When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safranek (Academy Award winner** Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community.  Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger. DOWNSIZING also stars Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz*** and Hong Chau in a breakthrough performance that earned her Golden Globe® and SAG nominations.

The DOWNSIZING 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include nearly an hour of fascinating bonus content with six behind-the-scenes featurettes. Join the incredible cast including Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, plus Academy Award-winning director Alexander Payne to see how his unique vision was brought to life. Take a journey on set and check out the production design and visual effects behind the miniaturized world of Leisureland, and much more!

Paramount Home Entertainment sent us an advance copy of the blu-ray so we could peruse and review the Bonus features for you so here we go!

Working With Alexander

Matt Damon talks about first meeting Alexander Payne 16 years ago and getting to work with him now. Christopher Waltz, Laura Dern, Kristen Wiig and Neil Patrick Harris also share their experience of working with him and why they wanted to do so. The crew discuss their past experiences working in other films with Alexander and how they appreciate his perception of the human experience.

The Cast

Producer Mark Johnson and Casting Director John Jackson discuss the fasting process that begins 6 years prior to filming. Alexander shares why he chose Matt Damon as the lead. Alexander Payne also discusses selecting comedians like Kristen Wiig and Necey Nash. We also see the reasoning behind selecting the supporting cast. He also explains why it was important for the film to have a strong international element which is why he cast actors from different countries.

A Visual Journey

Alexander Payne and the executive producers talk about working with Stefania Cella, the production designer. We also see how the crew went about filming the different worlds from the miniature cities to the natural landscapes. Keeping the heart of the film – the story of a man and the story of compassion – over the aesthetic. Filming the Downsizing sequence shows a certain clinicalness to the process. Using everyday items to remind the viewer that we are watching small characters. Working with the costume designers to figure out how to fashion the clothing of the downsized people. The different worlds depicted in the film show a broad patchwork of how humans exist.

A Matter of Perspective

The director wanted to feel like he was making a movie without visual effects so it was. A challenge to make the interactions between normal sized humans and those downsized look believable and photo realistic. They also describe the process of shooting scenes like shaving Matt Damon’s head, the prosthetic and the backgrounds for the apartments.

That Smile

The Director, cast and crew discuss working with Matt Damon, the enthusiasm and positive attitude he brought on set every day. He’s seen a s a true film maker and understand the vision of the film.

A Global Concern

Downsizing imagines what might happen if as a panacea of over population and climate change, Norwegian scientists decide to shrink the human race to reduce the effects on the planet. The cast and crew discuss how they became more conscientious of effect humans have on the planet. They also share the things they do to do their part in helping the environment.

Overall, the bonus features are mostly packed with accolades for Director Alexander Payne and his artistic vision. The best sections are the ones explaining the visual journey and creating the perspective of the heigh variances. The menu is a bit difficult to navigate since the text color isn’t too clear to differentiate so be prepared to click in and out of menu selections until you can get the hang of it.

Downsizing is currently available to stream and on DVD and blu-ray.

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