Blade Runner: The Final Cut 
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In celebration of Blade Runner's 25th anniversary, director Ridley Scott has gone back into post production to create the long-awaited definitive new version. Blade Runner: The Final Cut is spectacularly restored and remastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution. It contains never-before-seen added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, director and filmmaker commentary, an all-new 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track and more. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah are among some 80 stars, filmmakers and others who participate in the extensive bonus features. Among the bonus material highlights is "Dangerous Days," a brand new, three-and-a-half-hour documentary by award-winning DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika, with an extensive look into every aspect of the film: its literary genesis, its challenging production and its controversial legacy. The definitive documentary to accompany the definitive film version. As Scott himself puts it, "The Final Cut is the product of a process that began in early 2000 and continued off and on through seven years of intense research and meticulous restoration, technical challenges, amazing discoveries and new possibilities. I can now wholeheartedly say that Blade Runner: The Final Cut is my definitive director's cut of the film."
To call this cut of Blade Runner long awaited would be a heavy, heavy understatement. Its taken 25 years since the first release of one of the science-fiction genres flagship films to get this far, and understandably, Blade Runner: The Final Cut has proved to be one of the most eagerly awaited DVD releases of all time.
And its been well worth the wait. Director Ridley Scotts decision to head back to the edit suite and cut together one last version of his flat-out classic film has been heavily rewarded, with a genuinely definitive version of an iconic, visually stunning and downright intelligent piece of cinema. Make no mistake: this is by distance the best version of Blade Runner. And its never looked better, either.
The core of Blade Runner, of course, remains the same, with Harrison Fords Deckard (the Blade Runner of the title) on the trail of four replicants, cloned humans that are now illegal. And he does so across an amazing cityscape thats proven to be well ahead of its time, with astounding visuals that defied the supposed limits of special effects back in 1982.
Backed up with a staggering extra features package that varies depending on which version of this Blade Runner release you opt for (two-, four- and five-disc versions are available), the highlight nonetheless remains the stunning film itself. Remastered and restored, it remains a testament to a number of creative people whose thinking was simply a country mile in advance of that of their contemporaries. An unmissable purchase. --Jon FosterSee all Product description
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One of the first things you see in UHD is the film grain, but this isn't surprising because the movie is a masterpiece of low-light filming - that's what makes it so very atmospheric. The film grain soon becomes irrelevant, though, because the full range of what the brilliant Jordan Cronenweth captured is now fully available - I saw things I'd never seen on regular Blu-Ray and found myself much more deeply involved than ever before in the sheer art of the movie.
As impressive is the soundtrack. It is wonderfully clear and powerful at all volumes, it doesn't have needlessly strident transients to artificially add drama, and everything is clear. I found it fantastic on my 6.2 system, but surprisingly good even on TV speakers. Vangelis's genius could not have a better platform.
If you appreciate true cinematic art or are a connoisseur of the technicalities of top quality film-making, the UHD version of Blade Runner is the best one to get - IMO, the only one to get.
This is the conclusion of the distinguished editor Terry Rawlings, who witnessed the tortuous and tormented process of making this film. His comment is part of a fascinating three hour account of how this production eventually reached the screen, told entirely by some of the people involved.
There are dozens of interviews with those in front of and behind the cameras, as well as the producers. And it is clear from what they say that Terry Rawlings was right; many of them did not know what the film was about, not even - or maybe especially - Bud Yorkin and Jerry Perenchio who financially underwrote it.
It is also very amusing to watch what is presumably common behavior in Hollywood, the attempts to take the credit and exaggerate their own importance. One of those who does not indulge in this is the person who put his unique talent into making this film a classic, the director Sir Ridley Scott. The American crews did not like him because he knew exactly what he wanted and insisted on getting it. The union system tried to get the better of him and failed. Sir Ridley was simply not recognized for the towering talent that he brought to the production and more than that he was - horror of horrors - a foreigner.
Anyone interested in how films are made and how brutal the process can become will enjoy watching the 2-disc version of this classic.
their pursuit of immortality is murderous and barbaric . Harrison Ford plays the cop hunting down the rogue replicants.
Rutger Hauer is absolutely brilliant, probably one of the best bad guys of all time, every line of script he delivers is chilling. The SFX still stand up today, and are again 'replicated' (lol) in the recent sequel, which is also a stunning film.
If you are a lifelong Blade Runner fan like me and have the spare cash and a UHD TV - it is worth buying the UHD player to go with it just to see this version alone, like watching one of the best movies ever made for the first time.
The story line is fairly simple. Ford must hunt down a number of replicants. But his investigation isn't simple and both he and the replicants he's chasing have interesting encounters.
The final chase is full of suspence and ends with one of my favoirite monologues in film. "I've seen things..." simply superb. I'm a big fan of the somewhat ambigous ending. The film doeant wrap up nicely witb a bow pink bow. There's some brain cells requires to make your mind up.
Blade Runner is a must see for any sci-fi fan. Well acted, directed, written, but the score to the film really adds to the illusion. 9/10
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