Yes, you read that right you lucky lucky residents of the United States of America. Today sees the release of a super spangly 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Source Code, Duncan Jones’ 2011 second feature starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.
Originally released in April 2011 to critical and commercial success (around $30 Million budget, $150 Million box office) Source Code tells the story of decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown man. He discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
Featuring superb performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright along with a great score from Chris Bacon (previously reviewed here by our old pal Dan Watts), Source Code looked rather tasty to begin with so we’re really looking forward to this new edition which has had the approval of Duncan too “I was brought in to take a look and give notes. To be honest, I think they did a really good job. Film was shot on a blend of film and digital, with the distinction of the two being a storytelling choice. They maintained the integrity of that.” On that blend of Digital and Film, Duncan responded to a question on Twitter from Brendan Connelly
B: “What were the notions behind when you shot analogue and when you shot digital? Did you ever bend or break the ‘rules’ you made?”
D: “Did not break rules in this case. Used digital exclusively for the “pod” scenes that Colter experiences his confinement in. Everything else was film.”
Not only is this new release a celebration of a great film, but it seems Source Code is finally in profit too! Commenting on the release last night Duncan said…
“SOURCE CODE with the painfully handsome Jake Gyllenhaal & excruciatingly talented Michelle Monaghan is out in 4K tomorrow. I hope you buy it & I’ll tell you why… The economics of SC is one of those Hollywood stories that doesn’t sound like it can be true. It cost 30 million to make, made 150 million just in box office, a lot more on cable & dvd, yet has somehow “never been in profit,” which sucks for all of us who worked on the film…Earlier this year, 7 years after its release, we were notified that “…we are about to be in profit!” So congrats accountants! Got us there in the end! …& congrats to those of us who expected to be rewarded for a successful film, finally seeing something for our efforts!”
SOURCE CODE with the painfully handsome Jake Gyllenhaal & excruciatingly talented Michelle Monaghan is out in 4K tomorrow.
I hope you buy it & I’ll tell you why…
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) May 7, 2018
Earlier this year, 7 years after its release, we were notified that “…we are about to be in profit!”
So congrats accountants! Got us there in the end!
…& congrats to those of us who expected to be rewarded for a successful film, finally seeing something for our efforts! ?
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) May 7, 2018
Duncan even hinted there may be a MOON 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray too! “hope to next year. 10th anniversary!”
For now it looks like the Source Code 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is only available in the US but I’m sure those of you that know how to import and play Region 1 discs will be aware of what you need to do until we see a wider release. Full review of this release over at Hi-Def Digest. Full spec as follows.
- 4K UHD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy
- Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- English Dolby Atmos
- Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
- French Dolby Digital 5.1
- English, English SDH, Spanish
- Audio commentary with director Duncan Jones, writer Ben Ripley and actor Jake Gyllenhaal
- “5 Crazy Details You Might Have Missed” Featurette (4K disc only)
- Access Source Code (Blu-ray disc only)