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SOME MAY BUY THIS... OTHERS MAY WAIT A LITTLE LONGER...,
This review is from: Blade Runner - The Director's Cut (Remastered Limited Edition) (DVD)
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?
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. Even if you already have it, the better image and sound on this release will certainly make up for it.
BUT IF YOU CANNOT BE SATISFIED WITH ANYTHING LESS THAT THE WHOLE MULTI-DISC EDITION COMPRISING ALL THE VERSIONS AND TONS OF EXTRAS... forget about this version and wait a few months for the longer, bigger, more complete, celebratory, multi versioned, multi disc set that will give you the FULL BLADE RUNNER deal.
It will cost more, naturally, but we've been saving money for it since our childhood, right? ;-)
I'm a big fan. So I'll wait. This version is a quick, just and much needed repairment: a great new transfer (with no extras) for those who just want the film. An entry level I'd say. And I think it is good that Warner Home Video has this version for those who just want the film - at bargain price.
But more is coming in 2007. In full!!
So, I'll wait impatiently!!!!!
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2006 7:09:59 PM PDT
Cristian Toro Merino says:
BLADE RUNNER A REMASTERED SOUND AND IMAGE I HOPE A VERSION IN DTS 6.1 SOUND THAT'S A REALLY SCI-FI MOVIE THE WAY HOW SCOTT WORKED THE SETS THE AMBIENTS, THE WAY HOW HARRISON FORD PERFORMED DECKARD ...WELL IT'S A PIECE OF ART I'LL WAIT FOR THIS VERSION REALLY HOW YOU SAID WE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS AND NOW IT'S IN THE GATES ...SEE YOU GREATTINGS FROM CHILE, SOUTHAMERICA.-...
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2008 10:31:39 PM PST
Angelo Gomez says:
Hey! Remember me? 20 years ago and counting... high school in Concepcion... Angelo :)
Posted on Aug 28, 2010 4:19:46 AM PDT
Darren W. Olsen says:
In consideration of purchase, I could care less about what version of sound or picture quality. I just try and and string it all together form computer to (sometimes) 13 inch 60 Hz cathode ray tube television. If I can view the movie on my monitor via my ancient stereo system for sound quality, all the better.
I will not waste my time looking for the latest anything when I can rig something together that works well enough. If the "director's cut" is the least expensive, then by all means bring it on. I assume I will still get the movie in its entirety.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2011 6:32:34 PM PDT
Posted on Nov 14, 2011 10:29:57 PM PST
Akira Kurosawa says:
I watched this film on HBO and loved it. When it finally was made available in DVD for the public, I went ahead and purchased me one. What a huge disappointment!!! The so called "director's cut" which I believed would include deleted scenes turned out to be the opposite. It had more deleted scenes and included the elimination of Harrison Ford's narratives. These narratives help the viewer to understand what the film is all about. They also give the viewer an idea of the scruples the character Rick Deckard has while carrying out his mission. For someone who has watched the original version (which includes Harrison Ford's narratives), this "director's cut version of the film would still make sense. But for somebody who has never watched the original version, this DVD release will have no sense, since a lot of questions are left to be answered. I firmly believe that a movie which has some parts removed in the editing department is being robbed of the writer's original concept and becomes a generic display of his/her talent. I hope the do release a DVD with the full version of this film. I am pretty sure there are a lot of movie watching people out there who would agree with these statements.
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