Spider-Man: No Way Home – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home is 20 years of storytelling from different voices painted on an unimaginable canvas. As you probably guessed by now, No Way Home features a roster of old and new faces alike, interacting in ways that you could only dream of. Given the massive scope of the narrative, you would think that the film would collapse under the weight of its own ambition, but remember, Marvel Studios has done this many times before.

Honestly, this movie should’ve been a mess. There are so many villains and heroes in this film that it’s kind of a miracle that this movie feels so in control. Because while the movie is chaotic, it’s the fun kind of chaos that’ll leave you glued to your seats for its entire 2 1/2 hour runtime. Of course, much of the success of No Way Home is because of the multiverse. For the most part, the returning actors are as amazing as you remember them.

For one thing, Alfred Molina seamlessly slips back into the rageful but noble characteristics that make his Otto Octavius from Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 a huge fan favorite. At the same time, it’s impossible to get tired of Willem Dafoe performing his best Jekyll & Hyde impersonation with his Norman Osborn. Despite all the brilliant actors in the film, No Way Home‘s standout is still Tom Holland. This is easily Holland’s best performance yet as the wall-crawler. He goes through the physical and emotional wringer in No Way Home and performs these complex emotional situations with ease.

With a myriad of emotional performances, action, and surprises, Spider-Man: No Way Home is arguably one of the best films in 2021. The multiverse, which can be a tricky concept to keep in line, is brought together beautifully here. I can’t wait to see how this complicated idea continues with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in a few weeks.

Movie Rating: 5/5 atoms

Spider-Man: No Way Home - Zendaya and Tom Holland

Video

Spider-Man: No Way Home hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. All in all, Sony’s Ultra HD release of Spider-Man: No Way Home is reference-quality from start to finish. It looks amazing. The Dolby Vision grading provides a high contrast picture, displaying rich highlights and deep blacks. However, it’s the color reproduction that stands out the most. For one thing, the reds and blues from the different Spider-Men are bold while still being distinguishable from each other. At the same time, the greens and blues from the villains look spectacular in any shade of the respective colors. Even orange and yellow are bold, and the colors of the cityscape stand out as well. The details are sharp, as close-ups, makeup effects, CGI, wrinkles, individual hairs, and costume textures are well-defined.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Spider-Man: No Way Home - Alfred Molina

Audio

Spider-Man: No Way Home hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Dolby Atmos track. Much like the film itself, the Atmos mix is big and loud (in a good way). The sound effects are dynamic, accurate, and flow smoothly across the soundstage. It’s something you can hear when Spidey webslings or debris flies across the screen. At the same time, the overhead effects rain down weather, electricity, explosions, and other effects—creating a fully immersive mix and putting you right in the middle of the action.

If you want an excellent example of this, head to the scene where the mirror dimension collapses. Here you’ll find the sound effects going all over the place and immerse you inside the mirror dimension. The atmospheric effects repeatedly fill up the entire soundstage, allowing for excellent immersion in certain scenes. Also, both Michael Giacchino’s compelling score and the dialogue are presented in excellent fidelity.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Spider-Man: No Way Home - Jamie Foxx, Thomas Haden Church, and Rhys Ifans

Special Features

Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • Bloopers & Gag Reel
  • Action Choreography Across the Multiverse
  • A Spectacular Spider-Journey with Tom Holland
  • Realities Collide, Spiders Unite
  • Graduation Day
  • Enter Strange
  • Weaving Jon Watts’ Web
  • Alternate Reality Easter Eggs
  • A Multiverse of Miscreants
  • A Meeting of the Spiders – Hero Panel
  • A Sinister Summit – Villains Panel
  • The Daily Bugle
    • Spider-Menace Strikes Again
    • Web of Lies
    • Spider Sycophant
  • Stunt Scene Pre-Vis
    • Apartment Fight
    • Shield Fight
  • Theatrical Marketing Materials
    • Tom & Jacob Lie Detector
    • Tom’s Press Tour
    • Georgia Promo
Features Assessment

Of course, the blooper reel is exactly what you expect it to be, and it’s funny to boot. With “Action Choreography,” you’ll get to see an in-depth look at the stunt choreography. Both “Spider-Journey” and “Graduation Day” is a retrospective featurette where the cast looks back at their journey through all three films. Obviously, “Spiders Unite” examines the process of bringing all three cinematic live-action Spider-Mans together. As you can imagine, “Enter Strange” deals with Doctor Strange and why he was crucial to the overall storyline. “Watts’ Web” discusses director Jon Watts’ vision for the trilogy and the character. Also, they discuss how his skills and personality helped bring everything together. As you can imagine, “Easter Eggs” uncovers the hidden secrets and easter eggs in the film.

“Multiverse of Miscreants” delves into bringing back the big villains from the other non-MCU Spider-Man films into No Way Home. Not to mention, the actors themselves recall their time in the superhero world. “Meeting of the Spiders” and “Sinister Summit” are easily the best features in this release. “Spiders” features the three Spideys sitting down and talking about their time as the web-slinger, while “Sinister” has the main three villains discussing their characters and memories of acting in the Spider-Man films. “Daily Bugle” segments are simply short clips of the Bugle’s coverage of Spider-Man. “Stunt Scene” highlights the rehearsal footage and finished scenes to show you how these scenes came together.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the best films in 2021, and the Ultra HD Blu-ray release is one of the best to come out in 2022 (so far). The video and audio presentations are reference-quality and a perfect companion for such an action-packed film. At the same time, the bonus features contain a lot of fun tidbits that’ll satisfy 20-years of live-action Spider-Man fans.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now available in stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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