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4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the VK Gift Edition on Blu?, May 29, 2012
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This review is from: Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (4-Disc Blu-ray / DVD +Book Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
From the description of the set, it sounds like this was the version that was released a few years back when it was the five-disc DVD Voight-Kampff Gift Set that came in the mini-suitcase, but sadly it turns out that it's not. At least it has the little Matchbox-style Spinner included.

If you're a die-hard fan of BLADE RUNNER and really want the best picture/sound quality that is currently available, this might not be a bad price, since I'm sure that previous Blu-Ray sets of this are selling for a lot more with it being out of print. If not, then this is pretty easily skippable. The 5-Disc set has a glut of bonus features and four different versions of the film: The "Final" cut, the 1992 Director's Cut, the 1982 Theatrical Cut, and an early cut of the theatrical release. The fifth disc is an amazing 3-and-a-half hour behind-the-scenes documentary called "Dangerous Days" (a reference to the original working title for the film as scripted by Hampton Fancher) which is LOADED with interesting tidbits and anecdotes about the making of the film as well as long studies of its conceptual art to its continuing influence on Sci-Fi and neo-noir genres. Having watched only the Final cut (to see what significant changes were made from the '92 Director's cut, and there aren't many) and the Theatrical cut (because there are moments in the Theatrical cut that are really interesting as well) and the documentary, there's a lot to digest and again, is only for really hardcore fans of this film.

I know that everybody HATES UltraViolet because of the issues they have with streaming the film on the various devices it's supposed to support, but that's so much of a non-issue because it's almost not even worth it to see it on a smaller screen than a television and someday, manufacturers will start getting the hint and just continue to provide digital copies, because those work quite well.

Of course as far as the film is concerned, it's beyond classic status, and well-deserved of its vast acclaim. However, the "Final" cut is not extraordinarliy different, aside from some digital clean-up, some insertions of some shots from the workprint version, some shots that clean up some editing inconsitencies, and some lines of dialogue that clear up some logical inconsistencies. The most obvious difference is the digital superimposition of Joanna Cassidy's face over her very different-looking stunt-double during the Deckard-Zhora shootout sequence, which has long been a source of bother for fans.

Personally, I loved both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's cut, warts and all, so all of the Final cut changes are nice, but don't make a significant difference in the enjoyment of the film. At least Ridley Scott didn't go all Lucas on the film and start inserting scenes that make no sense and actually hurt the film more than help it (See the "Special Editions" of the original STAR WARS trilogy if you don't know what I mean).
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 4:30:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 4:45:07 PM PST
RazorX says:
UltraViolet? There's nothing wrong with it. You can sync your UltraViolet account with your VUDU account and play the UV movies through your Web connected TV and through the iPad VUDU app even through a web browser. It's great to be able to stream the UVs to any device at any time. Disc copies? No thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:40:16 PM PST
That's why I stated that it's a non-issue.
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