Spider-Man: Homecoming (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Disc Review)

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” may not be featuring the Spider-Man that I grew up reading but I will say that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was entertaining to the point that I watched it multiple times already because I really enjoyed watching the film.  The way I see it, if the “Spider-Man” trilogy or the next two films didn’t win you over, this movie may.  Wonderful story, loved the characters and this film was just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

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TITLE: Spider-Man: Homecoming


DURATION: 133 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition, 2:39:1 aspect ratio, English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,  French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese,  Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Thai

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017

Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Directed by Jon Watts

Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Producer: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal

Executive Producer: Victoria Alonso, Avi Arad, Louis D’Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee, Matt Tolmach, Patricia Whitcher

Co-Producer:  Mitchell Bell, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor

Music by Michael Giacchino

Cinematography by Salvatore Totino

Edited by Debbie Berman, Dan Lebental

Casting by Sarah Finn

Production Design by Oliver Scholl

Set Decoration by Lauri Gaffin

Costume Design by Louise Frogley


Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man

Marisa Tomei as May Parker

Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

Zendaya as Michelle

Donald Glover as Aaron Davis

Jacob Batalon as Ned

Laura Harrier as Liz

Tony Revolori as Flash

Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz/Shocker

Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag

Garcelle Beauvais as Doris Toomes

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

It is well-known that there is friction between Marvel Studios (which is currently owned by Disney) and their Marvel’s deal with FOX which gave them ownership to the X-Men films (and formerly the “Fantastic Four” films) which prevents the interaction of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to co-exist.  But one big question that many have wondered is if one of the most iconic characters, Spider-Man, which the films are with Sony Pictures, would ever appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

And when it was announced that Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios and Disney would collaborate and allowed Spider-Man to be featured in a MCU film, not only was it unprecedented, fans applauded the studios of working together.

Spider-Man would be featured in “Captain America: Civil War” and now we have a new Spider-Man film which allows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and even Captain America to be featured in a Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The film begins not long after the Battle of New York (as featured in the first “Avengers” film).  Adrian Toomes (portrayed by Michael Keaton) owns a salvage company and is contracted to clean up the city of the destroyed alien Chitauri technology that have littered the streets of New York.

As Adrian sees the financial possibilities of obtaining this technology, the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.) and a partnership with Stark Industries and the U.S. government have come in to take over, upsetting Adrian because he hired a lot of helped and spent his own money for the operation.

Having lost the job, his men reveal that they still have some of the alien technology.

Fastforward eight years later (following the events that took place in “Captain America: Civil War”), Peter Parker went to help Tony Stark/Iron Man and when taken home, is told that if they need him, they will call. Meanwhile, Happy Hogan (portrayed by Jon Favreau) would be watching over him.

And while Peter lives a double life as an intelligent studying at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, he takes on thugs or helps people with issues around the city, growing bored and wanting to do something huge.  He lives with his Aunty May (portrayed by Marisa Tomei) and hangs out with his best friend Ned (portrayed by Jacob Batalon) and has a crush on Liz (portrayed by Laura Harrier).

Meanwhile, we see that Adrian Toomes and his men have utilized the technology to pull of major theft of alien technology and selling it to the highest bidder and becoming wealthy because of it.

One device made is a shocking device and the person utilizing the technology would be known as The Shocker, while Toomes has a vulture like apparatus that allows him to fly and use the machinery as a weapon.

One day, as Spider-Man is out patrolling, he discovers a group of thieves dressed up with Avengers masks trying to rob a bank near his home.  Spider-Man goes to stop them but is shocked that they have alien technology that can literally destroy buildings quickly and another that makes him utilizing magnetic technology.

When he goes back home and sneaks in, Peter is unaware that his friend Ned is in his room and now Ned knows his secret that Peter is Spider-Man.

And as Peter tries to keep his double life in check, he is wanting to know more about the people using the alien technology despite the warning he receives from Tony Stark that he must stay on the ground.  Will Peter’s pursuit of who is using the Chitauri put him in true danger, especially of the people who are close to him?


“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is presented in 4K Ultra High Definition ala 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio).

The film looks absolutely magnificent in 4K Ultra HD and Spider-Man’s outfit is vibrant, colors and visual effects look magnificent and with each passing year, I can’t help but be in awe of how these MCU films look better and better.

Videophiles will no doubt be happy with this release.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI (Category 2) Cable.


Lossless audio quality is equally impressive. Presented in English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description.

The lossless audio is no doubt immersive considering the amount of action featured in this film.   Each shockblast, each web shot by Spider-Man, hearing the Vulture’s steel wings in action to the many numerous situations that involve explosions and weaponry, these sound effects for this film is truly marvelous.  Similar to the picture quality, for audio, lossless audio for this film is magnificent!

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Thai


“Spider-Man: Homecoming” comes with the following special features (on the Blu-ray Disc):

  • The Spide Study Guide – Watch the film with informative pop-ups and hidden references.
  • Gag Reel – (2:17) Bloopers from “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – (16:17) Featuring ten deleted and extended scenes.
  • A Tangled Web – (6:12) Stan Lee and filmmakers discusses Spider-Man becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Searching for Spider-Man – (8:05) A featurette about Tom Holland and having him as Spider-Man.
  • Spidey Stunts – (5:48) A featurette about the stunts on “Spider-Man” and how when Tom Holland auditioned for the film, he was doing stunts and using his gymnastic/dance background in the film.
  • Aftermath – (4:48) A featurette about the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe and incorporating storyline elements (featured in the “Avengers” film) to Spider-Man.
  • The Vulture Takes Flight – (6:02) A featurette about creating the antagonist, the Vulture on film.
  • Jon Watts: Head of the Class – (5:30) A featurette about hiring Jon Watts as the director of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and how he takes the character somewhere that has never been done for character on film.
  • Pros and Cons of Spider-Man – (3:28) Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon discussing the pros and cons of Spider-Man.
  • Rappin with Cap – (2:26) Featuring all four Captain America school films.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers


“Spider-Man: Homecoming” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.

Growing up as a fan of “Spider-Man”, it has been interesting cinematic experiences.  From the Sam Raimi trilogy featuring actor Tobe Maguire in the 2000’s and the Marc Webb films starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 and 2014.  I was entertained by those films.

But with the Marvel Cinematic Universe establishing a well-oiled machine showcasing Marvel’s well-known characters interacting in each other’s films, one of the troubling situations was knowing that various superhero teams or superheroes featured from one studio, may not appear in the Disney/Marvel Studios films.

And when it was announced that Sony agreed to a collaboration for Spider-Man to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first with “Captain America: Civil War” and now with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and I see this as a win-win, for the studios but also the fans who have seen the MCU and how these characters and films tie together as a major plus.

But with numerous Spider-Man films, how would “Spider-Man: Homecoming” do compared to the other films?

For one, there is no rehash of how Spider-Man became a hero, no Uncle Ben, no jocks vs. geeks storyline.  No Mary Jane Watson.  No Gwen Stacy.  In fact, no one knew what to expect from filmmaker Jon Watts (known for indie films, “Cop Car” and “Creative Control”), especially as the film had numerous writers such as Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Watts along with Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

And probably the unknown is what made this film so enjoyable for me.  We saw how Spider-Man was recruited by Tony Stark in “Captain America: Civil War”, but what happened after that film is what many wondered how “Spider-Man: Homecoming” would end up.

The film would kick off by creating a tie-in to the first “Avengers” film with showing how Adrian Toomes owning a salvage company, taking alien high-technology from the ravaged streets of New York and then being kicked to the curb by the government and Stark Industries.  But Toomes and company managed to keep some of that alien technology and eight years later, he and his crew would be able to create superpowered weaponry with the salvaged Chitauri technology and become an arms trafficker.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker who served with Iron Man and other Avengers would now be returned back home and would need to report to Happy Hogan, the former head of security of Stark Industries.  While wanting to be in major skirmishes like the Avengers, Peter Parker for now will be the neighborhood crime-fighting hero, even if it means walking elderly across the street or vandalism.

But meanwhile Peter is trying to balance school and uses his superhero front working with Stark Industries as a “student internship” and trying to enjoy his teenage life with his buddy Ned while enjoying the presence of his high school crush, Liz from afar.

But life changes for Peter when he discovers Toome and their crew trying to use Chitauri technology for crime and because of their deadly weapons, he was nearly killed until Tony Stark utilized one of his costumes to save Peter.  But Peter wanting to prove himself to Tony Stark pursues the criminals not realizing the full extent of the danger that awaits him but also how with great power comes great responsibility.

The major difference between this Peter Parker than other incarnations of Peter Parker is that this is a modern film.  The costume that Peter Parker wears utilizes technology from Stark Industries giving him a wide range of selections for combat and even has an assistant built in to the costume.  And part of the entertainment factor is seeing Parker learn what his costume is capable of.

Meanwhile, as for Peter, another key difference is that while he is often bullied by Flash, unlike the first trilogy and the comic books, Flash is not an athlete but a part of Peter’s decathlon team.  Modernized for today’s generation, I liked how the film portrayed Peter, Ned, Liz, Flash as smart, intelligent teens and showcasing geeks as “cool” unlike the past where the geeks were always tormented by the jocks.

The film mirrors today’s world society and one of the things that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done was to show diversity.  The film showcases a white teen who has a crush on an African American teen, her mother is married to a Caucasian man, the film features Peter Parker’s best friend Ned who happens to be a Filipino.

It may not mean a lot to some people but for those who have been wanting to see diversity, wanting to see situations that mirror real life and have wanted Hollywood to showcase diversity will definitely get that with “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The film looks absolutely fantastic on 4K Ultra HD and the lossless soundtrack is immersive and quite active thanks to the plethora of action sequences.  And you also get a numerous special features included as well.

Overall, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” may not be featuring the Spider-Man that I grew up reading but I will say that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was entertaining to the point that I watched it multiple times already because I really enjoyed watching the film.  The way I see it, if the “Spider-Man” trilogy or the next two films didn’t win you over, this movie may.  Wonderful story, loved the characters and this film was just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For those who are looking for a legal drama series with a lot of humor and a series that is just all-out fun, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” is recommended!

Images courtesy of © 2011 Sony Pictures Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season

AIRED ON: 2011

DURATION: 10 Episodes (422 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: Not Rated

RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2012

Directed by Jason Ensler, Andrew Fleming, Steve Robin

Written by Bill Chais, Kevin Falls, Bill Krebs, Kristi Korzec, Aeden Babish

Executive Producer: Jason Ensler, Bill Chais, Kevin Falls, James Tarses

Co-Executive Producer: Jack Clements

Associate Producer: Katie O’Hara, Deen Dioria

Music by John Mace, John Robert Wood, The Elements

Cinematography by Dennis Hall

Edited by Philip Carr Neel

Casting by Debi Manwiller, Ricahrd PAgano

Production Design by Kevin Constant

Art Direction by Guy H. Tuttle

Set Decoration by Chuck Potter

Costume Design by Kelli Jones


Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin

Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash

Reed Diamond as Damien Karp

Dana Davis as Carmen Phillips

Garcelle Beauvais as Hanna Linden

Kumail Nanjiani as Pindar Singh

Malcolm McDowell as Stanton Infeld

Cristina Valenciaga as Infeld Daniels Secretary

Claire Coffee as Janie Ross

Alexandra Holden as Debbie Wilcox

Rhea Seehorn as Ellen Swatello

Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer, “Robot Chicken”) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “NYPD Blue”) have a funny way of practicing the law. From making out with a plaintiff, to fist fighting on the courtroom steps, to chugging beers as evidence, these rogue lawyers will pull any wild stunts to win a client’s case. But their unorthodox methods get results. That’s why eccentric attorney Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell, “The Artist”) asks them to join his high-powered law firm. Prepare for a culture clash as Franklin & Bash teach the old legal system a few new tricks. The complete first season features guest stars Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Beau Bridges (“The Descendants”), Harry Hamlin (“L.A. Law”), Tom Arnold (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”).

In 2011, the American drama-comedy “Franklin & Bash” aired on TNT.  Created by Kevin Falls (writer for “The West Wing”, “Sports Night”, “North Shore”) and Bill Chais (“Shark”, “Family Law”, “Dirty Sexy Money”), the series would star Breckin Meyer (“Road Trip”, “Clueless”, “Rat Race”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“NYPD Blue”, “Raising the Bar”, “Saved by the Bell”).

With the second season of “Franklin & Bash” starting in June 2012, the first season featuring ten-episodes, will be released on DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Jared Franklin (as portrayed by Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (as portrayed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are two attorneys, who are guys who behave like they are frat boys rather than mature attorneys.  Both men love looking and talking about women and calling each other names and also making fun of people.

Jared is a self-confident lawyer who is the son of a famous trial lawyer, but refuses to work under his father and is often known for shooting his mouth or doing things without thinking.  Peter is Jared’s best friend, legal partner and the mature person of the two, but still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Janie (as portrayed by Claire Coffee), who happens to be engaged to another man.

And with these two men, working for them are Carmen Phillips (as portrayed by Dana Davis), an ex-convict receiving a second chance at life. And Pindar Singh (as portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani), who is an agoraphobic and sci-fi fan that lives with both men and is often responsible for setting things up with their computers.

While both Franklin and Bash are new lawyers and are struggling to pay the bills (and have yet to pay Carmen and Pindar), good news comes their way when Stanton Infeld (as portrayed by Malcolm McDowell) of the law firm Infeld Daniels, is drawn to both Franklin and Bash’s unconventional technique in court.  And offers them a position at his corporate law firm.

And sure enough, Franklin and Bash now work for Stanton.  But at the new law firm, there are some attorneys who do not like Franklin and Bash.  One is Stanton’s nephew Damien Karp (as portrayed by Reed Diamond), who becomes the duo’s rival.  Meanwhile, Damien’s ex-girlfriend, lawyer Hanna Linden (as portrayed by Garcelle Beauvais), tries to get closer to Jared in order to get back at Damien.

The first season of “Franklin & Bash” showcases both men working at Infeld Daniels, taking on major cases for the law firm.

“Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” comes with the following episodes. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode featured in this set.


  • EPISODE 1: Pilot  – Franklin & Bash are hired by Stanton Infeld to join their corporate law firm.  The duo take on the case to defend a heroic airline pilot.
  • EPISODE 2: She Came Upstairs to Kill Me – Franklin & Bash take on a case to defend Isabella Kaplowitz (special guest: Natalie Zea) who is accused of using sex to kill her elderly billionaire husband.
  • EPISODE 3: Jennifer of Troy – Franklin & Bash take on a lawsuit to defend Jennifer Putnam (special guest: Jillian Bell), who was fired because she was too sexy, but when the guys meet her, she is quite plain.
  • EPISODE 4: Bro-Bono – Franklin and Carmen team up in a divorce case to undercut a millionaire adventurer Rick Paxton (special guest: Harry Hamlin).


  • EPISODE 5: You Can’t Take It With You – Franklin & Bash take on a case for a client who owns a world series home run ball (special guest: Robert Pine) but for Jared, he must take on his superstar lawyer father Leonard Franklin (special guest: Beau Bridges).  Peter and Hanna represent reality star Ronny Streppi (special guest: Tom Arnold) against producers that portrayed him as a bad father.
  • EPISODE 6: Big Fish – Franklin & Bash are hired to represent a revile and terminally ill financier, Carter Lang (special guest: Jason Alexander).
  • EPISODE 7: Franklin vs. Bash– Jared and Peter represent two pole-dancing sisters, Amber North (special guest: Jud Tylor) and Simon Winters (special guest: Marisa Petroro).

Disc 3

  • EPISODE 8: The Bangover – Franklin & Bash are put on house arrest by a Judge Sturgess (special guest: Kathy Najimy).  Meanwhile, an ex-con puts Carmen in danger of parole violation.
  • EPISODE 9: Bachelor Party – Bash is hired to defend his ex-girlfriend Janie Ross’ fiance Nathan Conner (special guest: James Van Der Beek). Franklin defends a teacher accused of having sex with a student.
  • EPISODE 10: Go Tell It On the Mountain – Stanton is being manipulated by a scheming law partner (special guest: Tricia Helfer).  Franklin & Bash must prove Stanton’s innocence of a murdering his best friend 15-years ago.


“Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” is presented in widescreen 1:78:1 and English Dolby Digital 5.1 Digital Surround. For the most part, “Franklin & Bash” is a series that has always looked good on DVD.  Video quality has its vibrant moments outdoors, well-lit during indoor scenes and one of those series that I wished was released on Blu-ray.

With that being said, like most series on DVD, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” while looking good, does tend to show some artifacting (most people will not notice) as expected on DVD especially during darker lit scenes.  But for the most part, this is a good looking series on DVD.

As for the audio, presented via Dolby Digital 5.1, this legal drama/comedy series is dialogue driven but also tends to feature quite a bit of music and both dialogue and music are clear and I detected no audio problems during my view of “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season”.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.


“Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Franklin & Bash Behind the Scenes – (3:56) Interviews with the cast of “Franklin & Bash” who talk about the characters they portray.
  • Franklin & Bash & Friendship – (1:59) What happens behind-the-scenes of the filming of “Franklin & Bash” and the bromance between Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar and how cool their chemistry is between their characters.
  • Creating the Cases – (1:59) Executive Producer Kevin Falls and Bill Chais talk about the cases for the series.
  • Behind the Behind – (1:12) Mark-Paul Gosselaar talks about the nude scene he done for the series and the challenge of doing the nude scene.
  • Working for Franklin & Bash – (3:13) Dana Davis and Kumail Najiani talk about their characters.
  • Malcom McDowell Office Tour – (1:34) A featurette featuring actor Malcom McDowell giving a tour of Stanton Infeld’s office.
  • Man Cave Tour – (6:34) Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Goselaar take the audience of the tour of Franklin & Bash’s hme.
  • Franlin & Bash Commercials – Featuring three commercials: Bilingual, Legalese and Hot Tub
  • Gage Reel – (2:16) Outtakes from “Franklin & Bash”.

“Franklin & Bash” is a legal drama/comedy series that I really enjoyed.  With what a legal comedy drama series such as “Drop Dead Diva” has done in showcasing the female perspective and the long friendship between two women, “Franklin & Bash” does for the male viewers in bringing the bromance to television by showcasing two guys who work hard, party hard and aren’t afraid to have fun outside and inside the court room.

Granted, “Fraklin & Bash” is definitely more slanted for the male viewers as both main characters are always checking out the ladies and love having fun, the chemistry between both characters work well.  Almost in a frat brothers kind of way!

Also, another major plus for the series is that Malcolm McDowell plays the role of a major partner of the law firm and like Franklin & Bash, he likes to have some fun for himself as well!

And with a cast of cool supporting characters and a special guest appearing in each episode, “Franklin & Bash” turned out to be a pretty cool legal drama series with a lot of comedy and definitely not meant to be taken seriously.  The writers definitely push the button on how crazy things can go.  For example, in the episode “Pilot”, Franklin gets one of the witnesses to undress in court.  In another episode, while trying to showcase a client that has been terminated for her beauty (when in reality, she’s just a plain woman), Bash somehow gets captivated by the young woman and starts kissing her during trial.

So, while we have seen a good number of serious drama series in the past, once in a while, it’s good to find a drama series about lawyers, that doesn’t take itself too seriously and the characters can be fun to watch!

As for the first season, the series definitely has come out strong but it will be interesting to see what direction the series will go for season 2.  The fact that these guys continue to win their cases and act the way they do, there has to some conflict or some form of change that will affect or test Franklin & Bash’s friendship.

As for the DVD release, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” only features 10 episodes and quality for video and audio are very good on DVD.  You also get a few bonus features on all three discs but I’m hoping that there will be a commentary track for the next season release or even longer special features.

The first season of “Franklin & Bash” was enjoyable.  Each episode was fun to watch, both Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are great and the supporting cast including Malcolm McDowell were all fun to watch.   And the fact that each episode has a special guest star was also great to see.

Overall, for those who are looking for a legal drama series with a lot of humor and a series that is just all-out fun, “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” is recommended!