No rules on this Blu-Ray.
Sicario: Day of The Soldado is probably one the most peculiar sequels to come out this year. The original Sicario, written by Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Wind River) and directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), wasn’t precisely the kind of movie begging for a sequel as its themes and story lines were completed on their own terms. But Sheridan was interested in expanding Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin’s characters into their own film with also possibility setting up a franchise of films that focused on black ops operations that doesn’t exactly look at the US – or humanity in general – in the most positive of lights.
The sequel, which was directed by Stefano Sollima of Suburra and Gomorrah fame, received a mixed response that praised how it retained the bleak qualities of the original but garnered criticism for its brutal politics and lack of polish from its predecessor but still managed to be a decent money maker at the box office and talks of a third film are in the wings. And just like that, the Blu-Ray is already on the horizon that will come to both standard Blu-Ray and 4K formats (plus a Best Buy steelbook to boot), with a release date for October 2nd. First up, the cover art, which is honestly kind of a neat cover that will be on both versions (while the BB steel gets something else):
Technical specs for the regular Blu-Ray are vague at the moment but the UHD will come sported with a Dolby Vision color grade and an Atmos soundtrack. As per usual Sonny’s treatment, I doubt the standard disc will have the Atmos mix but fingers crossed for a meaty sound mix anyway, preferably in 7.1 like the original.
All versions will also have the same three extras on their discs, of which includes:
- “From Film to Franchise: Continuing the Story”
- “An Act of War: Making Sicario: Day of the Soldado”
- “The Assassin and the Soldier: The Cast & Characters”
For my money, I honestly pretty much dug this. While not as tightly made at the original, how it double downs in its bleakness from the first and the increased scale kept me gripped, even with its rather blatant sequel hooky ending. Fingers crossed for a Black Friday sale on this baby for me!