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Blu-ray Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man
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Marvel's Ant-Man

Marvel’s Ant-Man
Blu-ray | 3D Blu-ray | DVD
DIRECTOR: Peyton Reed
WRITERS: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd
CAST: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Bobby Cannavale
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2015

Marvel’s Ant-Man takes a comedic page from its Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart Guardians Of The Galaxy, and delivers a superhero story that’s appealing to all audiences, even those not interested in capes and cowls.

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, a master thief who’s just finished a three-year stint in San Quentin prison. While his crime was more of the Robin Hood variety, his criminal record is making it very difficult for him to keep a job and make ends meet on the straight and narrow path. Motivated by his desire to be there for his young daughter’s life, Scott joins forces with former prison buddy Luis (Michael Peña) and his crew (Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian) for a sure-thing burglary job. Unbeknownst to Scott, the safe he’s cracking belongs to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who developed the shrinking technology that powers the Ant-Man suit.

Seeing Scott’s potential, Hank mentors the ex-con and unlikely superhero to become the next Ant-Man, who can shrink down to insect size and increase in strength, as well as control an army of ants. Together with Pym’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), they attempt to stop Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Pym’s former protege and current head of Pym Enterprises who plans to use the shrinking technology for nefarious purposes.

Ant-Man is an action-comedy that keeps you laughing from start to finish, and while it’s officially a superhero film set in the Marvel universe, this is really a heist. All the complicated pieces of the puzzle have to fit together perfectly, or else the entire plan will fail. Since this is an origins story of Scott Lang’s tenure as the diminutive hero, we’re informed on his past crimes and also get to meet the family that motivates him to do what he’s doing; we also get to find out about Hope and Hank’s past.

Rudd proves himself a headline star in this final entry of the Marvel’s “Phase Two,” and becomes one of the most likable and humorous superheroes in the MCU. Since Scott’s speciality is high-tech burglary, we also get several training montages as he learns how to manipulate the suit, and command the ants. There’s also a great series of clips of Hope training him in hand-to-hand combat that’s come of the best parts of the film, as is Ant-Man’s surprising battle with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) at Avengers headquarters.

There’s so much greatness offered up in Ant-Man. Pretty much everything about it is awesome, warranting multiple viewings, which I happiness partook in with this Blu-ray release. Below is a breakdown of the bonus features along with my commentary, so if you enjoyed Ant-Man, check out the various featurettes on the making of the film, and definitely give the movie a watch with the commentary track turned on.

Bonus Features

Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide
A 15-minute making-up featurette. Here, the cast and crew talk about Ant-Man’s strengths; making a comedy-heist movie where a good of tradition “bad guys” (aka thieves) somehow become the good guys; and star Michael Douglas talks about how Ant-Man was his first big superhero, green-screen film. Plenty of interviews with the cast about their experiences working on Ant-Man, and behind-the-scenes footage. A lot of attention is paid to Ant-Man’s suit, as well as the stunts, effects, and wire work, as well as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s preparation for their respective roles as Ant-Man and Janet Van Dyne. This was a great feature, especially hearing Rudd talk about getting in shape, since all of his previous roles required him to be just the opposite. This featurette also reminds us that Ant-Man and Janet Van Dyne will be seen again in future Marvel films, including the tiny superhero’s upcoming role in Captain America: Civil War.

Let’s Go To The Macroverse
An 8-minute featurette centering Ant-Man’s most distinguishing feature – his diminutive seize. An important part of the film was making the audience believe that the character is actually shrinking down. A lot of perspectives had to be filmed, including Scott Lang resizing, as well as Ant-Man’s tiny ant-sized view of the world, and his army of ants.

WHIH NewsFront
This is a viral feature with the film’s news anchor Christine Everhart, and her interview with Scott Lang regarding his VistaCorp heist, for which he was convicted. This interview comes as he’s about to be released from prison. There’s also image feed of when a masked Lang broke into VistaCrop, and then disabled the security feed. This featurette also includes a hard-hitting Wired interview with Darren Cross about Pym Technologies, and a new technology he planned on unveiling that Summer.

Gag Reel
With a film like Ant-Man that already infuses humor into the action, you can imagine that there would be a pretty hilarious gag reel, and of course there is. At 3 1/2 minutes, the best part of this feature is definitely Paul Rudd dancing in his Ant-Man costume.

Deleted & Extended Scenes
Presented with and without commentary.

Audio Commentary By Peyton Reed And Paul Rudd
Feature-length audio commentary by director Peyton Reed and writer/star Paul Rudd.

Cover Art

Ant-Man Blu-ray Edition

Ant-Man 3D Blu-ray Edition

Trailer

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