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Blade Runner [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305842442
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,324 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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 that drops a big hint about Deckard's origins). 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 legitimately to 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, Amazon.com

In the Box Set: It is a fitting testament to Blade Runner's enduring appeal that it should receive the red-carpet box set treatment in this Collector's Edition, which represents a sizeable outlay not least in terms of shelf space. The chunky black box (about the size of the yellow pages) houses a slide-out tray containing the DVD, eight original lobby cards an original one-sheet movie poster, the draft shooting script and a movie image card with the corresponding 35mm film frame attached. As with all such sets the whole is rapidly diminished by removing its parts, presenting the dilemma of whether to mount the poster and pictures, or leave them pristine but unseen in their original state.

The DVD included contains Ridley Scott's director's cut version of the film, but offers no new features or commentaries which would have added considerably to the set's desirability. The original draft shooting script by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples does, however, provide some fascinating insights in its moments of departure from the version that was finally filmed. Perhaps the most compelling example is Deckard's final, decisive contribution to the "is he or isn't he" debate: "I knew it on the roof that night. We were bothers, Roy Batty and I! Combat models of the highest order. We had fought in wars not yet dreamed of in vast nightmares still unnamed. We were the new people ... Roy and me and Rachael! We were made for this world. It was ours!" --Steve Napleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Synopsis

Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott's definitive FinalCut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. Ina signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classic sci-fi film. Well made, good story, some memorable scenes. Very interesting to see how they imagined that the future would look like.
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Husband has watched this film many times but never tires if it. In fact he specifically asked for this version for his 50th birthday.
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Still awesome after all these years.

My son wanted to see it before the new one comes out this year .... he was impressed!!
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One of those films that you just keep wanting to watch over again. A true classic in every sense of the word
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Love the final scene with Rutgar (has he ever done any part as well?) I don't think so! What a wasted talent!
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brilliant for my collection
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Love this movie.
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my partner had been looking for this version of blade runner for a while. great film, thoughly enjoyed it.
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