The release of Alita: Battle Angel to physical media has created a bit of excitement for a couple of reasons. Number One: Alita: Battle Angel will be available in 3D packaged with a complete, three-format Blu-ray edition which doesn’t come around too often. Number Two: Alita: Battle Angel will be encoded with two HDR formats: Dolby Vision and HDR10+, an impartial approach to High Dynamic Range that can only be found on one other title: Robin Hood (2018).
Alita: Battle Angel releases to disc formats on Tuesday, July 13 following an early digital release expected two to three weeks before. Here’s a detailed look at the specs, variations, and bonus materials offered with this upcoming title.
Alita: Battle Angel is presented in 16:9 (2.39:1) widescreen aspect ratio. The 4k Blu-ray, as mentioned above, provides HDR in Dolby Vision and HDR10+. What’s more, the soundtrack is playable in Dolby Atmos. This is something the 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray formats lack as they stop at DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (which is a pretty darn good for audio, just missing the Atmos layer!).
On each disc, English Descriptive Audio 5.1 is also provided, as well as Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and French DTS 5.1. Subtitles are offered in English SDH, Spanish, and French.
Extras on the Blu-ray Discs include Alita’s World, From Manga to Screen, Evolution of Alita, Scene Deconstruction, Motorball, Q&A with James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast, Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School, and 2005 Art Compilation (2019). Please note the bonus material is also available with digital purchases but may vary according to the retailer. See below for more details on the extras.
Finally, here is a look at all the Blu-ray variations of Alita: Battle Angel available and what is exclusive to each edition.
The traditional Blu-ray combo edition of Alita: Battle Angel includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy to redeem with Movies Anywhere or iTunes. It also provides all the bonus features listed below. The Blu-ray combo edition is selling for $19.99 (List: $34.99).
4k Ultra HD Blu-ray
For some reason, FOX is not offering a 4k Blu-ray edition of Alita: Battle Angel without 3D. This is great for 3D TV owners but not so great for 4k TV owners who don’t or can’t watch 3D (we’ve got five pairs of 3D glasses and the batteries are dead in every pair!). In any case, the 4k edition is priced about $10 more which is typical for UHD BD. The multi-format Blu-ray edition sells for $29.99 (List: $49.99) and includes all the bonus features and a digital copy to redeem from Movies Anywhere or iTunes.
Best Buy SteelBook
Best Buy is selling a Limited Edition SteelBook edition of Alita: Battle Angel for $34.99. The metal case features a custom illustration of the bionic hand of Alita on the cover, and additional artwork on the back and inside spread. The 3-disc edition packs a 3D Blu-ray, 4k Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc, along with extras and a code to redeem a digital copy with Movies Anywhere or iTunes.
Target is offering exclusive editions of Alita: Battle Angel in both Blu-ray/DVD/Digital and 4k/3D/Blu-ray combo packs. This is a rarity for Target as they usually just repackage the Blu-ray combo edition. Both exclusives also include a USB-charging wristband with WARRIOR stamped on the face and Alita: Battle Angel on the back, as well as all the extras listed below. The Blu-ray edition of Alita: Battle Angel from Target is priced $22.99 and the 3-disc edition is understandably priced $10 more at $32.99.
Bonus Features (Blu-ray)
- Alita’s World – get a deeper look into the world of Alita: Battle Angel with these dynamic motion comics.
- The Fall – a look back at the terrible war that almost destroyed two planets and set the stage for the cyborg warrior Alita’s return 300 years later.
- Iron City – Hugo gives a guided tour of the Iron City he knows, showing off its dark corners and broken-down neighborhoods.
- What it Means to be a Cyborg – hunter-warrior Zapan tracks his mark across Iron City while musing about what it means to be a cyborg.
- Rules of the Game – A high-octane “crash course” in Motorball, introducing the rules, game-play, and the top-ranked players and their arsenal of weapons.
- From Manga to Screen – a behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen.
- Evolution of Alita – how Alita was brought to life, from the casting of Rosa Salazar, to performance capture, and final VFX by WETA Digital.
- Motorball – go inside Iron City’s favorite pastime, from the origins and evolution of the sport, to rules on how the game is played.
- James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast Q&A moderated by Jon Landau.
- Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate – a cooking lesson on how to make delicious chocolate like that seen in the movie.
- 2005 Art Compilation (2019) – James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music.
- Scene Deconstruction – view three different stages of the production – the original live-action performance capture, the animation stage, and the final Weta VFX from four different scenes
- I Don’t Even Know My Own Name
- Just an Insignificant Girl
- I’m a Warrior Aren’t I?
- Kansas Bar