Blu-ray Review: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP returns director Peyton Reed to the franchise and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Michael DouglasKevin Feige and Stephen Broussard produced the film with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and Paul Rudd and Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay.

In “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both the Super Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War.” As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis (Michael Peña) and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and her ally Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne).

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott is serving his final days of a two year sentence under house arrest for helping out in Captain America: Civil War but he’s really enjoying his time with his daughter so it’s all good. What happens is, Hank discovers there’s a chance that he can finally rescue Janet from the Quantum Realm so Hope enlists Scott to help them but what they don’t know is that there’s a mysterious new enemy called the Ghost (and her ally Bill Foster) who also wants something from the Quantum Realm. Ghost has the power to phase in and out of reality but she’s also in a lot of pain because of it and there’s something (or someone) in the Quantum Realm that could possibly be able to cure her. There’s a few more obstacles thrown at Ant-Man and the Wasp during their mission but they get a little extra assistance from Luis and the X-con Security Crew.

While Scott’s on this new mission, he’s not only risking everything (including his freedom) by sneaking out of the house but he’s also dealing with a malfunctioning suit that misfires at the worst times and it becomes a real headache for him. Hank ends up going into the Quantum Realm and finally reunites with Janet while Scott and Hope battle it out with Ghost who also ends up getting the help that she’s been needing. This wild adventure into the Quantum Realm ends up being a happy family reunion for the Pym family. In the end, they’re able to come up with a more stable way to enter the mysterious location and Scott is the one who goes in but as soon as he enters something terrifying happens that actually connects this movie to the events that took place in Avengers: Infinity War.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is light blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Ant-Man and the Wasp because it doesn’t take itself too seriously (just like the first movie) and it has an interesting story and a fantastic cast that helps make it such a fun super hero sequel. Paul Rudd is such a likable guy to begin with and he makes this wonderful character he plays so much fun to cheer for because he’s just a dad who loves his daughter but he’s also a super hero on the side. I enjoyed seeing the Wasp come to life this time and Evangeline Lilly brings so much to this badass character. The supporting cast also does a great job with their characters but it’s Michael Peña and his fast-talking character Luis who kinda steals the show at times when he tries to explain things to others. I love the gimmicks, I love the comedy, I love the amazing special effects, I love the incredible action scenes and it’s all captured nicely by director Peyton Reed who is a key part of this movie franchise as well as the MCU. Reed is a great storyteller and I hope he returns for the third Ant-Man adventure, if we get one, and I’m sure we will. Marvel Studios strike gold again with Ant-Man and the Wasp that will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on October 16th and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Marvel Studios

Run Time: 118 Mminutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include an optional Director’s Intro, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, gag reel, outtakes, two deleted scenes, audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 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:
  1. Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang – Hero and all-star dad Scott Lang keeps the laughs coming for the audience, cast and crew. (05:56)
  2. 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. (05:19)
  3. 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. (04:09)
  4. 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. (07:04)
  • 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.
  1. Gag Reel – Join in the fun with these outtakes from the set. (01:31)
  2. Stan Lee Outtakes – Stan Lee tries out a series of hilarious one-liners for the scene in which his car shrinks. (00:46)
  3. Tim Heidecker Outtakes – Check out Whale Boat Captain Daniel Goobler and his improvised whale-watching riffs. (01:29)
  • Deleted Scenes (with commentary by Director Peyton Reed)
  1. Worlds Upon Worlds – As Janet leads Hank through the surreal landscape of the quantum realm, they encounter an intelligent life form. (00:48)
  2. 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. (00:50)
  • Audio Commentary
  • Digital Copy
Digital Exclusives:
  • 10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – See what it takes to bring the MCU to life, and the role concept artists play in bringing Super Heroes from comic book to screen.
  • Online Close-Up Magic University – This commercial will inspire you to expand your mind and maximize your full potential!

 

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