The New Blu-ray of ‘Gravity’ Includes a “Silent Space Version”
In space, no one can hear you scream.
(Provided that space is shown on Blu-ray.)
This, of course, was the classic tagline of 1979's 'Alien' (at least the first part, anyway), but it will also apply to a new cut of Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi epic 'Gravity' that's coming to Blu-ray early next year. According to The Film Stage, The "Diamond Luxe Edition" (ooh, diamond and luxe!) of 'Gravity' will feature new "Dolby Atmos audio technology" and include something called the "Silent Space Version," which will allow viewers to "experience the film without music for a surprising cinematic experiment."
Although there's no sound in space, sci-fi movies rarely adhere to this most basic rule of physics. Typically spaceships WHOOSH as they fly past the camera and explosions rattle theater speakers with ear-shattering BA-BOOMs. (Clearly I missed my calling as a comic-book letterer.) 'Gravity' subverted that trope by letting its outer-space scenes play without sound effects, but Cuaron still used Steven Price's droning score to add tension and drama to those sequences.
That was a widely debated decision, as some thought total silence would have been more strikingly effective (and perhaps more in keeping with 'Gravity''s authentic flavor). When I rewatched 'Gravity' last month for the first time in a year, though, I thought the score worked well with the film, and really built the suspense during Sandra Bullock's death-defying escapes from space debris. Still, I would be extremely interested to see the "Silent Space Version," if only to compare the impact of those big set-pieces with and without music. I don't know if I can afford a "Diamond Luxe Edition" (sounds mighty expensive), but color me curious about it all the same. It will be available on February 10, 2015.