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 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)





In the fall, Warner Home Entertainment is expected to bring the 30th Anniversary Edition of Blade Runner to Blu-ray. Director Ridley Scott's iconic reimagining of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep stars Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures) as Rick Deckard, a disenchanted Blade Runner who hunts replicants - genetically engineered organic robots - in Los Angeles, circa 2019.

Warner's four-disc Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack offers five versions of the picture: the rare workprint version, the 1982 domestic and international theatrical cuts, the 1993 director's cut, and the 2007 Final Cut, which contains additional revisions not present in any of the previous versions. Further technical specifications are unknown, though the Blu-ray does contain a number of bonus supplements, such as:

All ten-plus hours of the existing extra content from the Ultimate Collector's Edition
Photo gallery with 1,000+ new images
Feature-length Dangerous Days documentary
Over six behind-the-scenes featurettes
The discs come packaged in a collectible seventy-two-page digibook with "never-before-seen Ridley [Scott] sketches, poster art, and photos from the set" alongside a concept spinner car and action Lenticular hologram.

The 30th Anniversary Edition of Blade Runner streets on October 23rd.

Update: Warner Bros. is also releasing a three-disc Blu-ray Book edition on the same date. This version offers the five cuts of the film and all digital supplements from the 30th Anniversary set; however, the Blu-ray Book is only thirty-six pages long - as opposed to seventy-two pages - and loses the DVD and UV copies as well as the spinner replica and Lenticular hologram.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=8820

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

And they've finally managed to ruin Blade Runner's artwork. Jesus. Why do they insist on rereleasing everything every five minutes AND tinkering with the art virtually every time. Blade Runner had an almost perfect track record... then this disgrace happened.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   TM2-Megatron   (Member)

I'm curious how the bonus features stack up compared to the 5-disc release from a few years ago, which I do own. They both seem to have all the same cuts of the film itself, so I don't really care enough to find out. The only really new thing that pops out is the Ultraviolet, which I couldn't care less about (Canada's version will probably just get at normal digital copy, anyway, since I don't think Ultraviolet is even around up here). If I want a digital copy, I'll rip it myself and make one that's DRM free and doesn't require some ridiculous cloud license.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I got the collector's edition set (the one in the replica Voight-Kampff case) for Christmas in 2007 and am perfectly happy with it, so I have no plans to upgrade with this release. But I agree, that artwork is terrible. Would have liked to seen them use the original John Alvin poster art instead.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

It's being re-issued to death recently.

There's obviously a market and an obsessive fan base for everything Blade Runner, and as long as it sells they'll keep coming up with new gimmicks and creating newfangled re-packaging of a lot of the same material . This time it's a revised "Final Cut", some extra photos, a newly designed plastic toy "spinner" car and a book. (They always have to include a book with these things.)

This one movie has already been released in more confusing incarnations and varying edition sizes on discs than any other movie I can think of recently. (Excluding the many Star Wars fiascos.)
I already own the original dvd release of the "Directors Cut" and the 4 disc "collectors edition" set without the "workprint" disc. That set is exhaustive as it is. I've somehow managed to live without that 5th disc..

When will the "Final Cut" really be the Final Cut? How much Blade Runner is enough?

Only the public will decide. I think this thing will probably sell like hotcakes and will spawn yet more re-issues of this title in coming years. I'm not biting this time.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

I may get the 3 Disc set to replace the 5 Disc set I own which I felt was flawed as it contained 3 BLURAYS and 2 DVDs.

If all the bonus material from the DVDs is now on Bluray and in 720p or 1080p, it is well worth an upgrade for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I may get the 3 Disc set to replace the 5 Disc set I own which I felt was flawed as it contained 3 BLURAYS and 2 DVDs.

If all the bonus material from the DVDs is now on Bluray and in 720p or 1080p, it is well worth an upgrade for me.


Same here. Actually, since I don't yet have any version of the movie that includes the 2007 "final cut" (I adore the movie, but I simply can't afford to keep up with everything; I also don't yet have a BD player, though it's been high on my list of priorities for years), any edition is welcome. As long as this one has all the extras from the '07 "Ultimate" edition, I'll be glad to get it; if it has still more additional material and / or previously SD material now presented in HD, it's more desirable to me than the earlier set. That said, I do wish I hadn't missed out on the physical extras and packaging for the UE, and I also agree I'd rather have seen the John Alvin or Drew Struzan art used on the cover here (though the unicorn image is at least nice conceptually, and a fresh approach to visually representing a movie that's had a lot of visual representations already).

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

I may get the 3 Disc set to replace the 5 Disc set I own which I felt was flawed as it contained 3 BLURAYS and 2 DVDs.

If all the bonus material from the DVDs is now on Bluray and in 720p or 1080p, it is well worth an upgrade for me.


Same here. Actually, since I don't yet have any version of the movie that includes the 2007 "final cut" .


For me the final cut is the ultimate. I have it on HD DVD and it is gorgeous. After seeing the final, the other versions are interesting... but do not quite have the same transfer quality as the final does. I like the edit as well. It is well worth acquiring, no doubt.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

For me the final cut is the ultimate. I have it on HD DVD and it is gorgeous. After seeing the final, the other versions are interesting... but do not quite have the same transfer quality as the final does. I like the edit as well. It is well worth acquiring, no doubt.

I do like most of the alterations and tailoring on the Final Cut but the sound mix is horrible to my ears. I'll have to go back and see what bothered me so much, but I think it was that the FX were dialed very far forward and made the music/voices/etc sound muffled at times.

I'll probably snag this and give my Dad my old DVD set... provided the new BRs fit into the suitcase.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Despite Ridley and what almost every critic says I actually like the deadpan voice-over by Harrison Ford. The film is so visual, and frankly wierd that I think it needs the verbal off-sets and the visuals are reinforced in far as a film-noir style. But I know that I am virtually alone in this opinion.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

And they've finally managed to ruin Blade Runner's artwork. Jesus. Why do they insist on rereleasing everything every five minutes AND tinkering with the art virtually every time. Blade Runner had an almost perfect track record... then this disgrace happened.

I always liked this artwork from the Australian release.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)



I do like most of the alterations and tailoring on the Final Cut but the sound mix is horrible to my ears. I'll have to go back and see what bothered me so much, but I think it was that the FX were dialed very far forward and made the music/voices/etc sound muffled at times.


All I have had to date is the stereo direct out of the tv, which sounded fine to me (as far as I remember). I can well imagine that the surround effect may be different though. Definitely need a sound upgrade!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

I'm way behind the times, so my question is does the video transfer to Blu-ray do justice? I have the Final Cut but am wondering if there's enough an improvement to justify the purchase.

A side question is what was the meaning behind the Edward James Olmos' character and leaving the little figurines, especially the one at the ending? Was he saying she died (Sean Young) in order to let him leave with her outside the zone without repercussion?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

A side question is what was the meaning behind the Edward James Olmos' character and leaving the little figurines, especially the one at the ending? Was he saying she died (Sean Young) in order to let him leave with her outside the zone without repercussion?

I always thought he was teasing Deckard because Deckard didn't know that he was a replicant, too.

"You've done a man's work. . ."

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Being that it was an origami unicorn that he left, that seems to suggest that Gaff was familiar with Deckard's unicorn dream, implying he was a Replicant with implanted memories. It's similar to the earlier scene where Deckard tells Rachel about her own dreams, and that he knows what they are because they are implants.

Personally, I never liked the idea of Deckard being a Replicant, but Ridley Scott seems dead set on that concept, and there is the evidence in the 1992 "Director's Cut" and 2007 "Final Cut" to suggest it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   groovemeister   (Member)

I'm way behind the times, so my question is does the video transfer to Blu-ray do justice? I have the Final Cut but am wondering if there's enough an improvement to justify the purchase.

A side question is what was the meaning behind the Edward James Olmos' character and leaving the little figurines, especially the one at the ending? Was he saying she died (Sean Young) in order to let him leave with her outside the zone without repercussion?



Because Deckard's implanted dreams (because he obviously is a replicant), involve a unicorn, and Edward James Olmos' character knows he's a replicant, he leaves behind the unicorn origama.
I think smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Hmmm.

Same two answers below mine. I must be on their ignore lists. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Reeler   (Member)

Any comment on the video transfer on the Bluray?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Hmmm.

Same two answers below mine. I must be on their ignore lists. frown


No, you're not on my ignore list. I was just trying to give a bit more detailed of an explanation. smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Any comment on the video transfer on the Bluray?

The Final Cut and additional cuts which aren't the workprint look beyond sublime on this Blu Ray. Sadly, the special features (including the wonderful "Dangerous Days" documentary) and the workprint cut are still relegated to being presented in 480p resolution.

 
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