‘Blade Runner 2049’ Comes to Blu-Ray

Wonder if you’ll have to take a Voight Kampff test before buying a copy.

Blade Runner 2049 was released in cinemas just a few months ago to mixed success; On one hand, the film was hailed as a critical darling, seen as one of the best films of the year and a worthy successor to the original that expanded on its themes and ideas without having to recycle what came before it. On the other hand and in an instance of history repeating itself, it under performed at the box office, barely scarping together 90 million domestically on a budget that had figures bouncing between 150 to 180 million (international figures were better but not by much). Still, much like the original, there’s a chance it’ll have a second life on video and Warner Bros might just give it one, starting on the date of the 16th of January where the film will be released in standard, UHD and 3D discs. First up the cover art, which will be universal on all three sets (with back covers of the regular Blu and UHD shown as well):

Next up are the extras, which look plentful but might just be fluff. Here’s hoping what is there is worth it:

  • Designing The World of Blade Runner 2049
  • To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049
  • Prologues: 2036: Nexus Dawn
  • Prologues: 2048: Nowhere to Run
  • Prologues: 2022: Black Out
  • Blade Runner 101: Blade Runners
  • Blade Runner 101: The Replicant Evolution
  • Blade Runner 101: The Rise of Wallace Corp
  • Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049
  • Blade Runner 101: Joi
  • Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies

Both the 1080p and 4K disc will utilize Dolby Atmos as their primary codec for audio. However, it is unknown if the 3D release will. WB has been ditching them for quite some time now in favor of regular DTS-HD-MA 5.1 tracks (which will also be on the other releases as well) but I’ve heard some rumors that the 3D release MIGHT use Atmos after all. Only one way to find out.

I wish I caught 2049 while it was still playing in theaters to see what the fuss was about but life is a tricky mistress. I know several people personally who’ve seen it had interesting reactions (a few of my friends loved it while my mom, a long time lover of the original, was pretty mixed overall) but I’m curious to see how I’ll respond to it. I love the original film but my relationship with director Denis Villeneuve is uneven (I loved Incendies and Prisoners but was left cold by Sicario and Arrival). I do hope to see this soon, however!

  • As DeadFella mentioned, box office/big names get the promotion.

    Also, head to the overview and hunt down my AoS review link!

  • TheDeadFellow

    Probably because of the big names of Gosling, Ford and Leto. At least that’s what I assume.

  • The Nuclear Witch

    Interesting that the artwork suggests that the cast is mostly male when in fact a larger part of the main characters are female. Hmmm..

  • DryButSoupy

    Absolutely. A film scholar or grad student needs to research the making of this film from pre-production through release and do an in-depth paper. Then that paper needs to be used as the text book guide to how to make a sequel.

    In a way, I’m glad it bombed financially because there won’t be a thousand studio executives wanting to “complete the trilogy.”

  • Larry Version 3

    Sitting up there as one of my favourite films ever and I’m definitely going to buy it without blinking, but my God, I hate that cover. It’s actually causing me pain. I think there is a chance the Australian version is even worse. It just looks way too bright considering the tone of the film and feels al wrong.

  • Huh, could be something like that, I’m not sure either, but I think it’s eligible

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Is this an American film?
    Do they count films by foreign directors?
    I honestly have no idea hire they operate

  • William Dhalgren

    It has so much to do with approach. They assembled a team that had the best chance at pulling the rabbit out of the hat. If they had rushed the script through the typical Hollywood hacks and hired some lame, airhead to direct, we would have gotten a piece of shit film. And, the shit of it is, it probably would have made a billion dollars.

  • William Dhalgren

    I’d let ’em waterboard me to get my hands on this BluRay. I’ve realized it’s only a few films per year that actually keep interested in the medium (outside of older films). This is one of those films. Can’t fucking wait to see it again.

  • Still easily one of the best films of the year, can’t wait to watch it again.

    Did you see that it wasn’t in this year’s 10 AFI picks? What? How? Why?

  • I had no clue it was released in 3D. Surprised they’re even releasing that blu-ray. Being one of the few fans of 3D (at home, at least), that’s my choice. I’ll worry about Atmos when my sound system can support it.

    Also, even though your mom didn’t love 2049, that’s awesome that she loves Blade Runner.

  • This will be a blind buy.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Easily the best film of the year.
    It’s not even a contest.

  • DryButSoupy

    I was totally skeptical of this film. But then I saw it.

  • DryButSoupy

    I’m definitely picking this up. And when this movie was first announced I would have never thought I’d say that. This was the very definition of a movie that didn’t need to be made. And yet it won me over. Looking forward to seeing it again.

  • Indianamcclain

    Very excited to see this in 4K.

  • Indianamcclain

    It’s worth checking out at a dollar theatre, if you have one of those around you.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I literally would take six if they’d release it in time to use as stocking stuffers. Big goof there.

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    I’ll take six.

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    I so regret not having been able to catch it in theaters. I’ll definitely pick up the BR.

  • King Alvarez

    Sold!