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The Director's Cut dvd edition of Ridley Scott's epic "Blade Runner". Featuring Harrison Ford, Sean Young.

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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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  • 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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 1997
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,459 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790729628
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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663 of 732 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2007
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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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185 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 25, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Finally, the version I've been waiting for and many others as well. For years Blade Runner fans have been subject to the insane number of versions of Blade Runner and even the 5 disc Blu Ray copy that really is not worth the price you pay. The Final Cut is the version to have if you truly love the Blade Runner experience and have always hated the annoying voiceover by Harrison Ford that has plagued various copies of the film. Ridley Scott himself was able to have full artistic license with this film and you will not be disappointed. What you will be greeted with is a very clean, crisp HD version of the film and just the best single copy out there without all the extra discs of fluff and crappier versions. This version has the omitted voiceover, alternate ending without the "happy resolution" and the inclusion of the Unicorn dream. Any other reviews that knock the film are most likely fans of the voiceover which spoon feeds you information and takes away the lonely rainy feeling you get when watching the film for the first time. Plus in my opinion without the added commentary you are able to judge the film for yourself and not be guided through every single little plot detail. The acting is spot on and perhaps my personal favorite Ford role to date. If you are going to have any science fiction film on your shelf please get this version you will not be disappointed. 5 stars on audio, visual effects, crisp colors and picture quality.
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550 of 622 people found the following review helpful By Steffan Piper VINE VOICE on 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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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By ChefBum on January 16, 2000
Format: DVD
Ridley Scott's 'Bladerunner' is a visual masterpiece, a stunning classic and original science fiction film noir. The special effects and set design are well done, especially for their time, and the great attention to detail and numerous nice touches are evident even after multiple viewings. This stark, visionary look at the future of L.A. is absolutely the most highly original and stylish of any science fiction movie yet.
I am disappointed by the DVD version of the 'Director's Cut', which could and should have much more in the way of extra features, including out-takes, director and cast commentary, and many other extras usually included with films that have state-of-the-art special effects. This version of 'Bladerunner' has none of that, only the bare-bones selections for languages, subtitles, and track access.
This is an inexcusable omission for a movie of such cult stature. In fact, I am sure that if the studio were to release a second DVD containing nothing but the 'extras' for 'Bladerunner', it would surely be a profitable seller. This movie was too well-done and too influential to not have all the DVD extras.
So: I give it five stars for content ('Bladerunner' is the best movie in existence of its kind), and three for the DVD rendition, for a composite total of four stars.
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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 Boom |  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
I'm tired of waiting
Understand the frustration. Good news: Blade Runner II is in the works. That should be very interesting, especially if Deckard returns.
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