I didn’t actually get to see Ant-Man and the Wasp at the cinema, so I was very excited to get my hands on a 4K copy to review! For a run-down of what we thought of the movie itself, head here! I (like our reviewer Ben) absolutely loved the movie and Ant-Man is also my favourite Marvel super-hero…so adding it to my home entertainment collection was a definite must regardless of the special features. However, for any fans of the franchise, the special features are a must-see!
Here’s a look at what’s included:
Blu-ray & Digital:
- Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed
- Making-of Featurettes:
- Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang
- A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp
- Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet
- Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of “Ant-Man and The Wasp”
- Gag Reel and Outtakes
- Gag Reel
- Stan Lee Outtakes .
- Tim Heidecker Outtakes
- Deleted Scenes (with commentary by Director Peyton Reed)
- Worlds Upon Worlds
- Sonny’s on the Trail
- 10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Online Close-Up Magic University
First up I’ll admit that the only time I have sat through a movie commentary was for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. My plan was just to listen to 5-10 minutes to get an idea of Director, Peyton Reed’s, style. 10 minutes turned into 20, 20 into 60 and so on and so forth until I knew I’d have to stick it out to hear more about that epic end of credits scene. What I’m trying to tell you, is that it’s an awesome commentary. Peyton Reed is very engaging and shares fascinating insights into why certain decisions were made, how he paid homage to one of his favourite school teacher, other options explored, what the actors were like to work with and loads more.
The Making-of Featurettes are never long enough! Especially the one delving into the VFX and production design side of things! The lengths they went to with set design and the fun they had, playing with Han Pym’s technology. could easily hold my attention for a good 30-40 minutes. Unfortunately, you only get a brief glimpse into each of the areas covered.
The gag reel and outtakes are, of course, hilarious. How could they not be, with Paul Rudd involved? Seeing him goof-off behind-the-scenes makes it pretty clear that Ant-Man is literally just Paul Rudd in a suit. He’s not even acting guys, and that’s what makes the franchise so perfect. The Stan Lee outtakes feel a little more emotionally charged with the news of his recent passing. Even if it is an endless stream of terrible one-liners that didn’t make it into the final cut XD
I always love seeing deleted scenes from movies, because often they can change the entire feel of some characters by showing a different side of them or how they would face a particular challenge. As we didn’t get to see much of Janet Pym in the final cut, Worlds Upon Worlds is good opportunity to see a little more of her in action!
Ant-Man & the Wasp is a movie I will be re-watching down-the-line and one I will enjoy forcing others to watch alongside me as well. Make sure you add it to your Christmas wish-list for 2019, or if you’re impatient (like me), head out and grab yourself a copy right now! We are also giving away THREE copies on our Facebook page until November 19 – so try your luck there as well!