Blade Runner 2049 4KUHD Review

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The Movie: 7.8/10
I’ll confess, when I watched the original Blade Runner it was on video tape back in the 90’s and I was probably drinking heavily. I remember loving it, and full disclosure, I just really really do love dystopian science fiction, so it was a no-brainer. The thing is, I didn’t really remember most of it. We watched it again just before watching Blade Runner 2049 and it was like watching a new movie, which is exciting. I do appreciate the vision of this future. Let’s be honest, stories have been predicting that technology will take over human kind for a very long time. We have movies to depict the ideas, but it’s been a theme since people could tell stories and technology was becoming a part of human life. That all being said, somewhat boring, I think this vision of our future, even near future has the “yea that could happen” vibe which makes it more interesting. I don’t mean we’ll have artificial human machines walking among us in 30 years, but the overwhelming dependency on technology, the intrusion of it in every aspect of our lives, or the wonderful interactions of it even, that’s all a very plausible. I say this as I sit in a room with a device that I can call by name and have “her” turn on the lights in my house, tell me the temperature, tell me how to bake a cake, and give me a weather forecast….and it doesn’t seem weird at all anymore (it did at first, but now it’s part of our daily life).

The look of Blade Runner 2049 was mesmerizing to me from the start. I was IN, a world where giant holograms can dance in the street? YEA! I’m a sucker for an idea, and then when it looks awesome, my little movie loving heart melts.

The cast is right on, Gosling is brooding and moody, as needed, but not so intense that it’s cartoony. I’ll be honest, I know people bitched and moaned about Harrison Ford’s late appearance, in the story, but come on, you knew he was going to appear and the story isn’t really just about him, so I was fine with it. When a story isn’t just about the main character, but about the world they live in and a bigger story, it’s better to see the whole thing from different perspectives.

There isn’t really anything I would complain about in this movie, well, maybe I didn’t get enough of Princess Buttercup, but that’s just a personal preference for Robin Wright to be in every scene of every movie she’s in:) Overall it’s an excellent continuation of the tale of this almost futuristic tale of human kind’s struggle to survive our own choices.

Features: 7/10

  • Designing The World Of Blade Runner 2049 (21 Minutes) – Villeneuve and the producers explore the cast and look of the new movie.
  • To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049 (17 Minutes) – A look at the newcomer Ryan Gosling and Harrison Fords role in 2049.
  • Prologues (22 Minutes) – Three stylish Anime shorts that fill in the back story between the two films.
  • Blade Runner 101 (11 Minutes) – A series of primers for people new to the franchise.
  • 4kUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I really do love the Blade Runner universe. I don’t know if I love this cover. It’s busy and that horrible concept of just showing the stars of the movie and then a panel of something from the movie..boring. However, it is poster worthy and I would have it in my house, but not because of the design, just to remind me of a cool movie.

Audio & Video: 9/10
Shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins Blade Runner 2049 is a masterpiece visually and I won’t be surprised if it scoops up some Academy Awards this season. Warner’s 4K and Blu-ray transfer are exceptional at delivering this neon soaked future to the home release. Unfortunately the IMAX version of the film is absent here so we don’t get to see the taller more detailed version of the film. With a running time of nearly three hours the BD-50 used for the Blu-ray version  uses all 50GB which is good news for clarity lovers.  Shadow detail here is superb and I saw no signs of macro-blocking on either release.

Dolby Atmos is the order of the day here and it’s enough to make a replicant cry. Superb use of space here with effects that echo off the back walls at times. Dialog is central and easy to understand and LFE is incredible whenever a Blade Runner fires a weapon. There is also an extra DTS-HD MA 5.1 track if you lack the Atmos enabled receiver.

Overall Score 7.8/10