Friday, November 20, 2015

Review of Marvel's Ant-Man Now Available on Disney Movies Anywhere!

Time to review the digital copy of Marvel's Ant-Man on Disney Movies Anywhere!

We are immediately introduced to a younger Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) whose particle research is highly sought after by S.H.I.E.L.D. and wait until you see the two characters from the MCU that are here! I want to spoil it but you really should be surprised!

Then we shift to San Quentin and meet Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) who is being released from prison. We also learn that he has a daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) and a very disapproving ex Maggie (Judy Greer). Scott's former cellmate Luis (Michael Pena) picks him up from prison. Luis is definitely a scene stealer. Luis wants Scott to do one more heist but Scott refuses as he wants to keep his nose clean and reconnect with his daughter. But Scott decides to do this one last heist.

Scott finds a one-of-a-kind suit during the heist and takes it with him. Curiosity gets the better of Scott and he tries on the suit only to find that it shrinks him down to the size of an ant. It turns out the heist was all part of the vision of Dr. Hank Pym to make Scott the new Ant-Man. Pym along with his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) train Scott in how to get the most from his suit.

They are training Scott because Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), who Pym was once the mentor to, is now running Pym Technologies and has come up with his own suit. Pym is afraid that this new suit will fall into the wrong hands

Now the battle for supremacy is on. Who will win?

The film never takes itself too seriously as the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tends to do. It works because it never loses sight of what it is - simple and at times silly. But the last of the two end credit tags return you into the serious world that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set in. I won't spoil anything but as always, it's all connected and is leading us into the next Marvel adventure, Captain America: Civil War.

Video Quality:

The video quality is excellent for the digital copy. Images are clean with a fantastic amount of detail. Check out the details on the Ant-Man, Yellowjacket and the Falcon costumes. The detail of Ant-Man;s helmet with all of its scratches and wear and tear on it is terrific. Another great video transfer from Disney.

Audio Quality:

The soundtrack, as to be expected, is big and bold. The rich sound scape fully immerses you into the film. And there is so much fun with the sound due to the various points of view. A suitcase fight is huge then the sound becomes small as the perspective changes.  Another fantastic effort from Disney.

Bonus Features:
  • Featurette: Making of an Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide (1080p, 14:34): A great look at Ant-Man and how he is connected in the MCU, the costume, story, production design, filming locations, cast training, digital effects used in the film, and the future for the character. 
  • Featurette: Let's Go to the Macroverse (1080p, 8:06): A look at the technology involved in the film..
  • Featurette: WHIH NewsFront (1080p): News cast clips from the film's world. Included are WHIH Promo(1:21), Vista Corp Heist (1:49), Darren Cross Interview (2:36), and Scott Lang Live (3:25).
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (1080p): Fixing the Cable (3:11), Hank Vaults the Suit (0:31), Paxton and Gale (0:22), Qubit Defense Matrix (0:31), Scott and Cassie (0:40), Wish Fulfillment (0:24), The Future of Pym Particles (1:38), and The History of Ant-Man (1:19). 
  • Gag Reel (1080p, 3:25).

Ant-Man is Marvel showcasing a film that is never boring, laugh-out loud funny and still has warmth and heart. Some great bonus material with amazing video and audio quality make this a digital copy you want to add to your collection.

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