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Blade Runner - The Director's Cut (Remastered Limited Edition) (1982)

Harrison Ford , Rutger Hauer , Ridley Scott  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples, Philip K. Dick
  • Producers: Brian Kelly, Bud Yorkin, Charles de Lauzirika, Hampton Fancher
  • Format: Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,894 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2LIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blade Runner - The Director's Cut (Remastered Limited Edition)" on IMDb

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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 phony 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, an otherworldly 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.... With Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, and M. Emmet Walsh. --Jim Emerson

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Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st Century Los Angeles. He's a "blade runner" stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human.The story of Blade Runner is familiar to countless fans. But few have seen it like this. Because this is director Ridley Scott's own vision of his sci-fi classic. This new version omits Deckard's voice narration develops in slightly greater detail the romance between Deckard and Rachael (Sean Young) and removes the "uplifting" finale. The result is a heightened emotional impact: a great film made greater. Most intriguing of all is a newly included unicorn vision that suggests that Deckard may be a humanoid. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Is Deckard a replicant? As with all things in the future you must discover the answer yourself.Running Time: 116 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY UPC: 012569837799 Manufacturer No: 83779

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580 of 642 people found the following review helpful
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Due for re-release in December, this motion picture is one of the finest science fiction films of the 20th century. Part of this is because it projects a future that could be - the earth as a place with a ruined environment populated by people that couldn't or wouldn't make the jump to one of the more habitable off-world colonies. The other part is because the film questions what it means to be human, and explores the possibly unsatisfactory answers you might get if you could, like the replicants, hunt down your maker and ask him Why am I here? Why must my life end? I'll pretty much let Warner's press release do the talking from this point forward. Basically you have your choice of three different sets - 2-disc, 4-disc, and 5-disc. The discs are described as follows:

Disc 1 - Ridley Scott's All-New "Final Cut" Version of the film - Restored and remastered with added & extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Also included is commentary by Ridley Scott and a host of others that worked behind the camera.

Disc 2 - Documentary - Dangerous Days: Making of Blade Runner - A feature-length documentary revealing all the elements that shaped this cinema landmark. Cast, crew, critics and colleagues give a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the film from its literary roots and inception through casting, production, visuals and special effects to its legacy.

Disc 3 - 1982 Theatrical Version - The original that contains Deckard's narration and has Deckard and Rachel's (Sean Young) "happy ending" escape scene.

1982 International Version - Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and cable releases up to 1992.
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493 of 554 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Human than Human, that's our motto ... December 25, 2007
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Having seen this movie probably more times and in more different formats than most people, I thought it was time I write a few words about this masterpiece of filmmaking. Truly, I wasn't boasting with my assertion that I've seen this movie as much as I have (I watch this movie almost once a week and have done so for almost 10 years). I own several, still unopened, VHS tapes that for a large part of the nineties I did my best at collecting. I own the Japanese Laserdisc version, a rare bootleg VHS version that was distributed over the internet a handful of years ago that has the narration selectively placed back into the Director's Cut version of the film, not called the Esper Version as some would want to label it, the Director's Cut and now the HD version of the Final Cut. That makes 5, but 6 if you count the Workprint version that comes with this box set. So, I would say that's one more than most.

Blade Runner first and foremost, is probably the greatest film ever made, from beginning to end and in all of its variations. A bold statement when the film doesn't even rank in the top 10 in the American Film Institute or on IMDb. Spots #97 and #104 respectively (ahem). But as these kind of lists are subjective and truly under the control of mere mortals and their own strange whims, and I take no offense that so many so-called aficionados have over-looked this film for so long. Roger Ebert slammed Ridley Scott and the film during the first theatrical release by stating that `Scott cared more about the lush environment of the film than he did of the story', which as we all know - and even Ebert now, in hindsight, has stated that he was unkind and grossly unfair to both Scott and the film.
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410 of 466 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
I fully agree with the previous reviewers. I already have the original 1992 Director's Cut and have been waiting ages to upgrade it. However, now that the producers have finally settled their legal problems, we are being deluged with a surfeit of Blade Runner editions. This is the first and the least promising of three planned editions. The 1992 Director's Cut is a compromise cut. This barebones DVD is the same as the previous DVD except that it has been fully restored and given an anamorphic remastering.

Following this edition, there will be another entitled, "Ridley Scott's Blade Runner: The Final Cut," to be released in early 2007 to mark the 25th Annversary of the movie, which will include newly restored scenes and will be Scott's final word on the film. Then later in 2007, there will be the "Ultimate Blade Runner" which will contain all 4 versions of the film, the original U.S. theatrical cut, the expanded international theatrical cut, the 1992 Director's Cut and the 2007 Final Cut, all fully restored and in anamorphic transfers plus tonnes of extras. In addition, Blade Runner will also be released simultaneously on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats.

Buy this with your eyes open. It is recommended only if you're a completist or have only passing interest in the film. This edition will have a limited run of just 4 months before it is withdrawn prior to the arrival of the next edition.
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284 of 322 people found the following review helpful
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Well... here's the deal...

Blade Runner stands as one of those films whose editting and final cut were always a subject for debate. As you may know there are two known cuts of this film: the original theatrical version (shunned by many who claimed it was a producer's cut who did not believe in Scott's true vision) and the director's cut (which is not really the director's cut... it is more a screenplay's cut... with some changes who merely unmade some of the things the producers did on the previous cut).

It is this second version that you will find here (while the first version is no longer available) with a face lift... a new transfer... better sound... and that's it.

In one way, this version is badly needed because all the previous Blade Runner DVD incarnations come from the first years of DVD - when you didn't even have a decent menu. And since the DVD technology has evolved a lot since then... why not a new version of Blade Runner, right?

But.......

The mystique surrounding Blade Runner says that director Ridley Scott never REALLY got HIS REAL version of this film. And more... A such an important and much loved film like this should have lots of extras to bring a new light to a film that is so fundamental and trendsetting.

And it seems that after 25 years, all the legal problems preventing all this from happenning were really sorted out between the film's former producers who battled for years for the film's rights.

And now, with all problems solved, we know that in 2007, we'll have that multi-disc version all the fans always dreamt of.

SO, THE DEAL IS... IF YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT THIS VERSION, BUY THIS EDITION. The good thing is you won't even go through those stupid snap cases anymore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still an edgy sci-fi treat!
One of the best of the genre. Even its darkness adds texture to the story and the cinematic presentation, Rutger Hauer truly channels the frustration that drives the need for... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by James R. Pressley
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi Thriller
Still a thought-provoking timeless classic. Well cast, well acted, great plot line.
Published 1 day ago by Derek Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie and there are many interpretations of the ending.
Published 1 day ago by bawmaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie so much, a very cool collection of 3 different versions of the movie.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Cut" of Blade Runner - This cut is in great form, finally showing...
It's important to differentiate that this is "The Final Cut" of Blade Runner - This cut is in great form, finally showing you, as opposed to telling you, the story (The... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Benjamin Worthen
1.0 out of 5 stars Inferior Version, is this the Airline Cut?
I'll be brief. Probably the single most shocking and memorable line (and scene) in the film "I want more life......fucxer" has been redubbed as "I want more life.......father. Read more
Published 1 day ago by arjayess
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good had to watch it again.
Published 1 day ago by Don Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the very best sci-fi films of all time.
Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too enamored with tech and slow at points.
Published 1 day ago by Scott's
3.0 out of 5 stars It was kind of hard to watch for me. ...
It was kind of hard to watch for me. It is made for a younger crowd. I was just thinking of the overcrowding and extreme situations that the movie shows.
Published 2 days ago by David Johnson
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How come the new versions aren't out yet..?
Nah, it is still on its way. A few sites have posted details and images of the 5 disc set. Still supposedly a Fall release.

http://www.cyberpunkreview.com/movie/upcoming-movies/blade-runner-final-cut-its-the-unicorn/
Jun 24, 2007 by Boss Drum |  See all 2 posts
Theatrical Version
My husband and I saw the movie at the theater when it was first released and it is much, MUCH better with narration. It gives it a retro 1940's private eye flick feel, besides explaining what's really goung on.

We have the VHS tape of the theatrical release and the director's cut DVD. Sure... Read More
Dec 24, 2006 by C. L. Stacker |  See all 13 posts
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