Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release a combo pack edition of director Neill Blomkamp sci-fi action drama Elysium (2013), starring Matt Damon (The Departed), Jodie Foster (Contact), Sharlto Copley (District 9), and Diego Luna (Y tu mamá también). The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the nation on December 17th.
Official synopsis: In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy "Coordinators," people who can afford bio-genetical engineering, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, built by the Armadyne Corporation, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a hard government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky ex-con Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:
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 Eysium.
Additional Bonus Features:
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.
I really enjoyed seeing this in the theater. A more polished film than District 9, IMO. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster gave great performances, but it was Sharlto Copley who stole the whole movie as the main villain, Kruger!! He was that good!! Day one for me.
I really liked this movie. Maybe it is lesser than district 9, but so what? Doesn't diminish my appreciation of Blomkamp's sophomore effort Also I really really really badly want him to make Chappie in 3d
"Elysium" was no District 9, but then again, it doesn't have to be. Neill Blomkamp is still a superb storyteller, and a personal favorite of mine. He's got a master's sense of pacing, allowing people to get fully immersed in the worlds he creates, rather than subjecting them to mayhem porn. His sets are more functional than aesthetic, and his characters are often juicy. I do wish the film was a bit longer so the story could breathe a little more, but it's still a decent effort that confirms the emerging talents of Neill Blomkamp. TriStar is back, bitches!
Some movie agendas are too blatant, and this is one of them. I don't mind politics, and I never let an actor's personal affiliation stop me from seeing a cool flick. But the level of white guilt coupled with shaming the have -vs- the have not in this film, was more than I could stomach. Total stinker imo.
@eiknarf: Freaking Matt Damon man, he was really good in his earlier career. It's too bad, this movie has some amazing visuals. A bit off topic here, but actors need to understand the audience isn't paying them to remind us how f-uped the real world is, we're paying them to take us away from it.