"Blade Runner" is coming out in December 2007 in what appears to be the definitive version. Problem is, there are seven different products available: three in standard-definition DVD, two in Blu-ray disc, and two in HD DVD. With the help of Warner Home Video's press release, we're going to do our best to sort them out for you.
Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (Two-Disc Special Edition): Standard-definition two-disc widescreen DVD. From Warner: "In celebration of Blade Runner's 25th anniversary, director Ridley Scott has gone back into post production to create the long-awaited definitive new version. Blade Runner: The Final Cut, spectacularly restored and remastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution, will contain never-before-seen added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, director and filmmaker commentary, an all-new 5.1 Dolby® Digital audio track and more. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Young, and Daryl Hannah are among some 80 stars, filmmakers and others who participate in the extensive bonus features. Among the bonus material highlights is "Dangerous Days," a brand new, three-and-a-half-hour documentary by award-winning DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika, with an extensive look into every aspect of the film: its literary genesis, its challenging production and its controversial legacy. The definitive documentary to accompany the definitive film version.
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 includes:
-Commentary by Ridley Scott
-Commentary by executive producer/co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and co-screenwriter David Peoples; producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
-Commentary by visual futurist Syd Mead; production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer
DOCUMENTARY DANGEROUS DAYS: MAKING BLADE RUNNER
A feature-length authoritative documentary revealing all the elements that shaped this hugely influential 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 controversial legacy and place in Hollywood history."
Blade Runner (Four-Disc Collector's Edition): Standard-definition Four-Disc Collector's Edition widescreen DVD. From Warner: "The Four-Disc Collector's Edition includes everything from the 2-Disc Special Edition plus three additional versions of the film, as well as an 'Enhancement Archive' bonus disc of enhanced content that includes 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more.
1982 THEATRICAL VERSION
This is the version that introduced U.S. movie-going audiences to a revolutionary film with a new and excitingly provocative vision of the near-future. It contains Deckard/Harrison Ford's character 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. This version is not rated, and contains some extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version.
1992 DIRECTOR'S CUT
The Director's Cut omits Deckard's voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the famously-controversial "unicorn" sequence, a vision that Deckard has which suggests that he, too, may be a replicant.
BONUS DISC - "Enhancement Archive": 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more.
-Featurette The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick
-Featurette Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film
-Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews (Audio)
-Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Cover Gallery (Images)
-The Art of Blade Runner (Image Galleries)
-Featurette Signs of the Times: Graphic Design
-Featurette Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling
-Screen Tests: Rachel & Pris
-Featurette The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth
-Unit Photography Gallery
-Deleted & Alternate Scenes
-1982 Promotional Featurettes
-Trailers & TV Spots
-Featurette Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art
-Marketing & Merchandise Gallery (Images)
-Featurette Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard
-Featurette Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers"
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition): Standard-definition five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition widescreen DVD. From Warner: "The 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition includes everything from the previously described 4-Disc Edition, plus the ultra-rare, near-legendary WORKPRINT version of the film, newly remastered. The Ultimate Collector's Edition will be presented in a unique 5-disc digi-package with handle which is a stylish version of Rick Deckard's own briefcase, in addition each briefcase will be individually numbered and in limited supply. Included is a lenticular motion film clip from the original feature, miniature origami unicorn figurine, miniature replica spinner car, collector's photographs as well as a signed personal letter from Sir Ridley Scott.
This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts. It includes an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the final scenes, no "unicorn" sequence, no Deckard/Rachel "happy ending," altered lines between Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his creator Tyrell (Joe Turkell), alternate music and much more.
-Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
-Featurette All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut"
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]: Blu-ray five-disc widescreen Ultimate Collector's Edition. Playable only on Blu-ray compatible players (including the PS3). Same disc content as the five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition above, and including the briefcase.
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]: Blu-ray five-disc widescreen Complete Collector's Edition. Playable only on Blu-ray compatible players (including the PS3). Same disc content as the five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition above, but NOT including the briefcase.
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]: HD DVD five-disc widescreen Ultimate Collector's Edition. Playable only on HD DVD compatible players (including the Xbox 360 add-on). Same disc content as the five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition above, and including the briefcase.
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]: HD DVD five-disc widescreen Complete Collector's Edition. Playable only on HD DVD compatible players (including the Xbox 360 add-on). Same disc content as the five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition above, but NOT including the briefcase.
More Blade Runner
Blade Runner: video download rental
Blade Runner - The Director's Cut (Remastered Limited Edition): 2006 DVD, now out of print
Blade Runner: soundtrack
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner: well-regarded book
Blade Runner (Movie-Tie-In Edition): Philip K. Dick's original story