Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania UHD Review

3.5 Stars Meh
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Screenshot

The MCU enters Phase Five with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, now available on 4K UHD Blu-ray from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Released: 17 Feb 2023
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 124 min
Director: Peyton Reed
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas
Writer(s): Jeff Loveness, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Plot: Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne are dragged into the Quantum Realm, along with Hope's parents and Scott's daughter Cassie. Together they must find a way to escape, but what secrets is Hope's mother hiding? And who is the mysterious K...
IMDB rating: 6.2
MetaScore: 48

Disc Information
Studio: Disney
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 7.1 DD+:Spanish 7.1 DD+, French 5.1 DD, Other
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Other
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 Hr. 5 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-disc UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 05/16/2023
MSRP: $39.99

The Production: 3/5

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is enjoying success being recognized as one of the Avengers who brought the world back from Thanos’ snap (although not always as Ant-Man), and has become a best-selling author with his memoir Look Out For the Little Guy. Life seems to be going well for him, and for girlfriend Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) who has taken control of her father’s company and started the PYMvanDYNE Foundation, using the Pym Particle to solve many of the world’s problems. His daughter Cassie (now played by Kathryn Newton), though, has grown up to be an activist, often getting arrested for protesting in support for the homeless who were displaced when they were brought back after the “blip.” Hope’s father, Hank Pym, has taken Cassie under his wing, allowing her to use his basement lab to construct a device to map the Quantum Realm. When the device goes haywire, it sucks Scott, Hope, Cassie, Hank and Janet (Michelle Pfieffer) into the Quantum Realm, where they are quickly separated, scattering Scott and Cassie with a group of rebels, Hope, Hank, and Janet on the outskirts of a major city. As MCU fans know, Janet had been trapped in the Quantum Realm for thirty years before being released in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and she there are things she has never shared with anyone, in particular, an exiled leader known as Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), whom we first met near the end of the first season of Loki. Kang is bent on not only escaping the Quantum Realm, but destroying all timelines, and the only way he can escape is to locate the power core to his ship that Janet shrunk and hid within the realm.

The only real task for Quantumania is to set up Kang’s backstory and intentions, and while it does that fairly well, it sure takes its time doing so. Director Peyton Reed (who helmed the two prior Ant-Man entries as well as directed the Saturday morning CBS series The Weird Al Show) can’t seem to keep the story moving forward with enough steam, making this seem like the longest 124 minutes a viewer will spend watching an MCU movie (it’s also one of the shortest in the franchise). There is some nice offbeat humor with many of the oddball characters inhabiting the realm that help to propel the slow pacing, such as the globular Veb (voiced by David Dastmalchian), but then there is the over-hyped cameo of Bill Murray as Lord Krylar that just doesn’t work. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quatumania is entertaining in the moment, but unfortunately is rather forgettable.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was captured at 4.5K resolution using Arri Alexa Mini LF IMAX and Panavision Millemium DXL2 cameras, completed as a 4K digital intermediate in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with some scenes in 1.90:1 for its IMAX engagements and Dolby Vision HDR for some of its premium format engagements. Disney’s 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer used for this release presents the film entirely in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 high dynamic range. This is, overall, a much darker image than what is seen on the included 1080p Blu-ray edition, especially once the film enters the Quantum Realm. The movie really popped on my LG C1 OLED display, with vivid colors and strong highlights as well as deep blacks and strong shadow detail. Fine detail is quite strong, revealing fabric textures and facial features, but also reveals some of the questionable visual effects shots.

Audio: 4/5

The default Atmos track is a slightly above average mix than what many have become accustomed to with Disney’s releases. LFE is adequate, barely providing enough bass from sounding anemic, but could be a bit stronger. Front soundstage is wide and surrounds are active, but heights are used more for added support to assist the more seamless movement of sounds rather than for discrete effects or even atmospheric ambience. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 2.5/5

As usual, Disney’s UHD presentation is movie-only. To access any of the special features, you will need to insert the included Blu-ray disc or fire up Movies Anywhere on your streaming device after redeeming the included digital code.

All in the Family (1080p; 7:28): Typical EPK piece that touches more on the characters than behind the scenes.

Formidable Foes (1080p; 11:36): A look at the character of Kang the Conqueror.

Gag Reel (1080p; 1:52)

Deleted Scenes (1080p; 2:59): Two scenes are included, Drink the Ooze and I Have Holes.

Audio Commentary with Peyton Reed and Jeff Loveness: The director (Reed) and writer (Loveness) discuss various aspects of making the movie.

Digital Copy: A Movies Anywhere redemption code is included.

Overall: 3.5/5

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quatumania is an entertaining but mostly forgettable entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Todd Erwin has been a reviewer at Home Theater Forum since 2008. His love of movies began as a young child, first showing Super 8 movies in his backyard during the summer to friends and neighbors at age 10. He also received his first movie camera that year, a hand-crank Wollensak 8mm with three fixed lenses. In 1980, he graduated to "talkies" with his award-winning short The Ape-Man, followed by the cult favorite The Adventures of Terrific Man two years later. Other films include Myth or Fact: The Talbert Terror and Warren's Revenge (which is currently being restored). In addition to movie reviews, Todd has written many articles for Home Theater Forum centering mostly on streaming as well as an occasional hardware review, is the host of his own video podcast Streaming News & Views on YouTube and is a frequent guest on the Home Theater United podcast.

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Josh Steinberg

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Your feelings here mirror my own in many ways. I think the first two Ant-Man movies had a really unique identity within the Marvel canon, combining Paul Rudd’s winning charisma with the action/comedy vernacular of a heist movie, and I think where this film missteps is in eschewing that template and tone. Pretty much everything that made the prior two films noteworthy and special is absent here, by design. The first two Ant-Man films did things that really wouldn’t happen anywhere else in the MCU, whereas this could have been any MCU film. Taking Rudd out of the writer’s seat was probably a conceptual error from the start.
 

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We started watching this on D+ last night and after the first couple scenes I already have the sense that it's gonna be a chore to get through. Kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Or 3, for that matter.
 

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You know, I watched this over the weekend and enjoyed it. I agree that the unique form the Ant-Man films had in the first two films was sorely missed, and while the quantum space was visually 'cool' I missed seeing Scott/Ant-Man doing his thing out in the real world. Lots to enjoy about the film and I found the visual effects much better than expected based on all the hubbub when the film was released theatrically. Still, I was entertained and found Jonathan Majors utterly compelling as the big bad.
 
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