Spider-Man: No Way Home - 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayOverview -
Spider-Man: No Way Home is perhaps the best sequel and superhero film in the MCU thus far minus Avengers: Endgame. Bringing back the other villains and Spideys is done perfectly with some emotional heft. The 4K video with Dolby Vision is exquisite and the Dolby Atmos audio track is simply amazing. The bonus features are a fun ride as well. MUST-OWN!
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.
Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take
Emotions run high and the action is epic in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The third film in the solo Spider-Man franchise within the MCU is packed with twists nobody will see coming, grande moments usually saved for a big Avengers film causing loud cheers from every audience member, and some of the funniest sequences inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, Peter Parker embarks on his most emotional journey yet with this sequel that delivers Tom Holland's best performance to date as the web-slinging wall-crawler. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the best Spider-Man film to date.
Spider-Man has no doubt made a big impact on the big screen through the decades. Most recently, Spider-Man was introduced in Civil War and became an Avenger. Audiences have seen this Peter Parker grow into the hero he was supposed to become and after the infamous blip by Thanos, Spidey met his next foe in Mysterio. At the end of the last Spider-Man film, Mysterio magically convinced everybody that Spider-Man was a villain and revealed his identity to the world. In this third film, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter Parker is now known to everyone and is causing major problems with those he loves with his newfound fame and of course, the media is not playing nice with their once friendly neighborhood Spider-Man's real identity either.
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Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Spider-Man: No Way Home slings its way to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a new two-disc set from Sony. The discs are housed inside a hard, black plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The artwork features Spidey himself swinging through a Doctor Strange-like city. There is an insert for a digital code.
Spider-Man: No Way Home comes with an impressive 2160p UHD 4K transfer with Dolby Vision. While the 1080p Blu-ray counterpart looks excellent, this upgrade of Dolby Vision and 4K is the better option for stellar detail and color.
The color palette boasts tons of nuanced primary colors from start to finish. The Dolby Vision allows for bigger explosions of color in every lighting condition. The different reds and blues on the separate Spidey costumes are intricate and distinguishable from each other whether inside a house or outside at night time, swinging through spotlights. The amazing greens from Green Goblin and Doc Ock, along with the electric blues of Electro are truly outstanding and reveal the many shades of their respective colors. Orange, yellow, and red explosions are bold and the silver and brownish backgrounds of the cityscape are phenomenal. The black levels are completely deep and rich, never bleeding into other colors or becoming murky with shadowing. The Dolby Vision allows for the brighter colors to shine brighter in these darker sequences making the detail stand out better.
The detail is sharp and vivid as well with well-defined close-ups that showcase makeup effects, CGI effects, wrinkles, individual hairs, and metallic textures in costumes. The individual threads on the Spider-Man costumes are intricate and easily seen. Even the shine on vehicles and weapons looks impressive here. The heavy CGI effects of electricity, explosions, and debris falling down all look realistic and never pixelated or flat. Wider shots are never soft but instead have. a ton of depth, giving some life to the bustling city and chaos around it. The image is always stable and never has any issues with banding, aliasing, or video noise. This is a reference-quality video from Sony.
This release comes with an incredible Dolby Atmos audio track that checks all of the boxes of a Marvel movie and then some.
Sound effects are wonderfully robust and loud with a ton of intimate sound effects that come through each speaker. When the bigger action moments are happening on screen, the low end of bass can be loud and booming with a nice rumble, but at the same time, will allow for smaller moments of people yelling, footsteps, and even nature sounds in the background that enhances its realistic soundscape. The sound effects have some great directionality and flow smoothly from one speaker to the next, especially when a webs sling or weapons fly across the screen. The ambient noises pour through often in the rear speakers, allowing for some excellent dynamics in crowded places.
The bass again never crosses into the rocky or overbearing territory but is pitch-perfect with explosions and music crescendos. Magical and superhero noises are also fantastic and loud. The height speakers rain down weather, electricity, explosions, debris, and screams as the heroes and villains are fighting in the air, creating a fully immersive world where the viewer is at the center. This is truly an impressive and demo-worthy Dolby Atmos track. The dialogue is clean, clear, and easy to follow, free of any audio problems.
There are about 87 minutes of bonus materials here including the cast and crew talking about their experiences and having a lot of laughs. Some behind-the-scenes stunts are included and easter egg reveals. Sadly, there is no commentary track.
- Action Choreography Across The Multiverse (HD, 7 Mins.) - This explores the fight choreography and high0-flying stunts with behind-the-scenes looks and clips from the film, along with interviews.
- A Spectacular Spider-Journey With Tom Holland (HD, 7 Mins.) - A look back at why and how Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man and his arc through the MCU.
- Realities Collide, Spiders Unite (HD, 8 Mins.) - The three actors who play Spider-Man are examined here, along with the secrecy of their involvement and own unique versions of the character.
- Graduation Day (HD, 7 Mins.) - The co-stars and friends of Peter Parker talk about their characters and love of the MCU and franchise.
- Enter Strange (HD, 5 Mins.) - Doctor Strange is the focus and why his involvement in this film was key.
- Weaving Jon Watts' Web (HD, 8 Mins.) - The director discusses his vision for the franchise, the character, and how his skills and personality mix on set with everyone.
- A Multiverse of Miscreants (HD, 7 Mins.) - Bringing back the big villains from all the films is the topic here, as the actors recall their time in the MCU.
- A Meeting Of The Spiders (HD, 8 Mins.) - The three Spideys sit down and talk about their time as the superhero.
- The Sinister Summit (HD, 9 Mins.) - The big villains all sit down and discuss their characters and memories of acting in the Spider-Man films.
- Alternate Reality Easter Eggs (HD, 5 Mins.) - The hidden secrets and easter eggs are revealed throughout the movie.
- Bloopers (HD, 4 Mins.) - A funny montage of missed cues, flubbed lines, laughter, and dancing on set.
- The Daily Bugle (HD, 4 Mins.) - Short clips of the Bugle's coverage of Spider-Man.
- Stunt Scene Pre Vis (HD, 3 Mins.) - Rehearsal footage and finished scenes are spliced in together to show just how the movie was made.
- Trailers (HD, 5 Mins.) - Some fun trailers for the film are included.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is not only one of the best superhero movies, but one of the better films of any genre to be released. The pure, raw emotions and action in this film are astonishing and spectacular. The Dolby Vision 4K image is amazing and the Dolby Atmos audio track is demo-worthy. The bonus features are all worth watching, informative, and fun. MUST-OWN.
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