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Blade Runner 2049 Ultra HD Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews this compelling sci-fi adventure that springboards from Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic which is based on characters created by author Philip K. Dick.



The Review at a Glance:
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Film:

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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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96



Details:

Studio and Year: Warner - 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 164 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure

Disc Format: BD-100
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana De Armas, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Music by: Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch
Written by: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green
Region Code: A

Release Date: January 16, 2018


"With Answers Come Questions"


My Take:

Three decades after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, 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, a former LAPD Blade Runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Wow. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is sci-fi noir at its finest. Attempting to follow that up with a sequel 30 plus years later would require epic filmmaking of the first order. Fortunately, that is exactly what you get in Blade Runner 2049. It’s narrative successfully bridges the gap, providing a compelling tale that rings true within the construct of the Blade Runner universe, complimenting, and bringing forward its character design and story arc.

That’s just one piece of the puzzle. From a cinematic perspective it truly captures the essence and presence of the moody world of the original while expanding upon its framework, creating an even deeper thematic capsule that underscores and embodies the subject material. I thought that Ryan Gosling and Harris Ford delivered solid performances, while the supporting turns by Robin Wright, and Ana De Armas complimented them nicely. Director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins combine to deliver a phenomenal vision that makes for a pitch perfect companion to its predecessor.

Blade Runner 2049 is a winner, holding up every bit as well during this second viewing. I look forward to sitting down with it again.



Replay Value:


Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence, some sexuality, nudity, and language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


UHD Presentation: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Dolby Atmos Rating: 100
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Blade Runner 2049 comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 56 Mbps and lossless Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.



Blade Runner 2049 was shot digitally, derived from a 3.4K source, and rendered from a 4K DI for its presentation in Ultra HD. With the limited exposure to Ultra HD sourced from 4K Digital Intermediates we are left to judge based upon what we have seen thus far. In this case the results are quite good.

The 1080p transfer looks solid and this Ultra HD rendering takes it up a notch with a discernible increase in detail, and emboldened highlights, both light and dark. Blade Runner 2049 is a beautifully crafted film, both in narrative, and scope. Roger Deakins’ terrific cinematography benefits from the enhanced resolution and emboldened contrast. The film has a multitude of streaming/cascading light and mixed light dark elements, that look terrific. This is a primarily dark film and its low-level sequences had excellent depth and dimension.

Intimate details can be seen, both in wide-angle and close-up perspectives, imparting a discernible increase in depth/dimension. The extensive use of CGI imparts some innate softening. I didn’t find it compromising per se, but I wouldn’t describe the overall nature of the video to be razor sharp.

The use of HDR is spot on, driving the story’s use of moody visual cues offset by gleams of light that illuminate dark environs, like the theater in Deckard’s hideout, or the interior of the vehicle used to transport him in the finale. The neon lights on the facia of its buildings stands out in stark contrast to the gradational blacks, grays and sepia, that make up its dystopian world. Primary colors are scant but are beautifully rendered when present. The film’s plethora of shadow laden environs offer increased resolve in terms of interstitial details that promote depth of field. Blacks are inky without compromise to fidelity.

Stylistically speaking, Blade Runner 2049 isn’t the type of film that is going to dazzle with its use of eye scorching dynamism or vivid color. There is no question that its Ultra HD presentation appears faithful and makes for a distinct improvement when compared to the 1080p Blu-ray rendering.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the active variety that makes steady use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a mix atmospherics, discrete effects and music accompaniment. This is done to very good effect and creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen in an involving and sometime visceral fashion. The opening sequence offers insights into what lay instore as the music and several audio cues wash over the listening position. The effect is outstanding and sounds terrific.

There are several key moments that are worthy of mention, the approach/crash landing in chapter 7 (beginning right around the 01:00:00 mark), the attack in chapter 12 (beginning right around 01:57:00) and the engagement/altercation in chapter 15 (beginning right around 02:20:00). Each contain a host of swirling effects, nearfield pans, weapon fire, a few explosions and ambience that comes together in a resplendent blend of room traversing sound that shows what this format is capable of. I consider this Dolby Atmos mix to be involving, entertaining, and among the best that I have heard.


For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

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Video: 96
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Audio: 100
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Blade Runner 2049 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.

This film has an intentionally stylized visual design that utilizes a monochromatic color scheme that works aesthetically well for the film’s theme and setting. The color range is limited to shades of gray, teal and black with splashes of crimson, blue, sepia, and a variety of secondary hues. Fleshtones hold up fairly well against the de-saturated chroma and don’t appear unnatural. Uneven light and shading are prevalent. Contrast is spot on which empowers whites and grays without washing away detail. Whites are punchy and grays are multi-staged and deep. I find the quality of the video to be high. It’s cleanly rendered with plenty of subtle refinement and delineation that enhances depth and reveals fine detail in objects, clothing, and physical features.

Blacks are gradationally revealing which combines with excellent detail in low light and shadowy backgrounds to provide a strong sense of dimension. It is important to note that proper adjustment of your display’s brightness setting is crucial to the ability to discern shadow detail. Many of the sequences take place in darkened interiors. All in all, this is an excellent high definition rendering that looked great on my large screen.


Having seen Blade Runner 2049 in the theater I had high hopes for its soundtrack in the home environment and I wasn’t disappointed. This lossless soundtrack is demonstration quality and sounds terrific. This recording has wide dynamic range and boasts an aggressive and loud sound design that in my opinion would make listening at reference levels to be difficult. Dialog is reproduced well, although I would have appreciated a more prominent position within the soundstage at times, as it was occasionally not forward enough. Front channel separation and imaging was spot on. This helped draw out both large and small sound elements, allowing their directional correlation based upon the onscreen events to be readily definable. The mix makes effective and aggressive use of the surround channels, submerging the listening position in a rotating web of sound that combines sound effects and musical accompaniment.

This is a dynamically charged sound mix that frequently utilizes the subwoofer to provide viscerally potent impact. The audio’s low frequency effects are applied authoritatively to underscore the bombastic and aggressive aspects of the presentation and it does so quite effectively. Its palpable presence is never in question as it contains refined bass quality that is appreciably superior and room energizing. Listening to opening sequence, several skin tingling bass sweeps, provide an example of what this soundtrack has to offer. It sounded so good I played it back several times. From there, prepare to be treated to an engaging listening experience as this is a sophisticated sound design that is loaded with various sound effects, spatial cues, timber rattling low frequency effects, and music. Each is clearly represented with enriching clarity, detail and appropriate sound field placement. I had a blast and enjoyed this audio presentation more at home than in the theater.


Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: Blade Runner 2049 Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Blade Runner 2049 Blu-ray
    • 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
  • Digital HD Copy



Final Thoughts:

Blade Runner 2049 is a successful sequel that resonates, bringing the events of Ridley Scott’s classic, {i]Blade Runner[/i], up to date via a cinematic extravaganza that is so much fun to watch. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment is this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo pack that features excellent Ultra HD video, reference quality high definition audio/video, including a remarkable Dolby Atmos immersive surround mix, and a fan friendly supplemental package. I can't say with certainty that Blade Runner 2049 has mass appeal, but, if you’re a fan, it’s an absolute must have on Blu-ray.















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Thanks Ralph Potts for another stellar review.
Can't wait for next week, when the UHD arrives
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Wow such high remark by Ralph. Absolutely must have. Preordered already. Thx
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If I am not mistaken, you didn't particularly care for Blade Runner. If that's the case, you may not enjoy this film. Keep that in mind.


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I loved the original and was waiting for the home release to watch this. It makes me so happy it not only is a good movie, but seems to be amazing on the audio/video front.
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Ralph, very good memory. Yes I did not enjoy the first one but I will try rewatching it soon . All my friends said blade runner is fantastic. I feel strange for myself so I will give myself another chance to watch it. Hope I will enjoy it . Thx for great review.
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Gotta agree with Ralph Potts. Must have love for Blade Runner, then you will enjoy Blade Runner 2049 even more!
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Hey Ralph, cheers for the review.

Can you 100% confirm it's a BD-100 disc? Most information has been listing the North America/Warner Bros. disc as a BD-66 and the Europe/Sony/rest-of-world disc as a BD-100.

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Can you 100% confirm it's a BD-100 disc? Most information has been listing the North America/Warner Bros. disc as a BD-66 and the Europe/Sony/rest-of-world disc as a BD-100.

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I checked the disc's spine. BD-100...


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I confess that I am a Blade Runner nerd of long standing. For obvious reasons, then, I saw Blade Runner 2049 in the theater the weekend it opened. I loved every minute of it and was bitterly disappointed by its underperformance at the box office. I preordered the UHD HDR TrueHD Atmos quality version from the Kaleidescape store and it was downloaded to my Kscape Strato on December 26. I have seen it several times since and remain deeply impressed by the quality of the storytelling and how well it works with the 1982 original.

I bought the UHD HDR TrueHD Atmos quality version of Blade Runner (1982) last October. This version of the film has one of the most beautiful treatments of both audio and video I have ever seen, regardless of the age of the film. It is a tribute to Ridley Scott, his cinematographer, and of course the engineers who remixed the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack from the 2007 BD into the TrueHD Atmos sound for the UHD HDR version.

As much as I liked how Blade Runner 2049 both looked and sounded, to my eyes and ears the current version of the 1982 original has it beat. This is a quibble, though. I give both films 10 Stars out of 10 and highly, highly recommend both.

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I liked the original Blade Runner (the Final Cut). I loved Blade Runner 2049. I watched it in true IMAX at the local museum opening weekend and months later, I'm still thinking about its deep themes and tremendous production values.

I bought the 4K Vudu version in Dolby Vision with Dolby Atmos and it looks and sounds incredible. I preordered the 3D disk and I cannot wait to see it with expanded dimensionality.
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I loved the sequel and can't wait to hear the Atmos soundtrack at home on a 5.1.4 setup. The theater I watched it at had pounding bass. I can't wait to see what my Power Sound Audio S3601 can do.
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I confess that I am a Blade Runner nerd of long standing. For obvious reasons, then, I saw Blade Runner 2049 in the theater the weekend it opened. I loved every minute of it and was bitterly disappointed by its underperformance at the box office. I preordered the UHD HDR TrueHD Atmos quality version from the Kaleidescape store and it was downloaded to my Kscape Strato on December 26. I have seen it several times since and remain deeply impressed by the quality of the storytelling and how well it works with the 1982 original.

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As much as I liked how Blade Runner 2049 both looked and sounded, to my eyes and ears the current version of the 1982 original has it beat. This is a quibble, though. I give both films 10 Stars out of 10 and highly, highly recommend both.
Being a new devotee to all things DV, I found that the UK version of Blade Runner 2049 is being released in DV while the US discs are most likely only in HDR10. I ended up preordering this disc on Amazon.uk just to make sure.https://www.highdefdigest.com/news/s...-release/40527
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I loved the sequel and can't wait to hear the Atmos soundtrack at home on a 5.1.4 setup. The theater I watched it at had pounding bass. I can't wait to see what my Power Sound Audio S3601 can do.
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Being a new devotee to all things DV, I found that the UK version of Blade Runner 2049 is being released in DV while the US discs are most likely only in HDR10. I ended up preordering this disc on Amazon.uk just to make sure.https://www.highdefdigest.com/news/s...-release/40527

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It's most definitely HDR-10 only.


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Ralph, great review. The only thing I may not like about this blu-ray is the stylized filming. With this type of filming, one cannot show their television in full glory. Oh well, I still cannot wait until my 3-D version comes from the UK.
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I have one quibble about the LFE in the Blade Runner 2049 TrueHD Atmos soundtrack. My reservation about it is probably owed more to the peculiarities of my multi-purpose room than to anything being wrong with the sound design. Anyway, my Rythmik FV18 subwoofers have so much tactile punch when reproducing low sustained frequencies, their output can make my plantation shutters and the door to the master bedroom rattle. This happens during the opening scene of this film. Fortunately, it didn't happen after that. Only a few other soundtracks have done this, most notably the opening scene in Edge of Tomorrow. For whatever reason, the equally notorious LFE in the War of the Worlds famous pod scene didn't cause any trouble at all.
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Hi Ralph, thanks for another great review. I am a big fan of the original movie so your review has convinced me to pre-order this disc! Looking forward to watching it on my system.


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Being a new devotee to all things DV, I found that the UK version of Blade Runner 2049 is being released in DV while the US discs are most likely only in HDR10. I ended up preordering this disc on Amazon.uk just to make sure.https://www.highdefdigest.com/news/s...-release/40527
Snpandgo, I've got a question for you regarding the shipping costs if one orders from Amazon-UK. I've never ordered anything from any other Amazon site so I was wondering what the shipping costs would be. I am an Amazon Prime member so I do not pay for each individual 2-day shipment but I do not know if this also holds true for an international Amazon site. Since my projector is not capable of DV anyway, I might just get the US disc if the cost difference is great. The only reason I am even thinking of perhaps getting the DV version is in case I purchase a DV capable TV down the road.

I also noticed that the UK release appears to be a couple of weeks after the US release.

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Hi Ralph, thanks for another great review. I am a big fan of the original movie so your review has convinced me to pre-order this disc! Looking forward to watching it on my system.




Snpandgo, I've got a question for you regarding the shipping costs if one orders from Amazon-UK. I've never ordered anything from any other Amazon site so I was wondering what the shipping costs would be. I am an Amazon Prime member so I do not pay for each individual 2-day shipment but I do not know if this also holds true for an international Amazon site. Since my projector is not capable of DV anyway, I might just get the US disc if the cost difference is great. The only reason I am even thinking of perhaps getting the DV version is in case I purchase a DV capable TV down the road.

I also noticed that the UK release appears to be a couple of weeks after the US release.

Thanks.

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Total Before VAT: £23.90
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Ralph, very good memory. Yes I did not enjoy the first one but I will try rewatching it soon . All my friends said blade runner is fantastic. I feel strange for myself so I will give myself another chance to watch it. Hope I will enjoy it . Thx for great review.
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Wow, that is great. Even with shipping, the price you have got is less than the price of the disc that one sees if one clicks on the link in your previous E-Mail (£24.99). I might just go ahead and order the DV version if I can get the same price you got. Thanks for the information.

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I can't wait to see what my two s3601's do with it!
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Hi Snpanago, the price I am seeing when I log into the Amazon UK site is £24.99. Perhaps this is the price now since we know that Amazon's prices keep changing. But I thought I should check with you to see if you had any tricks that you used to get the lower price. Thanks for your help.

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Hi Snpanago, the price I am seeing when I log into the Amazon UK site is £24.99. Perhaps this is the price now since we know that Amazon's prices keep changing. But I thought I should check with you to see if you had any tricks that you used to get the lower price. Thanks for your help.

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The price apparently can change depending on the day (or hour) the pre-order purchase takes place. I provide Amazon.co.uk Pre-Order price guarantee language:About the Pre-Order Price Guarantee

Amazon.co.uk's price for not-yet-released items sometimes changes between the time the item is listed for sale and the time it is released and dispatched or electronically fulfilled.

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Yea buddy...subacabra, Those duals should pound your room! That is some serious woofage you upgraded . Love some PSA subs...
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The price apparently can change depending on the day (or hour) the pre-order purchase takes place. I provide Amazon.co.uk Pre-Order price guarantee language:About the Pre-Order Price Guarantee

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Thanks my friend. I guess I just got unlucky with my timing. I'll wait and see if the price drops down because otherwise it will be quite a bit more expensive than the US non-DV edition.

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Ralph, very good memory. Yes I did not enjoy the first one but I will try rewatching it soon . All my friends said blade runner is fantastic. I feel strange for myself so I will give myself another chance to watch it. Hope I will enjoy it . Thx for great review.
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