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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - 4K Digital with Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos

Review Date February 28th, 2019 by
Overview -

When Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider, he must come to terms with his new spider abilities while teaming up with a multitude (and multi-verse) of Spider-men, woman, and pig to defeat Kingpin and save the universe itself. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a joyful exercise in animation and blockbuster filmmaking. Witty, exciting, and visually stunning, it's a great time at the movies. This 4K Digital release boasts a sumptuous Dolby Vision presentation, an articulate Dolby Atmos mix, and a ton of special features. Highly Recommended. (NOTE: the affiliate links on this page are for the 4K Blu-ray -- if you liked this or any of our content, please consider purchasing your copy through these links to help support High-Def Digest. Thanks!)

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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Dolby Vision / HDR10
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p/HEVC H.265
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
    Special Features:

    All-New Original Short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham” It's another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs, until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

    We Are Spider-Man: Exploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.

    Spider-Verse: A New Dimension: With a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the super hero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the artform as they discuss their journey.

    The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life. • A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.

    The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!

    Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character. o Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse.

    Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.

    2 Lyric Videos
    Movie Studio: Sony
    Release Date: March 19th, 2019

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

4.5 Stars out of 5

I'll save our full review for Matthew Hartman, who will be tackling our forthcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and (imported) 3D Blu-ray reviews, but here are my two cents:

You've never seen a film like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse before. It's a comic book movie set in a universe where comic books and comic book movies not only exist, but they exist in the same ways we know them. Mile Morales is a teenager in a world where Peter Parker aka Spider-Man already routinely saves New York City, where there's a Saturday morning cartoon on TV, and Spider-Man breakfast cereal. Heck, that odd dancing from Spider-Man 3 also happened.

And then, as the filmmakers take almost everything we know about the Spider-Man character's 57-year history of origins and retellings and adaptations and inspirations, and masterfully weaves it all through a mind-bending story of parallel universes, broken hearts, teenage angst, failed marriages, father-son relationships, sight gags, and gob-smacking visuals. It's one of those movies that comes with a lot of hype and, for me at least, exceeds every bit. 

My only quibble is within the animation style itself. Overall, Spider-Verse is a gorgeous movie that blends the sensations of classical animation, comic book pages, and modern CG stylings, and I love all that. But the filmmakers engage a technique in many shots where it appears like they're trying to recreate a shallow depth-of-field and it makes me feel like my eyes are going out of focus (like taking off glasses or looking through glasses for a different prescription). Maybe it's just a quirk of my brain -- I genuinely adore the movie and its style -- but it was distracting at times for my eyes.

Still, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a magic show of sharply drawn characters (literally and figuratively), powerful themes, and engaging-and-playful story-telling. 

Vital Stats: the Digital Copy

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is currently available on multiple streaming services in 4K. We purchased our digital copy via iTunes which, like Vudu, includes Dolby Vision HDR video, Dolby Atmos audio, and a number of special features. The digital pricing is currently around $20, about $7 less than buying the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Dolby Vision / HDR10
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p/HEVC H.265
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
    Special Features:

    All-New Original Short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham” It's another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs, until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

    We Are Spider-Man: Exploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.

    Spider-Verse: A New Dimension: With a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the super hero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the artform as they discuss their journey.

    The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life. • A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.

    The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!

    Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character. o Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse.

    Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.

    2 Lyric Videos
    Movie Studio: Sony
    Release Date: March 19th, 2019

Video Review

4.5 Stars out of 5

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings onto 4K Digital with a crisp and colorful 2160p Dolby Vision HDR presentation that's destined to sell a lot of 4K TVs.

One of the finest digital presentations I've ever seen, Spider-Verse is a torrent of bold colors with perfect contrast and excellent black levels and sharp detailing layered through each frame. Outside of purposefully stylized moments, every frame brims with fine details. Even in the dark shadows, you'll see bits of texture or props or other items. Look even closer and you'll often see touches of newsprint evoked in the characters, props, and locations.

In terms of colors, the New York of this universe flickers with neon lighting and textured backgrounds. Spider-Man's costume is a brilliant combo of red and blue primaries. There are moments where shots turn into comic book panels ripe flashy, cinematic colors. And the film's multi-verse-infused climax is nothing short of a rainbow wonder. 

In terms of flaws, I didn't catch any banding, over-sharpening, macroblocking or other encoding issues.

Into the Spider-Verse is a dazzling display of Dolby Vision from start to finish. In terms of the score, I've seen movies that were just a touch sharper -- see my comments above regarding the shallow depth-of-field shots -- so I wouldn't call this perfect. Still, it's close enough to round up to 5-stars.

Audio Review

5 Stars out of 5

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse climbs into 4K Digital with a demonstration-worthy (Dolby Digital Plus based) Dolby Atmos mix that's aggressive and immersive in all the right ways.

With a perfect mixture of hip-hop and orchestral music, precisely-placed sound effects, and clear vocal performances, Spider-Verse sounds terrific on our loaner Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers (I've tested both the 8060s and RP-500SA Dolby Atmos speakers and they sound almost like in-ceiling). The soundtrack is epic, immersing the audience into Miles' emotions while providing pulses of thumping LFE that's only topped when villains roar and particle accelerators explode. Sound-effect placement and panning are also very articulate and aggressive, matching the hypnotic visuals. Characters and laser blasts and crashing cars fly around you and over you in all the action sequences to such a degree I expect people will make this movie a go-to demo option. 

It'll be interesting to compare this streaming Atmos mix to the lossless version on the 4K Blu-ray (sometimes those differences are negligible, sometimes obvious), but regardless of format, this is a winner of a track. 

Special Features

4 Stars out of 5

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes stuffed with alternative viewing modes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a short film, and music videos that are a fun combination of informative and irreverent. Fans should be delighted. 

  • Alternate Universe Mode
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Spider-Verse: A New Dimension
  • We Are Spider-Man
  • The Ultimate Comics Cast
  • Designing Cinematic Comic Book Characters: Heroes & Hams
  • Caught in a Ham Short Film
  • The Spider-Verse Super Fan Easter Egg Challenge
  • Another, Another Times Square
  • A Tribute to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
  • Meanwhile... In A Gassy Universe
  • Lyric Videos
    • Familia by Nicki Minaj, Anuel AA, Bantu
    • Sunflower by Post Malone, Swae Lee
  • An All-Star Cast

Final Thoughts

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a delight from start to finish. It's funny and earnest and thrilling, with strong character arcs threaded expertly through a tight story (and multiple dimensions). My only (extremely minor) quibble is the animation style itself, which is unique and bold and yet, for my eyes, sometimes leans too far into blurry backgrounds and foregrounds. Still, I love this movie. Spider-Verse is a top-tier 4K Digital release, blending colorful, striking Dolby Vision HDR with a thumping and all-encompassing Dolby Atmos sound mix. The bonus materials are plentiful too. Highly Recommended.

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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Dolby Vision / HDR10
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    2160p/HEVC H.265
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
    Special Features:

    All-New Original Short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham” It's another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs, until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

    We Are Spider-Man: Exploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.

    Spider-Verse: A New Dimension: With a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the super hero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the artform as they discuss their journey.

    The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life. • A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.

    The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!

    Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character. o Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse.

    Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.

    2 Lyric Videos
    Movie Studio: Sony
    Release Date: March 19th, 2019