Another solid 4K catalog release from Sony 4.5 Stars

Although available for several years digitally in 4K, Sony has released Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, the follow-up to his debut feature District 9, on 4K UHD Blu-ray.

Elysium (2013)
Released: 09 Aug 2013
Rated: R
Runtime: 109 min
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga
Writer(s): Neill Blomkamp
Plot: In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
IMDB rating: 6.6
MetaScore: 61

Disc Information
Studio: Sony
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Other
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 49 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-disc UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 02/09/2021
MSRP: $30.99

The Production: 4/5

Writer-Director Neill Blomkamp continues his bleak look at the future of our society, specifically the ever-widening division of the have’s and have not’s, in his 2013 feature Elysium.

Richard Gallagher reviewed Sony’s original Blu-ray release of the film in 2013.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Elysium was captured at 3.3k resolution on RED Epic cameras and completed as a 4K digital intermediate (although visual effects were rendered at 2K and upscaled to 4K). The film has been available on UHD digital with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range for at least 3 years, with Sony now releasing the film on UHD Blu-ray with HDR10 only. As expected, this is another terrific-looking catalog release from Sony on UHD physical media. Detail receives a slight uptick, thanks to both the higher resolution (compared to its 1080p Blu-ray counterpart) and higher bitrate of UHD physical media. The major difference here is in the deeper blacks, more distinctive shadow details, brighter whites, and more life-like colors with the wider color gamut.

Audio: 5/5

Sony’s UHD Blu-ray release of Elysium includes a lossless Dolby Atmos track that is a more immersive improvement over the already excellent DTS-HD MA 7.1 track from the prior Blu-ray releases (and is also included on the UHD disc as an option). Sounds are placed more precisely and move more fluidly on this Atmos track, adding in heights to immerse the viewer even more in the action sequences. LFE is more robust (as it usually is on most Atmos mixes), while dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 4/5

Other than a collection of trailers, there really isn’t any new special features in this collection, although it is nice that Sony has included some of the more interesting extras on the UHD disc (which are duplicated on the accompanying Blu-ray that is identical to the disc included in Sony’s 3-movie Neill Blomkamp collection from 2017).

UHD Disc:
Exoskeletons, Explosions, and the Action Choreography of “Elysium” (1080p; 29:48)

The Hero, the Psychopath, and the Characters of “Elysium” (1080p; 6:15)

The Art of the Elysium Miniatures (1080p; 4:40)

Bugatti 2154 (1080p; 4:50)

Theatrical Trailer 1 (1080p; 2:13)

Theatrical Trailer 2 (1080p; 2:32)

International Trailer (1080p; 3:43)

Blu-ray Disc:
Visions of 2154 (1080p; 19:59)

Extended Scene: Kruger Wakes Up (1080p; 1:45)

The Journey to Elysium: Part 1 – Envisioning Elysium (1080p; 8:46)

The Journey to Elysium: Part 2 – Capturing Elysium (1080p; 26:31)

The Journey to Elysium: Part 3 – Enhancing Elysium (1080p; 10:31)

Exoskeletons, Explosions, and the Action Choreography of “Elysium” (1080p; 29:48)

Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in “Elysium” (1080p; 13:18)

The Hero, the Psychopath, and the Characters of “Elysium” (1080p; 6:15)

The Technology of 2154 (1080p; 10:13)

The Art of the Elysium Miniatures (1080p; 4:40)

In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of “Elysium” (1080p; 10:34)

Engineering Utopia: A Society in the Sky (1080p; 11:43)

Bugatti 2154 (1080p; 4:50)

Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy (in UHD where available) on Movies Anywhere and redeemed towards a free movie from Sony Rewards.

Overall: 4.5/5

Sony rarely disappoints with their catalog releases on UHD Blu-ray, and Elysium is no exception.

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Todd Erwin