All right, no sooner did we post our last column then word came in that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially set Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner: 2049 for release on Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on 1/16/18, as expected (SRP $35.99, $44.95, $28.98, and $44.95, respectively). The Digital HD release is set for 12/26.
It appears that the Blu-ray and 4K editions will all feature Dolby Atmos audio. There’s mention of High Dynamic Range in the official press release, but not Dolby Vision, so the HDR is likely HDR10.
Keep in mind that this film was finished as a native 4K Digital Intermediate (with digital capture at 3.4K), so it should look pretty great, especially in Ultra HD. [Read on here…]
Extras on the Blu-ray editions will include 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes (among them 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, and Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies).
We also know that Best Buy will have exclusive Steelbook packaging, and Amazon.de has a special package that includes a replica of Deckard’s Blaster. We’ll add additional exclusives as we hear of them.
Here’s a look at the cover artwork for all three Blu-ray versions (with Amazon.com pre-order links if available – we’ll add the 3D link as soon as it’s up)...
- Bill Hunt
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