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!