DVD Review: Blade Runner 2049 is a must-see movie.

Blade Runner 2049 got the critics sweating with excitement when it was released last Autumn, and now fans can enjoy it at home with the DVD and Blu Ray release. 

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Set 30 years after the events of the original and iconic Blade Runner film, Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that could plunge what's left of earth’s fragile society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and uncover the intentions of mysterious villain Niander Wallace (Jared Leto).

Firstly, the visuals on this movie are incredible.  Watch it on Blu Ray if you can because the universe created here is nothing short of stunning.  Desert, snow, sun, rain, cityscapes, vast landscapes… the settings will have you gripped and drawn into the this universe, instantly.


The pace of the movie varies throughout - sometimes fast and thrilling action; then slower, sensuous scenes.   It takes it time to do the story justice but it doesn’t feel as long as it is (almost three hours).  There are no filler scenes whatsoever, so make sure you've been before the movie starts!

Gosling is perfect as the lead, completely authentic and captivating to watch.  Ford is Ford - a true movie icon who brings that star quality to all of his performances.

 

As with the visuals and the plot, the score is also worthy of an Oscar. Moody, atmospheric and full of bass, we absolutely loved it.



We aren’t going to go into detail on the plot because it would be a travesty to give anything away but what we will say is whilst you don’t have to have seen the original, there are some great rewards for those who are fans of it.

It’s moody, sexy (especially some of the spicier scenes between Gosling and the female leads) and absolutely captivating.

35 years after the original Blade Runner, this movie is testimony that quality is timeless. 

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (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 (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.


DVD Special Features:

  • Blade Runner 101:
    • Six behind-the-scenes vignettes including The Replicant Evolution, Welcome to 2049 and the Rise of Wallace Corp
  • Prologues--Bridge the gap from the first film with three original shorts from directors Shinichiro Watanabe and Luke Scott:
  • 2036: Nexus Dawn - 6min short film directed by Luke Scott
  • 2048: Nowhere to Run - 6min short film directed by Luke Scott
  • 2022: Blackout - 15min short film directed by Shinichirô Watanabe

 
4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Special Features:

  • All content on the DVD
  • Designing the World of Blade Runner – an in-depth behind the scenes featurette with cast and crew including director Denis Villeneuve, executive producer Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Two-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray Special Features:

  • All content on the DVD, Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD
  • More than 30 minutes of Exclusive Featurettes:
  • To Be Human
  • Fights of the Future: The Action of Blade Runner 2049
  • Two Become One
  • Dressing the Skin: The Fashion of Blade Runner 2049
  • Five Exclusive Art Cards Designed by Matt Ferguson

BLADE RUNNER 2049 has a run time of approx.2 hours 37 minutes on DVD, 2 hours 43 minutes on all other formats and is rated 15.