Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 260, March/April 2022

WSR Score3.5
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In "Splider-Man: No Way Home," our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed for the first time. This brings his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange's help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who've ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future, but the future of the Multiverse. (Gary Reber)

Special features include seven Behind The Scenes featurettes: "Action Choreography Across The Multiverse" (HD 06:25), "A Multiverse Of Misceants" (HD 06:38), "A Spectacular Spider-Journey With Tom Holland" (HD 06:16), "Enter Strange" (HD 05:04), "Graduation Day" (HD 07:07), "Realities Colide, Spiders Unite" (HD 08:09) and "Weaving Jon Watt's Web" (HD 07:18); The Sinister Summit – Villains Panel (HD 08:44); A Meeting Of The Spiders (HD 07:23)); three stories from The Daily Bugle (HD 04:06; two stunt scenes previsualizations (HD 03:31); bloopers and gag reel (HD 04:01); alternate reality Easter Eggs (HA 04:41); theatrical marketing materials; upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa LF and Arri Alexa Mini LF camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. While this was a 3D conversion by Stereo D, no 3D Blu-ray Disc was provided for review. Color fidelity is excellent with fine hue shading nuances resulting is impressive textural detail. Spider[Man 's red costume realy pops. Colors are nicely saturated with warmth and richness. Spider-Man's suit reveals complex fabric subtleties. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. HDR contrast is naturally dynamic with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. White levels are nicely illuminated with at times brilliant intensity. The lighting design enhances the stylization of the visual effects. Resolution is excellent and reveals very fine detail and sharpness in facial features as well as clothing fabrics and cityscape object textures. This is a vividly robust presentation that will please Spider-Man fans. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TureHD 7.1 soundtrack is dynamic sounding with a prominence of sound effects that range from nuanced to intense energy. Atmospherics are realistic in presentation. Michael Giacchino's orchestral/choral score is sweeping in scope with a wide and deep soundstage that envelops the soundfield with aggressiveness. Fidelity is excellent. Surround energy is aggressive with directional and panned sound effects that dimensionally define the soundfield. There are lots and lots of explosions and energy blasts, accompanied with deep .1 LFE bass energy that is well balanced and not thunderous. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integrity.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an aggressive extension of the orchestral/choral score, a loud .K. Simmons commentary on an electronic billboard, excited street voices, helicopters, traffic din, alarm buzzer, shoveling snow sounds, magic spell sound effects, mayhem on New Jersey freeway, dripping water, Foley sound effects, powerful electrical pulses, thunder, William Dafore's evil voice, metallic explosions, flying debris, thunderous effects, din and much, much more unique sound effects. The intense action scenes deliver exciting mayhem. This is a highly active height layer that nicely enhances the dimensions of the soundfield and one of the better Immersive Sound presentations.

This is a terrific holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that delivers an engaging dimensional and energized experience. (Gary Reber)