Ant-Man 3D

Featured In Issue 202, December 2015

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Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Rudd) joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from ruthless villains. With humanity's fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd; three featurettes: Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How To Guide (HD 14:34), Let's Go To The Macroverse (HD 08:06), and WHIH News Front (HD 09:12); eight deleted and extended scenes (HD 08:39); a gag reel (HD 03:25); and upfront previews.

The 1.85:1 1080p MVC 3D picture was converted by Stereo D and Prime Focus. The picture is absolutely terrific and excels in depth and perspective. Volume and scale also is superb, as rendered on human and objects. The scale of the world from the perspective of the Ant-Man is really visually engaging and dimensional, especially when he enters the real ant world. The visual effects and animation are absolutely amazing in 3D! The 3D rendering consistently appears natural and spatially natural. The color palette is perfectly natural with warm and rich hues. Fleshtones appear natural and realistic throughout. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks that are stunning and detailed shadows. Resolution is solid, with exceptional detail exhibited not only in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, but in the most nuanced, small-scaled segments as well. This is a fantastic 3D presentation that exhibits dramatic spatial dimensionality, depth, and volume as well as pristine imagery. While the 2D version is excellent, it does not compare to this reference-quality 3D version. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding and expansive throughout the soundfield, with an aggressive surround presence in all four surround channels. Atmospherics and sound effects are nicely creative with both nuanced and high energy and are aggressively directionalized. An overhead plane in one scene enters from the back of the soundstage and is panned to the front. The sense of height, sans height channels, is remarkable. Deep bass is highly energized and powerful to sub-25 Hz frequencies. This adds effective weight to the proceedings, especially during the action segments. Christopher Beck's orchestral score is full and dynamic, as well as expansive across the soundstage and the surrounds, with a prominent presence. Dialogue is consistently natural and spatially integrated. This is a wonderful holosonic® reference-quality presentation, with superb fidelity and powerful dynamics. (Gary Reber)