well as exclusive outtakes from Stan Lee and Tim Heidecker.
    • Gag Reel – Join in the fun with these outtakes from the set.
    • Stan Lee Outtakes – Stan Lee tries out a series of hilarious one-liners for the scene in which his car shrinks.
    • Tim Heidecker Outtakes – Check out Whale Boat Captain Daniel Goobler and his improvised whale-watching riffs.
  • Deleted Scenes (with commentary by Director Peyton Reed)
    • Worlds Upon Worlds – As Janet leads Hank through the surreal landscape of the quantum realm, they encounter an intelligent life form.
    • Sonny’s on the Trail – On the hunt for Hank Pym and his lab, Sonny Burch and his henchmen check the security camera of a neighborhood bookstore.

The following is a review of the content:

Ant-Man and the Wasp film: The film was a needed chance of pace and levity following the heavy and emotional events of Avengers: Infinity War.  Paul Rudd keeps that identifiable feeling of the MCU’s “every man” thrown into extraordinary situations.  However, Michael Pena’s character of Luis continues to steal the comic spotlight with his quick dialog and frantic comic demeanor.  Hannah John-Kamen’s character of the antagonist “Ghost” is convincingly portrayed as both menacing and sympathetic.

The action is a fun thrill ride.  From tiny to super size, it keeps the audience on their toes and wanting more. Also, the special effects are a visual wonder.  Ranging from the micro-sized “Quantum Realm” to the 65 foot “Giant Man,” the effects really add the popcorn movie fun.  Ant-Man and the Wasp is a welcome addition to the MCU, and fits will both with it’s predecessor and in the comedic corner it has carved out in the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed: The intro offers a brief but insightful look at Peyton Reed’s acting choices and why he has loved directing these films.

 Making of Featurettes: Three of the four featurettes each feature the main characters of the film (Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Wasp/Hope Van Dyne, and Hank & Janet Pym).  Each one is a fun look at the making of the film and great insight into how the actors bring the characters to life.  Viewers also get a fun look at how the cast and crew felt working with the actors.

The fourth featurette looks into the visual effects and production of the film.  It is a great look behind the curtain for the casual viewer.  The viewer is not overwhelmed with unfamiliar technical terms and techniques.  The featurette really helps answer the question of “how did they do that?”  The viewer also gets a look at some details they may have missed while watching the film.

Gag reel: The viewer gets a look at some funny outtakes from the film.  It shows how much fun the actors and crew are having while making a film that they hopefully have fun watching.

Outtakes: The outtakes of Stan Lee and Tim Heidecker are fun to watch.  It is interesting to see what one liners they came up with for their cameos.  However, some viewers may be left saying “aww…why didn’t they use that one.”

Deleted scenes (with optional director’s commentary): While only offering only two scenes, it is still great to have the director’s commentary.  That helps to see why the scene was deleted and why it was shot in the first place.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13.  It is now available in digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD formats.



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