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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF 5-DVD SET - NOT ANY OTHER VERSION
At long last, "Blade Runner" gets the definitive treatment it needs. With a release as lavish and enormous as this, there is no possibility of an abusive triple, quadruple, or seventh-re-release : almost everything you could possibly want is here.

"Blade Runner" is one of the greatest science fiction films ever made : a period piece set in an impossible future,...
Published on 14 Dec 2007 by Mr. M. A. Reed

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3.0 out of 5 stars An improvement, but could do better
Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's masterpiece of a dystopian future, is available again on DVD. Hoorah!

Well - not quite. The new release has a few improvements - after all, the original Warner Brothers release went straight into the film; you didn't even get a menu. But there are drawbacks too.

For a start, expect to do lots of button-pressing on your...
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369 of 393 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF 5-DVD SET - NOT ANY OTHER VERSION, 14 Dec 2007
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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At long last, "Blade Runner" gets the definitive treatment it needs. With a release as lavish and enormous as this, there is no possibility of an abusive triple, quadruple, or seventh-re-release : almost everything you could possibly want is here.

"Blade Runner" is one of the greatest science fiction films ever made : a period piece set in an impossible future, a film noir detective thriller that uses the endless possibilities of Science Fiction to explore inner and outer space, a meditation of the nature of humanity, identity, and conscience. It is without doubt the finest film that anyone ever involved with it ever worked on. Given that the people who worked on it were also involved in "Star Wars", "2001", "Alien", and ...um... "Blind Fury"... that speaks for itself. I won't waste words on the film anymore : you either know what it is or you don't. If you don't - watch it. If you do - you know what I'm talking about. It's a classic - and one of the best films ever made.

This DVD re-release features a whopping 5 DVD's of material. Disc 1 contains the "Final Cut" :Ridley Scott's intended version that was sabotaged by brainless studio nincompoops and accountants. Here, Ridley has revisited and completed the film so it is now the way it was always meant to be seen. To the average viewer, these changes are often miniscule and barely noticeable : to the enthusiast they are the final brushstrokes to Scott's masterpiece. It's still "Blade Runner" though. If you liked it then, you'll like it now. If you didn't, you won't. But this Final Cut (the fifth version of the film released) is a film of such merit it deserves to be hung in a museum as one of the greatest justifications for mankinds continued existence.

The first disc is fleshed with three commentaries : Ridley Scott is, as ever, a fascinating orator. The other commentaries are equally interesting. The second DVD contains "Dangerous Days", an enormous, standard-setting, 214 minute `making of' document that covers every element of the films existence in forensic detail. It's a fascinating journey : packed with interviews with everyone who was even slightly involved in the film (including characters cut from any released version), as well as stuffed to the gills with bonus material : whereas some documentaries will use clips from the film to demonstrate the finished product, this chooses (wisely) to show reams of alternate takes, deleted scenes, and unused footage across its length. This is the definitive `Making Of' by which all others must be judged. To anyone who has seen the film more than once, it is an absolutely essential piece of work.

DVD 3 contains the three previously released versions of the film. Including the 1982 International Cut (with a fraction more violence), and the 1991 Directors Cut (which in reality was a rushed studio hodge podge with no actual direct input from Ridley Scott). Each prefaced by an introduction from Ridley Scott, and exist largely for the sake of the completists.

DVD 4 meanwhile, wraps up the remaining material. There are 48 minutes of deleted scenes arranged to create a vignette/montage alternate version of the film - it would have been fascinating to see these alternate trims placed in the context of a entire `deleted scenes' version of the film. The deleted scenes themselves are generally unexceptional (and when viewed it is easy to see why they were not in the finished product) but are essential viewing to see All That Could Have Been. DVD 4 also features two hours of extra documentaries detailing the P K Dick novel, the adaptation process, how the film and novel differ, and a cornucopia of additional material that covers literally everything under the sun from the films influence on cinema, the ethos of poster art, to - in all probability - a documentary about the Kitchen Sinks used in the film.

DVD5 meanwhile, features a remastered copy of the first ever seen version of the film - a rough cut `Workprint' that previewed to a few hundred in 1982 - and this version is undoubtedly the Holy Grail of the Blade Runner world. Seeing this version, when compared to the original cinema release, is akin to seeing two completely different films in tone and style : the violence is harder, the narration and voiceover absent, the film no longer insults the viewer with Vlad The Explainer condescendingly commenting on the events of the film. This version of the film - clearly a work in progress - is as ever an intelligent, sensitive film that explores the basic questions of humanity. The disc is rounded off with a commentary by author (and renowned Blade Runner authority) Paul Sammon, and a final 30 minute look through the torturous evolution - and multiple versions - of the film to its Final Cut. It's a final fascinating glimpse into the process.

Given the sheer wealth of material (I estimate at least 26 hours of stuff spread over the five discs - the largest amount yet compiled for any one film that I know of), it seems almost churlish to gripe about what is missing : original plans were to include the Channel 4 documentary "The Edge Of Human", but the material in that is exhaustively covered elsewhere in this set so it would be almost redundant were it included. Overall, if you have the slightest interest in film or Science Fiction, this is an absolute no brainer Must-Buy and sets the standard as the High Watermark of DVD releases so far in the formats first decade.

Simply put, it's one of the most comprehensive and thus, definitive DVD packages to ever exist. At last Warners have given this great work of art the attention, care, and investment it deserves. Buy it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Ever., 31 Jan 2007
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K. C. Simm "kenart" (Lancashire UK) - See all my reviews
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Despite all the furore over which cut is best, (without the happy ending is the most important change in my view, I have mixed feelings about the Decker voice over) this is quite simply the best Sci Fi film ever and surely one of the best films of the 20th Century. From the opening dark and ominous long shot over the pyramids of LA supported by a brilliantly moody and atmospheric Vangelis soundtrack, through Roy's stunningly over the top, poeticly scripted, (by Hauer himself apparently) death speech, (C beams glittering in the dark) to the final mystery or mysteries,(who is or is not a replicant) it remains a nigh on perfect piece of work. It certainly ranks with Ridley Scott's other seminal early ,masterpiece, Alien,in fact Blade Runner does have the edge insofar as style, script, art direction and just general artistic merit. Although Alien is the scarier. Wait for the new cut if you wish or buy both, whatever, but look, understand and enjoy. This is cinema art in its purist form and ranks with all the masterpieces of cinema. The only other Sci Fi that comes even close is 2001.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi meets film noir., 25 May 2006
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D. I. Shipley "David Shipley" (KENT United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Warner Bros had a downer on this film just prior to its release. Test audiences were inconclusive in their verdicts and Warner Execs insisted that Ridley Scott edit the film, considering it far too downbeat for mainstream audiences.
The result was the voice over narrative which apparently Harrison Ford tried to make as unconvincing as possible so that the Execs at Warners would drop it - he failed. Scenes were deleted, and the upbeat flying sequence at the end of the film was added.
The film opened to ok returns in the US but did huge business in Europe. In the UK release, it filled cinemas nightly for weeks with many people choosing to make return visits.
The early 1990s saw the release of the Directors Cut which was minus the narrative and the upbeat end sequence. It saw some scenes such as the Unicorn sequence restored. Although a limited
release, fans turned out in droves, particularly in London's West End.
I must confess that I enjoy both versions as different approaches to the same film. I have recently ordered 'The International Version' which apparently is an augmented version of the first release so I will pass comment on that when it arrives.

Set in the future, it sees Los Angeles as a rainy, polluted, and totally cosmopolitan metropolis. Mankind has colonised other worlds and uses synthetic humans known as replicants, with superhuman abilities to carry out the dirtier work that doing this involves. Being superhuman comes at a price, as the lifespan for a replicant is only 4 years. The plot revolves around a former cop (Harrison Ford) who specialises in hunting down replicants. Known as a Bladerunner, his task is to eliminate any replicants setting foot on Earth where the punishment for doing so is death or 'retirement'to quote the jargon of the time.
Ford's character has quit the job but is blackmailed into hunting down a particulary dangerous group of replicants who have made it to Earth. Their leader is played by Rutger Hauer, who together with his companions are on a dangerous quest to find an end to their limited lifespan.

Visually the film is stunning with its depiction of a gaudy and seedy futuristic metropolis. Flying cars, huge neon signs, and advertising blimps dominate the skyline. Life is cheap and violent in this future, and the point is not lost on the viewer that this is a highly likely evolution of our society.
The replicants hunt for more life reflects that of humanity's generally, and Ridley Scott's depiction of a replicant meeting his cold and heartless maker, mirrors ongoing theological questions that ultimately we all have to varying degrees.
The drama plays out in the style of a classic detective/ Film Noir story, against a superbly realised Sci Fi background.

A sequence that could have been cut is the sickly, symbolic scene with the dove (which apparently was Rutger Hauer's own suggestion). It detracts from the film and is cloying.
What prevents me from giving the dvd 5 stars though is the lack of 5.1 sound on any discs that I have viewed so far.... This film is not so great in Pro logic sound, someone please give it a full digital soundtrack so as to do it the justice that it received in its cinema release!
See it though for what it is, a superbly staged Sci Fi Film Noir which reflects on the human condition, and the future that probably awaits us.

As a footnote, December this year will see the release of the 5 disc Ultimate Edition of Bladerunner, featuring the Directors Cut, The Theatrical Cut, The International Cut, and the newly rediscovered Working Cut. There will at last be a 5.1 soundtrack and will also feature on HD DVD and Blu-ray.
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182 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy - especially at this price!, 12 Sep 2007
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For the price amazon uk are charging for this i say that even if its not precisely the same as following its still worth it and recommend any fan of BR to get this version particularly if it does have the much fabled work print which is worth its weight in gold!

The following detail appears on the USA Amazon site for this same set the 5 disc ultimate edition

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Disc 1 - Ridley Scott's All-New "Final Cut" Version of the film - Restored and remastered with added and extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Also included is commentary by Ridley Scott and a host of others that worked behind the camera.

Disc 2 - Documentary - Dangerous Days: Making of Blade Runner - A feature-length documentary about the film including viewpoints and insights from the cast and crew. Included are details on every stage of production of the film including special effects, casting, and even the film's literary roots and its place in the sci-fi genre.

Disc 3 - 1982 Theatrical Version - The original that contains Deckard's narration and has Deckard and Rachel's (Sean Young) "happy ending" escape scene.

1982 International Version - Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and cable releases up to 1992. This version is not rated, and contains some extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version.

1992 Director's Cut - Omits Deckard's voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the famous "unicorn" sequence, which is a vision that Deckard has which suggests that he is also a replicant.

Disc 4 - BONUS Disc "Enhancement Archive" - Eight featurettes, image galleries, radio interview with the author, and screen tests for the part of Rachel.

Disc 5 - Workprint Version - This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts. It has an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the final scenes, no "unicorn" sequence, no Deckard/Rachel "happy ending," altered lines between Rutger Hauer and his creator Tyrell (Joe Turkell), and alternate music.

Also included is commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner and a featurette - "All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut".

All of the information on the features comes directly from a press release from Warner Home Video
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A near perfect version of BladeRunner., 24 Dec 2007
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I watched this on my 52" 1080p set so I could see the detail and I was continually laughing with delight. It looks stunning now. The production team have completely restored the print and the FX shots such as the opening sequence and the Spinner flight over the Tyrell Corporation building are pure and show a level of detail that I didn't even realize existed in the shot. Bear in mind I've seen a cinema version of this film in the old Director's Cut format and I can assure you that this is order of magnitude from that. All of the FX problems have been corrected: no wires lifting the Spinners, no stunt-woman's face on the dying Zhora etc. It's really interesting seeing that contents of Deckard's apartment for the first time. The clarity of the print reveals objects in his room that I'd not noticed. Some minor dialogue has changed but for the better and only in inconsequential places such as the description of the Nexus-6 team in Bryant's office. The audio is now 5.1 and much improved. The new version of the film is near perfect. It has been adjusted in such a subtle way that it is really just a superb restoration rather than a major change and yet a lot HAS changed. It's a tribute to Scott's team that the casual observer would barely notice.
I'm VERY impressed and delighted.
However, as has been stated by other reviewers there is a 5 disc set easily available from the US, region free and with great extras for little more than this offering. You might want to consider it but be quick because it's limited(ish).
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the only version of Blade Runner you'll ever need to see, 22 Jan 2008
By now, most viewers will be fairly familiar with Blade Runner (1982) in some capacity. For example, I'm sure anyone with a passing interest in film has already seen it, if not on video then most probably on late night television or the initial "director's cut" edition from 1991. This new "final cut" attempts to clean up some of the flaws and errors that director Ridley Scott was unable to fix at the time of that last particular revision; finally giving us the film as it was always meant to be seen in shimmering anamorphic widescreen; with a pristine image backed by a beautifully mixed soundtrack and all the embarrassing little schoolboy errors touched up with the magic of CGI.

The actual plotline remains almost identical to that of the aforementioned "director's cut"; with the voice over gone and the more open-ended climax present and correct. I thought Scott might have perhaps been a little more radical and mixed in a few of the alternative takes from the legendary work-print version, but no; this is his idea of what Blade Runner is, was, and always should be... and I'm sure most die-hard fans, and indeed, casual viewers, will find little here to complain about. At a first glance the plot seems fairly routine; a loose re-working of the Phillip K. Dick novella, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, in which a grizzled bounty hunter Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) tracks down and terminates rogue androids (here known as replicants) who might pose a threat to the status quo of this dark and dank dystopian future world. Scott adds a sense of further cinematic depth to the story by juxtaposing the science-fiction elements of the plot with the conventions of film noir in a way that was very much revolutionary back in 1983, having only really been seen on a much smaller scale with the Jean Luc Godard film Alphaville (1964).

It is in part his depiction of the world of Blade Runner that gives the film much of its power and mystique, as Scott envisions a world of densely populated, multi-cultural, consumerist drones lost in a maze of looming skyscrapers, neon strip-lights, darkness and torrential rain; all of which is perfectly realised by his team of highly skilled production designers, art directors, set-decorators and craftsmen. The cinematography too was radical for the time in which the film was created, with Scott building on his background in TV commercials and the work that he had done on his first sci-fi masterpiece Alien (1979) to create a look that is continually dark, dank, distressed and decaying; finding beauty in the most bizarre places and capturing a sense of lonesome claustrophobia that became a staple of subsequent films, commercials and music videos for the next twenty-five years.

The film looks better than ever here, with the re-mastered picture and sound quality and the very subtle use of CGI to clear up things like out-of-sync dialog, support wires on the spinners and the obvious stunt-double for Joanna Cassidy's character Zhora; all helping to maintain the endless feeling of plausibility that the world of Blade Runner presents. Admittedly some fans have complained about Scott changing the glorious shot of the dove being released into the bright blue sky for a more suitable shot of cloudy dusk, but I suppose it does make more sense in maintaining the dark world in which the film unfolds. The only new addition that seemed slightly strange to me was in clearing up the original confusion as to how many replicants were actually missing. Much of the film's mystique revolves around the central question as to whether or not Deckard is, in fact, a replicant; a theory that initially came about due to a dubbing error during Deckard's briefing with Captain Bryant. Given that Scott has been one of the most vocal supporters of this theory, it seems odd to me that he would correct this line of dialog in such a way that destroys any real mystery surrounding the "Deckard as replicant" debate.

Whether or not you buy into the Deckard/replicant theory is secondary to the exotic atmosphere created by Scott and his production team, or the central narrative paradox presented by the replicant characters, in particular, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer). The crux of Blade Runner deals very much with the idea of a synthetic human being more human than the humans themselves; with much of Blade Runner focusing on Batty and his gang of robots in arms trying to prolong their limited lifespan by any means necessary. Once again, Blade Runner is radical in the sense that it gives us a villain that is very much exciting, charismatic, and empathetic in their pursuit of life, and in direct comparison to our supposed hero Deckard, who seems bored, tired and completely lost against the sheer strength and intellectual menace of the iconic Batty.

This isn't a film that everyone will adore; without question it has its flaws like any other film, but regardless, remains a visually impressive and endlessly beguiling science-fiction, mystery noir (and more so than ever on this re-mastered, special edition DVD). Others have already explored the wider aspects of the package itself, pointing out how the five-disk box-set is very much for the die-hard obsessive's, while the two-disk set would appeal more to the casual fan who loves the film and wants the version closest to Ridley Scott's original vision. Without question, Blade Runner is a significant work of science-fiction cinema that manages to overcome any such flaws in character or narrative to take us on a trip into a world far beyond anything we've ever seen before.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An improvement, but could do better, 10 Oct 2006
Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's masterpiece of a dystopian future, is available again on DVD. Hoorah!

Well - not quite. The new release has a few improvements - after all, the original Warner Brothers release went straight into the film; you didn't even get a menu. But there are drawbacks too.

For a start, expect to do lots of button-pressing on your remote before you start: the UK is at the end of the third screen of language options, and there's no default selection - an elementary mistake. Once you've selected the language you want, expect to sit through the "you are supporting terrorism through piracy" trail that every WB and Fox release seems to carry, which is both offensive and patronising. At least on this disk you can speed it up, even if you can't skip it. Finally, you get to the menu (which gives you bare-bones options of language and scene selections) and you can start watching the film.

Once the film starts, the annoyances are forgotten. The opening titles have been redone: the originals wobbled quite noticably, and that jitter is now absent. When the action itself starts, it becomes apparent that this time the mastering has been done by someone who knew what they were doing - for instance they've actually cleaned the print before they started. Look closely at the 1999 release and you see frame after frame covered with dirt - hair, dust, speckles, you name it - and they're all missing from the new version. The colours are brighter and there's better contrast, too. However, all of this is let down slightly by the fact that the soundtrack is still only two-channel Dolby Surround.

So, seven years from the original release, we can watch the copy we should have got in the first place. If you're desperate to see BR on DVD, then you'll get what you need here. However, things have come a long way in the DVD world since 1999, and a film of this calibre really deserves something better. The good news is that a three-disc special edition is on the way that will, hopefuly, finally do this film justice. You might want to hang on for a few months until it's released.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but at a premium price, 4 Sep 2004
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Not much more can be said about this classic movie itself. The script, direction and of course the acting is faultless and worthy of being voted Best Science Fiction Movie of all time (which it has been). Vangelis's music only adding to the atmosphere.
As far as this package is concerned, you of course get a copy of the Director's Cut edition of the movie, but whether it is worth paying the difference between a basic copy and this package is debatable. If you are into collecting or reading screenplays, then this might be worthwhile. Owning a screenplay for a movie whose brilliance is in what is not said, rather in the atmosphere that is created, leaves me puzzled as to why you would want to. You get a poster, well who pins up posters these days? You also get a numbered frame from the movie and some photographs. Quite frankly unless you are a Blade Runner geek or have more money than sense, invest in the Director's Cut version and save the balance and put it towards buying 2001 or Alien.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 DISC 30TH ANNIVERSARY BLU-RAY, 9 Jan 2014
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Just a quick clarification, as all the other reviews seem to be for various other versions of Blade Runners previous Blu Ray and DVD releases. This 3 Disc, 30th Anniversary Blu Ray release, includes all the previously released extras from the 5 Disc set (Final Cut (3 commentary tracks) + 3 different versions, as well as the work print (including commentary and doc), Dangerous Days (3 hours plus documentary) and various other docs and deleted scenes. There are also some new picture galleries. This release is Region Free.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blade Runner 2006 dvd reason to buy!, 27 Dec 2006
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I just bought the new 2006 release (9.99 euro in a HMV sale here in Dublin) would agree with the majority of peoples disappointment re: the audio, (just Dolby stereo) the only thing I would say is that there is a substantial increase in the picture quality, probably not a re-mastering of the negative but a cleaner transfer to dvd with the better compression tools available now over those available in 1999, and for such a dark (brightness level wise!) film, it makes a big difference, plus its proper anamorphic not the 1999 cropped at the sides version. To reiterate: for 9.99 (in my case) its well worth for my favorite film ever. And I wouldn't hold my breath for the special edition release in 2007.
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