Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium was one of the last big science fiction releases of the summer, and now it’ll be one of the big science fiction DVD releases of the winter. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has slated Elysium for a December 17 release on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and UltraViolet HD digital download. Join us as we celebrate the news with a trip through a ton of concept art from the film — including some unused FashionBots!
But first, the Blu-ray goodies. The bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray combo pack include:
- Extended Scene
- Visions of 2154 – An interactive exploration of the art and design of Elysium.
- The Journey to Elysium:
- Envisioning Elysium — This pre-production diary explores all facets of pre-production.
- Capturing Elysium — With production in Vancouver, Mexico, and on huge green screen stages, the challenge of filming was nothing short of massive. The filmmakers and cast discuss the journey through the film’s production.
- Enhancing Elysium — This post-production diary explores the editing process.
- In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium — An in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into those scenes in post-production.
- The Technology of 2154 — From independently functioning Droids to next-generation military tech that gives humans machine-enhanced power, get insight from the filmmakers on the technology of Elysium.
Bonus materials on both the Blu-ray and DVD include:
- Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium — Meet the dynamic cast and get insight into how they prepared for their roles.
- Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky — A look at designing and creating the utopian space station.
Now on to the real fun! Weta artist Aaron Beck has posted a ton of art from Elysium over on his blog, and concept art junkies will likely be salivating about this stuff. Whether you enjoyed Elysium as a whole or not, the film follows in District 9’s footsteps by presenting a rich world packed with detail. Beck’s site is loaded with stuff, but we’re going to share a few of our favorite selections here.
The robotic police officers play a major role in the film, and Beck has many different variations on the concept, with some retaining the general human shapes we saw in the finished movie, and some not so much. I chuckled when I noticed that Beck had labeled this first image the “fuck you up bot.”
Most of the robots in Elysium are still very obviously mechanical, but some of Beck’s concept art shows ‘bots designed to look much more like their organic creators. They even include some “fashion model robots,” which makes me really curious how that sort of thing would have fit into Elysium’s storyline. Maybe one of the scenes on the titular space station would have unfolded at a swanky robot fashion show?
Of course, no collection of Elysium art would be complete without some looks at the strength-enhancing exoskeleton Matt Damon’s Max gets bolted to his skeleton.
You can see the rest on Beck’s blog.