Spider-Man: Far From Home Blu-ray Review
Film Review review by: Sarah Miles
This review will contain Avengers: Endgame spoilers. You’d think that would go without saying at this point but considering the fact that Tom Holland can’t even promote the film he’s in without people declaring it the dreaded S-word, I thought it best to err on the side of caution.
Disney are no stranger to putting out top-quality Blu-ray releases and there's little surprise that visually, Spider-Man: Far From Home, is perfect. It's a film with a particularly bright and vibrant colour palette that has transferred flawlessly to the 1080p encode used here. Everything from the deepest blacks during the reality bending Mysterio scenes to the bright red on the Spider-suit look clean, sharp and offer accurate colour saturation.
While the Blu-ray release of the film doesn't include the Dolby Atmos/True HD soundtrack that 4K owners will get to experience, the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track we do have here is reference quality. Clean and defined with a soundstage that makes clear and accurate use of all sound channels. It really comes into its own during the sequences where Spider-Man is dragged into Mysterio's hallucinogenic world with audio springing from all areas of the room - it's a brilliant and effective moment that would be lost on non-surround setups. It's quite a bass-heavy soundtrack but not to the point that it drowns out the more delicate aspects. Michael Giacchino's score sounds brilliant on top of the film's action.
There are also 4K Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray editions of the film available. We were able to give the 3D edition some time and it was as enjoyable experience as we've had with the format. Good use is made of the depth in many scenes but as is frequently the case something is lost in the overall definition and vibrancy of the picture.
Spider-Man Far From Home includes a decent array of additional features, although it sadly lacks a commentary track, there is still plenty of material to wade through mostly on the main Blu-ray disc.
There is a making of feature on the bonus disc. It's largely a puff piece with talking heads and a look at all of the key points in the film. Don't watch this before the main feature as it is spoiler-laden!
Peter's To-Do-List - New Original Short
This follows the main feature and is a nice little aside that sees Peter ticking of a variety of day-to-day tasks in his Spider-Man guise.
Gag Reel & Outtakes
Nothing massively surprising - other than the confirmation that Jake Gyllenhaal obviously had a great time taking part in the film - especially in his scenes with Tom Holland.
Never Before Seen Alternate and Extended Scenes
While it's clear that these were all cut for good reasons in terms of pacing, it's worth seeing the additional moments that could have made the film. None of the scenes would have had any impact had they been included. The most interesting is the sequence of Flash Thompson's mobile phone footage - which take in some of the key moments of the film from the perspective of his front-facing camera.
There are a selection of other features that vary in interest. Of those that remain there is a short feature on the five Spider-suits in the film (including the Far From Home black and red suit). A look at how the film referenced the first Iron Man with the idea that Mysterio's team are made up of ex-Stark Industries workers - including the return of Peter Billingsley's William Ginter-Riva. There are separate featurettes focusing on the stunt work and effects; the latter looking at a few key scenes before all of the effects work has been completed.
Spider-Man: Far From Home on Blu-ray is very much as you'd expect. The film is the perfect light weight epilogue to the far more weighty Avengers: Endgame. The disc features near flawless presentation and a decent selection of additional features that offer no real surprises. Still highly recommended.
- 3D Blu-ray
- 4K Blu-ray
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Dir: Jon Watts | Cast: Angourie Rice, Jon Favreau, Tom Holland, Zendaya | Writers: Chris McKenna (screenplay by), Erik Sommers (screenplay by), Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comic book by), Steve Ditko (based on the Marvel comic book by)