Blade Runner-The Director's Cut  [VHS]
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The re-release of the cult classic 1980s sci-fi film with the director's original ending. Among the other significant changes is the removal of the voice-over narration, which was added after the film's original preview by studio executives, and the 'Unicorn Dream' is restored. Otherwise the story remains the same - a cop (Harrison Ford) is chasing down a group of lethal replicants who have arrived on Earth, but he soon finds himself as desperate, vulnerable and uncertain as the androids themselves.
When Ridley Scott's cut of Blade Runner was finally released in 1993, one had to wonder why the studio hadn't done it right the first time--11 years earlier. This version is so much better, mostly because of what's been eliminated (the ludicrous and redundant voice-over narration and the phoney happy ending) rather than what's been added (a bit more character development and a brief unicorn dream). Star Harrison Ford originally recorded the narration under duress at the insistence of Warner Bros. executives who thought the story needed further "explanation"; he later confessed that he thought if he did it badly they wouldn't use it. (Moral: Never overestimate the taste of movie executives.) The movie's spectacular futuristic vision of Los Angeles--a perpetually dark and rainy metropolis that's the nightmare antithesis of "Sunny Southern California"--is still its most seductive feature, another worldly atmosphere in which you can immerse yourself. The movie's shadowy visual style, along with its classic private-detective/murder-mystery plot line (with Ford on the trail of a murderous android, or "replicant"), makes Blade Runner one of the few science fiction pictures to legitimately claim a place in the film noir tradition. And, as in the best noir, the sleuth discovers a whole lot more (about himself and the people he encounters) than he anticipates. The cast also includes Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah Rutger Hauer and M. Emmet Walsh. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product description
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Should be on everyone's bucket list, I am however unsure if this final cut edition has had the music tampered with. It is great, don't get me wrong, but I swear it isn't the same as the original theatrical cut I saw years ago. I'm maybe wrong on this.
It's only fault is that it's predictions are hopelessly wrong. It's set in a wildly optimistic 2019. The incept date for the replicants is 2016/17!
In 1982 they thought we'd now be colonizing other planets, flying in cars and still be wearing huge shoulder pads.
Bladerunner has no flatscreen TV's, just the chunky clunky type. Nor any mobile phones. But they do have skype/facetime, of sorts, though no proper light bulbs.
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Final Cut Version of film with Dolby Atmos sound
Intro by Ridley Scott
Commentary by Ridley Scott
Commentary by Screenwriters