Why you Should See Blade Runner 2049 in IMAX
Dennis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is the kind of film that you should go see in IMAX if you have the opportunity. As this new promo explains, the IMAX release of Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic original will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience, using proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. For a film directed by one of the industry’s brightest stars, and lensed by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, IMAX offers an unparalleled way to get the most from their work. Crystal-clear images, IMAX’s customized theatre geometry, and the all-important pristine audio will help make your Blade Runner 2049 experience the best it could possibly be.
And why not revel in the technological leaps that have occurred since Scott’s 1982 original film became a cult classic once it was released on VHS. As Michael Schulman explained in this piece for Vanity Fair, the original Blade Runner became a phenomenon thanks to Scott’s investment in the look and feel of the film, and his push to make it something completely different from any previous sci-fi film; a dark, moody, neon-soaked neo noir that forever changed the way we think about sci-fi films. After tepid reviews and less than stellar box office, audiences eventually came around when they got to take the film home and revel in the film’s gorgeous art design, its clever script and its suggestive ending. Once Scott’s film was re-released with a director’s cut, stripped of the narration and including a few key moments that were cut, critics re-assessed the film and found that not only was it marginal, it was closer to a masterpiece.
Villeneuve’s 2049, set thirty years after the events of the first film, follows a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), as he seeks out Harrison Ford’s Deckard in order to help unravel a mystery that may have implications for the entire human, and replicant, race.
Joining Gosling and Ford are Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos and Jared Leto.
Along with Villeneuve and Deakins, the stellar behind-the-camera talent include a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, composers Jóhann Jóhannsomn, Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer, editor Joe Walker and production designer Dennis Gassner.
Blade Runner 2049 is coming to theaters on October 6, 2017. If you can see it in IMAX, go for it.