The story: Petty crim Scott Lang soon becomes the next, erm, small thing in Marvel heroes after being targeted by Hank Pym, the inventor of the Ant-Man suit which shrinks a human to ant-sized proportions while they maintain super-strength. Pym’s former business partner has nefarious plans for the tech involving the military, so something has to be done to prevent it falling into the wrong hands. That something is, of course, Lang.
If you’re after a movie to introduce kids of around seven-plus to the MCU, then it’s hard to go past this one. As well as often being really funny, it’s also not too sweary or violent.
“Pick on someone your own size!”
The 4K disc: Another release sourced from a 2K master, but subsequently upscaled, Ant-Man isn’t the sharpest tool in the UHD collection shed, but that isn’t to say that it looks blah. As is often the case, it’s HDR to the rescue, adding a whole layer of visual appeal to this mainly bright movie, but not letting the side down when things get darker, either. You may not use this disc to demo 4K to non-believers, but as of today you’ll not watch Ant-Man at home looking better.
Dolby Atmos is the sound of choice here, and it’s up for the challenge of all the fun of the aural fair that’s hurled at it. Quite fine at normal listening levels – some Disney releases need a fair upwards bump of the volume – this one handles every thump, boom and crash that’s thrown at it with skill, while balancing everything else that’s flying about expertly. The whole Thomas the Tank Engine battle is just one brilliant example of just how enjoyable this particular disc can sound.
As with most other MCU back catalogue releases locally, this is a single disc that delivers no extra features.
Release date: October 2, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
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