‘Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets’ prepares to dock shelves come November

Ground control to Major Tom (and maybe Luc Besson too).

Luc Besson’s 170-200 + million dollar budget passion project Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets, based on the french comic Valerian and Laureline, was a major flop over the summer. Despite its lavish production values and boundless imagination, the film struggled to find an audience between divisive reviews that were critical of its leads and writing while also fighting an uphill battle in July in a four way fight between Spider-Man Homecoming, War For The Planet of The Apes and Dunkirk. Still, much like Besson’s Fifth Element, there maybe a chance for the film to find an audience elsewhere and that destination is not the cosmos but home video. Dated for the 21st of November, Valerian is expected to hit both regular Blu-Ray and 4K formats but not 3D, despite the film selling that particular format as one of its biggest drawing points. Still, we’ve got info on the release for whatever ails ya, courtesy of The Digital Bits. First up, the cover art:

Next up extras, which sound fairly promising:

  • Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian documentary (with Paper, Ink, Flesh, Blood: Origins and CharactersTo Alpha and Beyond: Production and StuntsDenizens of the Galaxy: Humans and AliensThe Final Element: Visual Effects, and Wrap Up)
  • Enhancement Pods
  • Art of Valerian photo gallery.

And for a final note, both discs will utilize Dolby Atmos as their primary audio codec, while the UHD version will be blessed with Dolby Vision instead of a a standard HDR10 grading (though for those with 4K TV’s that don’t have DV, the discs will still play fine with regular HDR). Still, either way you slice it, this is definitely going to make for some glorious demo material to show off to your friends and family.

I make no secret that I thoroughly loved Luc Besson’s delightfully colorful and wacky space opera. You could criticize it for being style over substance or the leads being the wrong choice for this material but all I saw was something that was gloriously weird, sincere and just a bunch of idealistic fun from first frame to last. Plus, given how films like this tend to get “rediscovered” by fellow film geeks on streaming services and basic cable, I can call dibs by saying I was there before it was cool.