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A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
88/100
4K Disc Released
Oct 6, 2017
HDR
HDR10 | Dolby Vision
Sound MIx
Dolby Atmos | Auro 11.1 | DTS
Aspect Ratio
1.90 : 1 (IMAX version) 2.39 : 1
IMDB Rating
8.0
Overall Score
Rating Overview
4K Picture
95%
Audio Quality
80%
Special Features
100%
Store
80%
Rating Summary
Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve is an outstanding film with spectacular visuals that smartly expands upon the world and themes of the original while charting its own course with compelling new characters.

The first movie of the Blade Runner series was released in 1982 and Ridley Scott directed it. The film may not have done very well in the box, but it was deemed as one of those ground-breaking movies that people talk about for ages. The movie made the most surreal visions come to life before our eyes, and that is what made the film more special than any other science fiction movies. So when Blade Runner 2049 was announced to be released in 2017, people were questioning the decision as it seemed impossible to deliver a sequel that can hold a candle to its predecessor.

Successfully living up to the expectation, Denis Villeneuve’s magnificent Blade Runner 2049 is possibly one of the greatest sequels of all time.

Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve is an outstanding film with spectacular visuals that smartly expands upon the world and themes of the original while charting its course with compelling new characters. It is a thoughtful, slow and deliberate movie that raised a lot of ideas. But again like the last one, the film lets you come to your conclusions and make you talk about the movie with others even after you’re done watching it. It is consistently gorgeous to look at, tells a complex and engaging tale, and manages to advance the original film’s themes.

Denis Villeneuve has done the unthinkable and expanded the concept of the original movie. He has given the film its own identity, but on the other hand, it also seemed like an organic continuation of the original film. Villeneuve understood everything that was history-making about the original movie and used its DNA to craft a worthy successor.

The performance by Ryan Gosling, the new blade runner was very impressive and he was the right person for that role. Harrison Ford’s acting was seen to be one of the best of his career. While Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks also delivered quite beautifully.

Some movies are so remarkable that they do not need any sequels. Blade Runner the original was one of those movies that I never wanted a sequel to be made of. The film was so special that the fans were bound to be worried if the sequel would ruin the original one as it has happened many times over the years. I was still very excited to watch the sequel to the ground-breaking original and thankfully, Denis Villeneuve delivered such a masterpiece that I think that this movie will be remembered for a long time just like the original.

blade runner 2049 4k review

K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner, an assassin assigned with tracking down and retiring (killing) late model Replicants who were not pre-programmed with a built-in lifespan. K himself is a Replicant but a very advanced one. He is also part of a division of the LAPD under Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright). K has only one purpose in his life, and that is to follow the order of his superior and to kill the rogue Replicants that he is ordered to. His life is of the same routine Get up, go to work, kill, and come home to his holographic AI girlfriend Joi (Ana de Armas). K finds a box which contains the remains of a female Replicant who died during a cesarean section, demonstrating that Replicants can reproduce sexually, previously thought to be impossible. According to Lt. Joshi, it could risk the future of mankind, so she orders K to retire the Replicant child to hide the truth.

K tries to track down the child, but while he does that, he finds out a mystery himself. So he goes on a mission to find a former Blade Runner known as Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for over thirty years.

The movie takes a while to build up the story and the characters. But when it does, it contains a lot of unexpected twists which makes the audience to hold on to their sits even though the movie is quite long. It took me a little time to process the movie after it had ended to realize how amazing it was. Even though almost all the critics have said great things about the film, there is a difference of opinions when it comes to comparing the movie with the original. Some critics have said that 2049 bested the original one, while the other wouldn’t go that far.

Blade Runner 2049 arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Bros. in a two-disc 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital set. Pressed onto a Region Free BD-100 disc, the discs are housed in a standard black 4K Ultra HD case with identical slipcover artwork. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. The included Digital code is redeemable through Movies Anywhere and unlocks a 4K UHD with Dolby Vision on Vudu.

Blade Runner 2049 can be found on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presented in 3840 x 2160p with a widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio, using 10-bit video depth, a Wider Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range(HDR), encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec.
Blade Runner 2049 gets closer than most films to being a complete 4K experience. It was shot at 3.4K, created in a digital 4K master for its cinematic release and even, so it seems, delivered with native 4K or 3.4K effects. This latter achievement is practically unheard of elsewhere in the film world to date.

blade runner 2049 4k review

The colours, the details, the sense of depth and lighting of the film is gorgeous. Rodger Deakins’ work as a cinematographer truly went on another level as the image detail, and clarity is just stunning. The most brilliant work is the color, contrast, and black levels thanks to a smartly applied HDR10 grading. The disc itself is encoded with Minimum Luminance of 0.005 nits and a Maximum Luminance of 10,000 nits, making the disc one of the first to use the full dynamic range available to HDR.

The pitch-perfect details in every scene are the way to get the audience into the Universe they created, which makes the audience to get to know about the Universe in a deeper way and get into the smallest details they have offered. The texture of the difference between the night and day in the movie was clearly seen including the shades of a person.

The holo-glitching excellence of Joi is just unbelievable and looked more real with the excellence of the picture quality.

The Blade Runner 2049 4K Blu-ray delivers undoubtedly one of the bests Dolby Atmos mix to date. It’s the kind of movie experience that inspires you to upgrade your sound system and raise that dial as far as you can so you can bathe in the sonic joy of a smart and balanced audio track like this. The dialogues are clean and clear throughout the whole movie. The audio in the disk is almost as impressive as it was on the big screens, including the thunderous bass and oppressive score. It also strongly prioritized even the slightest of sounds to make the movie come to life.

The presentation in the audio is as powerful as the video. There are some moments in the movie where the characters are silent and all the viewers are left with the environment. There is always something to hear. The clarity of the atmosphere is almost as pure as it is in real life. Sometimes it’s wind, sometimes rain, sometimes it’s nothing at all. The roaring bass in the audio is unmatchable by most movies. The gun sounds, the blast sounds make the experience complete.

The audio quality is very important if not the most important part of Blade Runner 2049. Without the perfect audio, the movie wouldn’t be as engaging as it was.

The special features were expected more from this movie as it is one of the most celebrated science fiction ever to be made. But the features were still very decent. There is a 21-minute feature on designing the world of Blade Runner 2049 gets things off to a good start. There are some interview clips and backstage scenes in the extras. It also covers the casting of the film. The best part is that the three short film prologues that were released before the theatrical runs, where included in the disc. Prologues:  2022: Black Out (HD 15:45) This animated short from director Shinichiro Watanabe serves to give a little bit of a story foundation behind an important event that is presented as history throughout the main film.  2036: Nexus Dawn (HD 6:31) Directed by Luke Scott, this short expands on the part of the prologue explaining how Jared Leto’s Wallace was able to continue production of Replicants and also plants a couple of seeds for his motivations in the movie.

2048: Nowhere to Run (HD 5:49) This expands on Dave Bautista’s Sapper Morton and how the character became a rogue Nexus 8 replicant.

Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049 (HD 21:55) With cast, crew, and creative team interviews, this is a pretty fantastic look at the making of the world of this sequel. While a lot of stuff is covered, 21 minutes feels a tad short for my taste. This could be its feature-length documentary I’m sure.

To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049 (HD 17:15) This is a fascinating look at not just the casting of the major players but the numerous small roles that had recognizable actors but featured in small important ways.

Blade Runner 101 (HD 11:22) This is a collection of six mini-featurettes that look at the film’s world and some of the design aspects. You can watch these individually or through a “play all” function. As they’re so short, it’s easier to just run through them in a single go.

In 2017, the movie was one of the best cinematic experience, and the 4k Blu-ray disc was one of the best releases of 2018. The gorgeous 4K image presentation with an attractive and impactful Dolby Atmos mix was delivered in the disc by Warner Bros.

The sharpest, cleanest and most-detailed 4k picture one has ever seen.

The special features may not have met the expectation, but it should still satisfy the buyers with the addition of the prologues. The video and audio quality of the movie will take the viewers into the world every time they watch it. It is one of the greatest sequels ever to be made, and the fans would gladly add the 4k Blu-ray disc into their home collection.