Blu-ray Review: Blade Runner 2049 – Warner Bros.

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Synopsis:

With answers come questions. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for decades. The hunt for the truth begins in this follow-up to one of the most visually spectacular films in cinematic history. –WBSHOP.com

Review:

Blade Runner has long been one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies, but I never in a million years thought that we would get a sequel, especially after all of the time that has passed since the first movie. But here we are, a sequel to Blade Runner, with Harrison Ford returning(though not as the main character) and a badass Ryan Gosling leading the show. The story follows Gosling’s character, a replicant and Blade Runner, as he hunts down older, obsolete Replicants who have fled, and are now living in hiding.

If you’re familiar with the films of Denis Villeneuve, you are aware that he is known for stunning visuals, and compelling movies. Blade Runner 2049 is no exception. The original Blade Runner was also known for its unique, noir-inspired visuals, and I think Villeneuve was able to recapture that spark, all while giving it his signature look and feel. Blade Runner 2049 may have had a lukewarm box office reception, but I think it’s a fantastic film. I loved it so much that I almost immediately watched it again. Gosling is his usual bad boy self, and when Harrison Ford comes into the picture, things get even more awesome. Honestly the entire cast does a fantastic job, and with a director lie Villeneuve, everything comes together in a package that lands Blade Runner 2049 in my top 5 films of 2017.

One thing you’ll notice is, in spite of the several  highly effective action scenes, Blade Runner 2049 is rather slow, but always demands your full attention. The original film i kind of slow as well, so it feels like a direct sequel should, matching the tone and feel of the first movie. Also, at two hours and 30 minutes, a slow build is almost guaranteed. It’s certainly not a bad slow, but I am a big fan of slow-burning movies. If you’re watching this in hopes of nonstop action, you may walk away disappointed. But hopefully, knowing there is some downtime dedicated to building the story and creating the universe, you’ll be able to see Blade Runner 2049 for what it is — a remarkably well made movie, with stunning visuals, excellent performances, and pays ultimate homage to the first film.

Warner Bros. Blu-ray release of the film is superb. The film was shot digitally, and while I prefer films that were shot on film, the picture quality is crystal clear, allowing the superb visuals and photography to be displayed in all their glory. The AVC-encoded 1080p transfer is presented in 2.40:1. The audio quality is equally impressive. With several tracks to choose from, including the fantastic Dolby Atmos TrueHD 7.1 track, which is absolutely stunning. While retaining crystal clarity, the subtle background noise and backchannel tricks, makes viewing this movie as closely as possible to seeing it theatrically. Also included is an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, and two Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks, including French and Spanish languages. Also included is a narrative descriptive English language Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The extras are rather beefy, though not overly impressive. Several behind-the-scenes featurettes are included, as well as plenty of little pieces of bonus content explaining the mythology behind Blade Runner, and much more. You can see a full listing of extras below. Full disclosure: Warner Bros. provided me with a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack for the purpose of this review. My thoughts on this excellent movie are entirely my own. If you would like to purchase a copy of your own, you can get it at any retail outlet that sells media, as well as all major online shops. Here is a link to the WBSHOP website, if you would like to purchase your copy directly from Warner Bros.

Extras:

· 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