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Blade Runner 2049 Blu-ray review: Dir. Denis Villeneuve (2017)

One of the first things any film lover considers about converting a certain, specific scale of visual adventure from the big screen to the small is… will it have the same impact? While Blade Runner 2049 was a marvel of escapism and new-world creation on the IMAX and cinema screen, does it hold enough narrative interest to make that transition smoothly? Let’s answer that one quickly, of course it does.

Denis Villeneuve‘s vision of Ridley Scott’s original takes all the hallmarks of that cult classic and pushes it forward with stunning cinematography from Roger Deakins. Also, in these days of the home cinema and 40″ – 60″ screen TV’s, and Dolby speaker systems, there’s no doubt that Blade Runner 2049 works on every level of entertainment, so much so you’ll want to revisit time and again because it’s utterly fascinating and features top drawer performances from those involved.

While I’d rather not drown you in superlatives, it might just happen every other paragraph. While Ridley himself thought it was a bit too long, and let’s be honest because there are scenes that could be cut back, Villeneuve’s vision and story-telling is exceptionally achieved. Of course, Blade Runner itself will never be touched and thankfully the director has been given the freedom to push that world beyond what we already know. Because of that freedom, and desire to build beyond, the fantasy has continued to be opened up and due to this, it exceeded every hope and  expectation as the entire world of Blade Runner remains entirely, and consistently, absorbing.

If you’re trying to decide which version to pick up, I recommend the 2-disc Blu-ray that comes with a host more extras that the standard one. It includes various exclusives and featurettes like ‘How to be Human’, ‘Fights of the Future’, and ‘Dressing The Skin’ and whilst I’m slowing delving through them, I’d like to guide you towards your home viewing by kicking off with the prologues.

These three short films help set up and stretch the space from the original film to ‘now’. 2022: Blackout begins the new journey, it’s not only a beautifully drawn anime short film, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, but its neo-noir cyberpunk stylistics fit the world quite perfectly as it offers us an exciting story. This is followed up by 2036: Nexus Dawn, this one, directed by Luke Scott (Yup, that one), gives an early and deeper insight into Jared Leto‘s Wallace and his obsession to build, this also stars Benedict Wong. Finally, we move closer to BR2049 with 2048: Nowhere to Run (also directed by Scott) that shows us Dave Bautista‘s Sapper in a much wider backstory and he, as always these days, is excellent.

Your 2-disc Blu-ray also comes with a wonderful set of 5 postcards, exclusive to this release, with art by the talented Matt Ferguson – Pick them it up here: http://amzn.to/2Ethhhf

Blade Runner 2049 is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital download: http://amzn.to/2EwUTUj

 

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