Elysium Invades Blu-Ray & DVD: Today In Science & Science Fiction

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

ElysiumNeill Blomkamp’s Elysium was one of our most anticipated movies of the summer. After all, he amazed us with how far he stretched a $30,000 budget with 2009’s District 9, so the thought of how much he could accomplish with Elysium’s $115,000. And from a visual and design standpoint, he certainly didn’t disappoint, serving up a gorgeously detailed dystopian future world where the rich live on a lavish orbiting space station while the poor wallow in overcrowded misery on the earth below. The story itself, starring Matt Damon as a terminally ill blue-collar dude who attempts to infiltrate the titular station in order to use its advanced technology to cure his cancer, didn’t fire on all cylinders the way he had hoped, but we’ll take an ambitious Blomkamp semi-success over most other movies any day of the week.

The film is hitting home video today, and if you’re eager to dig into the details and making of Blomkamp’s latest science fiction epic, the Blu-ray won’t disappoint. You can order it from Amazon on Blu-ray or DVD, and we’ve got a breakdown of the bonus features below.

Bonus Materials Exclusive to the Blu-ray 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 Included on Both the Blu-ray and DVD:

  • 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.

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