The Tragic, Mind Bending Sci-Fi Classic “Moon” Gets A 4K Blu-ray Release
Stephan Jukic – June 24, 2019
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its original theatrical release, and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the science fiction classic “Moon” is being re-released for the first time ever on 4K UHD Blu-ray and damn should it look good in this new format.
Written and directed by Duncan Jones, the movie first hit theaters 10 years ago and quickly became a major cult classic among sci-fi fans, partly because of its wonderfully twisted plot and partly because of the highly sympathetic performance by character actor Sam Rockwell.
“Moon” takes place in the near future, and is set on a sprawling lunar colony in which astronaut Sam Bell (played by Rockwell) is edging his way toward the end of a three year contract working completely alone as the technician in charge of a mostly automated helium-3 mining operation that sends the extremely valuable resource back to Earth for the sake of powering planetary fusion reactors.
Bell’s only companion on the desolate lunar landscape is a sentient computer named GERTY, whose voice is played by actor Kevin Spacey and as isolation starts to take its toll on Bell in his last days, his own curiously and a series of strange occurrences lock together to let him discover the awful, bizarre truth about his solitary presence on the mining colony.
The movie was an absolute hit with both science fiction fans worldwide and most critics, and numerous major entertainment papers absolutely applauded it, with “Rolling Stone” even ranking the film as number 23 in its list of the best 40 science fiction films of the 21st century. The soundtrack, performed by Clint Mansell, also adds a serious dose of emotional impact:
All of its critical and audience applause aside, the soon-to-arrive 4K UHD Blu-ray release will look absolutely stunning on any 4K HDR TV worth its salt thanks to the high dynamic range mastering and other color and picture enhancements that “Moon” is getting with this release. Even in its original HDTV DVD format and in theatrical form, “Moon” was a beautifully rendered visual spectacle, with HDR blacks and highlights along with deep wide color gamut enhancement, it will be nothing less than a fantastic sci-fi choice for a cozy movie & pizza night.
“Moon” will be available for shipping as of July 16th, and is retailing on pre-order already for a fairly reasonable price of $22.99 for the dual disc edition with all special features listed below.
Here’s the trailer, and check out the listing of special features included in the upcoming 4K BD/DVD release, along with a long for the pre-order link:
This alone gives you one more reason to watch the film even if the marvelous plot twists and acting don’t quite satisfy (though we can hardly see how they wouldn’t, this really is one movie with a particularly original plot).
Extra features included in the Blu-ray release will include:
- All-new retrospective conversation with Duncan Jones and Joe Utichi, editor of Deadline
- Never-before-seen deleted scenes
- Fan art poster gallery
Also Included on the 4K HDR Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary with Duncan Jones and producer Stuart Fenegan
- Audio commentary with Duncan Jones, director of photography Gary Shaw, concept designer Gavin Rothery and production designer Tony Noble
- “Whistle” short film by Duncan Jones
- The making of “Moon”
- Creating the visual effects
- Science center Q&A with Duncan Jones
- Filmmaker’s Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival
- Theatrical trailer