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The Director's Cut dvd edition of Ridley Scott's epic "Blade Runner". Featuring Harrison Ford, Sean Young.
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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The story / moral themes apply to all of us, humans, nature... what creates life, what is life, what is ok to destroy and kill? What is love?
It is wonderful after all these years to see the behind the sceenes, the writers and dircetors views, the deleted scenes..
This is a great set to collect or give as a gift to anyone who likes futuristic , fantasy or sci-fi.
I really enjoyed the story in Blade Runner; it's a story that doesn't have to rely on action. Although it may sound like a chase film, it's much more than a typical SciFi action flick; it uses it's visuals, dialogue, and action to create a deeper experience. The film uses hypnotizing music, and stunning visuals to create an eerie-like atmosphere- it places you into a thinking mood. There are many versions of this film, some more thought-provoking than others; I say this because the film can generally be perceived in many ways, especially the ending. I recommend watching this film multiple times, starting with the International version then the Final Cut. The pacing is a bit slow, the acting is great, the music is amazing, and the visuals are breathtaking.
I own the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray). The first disc has the Final Cut; The second disc has the Theatrical Cut, the International Cut, and the Director's Cut; the third disc has the Workprint Version and the special features. All of the discs are Blu-Ray, no DVDs. The picture quality has been upgraded significantly and the film looks phenomenal, matching most modern films; this is definitely one of the best upgrades I've seen and I hope more classic films get this treatment.
Overall, Blade Runner is an amazing SciFi film, with an extremely immersive SciFi atmosphere, stunning cinematography, mesmerizing music, and a deep storyline (depending on your perception, of course). I highly recommend the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray) for fans and first-time viewers, because it is the definitive version and has all of the versions of the film- the slightest differences can really change your opinion.
Blade Runner has violence and blood, and brief nudity.
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