No Way Home (4K UHD Review)

  • Reviewed by: Bill Hunt
  • Date of revision: April 10, 2022
  • Form: Blu-ray Disc
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Spider-Man: No Way Home (4K UHD Review)

Director

John Watts

Release Dates)

2021 (April 12, 2022)

Studio (s)

Columbia / Pascal Pictures / Marvel Studios (Sony Pictures)

  • Movie / program rating: ONE
  • Video rating: ONE
  • Sound level: ONE
  • Extra grade: SI-

Spider-Man: No Way Home (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

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Review

[Editor’s Note: It’s difficult to write a spoiler-free review of this film, though a sincere effort has been made to keep the revelations to a minimum.]

At the end Spider-Man: Far From Home, the vicious Mysterio was defeated but the secret identity of Spider-Man (Tom Holland) was revealed to the world. So that There is no way home begins, not only did this revelation ruin Peter’s life, but it also made things difficult for the best MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon). When the culmination ends with the refusal of all three to enter MIT – the college of their dreams – Peter realizes that he has inadvertently stolen his friends’ future from simple intercourse. So he visits Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), hoping that there is a magic spell that can make everyone forget who he is once again. But when the spell goes sideways and breaks the multiverse, dangerous villains from other realities begin to appear, including Doc Ock and the Green Goblin. And as chaos ensues, it soon becomes clear that Peter, Strange, Ned and MJ will need much more than magic to put things right again.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is an impressively good movie. Part of this is due to the efforts of Jon Watts, who returns to the director’s chair to complete the MCU trilogy. It certainly helps that Spider-Man’s character is so close. And certainly a lot can be attributed to the cast members Holland, Zendaya and Batalon, who shine here as brightly as ever. However, this is such an effective script that Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers also deserve some recognition. Although designed for a while, using the multiverse to bring characters from previous Sony Marvel movies to the MCU is really smart, especially as it means adding Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe and others to a strong ensemble that already includes Jon Favreau. Marisa Tomei, Benedict Wong and Charlie Cox (reprises his role as Matt Murdock from the Netflix television series). But to do so in a way that gives Peter Parker of the Netherlands a chance to develop and give so many other characters an emotional closure to the process — all without overshadowing MJ and Ned — is a real narrative coup.

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There is no way home digitally recorded by filmmaker Mauro Fiore (Avatar, The kingdom, Inexperienced) in the ARRIRAW encoder (at 4.5 K) using Arri Alexa LF and Mini FL cameras with Panavision Panaspeed lenses and completed as Digital Intermediate 2K with a 2.39: 1 frame for its wide theatrical release (and 1.90: 1 for IMAX traffic). Usually with MCU titles on disc, Sony and Marvel Ultra HD only includes 2.39: 1 framing. The good news is that getting a higher resolution makes a big difference in the final image quality, except for 2K DI — better pixels in = better pixels out. In addition, the movie is rated for high dynamic range with the Dolby Vision and HDR10 options available on the disc. The 4K image is clear and highly detailed, with a very fine texture visible. The degree leans towards high contrast, offering intense highlights and deep black, but enhances visible detail at both ends. The colors are shades and well saturated, although it should be noted that MCU tapes rarely look really vivid. Overall, this is a very nice 4K image, though one can not help but wish IMAX framing was included.

The main audio on the 4K disc is available in Dolby Atmos English format. The mix is ​​large, wide and atmospheric, with plenty of bluster, solid low end and smooth panorama and motion throughout the soundstage. Aerial channels are often inserted to complete the immersion and give a little boost and energy to pieces suspended in the web and in action sets. The dialogue is clear and distinct. The effective score of Michael Giacchino – which, given the nature of the film, evokes thematic clues by Danny Elfman, James Horner and Hans Zimmer – is presented with great fidelity. Additional audio options include English and French Audio Description Service, Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA and French, Spanish and Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital. Optional subtitles are available in English, English SDH, Cantonese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai.

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The Sony 4K disc does not include any extras, but the package adds a Blu-ray Disc that transfers the movie to 1080p HD, along with the following special features:

  • Bloopers & Gag Reel (HD – 4:01)
  • Action Choreography Across the Multiverse (HD – 6:25)
  • A spectacular journey on the spider with Tom Holland (HD – 6:16)
  • Realities collide, spiders unite (HD – 8:09)
  • Graduation Day (HD – 7:07)
  • Enter Strange (HD – 5:04)
  • Weaving Web by Jon Watts (HD – 7:18)
  • Alternative reality Easter eggs (HD – 4:41)
  • A Multiverse of Miscreants (HD – 6:38)
  • A Meeting of the Spiders – Heroes Panel (HD – 7:23)
  • The Sinister Summit – Villains Panel (HD – 8:44)
  • The Daily Bugle: Spider-Menace Strikes Again (HD – 1:15)
  • The Daily Bugle: Web of Lies (HD – 1:18)
  • The Daily Bugle: Spider Sycophant (HD – 1:41)
  • Stunt Scene Pre-Vis: Fight Apartment (HD – 1:46)
  • Stunt Scene Pre-Vis: Shield Fight (HD – 1:49)
  • Theatrical Marketing Materials

    • Tom & Jacob lie detector (HD – 1:58)
    • Tom’s Press Tour (HD – 1:03)
    • Georgia Promo (HD – 1:15)

It looks like more content than it actually is (total running time is about 80 minutes), but the good news is that a lot of what you get here is pretty good. You can see many behind-the-scenes interactions between established and crossover cast members of the film. The director of the film weighs the basic knowledge, as well as Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. You can also see Pre-Vis for basic sequences as well as extras Daily trumpet VIDEO clips. There are also sections on acrobatics, Easter eggs and the process of bringing actors from previous Sony Marvel movies to the big screen. What you will not find here are deleted scenes, audio commentary or even a trailer for this movie. However, you get previews for other Sony titles, including: Uncharted, Morbius, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Ghostbusters: Afterlifeand Alex Rider: Season 2. A sneak peek at Marvel’s Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness plays at the end of the movie titles. And of course, you get a digital copy code on a paper insert.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is effective, fun and full of heart. Not only does it charge the Fourth Phase of the Marvel Cinema Universe and provide an apt conclusion for Holland’s time with the Spider-suit (if he really chooses not to return), but it serves as a good code for his Sam Raimi and Marc Webb incarnations. Spider-Verse “as well. Either way, this is just a good movie creation … and a bit of pop culture genius. Recommended.

– Bill Hunt

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