The Martian Extended Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
Normally, this is the part where we give you a review of the actual film, but since we’ve reviewed it twice already (click the links to read the first 4K Ultra HD review as well as the Blu-ray review), I’m going to focus this on what everyone cares about when it comes to extended editions and double dipping; how is the movie different and does the disc offer anything new.
I was a little surprised with the extended edition of THE MARTIAN. I put in the disc expecting something close to the “Rogue Cut” of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in that I would get a different film from the original. But truth be told, I had a really hard time spotting the extra 10 minutes of footage that this extended edition contains. I noticed an extended sequence at NASA and a scene of Watney dealing with another complication, but they were very small and subtle. In other words, unless you’ve seen THE MARTIAN several times, you’re probably not going to even know you’re watching an extended edition.
As for the release itself, the biggest upgrade with this release as opposed to the previous 4K release is the inclusion of a Dolby Atmos track and that’s only if you’ve upgraded your surround system to handle Dolby Atmos. There are also some additional special features, which you can check out below to see if that sweetens the deal at all.
Double dipping always comes down to personal preference, but one thing’s for sure; if you haven’t bought THE MARTIAN on home video yet, then this 4K Ultra HD Extended Edition is definitely the way to go. You get both versions of the film, a great Dolby Atmos track and a ton of special features.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: The original analysis on the first 4K version of THE MARTIAN holds true with the extended edition. This is a beautiful transfer and the inclusion of the additional footage has zero impact on the quality of the film.
Audio: The Dolby Atmos track is what’s going to get a lot of attention and it is a great audio track. I’m not sure it’s infinitely better than the DTS track on the other release, but it’s a noticeable upgrade, especially during the scene where Watney gets separated from his crew.
There are no 4K exclusive special features, but it does come with the Blu-ray and you can read our Blu-ray review by clicking the link: THE MARTIAN Blu-ray review. All of the special features from that release are included here, along with the following features:
Commentary with Ridley Scott, Drew Goddard and Andy Weir: This is a surprisingly good track and can be watched on both the extended and theatrical versions of the film. They focus a lot on the technical details and the science in the film, but I enjoyed hearing them talk about a film they’re obviously proud of.
The Long Way Home: The Making of The Martian (1:19:20): This is an exhaustive documentary and covers every single detail about the making of the film.
The Journey to Mars 101 (2:02:20): Another extensive documentary that focuses more on the real life NASA knowledge of Mars and how it differs from what was featured in the film. This one is more for the science buffs than the movie buffs, but it’s a very interesting featurette.
Dare Mighty Things: NASA’s Journey to Mars (14:50): Another real-life focused featurette about NASA and their exploration of Mars.
Ridley Scott Discusses NASA’s Journey to Mars (11:10): This is exactly what it says it is.
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