Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

Featured In Issue 269, September/October 2023

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In "Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse," Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders, and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most. (Gary Reber)

Special features include filmmaker commentary; 12 featurettes: "Creating The Ultimate Spider-Man Moovie" (HD 14:49) "'I’mma Do My Own Thing' Interdimensional Destiny" (HD 08:26), "Across The Worlds: Designing New Dimensions" (HD 07:52)), "Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Cast" (HD 13:09), "Designing Spiders And Spots" (HD 12:31), "Raising A Hero" (HD 08:56) "Scratches, Score And The Music Of The Multiverse" (HD 05:17)), "Escape From Spider-Society" (HD 08:14) "Miguel Calling" (HD 05:33) and "Across The Comics-Verse" (HD 08:03); Lyric Videos (HD 04:33); "Obscure Spiders And Easter Eggs" (HD 05:39); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was animated digitally and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. Picture quality is amazing with a wonderfully rich and warm color palette that exhibits strong primaries and prominent pastel hues with nuanced shadings. Colors are diverse and and stunning. The animated flesh tones appear naturally hued. Occasional real human characters appear perfectly natural. Contrast is excellent with remarkably effective shadow delineation, pure black levels, and brightly illuminated white levels. Resolution is excellent throughout with fine detail exhibited throughout, even in the very fast movement sequences. The animation exhibits a hodgepodge of fast-moving imagery. The visuals are compelling and dimensional with wonderful visual effects. This is a exceptional animated movie that is visually arresting and creatively executed. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with superb sound effects that are panned and directionalized in the surround channels. Surround energy is virtually constant at an aggressive level. The orchestral score is quite active with a wide and deep soundfield presence that generates strong surround energy. Foley sound effects effectively enhance the action. ADR dialogue is at a consistent level and centered focused on screen with varying directionality across the soundstage. Too bad that Sony did not provide the Blu-ray with the Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which is on the 4K Ultra HD edition. The sound design is a perfect candidate for an effective Immersive Sound height layer. Listening to the soundtrack in the AuroMatic mode delivers a far better spatial dimensionality. Fidelity is excellent with numerous sequences of deep sub-25 Hx bass extension that is strongly aggressive. This is a complex holosonic® sound design that is actively energized with well-balanced sound elements. (Gary Reber)