Top positive review
Far-most the best made spider man movie until date.
23 December 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming's UHD release contains both HDR and Dolby Vision color. Unfortunately, we are currently not able to review Dolby Vision but we are studying equipment options and will be upgrading in the near future. The HDR color palette doesn't fundamentally alter the movie's overall color scheme. It's a reserved, tasteful application, offering a modest boost in saturation and accuracy to the red and blue Spider-Man suit, the tradeoff being a smidgen of vibrancy. The added depth is well worth that trade, however, as there's an appreciable, but still relatively minor, increase in nuance. The same holds true for other shades seen throughout, notably the widely diverse colors in dense urban areas and school interiors. The 2160p 4K image is an upscale; the film was reportedly photographed at 2.8K and finished at 2K. The resultant UHD offers a fair, but not overwhelming, increase in textural clarity and sharpness. The Spider-Man suit is, again, a key beneficiary (and why not, it's the primary prop in the entire movie), revealing a finer level of material density and pinpoint detailing over even that of the top-end 1080p Blu-ray. Those little bumpy surface textures and other little touches offer a more enticing visual display. Likewise, skin textures are appreciably sharper and firmer, as are, again, various urban environments or the Iron Man and Vulture costumes. Black levels remain solidly deep and skin tones accurate. The image still struggles through some light noise but is otherwise good-to-go.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings onto UHD with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that delivers a superior listen over the Blu-ray's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. The track delivers much more seamless fluidity and increased definition throughout the range, and at the bottom end in particular. Action scenes are sonic gold mines. An explosion in chapter eight delivers a seriously intense concussive blast through the listening area. It's a well-defined jolt, an exemplary burst of low end goodness that compliments its scene strongly. That's followed by cracks, rattles, and shakes that together create a chaotic sequence where the listener will feel as if they're in the close-quarter confines of this location's peril. Every other action scene delivers similar results, each a symphony of sonic chaos featuring enhanced bass and a much more fluid and seamless sense of movement and total stage immersion over the 5.1 presentation, the track clearly benefiting form the added back-surround and overhead channels. The top end is utilized as a prominent compliment. Elements that should engage up high do so, but never to the point that the listener's full attention is drawn away from the central action. For all the power, clarity never wavers, for all the movement, none of it seems overused. Dialogue and music, of course, are also clear and detailed, and immersive environmental support elements seamlessly draw the listener into the movie' less sonically intense set pieces. The Blu-ray's track is fine, but those not able to enjoy this track are missing out. Sony needs to start making Atmos standard on all releases where an Atmos track exists on the UHD.
Spider-Man: Homecoming's UHD release contains two extras that carryover from the Blu-ray: The Spidey Study Guide and Photo Gallery. It also includes the usual Sony UHD "extras" in a cast and crew still photo gallery (2160p/HDR and presumably Dolby Vision) and a collection of categorized "moments" (2160p/HDR and presumably Dolby Vision/Atmos): Spider-Man, Vulture, Peter & Ned, and MCU. Below is a list of the extras that are included on the bundled Blu-ray. A UV digital copy code is included with purchase.
The Spidey Study Guide: A pop-up trivia track that offers "insight on the movie's relationship with the comics, and to reveal hidden references that even a seasoned Spidey-fan may have missed!"
Gag Reel (1080p, 2:17).
Deleted & Extended Scenes (1080p, 16:17 total runtime): A Film By Peter Parker (Director's Cut), Cafeteria, Return from ATM, Triskelion Cleanup, Anxious Tomomes, Aaron Still Stuck, Go It Alone, Happy Calls His Mom, Midtown Final Segment, and Mr. Harrington Lessons in Love.
A Tangled Web (1080p, 6:11): A look at bringing Spider-Man into the MCU, Peter Parker's place amongst the characters, the greater depth he provides in the universe, multi-studio collaboration, and more.
Searching for Spider-Man (1080p, 8:04): How Peter Parker's age and place in life differentiate him from other heroes. It also looks at casting Tom Holland in the lead role and the qualities he brings to the character and the MCU.
Spidey Stunts (1080p, 5:48): Holland's background in dance and gymnastics aid him in shaping the character and working through stunt work while making several of the film's key action scenes.
Aftermath (1080p, 4:47): Another look at the greater MCU and this film's connections to it.
The Vulture Takes Flight (1080p, 6:01): A closer look at the film's villain, including roots in the comics, updating him for the film, Michael Keaton's performance, and more.
Jon Watts: Head of the Class (1080p, 5:29): This piece focuses on the film's director and his contributions to the picture beyond crude directorial work.
Pros and Cons of Spider-Man (1080p, 3:28): Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon discuss the good and bad of being Spider-Man.
Rappin' with Cap (1080p, 2:26 total runtime): Several Captain America PSAs. Included are Safety First, Food For Thought, Brain Power, and Your Changing Body.
Photo Gallery (1080p).
Trailers (1080p): 'Spider-Man Homecoming VR' Trailer (1:38) and An Inside Look at Marvel's 'Spider-Man' | PS4 (2:45).
Previews (1080p): Additional Sony titles. (The Dark Tower / Jumanji / November Crimes)
Is Spider-Man: Homecoming the Spider-Man film audiences have been waiting for? The previous five films were financially successful and well received, a few more so than others, but this one's claim-to-fame is the character's integration into the ever-expanding and insanely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film boasts strong performances from Tom Holland and Michael Keaton, is a bit heavy on the humor (though mercifully it's largely fine-tuned and narrative-complimentary humor and not that awful Michael Bay style of mindless bottom-of-the-barrel garbage). Action scenes are fun though repetitive but...aren't they all? The film scores big points for its characterizations and world building without getting into the tired origins story all over again. It's a rock-solid film, largely well paced, expertly put together, and it'll be interesting to see how and where this take on the character appears in the future, both in other MCU properties and within his own films. Sony's UHD release of Spider-Man: Homecoming features solid upscaled 4K video, a fantastic Atmos soundtrack, and a decent array of bonus content. Recommended over the Blu-ray, particularly for the superior soundtrack.