Blu-ray: Recommended
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Release Date: March 26th, 2019
Movie Release Year: 2018
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Aquaman

Review Date March 25th, 2019 by
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James Wan's Aquaman surprises audiences with striking visual spectacle, dazzlingly action, and a memorable Jason Momoa, course-correcting the DCEU franchise in a fun direction. The standalone sequel swims the choppy shores of Blu-ray with a reference-quality HD video presentation and a demo-worthy Dolby Atmos soundtrack, but a small set of supplements. Still, the overall package is Recommended for superhero fans everywhere.

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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs: Two-Disc Combo Pack, BD-50 Dual-Layered Disc / DVD-9 Dual-Layered Disc, Region Free
    Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.39:1
    English Descriptive Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
    Special Features: Featurettes
    Sneak Peek
    DVD Copy
    Digital Copy
    Movie Studio: Warner Brothers
    Release Date: March 26th, 2019

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

4 Stars out of 5

You can read our full thoughts on James Wan's Aquaman in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE or the 4K digital version in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos HERE.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Warner Home Video brings Aquaman to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer code for a Digital Copy. The Region Free, BD50 disc sits opposite a DVD-9 copy inside a blue, eco-cutout case with glossy slipcover. After a couple of skippable promos, the screen changes to a generic static menu with options along the bottom of the screen and music playing in the background. 

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Two-Disc Combo Pack, BD-50 Dual-Layered Disc / DVD-9 Dual-Layered Disc, Region Free
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
    Special Features:
    Featurettes
    Sneak Peek
    DVD Copy
    Digital Copy
    Movie Studio: Warner Brothers
    Release Date: March 26th, 2019

Video Review

5 Stars out of 5

The Dweller in the Depths swims to the rocky shores of Blu-ray with a colorfully stunning and absolutely spellbinding 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that blows other DCEU titles out of the water, making it easily the best-looking entry in the series. 

Right from the opening moments, Don Burgess's cinematography captivates with an extravagant display of sumptuous secondary hues and pastels, from the gorgeous picturesque scenery of the lighthouse and the town on the Sicilian cliffs to the radiant neon lights of the underwater cities and battles. The HD video also boasts richly-saturated primaries throughout with impressive variation in the various tones and shades, particularly the reds and blues. At the same time, pitch-perfect contrast and brilliantly crisp whites turn every scene, both above and below water, into spectacularly vivid screensaver moments. And black levels are inky rich and luxurious, particularly during the many underwater sequences where dark, stygian shadows penetrate deep into the screen while maintaining exceptional visibility of background details, providing the image with a three-dimensional feel and a lovely cinematic appeal.

The freshly-minted, reference-quality transfer is also endlessly razor-sharp and near flawless, revealing every pore, wrinkle, and blemish in the face of the cast, especially during close-ups. Viewers can clearly make out the smallest detail in the remarkable production design, be it inside the Curry home or outside the local bar. More impressive still is the sharply defined stitching and threading in the Atlantean costumes, the thick nylon belts and the minute flaws in the various weapons, which are plainly visible even during the fast-paced action. In fact, the many, many CG battle sequences are continuously distinct and well-defined from a distance, allowing us to see every piece of debris and rubble while appreciating the tiniest imperfection and crack in the dilapidated wreckage of the ruins. 

Also worth noting, the presentation is not CIH friendly, alternating between aspect ratios often intended for IMAX screens but not actually shot in that format. To be perfectly honest, a majority of the movie and the underwater action sequences are in 1.78:1 widescreen, making the 2.39:1 anamorphic scenes rather moot and questionable, so owners will want to just stick with and use their 16:9 screens to better enjoy the movie. (Video Rating: 98/100)

Audio Review

5 Stars out of 5

Aquaman debuts on Blu-ray with the same awesome, reference-quality Dolby Atmos soundtrack as its Ultra HD counterpart. For a more in-depth take on the audio quality, you can read our review of the 4K Ultra HD HERE. (Dolby Atmos Audio Rating: 96/100)

Special Features

2 Stars out of 5
  • Going Deep into the World of Aquaman (HD, 20 min): An EPK-like piece with cast & crew interviews on various aspects of the entire production with lots of BTS footage.
  • Becoming Aquaman (HD, 13 min): Jason Momoa is given a few minutes to talk about the character, his performance and training for the role, letting fans know more about the actor. 
  • James Wan: World Builder (HD, 8 min): Featurette on the director working with others to build this universe from scratch, the performances and accomplishing the visual effects. 
  • The Dark Depths of Black Manta (HD, 7 min): As the title implies, an interview with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is on the character, his performance and the technology used. 
  • Aqua Tech (HD, 6 min): Closer look at the innovative CG special effects and the production design work that went into bringing this fantasy world to reality. 
  • Heroines of Atlantis (HD, 6 min): Interviews with stars Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman discussing their respective characters and roles in the plot. 
  • Villainous Training (HD, 6 min): Focus on Patrick Wilson and Abdul-Mateen talking about the extensive physical training they went through in an effort to keep up with Momoa. 
  • Kingdoms of the Seven Seas (HD, 7 min): Dolph Lundgren takes viewers on a tour of the seven distinct undersea territories with special attention given to the future spin-off sequel. 
  • Creating Undersea Creatures (HD, 7 min): As expected by the title, this featurette explores the fantastical underwater creatures, from concept art to CG realization. 
  • Atlantis Warfare (HD, 5 min): More on the VFX and CGI work mixed with the practical choreography and discussion on the Atlantean weapons. 
  • A Match Made in Atlantis (HD, 3 min): Momoa and Heard chat briefly about their friendly chemistry both on screen and off, interspersed with lots of BTS footage. 
  • Scene Study Breakdowns (HD, 11 min): Detailing three key action sequences.
    • Submarine Attack
    • Showdown in Sicily
    • The Trench
  • Sneak Peek (HD, 3 min): A sneak preview of the upcoming Shazam! film.

Final Thoughts

Like other entries in the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman lands ashore with its fair share of mild rubbish floating in the water, but thankfully, its recycled story of the King Arthur legend is set free from the net by spectacular action sequences, dazzlingly striking visuals and an awesome performance by Jason Momoa. In the hands of the capable James Wan, the action adventure tale is buckets of popcorn-munching fun and similar to Wonder Woman, course-corrects the series in the right direction. The standalone sequel swims the choppy shores of Blu-ray with an outstanding, reference-quality audio and video presentation. With a small but nonetheless enjoyable set of supplements, the overall package is recommended.

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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Two-Disc Combo Pack, BD-50 Dual-Layered Disc / DVD-9 Dual-Layered Disc, Region Free
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.39:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
    Special Features:
    Featurettes
    Sneak Peek
    DVD Copy
    Digital Copy
    Movie Studio: Warner Brothers
    Release Date: March 26th, 2019