SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Blu-ray Review

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Blu-ray Review

 

The Movie

Synopsis

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Directed By: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman

Written By: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman

Starring: Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), Mahershala Ali (Uncle Aaron), Brian Tyree Henry (Jefferson Davis), Lily Tomlin (Aunt May), Luna Lauren Velez (Rio Morales),  Zoë Kravitz (Mary Jane), John Mulaney (Spider-Ham), Kimiko Glen (Peni Parker), Nicolas Cage (Spider-Man Noir), and much more.

Genre: Animation, Action, & Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: Approx. 117 Minutes

Blu-ray Details

Audio

  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)

Video

  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, & Swedish

Special Features

  • We Are Spider-Man: Exploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.
  • Spider-Verse: A New DimensionWith a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the superhero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the art form as they discuss their journey.
  • The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life.
  • A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.
  • The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!
  • Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character.
    • Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse.
    • Scorpions and Scoundrels: Explore the classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse.
  • Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.
  • 2 Lyric Videos
    • “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
    • “Familia”  by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu)
  • All-New Original Short -“Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham”: It’s another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

My Thoughts

I give the Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse Blu-ray a B+.

I have to say my TV does not do this film justice.  It fails in comparison with the huge screen at the Chinese Theatre but none-the-less it is a colorful getaway that has you thinking its a movie in 3D when in fact it’s not.  The film has a unique approach to Animation and you definitely won’t be questioning why it won an Emmy or Academy Award.

I think my favorite two characters from this film are Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glen).  I like how they were “Spider-Man” from the  Multiverse version of the Spider-verse similar to the Arrowverse on The CW.  They brought a unique approach to the Spider-Man that we know today.  Did I mention Spider-Ham?   I also liked Spider Gwen.  Not because she’s a girl (as media likes to make a political agenda about it now) but because of the performance of Hailee Steinfeld. She fit the character perfectly.  Her suit was just bad-ass and added to her persona.  It just stood out with all the colors in the film.  I can’t forget to mention Shameik Moore’s performance as Miles Morales.  He brought the character to life. He was a character that anyone could relate to.  An awkward teenager going to a new school who happen to be bitten by a radioactive spider.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Spider-Man, this film actually explains the story.  I am not a huge fan of Spider-Man and I’ve only seen maybe 2 films prior to this one. I thought it was cool that each character, even Spider-Ham explained their story.

What was bittersweet was the Stan Lee cameo.  The one thing I always look forward to in a Marvel film is Stan Lee’s cameo. It brought a tear to my eye knowing that we have lost a legend but seeing him on the big screen was more joyful than sad.

Catch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse out on Blu-ray. 4K Ultra HD, & Digital March 19th!