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|Original title:||Blade Runner 2049|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 163 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, English, French (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio)|
|Subtitles:||Deutsch, Englisch, Arabisch, Französisch, Holländisch, Türkisch|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.40:1) 1920 x 1080p High Definition|
|Bonus:||The Origin of the World by Balde Runner, Blade Runner 101, Short Films|
|Label:||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
Film: Many years have passed since the replicants rose and the rebellion was smashed. An electromagnetic explosion plunged the world into darkness and destroyed all electronic data. But life on earth continues - and also the hunt for the old replicants, which has meanwhile been replaced by a new, obedient generation. LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner whose job is to locate and destroy the submerged Replicants. When he succeeds once again, he stumbles upon clues that lead him to a long-kept secret that could shake the world to its foundations…
As Ridley Scott in 1982, the author on a short story by cult author Philip K. Dick based science fiction thriller "Blade Runner", the expectations were enormous: The director of "Alien" and the hero from "Star Wars" make science fiction together? That can only be great. But the movie failed at the box office as well as at many critics. That has changed considerably over time. Blade Runner" has long been a cult film and is one of the best and most influential works of modern science fiction cinema. There have often been rumours about a sequel, but it didn't come to that for 35 years.
Now with "Blade Runner 2049" the story is finally told. Of course, after more than three decades, the expectations of the fans of such a cult film are disproportionately high, so that it's almost impossible to even come close to meeting them. And the fact that Ridley Scott also refrained from directing himself didn't make it any easier for his successor. After all, doubting voices quickly became a little quieter when it was announced that Denis Villeneuve would take the helm. After all, the Canadian filmmaker had proven himself to be a master at combining great entertainment with depth and ambition with outstanding works such as "Sicario" or "Arrival".
And so it's not really surprising that his "Blade Runner 2049" has become an absolutely worthy successor to the revered original. This was possible because Villeneuve did not copy Scott's film. He has turned the sequel into something in its own right with its own handwriting. Although he builds on the original, he doesn't desperately cling to its look or its dramaturgical structure.
The story seems to be pretty predictable. Nevertheless, the movie never manages to get boring. The fact that in the end everything is quite different than it seems at the beginning will hardly surprise connoisseurs of Denis Villeneuve's films. Nevertheless, for the sake of honesty, it must be said that his gloomy future version is neither as groundbreaking and original as that of Ridley Scott, nor that history has the philosophical depth of the first part. But since there isn't even any attempt to achieve that, this great science fiction thriller can fully unfold its own strengths.
The look is just as great as the visual effects and sound design. But also the actors all deliver very good performances, whereby it is of course especially nice for fans that Harrison Ford has slipped again into the role of Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling can't quite hold a candle to him, but especially in the second half, in which his character changes more and more, he proves to be an extremely good choice for the leading role in this dystopic thriller. You can't say more about "Blade Runner 2049" without telling too much about the plot. And that should definitely be prevented. Only one can be betrayed completely spoiler-free: Science Fiction Cinema has added another great work to its list, and Denis Villeneuve has once again underscored his reputation as one of the best filmmakers of our time. Even though the big success at the box office didn't happen and the movie loses some of its power on the small screen, the bottom line is that there can only be one recommendation: Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: The audiovisual implementation of Blu-ray is very good in all areas. The image sharpness is on a high level, the color mixing absorbs the atmosphere of the film very well and also the adjustment of the contrasts as well as the pleasant image depth are convincing. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Mix can score with powerful basses and good surround effects both in the quieter moments and in the more effect-heavy, action-packed scenes. Very good.
Extras: The additional material of the Blu-ray is rather disappointing. There is only one look at the origin of the world of Blade Runner (ca. 21:55 min.), the three short films (ca. 28:06 min.) already published on the internet before the film, as well as six mini features, which explain Blade Runner for beginners (ca. 11:22 min.). There surely would have been more in it!
Fazit: "Blade Runner 2049" convinced fans of the original and inspired the critics. Nevertheless the great success at the box office failed to materialize. Thus, this hotly anticipated sequel was similar to its predecessor, which only became a cult film with time. Denis Villeneuve's great SciFi film could also succeed in this at home cinema. The Blu-ray is technically on a very good level, whereas the bonus material at least quantitatively disappoints a little. All in all, however, there is one thing that is quite clear: absolutely recommended!
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