BLADE RUNNER 2049: BLU-RAY REVIEW


Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista
Written by: Hampton Fancher (screenplay by), Michael Green(screenplay by)
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Original Year of Release: 2017
Run Time: 2hr, 44 min
Rated: R

The enigma of Blade Runner continues.

I won’t lie to you, I was thrilled that Ridley Scott was following up his seminal film. I was actually relieved after I saw Alien: Covenant that Scott had hired the director of Arrival, Denis Villeneuve, to direct. Apparently, Scott wanted to do another A.I. film with flute playing over answering the question of what happened to Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Rachel (Sean Young).

Denis Villeneuve delivered a worthy successor to Scott’s 1982 landmark film. However, first and foremost, it is long. Perhaps too long. Don’t get me wrong, I love the film, but I found myself asking could we cut this moment here and perhaps shorten a scene or two? This places the film is a very precarious situation with modern audiences. Audiences, who are used to fast cuts, snappy dialogue, and a sequel in less than two years to wrap up the loose ends. The runtime is only one factor as to why many stayed away from Blade Runner: 2049, the other is memory. Does anyone actually remember the first film?

I say that with great zeal as you are reading something by someone who has seen every version of the original film. Plus I have hosted two 35MM print screenings in my hometown. Yes, I love the original movie, but for the general moviegoer, Blade Runner is something that populates Harrison Ford’s IMDB account between Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back. More than a blip on his long career, for the true film aficionado, but one the average Ryan Gosling fan has never heard of.

Last and finally as to why the film did not do well at the box office was the issue that people do not care for the original. The Replicants are the good guys. In the original film, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) dies in the process of saving the life that was trying exterminate his own. Why? Because at that moment all life was precious to him. A tad more on the Zen side of movies and tough for those that love fast past action withHan Solo Harrison Ford chasing renegade robots through the street of futuristic Los Angeles (how the film was once described to me when I was 7). Here we see K (Gosling), a Replicant, looking for his place in the world and that perhaps he too is special. Audiences are forced to deal with the question of the soul, the rights of sentient beings, and slavery. Not really your popcorn night out with the kiddies.

All that being said, again, I loved the film. I found myself actually looking at my watch to see how much time had passed because the star of the original film hadn’t appeared yet. I was perfectly content at that point with a cameo by Ford (which it was not) as Gosling’s K had sucked me into his quest. The world was rich with layers upon layers to dissect and discuss with others that love this type of movie.

My biggest compliment, for a performance, outside of Gosling, is for Dave Bautista. Certainly, he can play the heavy in this type of film and his comedic skills as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are fine too. However, this bruiser delivered a gentle performance as Replicant who was changed after witnessing a miracle. For more of this performance, watch the “Prologues: 2048: Nowhere to Run” where we see more of his character Sapper Morton.

As I said, Blade Runner: 2049 falls into that “very precarious situation” where the film is just too long. For this film aficionado and Blade Runner fan, I’ll watch the film on snow days. When I have nowhere to go and can give myself over to the experience. I usually watch films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Zhivago on those days. So Blade Runner: 2049 is in good company.

Blade Runner 2049

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Blade Runner 2049” 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

·         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

 

“Blade Runner 2049” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

·         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

Own Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, 3D combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on January 16th, or Own It Early on Digital HD on December 26!

 

 

8.5 Total Score
Not for the average moviegoer.

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