Blu-ray, DVD Release: Elysium

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

ElysiumMatt Damon (Promised Land) looks for a better life in the science-fiction movie Elysium.

The R-rated film is set in a future when Earth has been ruined and left for the have-nots. The haves have moved off planet to a luxurious space station called Elysium that orbits around Earth. On Earth, there’s hunger, poverty and sickness, but on Elysium, all illnesses can be healed and no one starves.

After a factory accident gives Damon’s Max of a death sentence in just a few days, he agrees to help an underground group infiltrate Elysium in an effort of opening it up to everyone.

Jodie Foster (Carnage) stars as the evil Delacourt, who controls Elysium; Diego Luna (Walking Vengeance) is Julio, the leader of the underworld; William Fichtner (Drive Angry) plays John Carlyle, the businessman who straddles Earth and the space station; and Alice Braga (Predators) is an Earthbound doctor who’s just trying to do some good.

Elysium Blu-ray boxFrom Neil Blomkamp, the writer-director of alien invasion movie District 9, Elysium made a tidy $92 million at the box office, just shy of the $115 million Blomkamp’s District 9 grossed. Critics applauded Elysium, but with 68%, it wasn’t rated as highly as District 9, wihch got a hearty 90% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain two special features:

  • “Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium” with the movie’s cast
  • “Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky” about the design and creation of the space station
  • and digital copy via UltraViolet.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo adds these extras:

  • extended scene
  • “Visions of 2154” interactive exploration of Elysium‘s art and design
  • “The Journey to Elysium
    • “Envisioning Elysium” pre-production diary
    • “Capturing Elysium” with the production in Vancouver, Mexico and on green screen stages
    • “Enhancing Elysium” post-production diary
  • “In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium” about the process of shooting visual effects and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into scenes
  • “The Technology of 2154” about the designs of Driods, military tech and more.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.