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UK Blu-ray/Region All pressing. 25th anniversary version, originally released in 2008, of the iconic sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner, 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 contains never-before-seen added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, director and filmmaker commentary, an all-new digital audio track and more. Special Features Disc 1: Digitally restored and remastered, incorporating new footage and special effects never before seen Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Introduction by director Ridley Scott Three filmmaker commentaries, including one by Ridley Scott Disc 2: Definitive documentary incorporating outtakes, deleted scenes and all-new interviews. The ultimate look at the movie's difficult creation and controversial legacy.
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.
So much has been said about this film (in its various edits) that it is hardly worth adding to it here. However, I went out of my way to obtain a copy of the original cinema release (thanks Philip Mawson, through Amazon Marketplace) on VHS just to remind myself of how it originally appeared.
Something that surprised me was just how similiar this version is to the Final Cut version, although that version is (somehow) a fair bit longer than this version. Without doing a scene-by-scene comparison it wasn't clear quite why that is so.
Something I liked about the original version was the world weary, laconic voice-over by Harrison Ford (that had to be added, supposedly, to tie the whole film together). It fitted well with the mixture of high-tech AND fim noir AND desolated appearance of the sets, the appearance of Rachael Tyrell (made-up and dressed like a 1940's film character). It also surprised me how little voice-over was actually used.
Someone has put the original ending up on YouTube and various people have commented that Ford sounds either drunk or bored. The use of this voice-over, as was used in various film-noir detective stories of the 40's, seems to have gone over their heads. Someone else makes a very astute comment in reply, "This is the version that astonished us."
Regardless of the other versions that have appeared since, THAT is why I wanted to see this version again.
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