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Just like its predecessor, Harrison’s film BLADE RUNNER 2049 will be making its mark on the home video market. The bluray/dvd sales for the film have been strong with it taking in over $21m in units sold. BLADE RUNNER from 1981 didn’t find life until it too was released to VHS (yeah I know, what’s that?). During the latter part of the 80s the film found new life and new respect after its initial theatrical release. While the numbers are not good in terms of us getting that Replicant rebellion, this will prove that BLADE RUNNER 2049 will gain the same momentum as BLADE RUNNER, and other films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Fountain, Solaris and others in the genre of cerebral science fiction. Here’s the article:

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Finds Second Life on DVD and Blu-Ray With Over $21 Million in 2018 Sales

Box office hits “It” and “Wonder” are also doing huge business on home video this year.
Zack Sharf Apr 11, 2018 10:10 am

Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” was an unfortunate flop for Warner Bros. during its theatrical release last year. Despite earning critical acclaim (IndieWire gave the film an A- review), the long-awaited sequel just couldn’t catch on in theaters. “2049” tapped out with just $92 million in the U.S. and $259 million worldwide, well below the estimated $300 million the studio spent on production and marketing. But it turns out the sequel is still making money.

According to the industry data and research outlet The Numbers, “2049” has pulled in an impressive $21 million and counting from home video sales just in 2018. The movie was released December 26, 2017 on DVD, followed by a Blu-ra release January 16, 2018. The home video gross is inching “2049” closer to matching its $300 budget. The total 2018 gross is split between $3.8 million worth of DVDs sold and nearly $18 million worth of Blu-ray copies.

With $21 million earned as of April 2018, “2049” is the third highest-grossing home video release of 2018, trailing only the horror blockbuster “It” and the family box office surprise “Wonder.” Villeneuve’s movie pulls ahead of “Wonder” on the Blu-ray chart and sits in the #2 position behind “It.” Overall, “2049” has sold just under one million DVD and Blu-rays in 2018.

The film’s huge home video sales are surprising given its disappointing theatrical run and the fact”2049″ opened all the way back in October. Positive reviews and the film’s five Oscar nominations and two wins in January and February seem to have kept the title in rotation. IndieWire has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.

Check out this year’s home video rankings as of April 11 below. The Numbers‘ gross estimates are based on weekly retail surveys.

Top-Selling Blu-rays in 2018
1. “It” ($19.9 million)
2. “Blade Runner 2049” ($17.9 million)
3. “Wonder” ($8.2 million)
4. “Dunkirk” ($4.5 million)
5. “Daddy’s Home 2” ($4.1 million)

Top-Selling DVDs in 2018
1. “Wonder” ($8.7 million)
2. “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” ($6.5 million)
3. “Blade Runner 2049” ($3.8 million)
4. “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” ($3.7 million)
5. “Daddy’s Home 2” ($3.2 million)

Top-Selling Video Titles in 2018
1. “It ($30.9 million)
2. “Wonder” ($16.9 million)
3. “Blade Runner 2049” ($21.7 million)
4. “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” ($8.8 million)
5. “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” ($8.3 million)


SOURCE: INDIE WIRE



There is a Youtube content creator by the name of Tyler Knudsen who goes under the name of Cinema Tyler. His channel is dedicated to the art of filmmaking. He’s done so many videos on one of my favourite films 2001: A Space Odyssey starring Keir Dullea (you can click on his name to get to my site on him or click on the link in the sidebar….). This time Tyler covers the creation of the world of BLADE RUNNER 2049 starring our guy Harrison Ford. Please consider going over to his channel and supporting his content. He’s an amazing talent.



Another great interview with Harrison talking about BLADE RUNNER 2049 and the original BLADE RUNNER. Again being candid about his career and private life, Harrison is very praiseworthy of Ryan Gosling, Denis Villeneuve and the film, while remaining non-committal about his past with Ridley Scott. He also talks about Han Solo’s death and takes his hat off for Mark Hamill’s (Luke Skywalker) herculean task of keeping the STAR WARS franchise on the straight and narrow in light of the sudden passing of co-star Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa). All in all a wonderful interview.



Harrison sat down with PBS’ Charlie Rose to discuss BLADE RUNNER 2049 and bringing Rick Deckard back after thirty-five years. He also talks about flying, life and why Han Solo had to die. It’s a very revealing interview, which is a bit shocking for someone like Harrison who has guarded his privacy for so long.



In the press junket for BLADE RUNNER 2049, Harrison stopped by Live With Kelly & Ryan to discuss the film. He also dispelled any rumours of his return to the STAR WARS franchise as Han Solo saying the character is dead. I loved what he said about the “utility of the character.” Though I’m still not happy with STAR WARS VI: THE FORCE AWAKENS in that it wasn’t an original film, Harrison did finally get his wish to have Han killed off. In my mind though he’s still in his seat on the Millennium Falcon with Chewy galaxy hopping. Ah the memories. He also talked about his first role in DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND and the story about his being told he wasn’t a “star”. You can find the screencaps from that film in this post: “Dead Heat On A Merry-Go-Round” Screencaps .



Film reviewer Chris Stuckmann (click on his name to reach his Twitter account) has a review of BLADE RUNNER on his Youtube channel. He explains his need for multiple viewings in order to come to the conclusion the film is a masterpiece. My having seen it back in 1982 means I’ve known this for decades now. Please take a look at Chris’ review and form your own opinions, though I have a feeling you’ll come to the same conclusions. I will post his review of BLADE RUNNER 2049 when he uploads it.



John Rocha at Collider Video give us an excellent primer for BLADE RUNNER 2049 from the original 1982 film starring our guy Harrison. Here Rocha gives us a rundown of the first film directed by Ridley Scott. He covers mostly the main points, but is pretty good. I love his enthusiasm when talking about this film And of course he and Steve Morris did an excellent podcast for the first film that can be found in this post BLADE RUNNER PODCAST. Please check out that post for two hours of the most critical analysis I’ve seen on the film. And thanks to The Rocha Says.



Collider.com has an exclusive look at a short video that explains what happened between the original film to the new one. Director Denis Villeneuve introduces this video that is directed by Luke Scott who is the son of original BLADE RUNNER director Ridley Scott. This does not feature Harrison, rather Jared Leto and Benedict Wong.

Collider is happy to exclusively premiere a Blade Runner 2049 prequel short film “in-world” piece that explains what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set in 2019, and this sequel, set in 2049. The short film “Nexus: 2036” takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace. In this short, directed by Luke Scott (Morgan), Wallace introduces a new line of “perfected” replicants called the Nexus 9, seeking to get the prohibition on replicants repealed. This no doubt has serious ramifications that will be crucial to the plot of Blade Runner 2049.

At Comic-Con this summer, Warner Bros. unveiled a teaser that offered a bullet point rundown of the events that have occurred in the Blade Runner timeline since Ridley Scott’s original movie. This “in-world” piece is one of three short films that will debut ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which will further flesh out the Blade Runner universe with even more information. In 2023, government authorities legislated an indefinite “prohibition” on replicant production, as a year prior a massive EMP detonated on the West Coast and is pinned on Replicants. So in this Wallace piece, we’ll see the beginnings of the new Replicants that are created after the prohibition is lifted.

In Blade Runner 2049, thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.



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