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Blade Runner

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8.11 h 57 min1982R
Rick Deckard prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st Century Los Angeles, stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them.
Directors
Ridley Scott
Starring
Harrison FordRutger HauerSean Young
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Science FictionSuspenseDramaAction
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Supporting actors
Edward James OlmosM. Emmet WalshDaryl HannahWilliam SandersonBrion JamesJoe TurkelJoanna Cassidy
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Michael Deeley
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WARNER BROS.
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Alto_GirlReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
...the Rosetta Stone of Science fiction today
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I was blessed to be born in an era where I could go see Blade Runner, the Theatrical Cut, in the movies. I wasn't old enough for "R" rated movies, but back then, that wasn't really a big deal. You just asked a guy in his twenties in line to buy the tickets for you, then went in while a kid from school was taking tickets. Easy Peasy. After seeing Runner 4 times while in the theatre, working extra baby-sitting jobs and selling donuts at the local shop every Sunday, I was a 'nerd girl' though back then that wasn't even a term.
Now, fast-forward some years, the "Director's Cut" came out. Personally it was 'ok'. Took a bit to get used to Deckard's voice being gone, but this cut was good, extra stuff, etc...
Now!! I'm sitting with my 17-yr old son in a movie theatre when a trailer starts and within the first 3 seconds of just a visual and a couple notes of music, I KNEW.... I KNEW!!! OMG!!! I actually said that out loud in the theatre... OMG! Blade Runner!!! My son looked at me, cringed a bit, wished he had a different mother for that brief few seconds, but after watching a trailer, he was HOOKED!! On the way home from the movies we didn't even discuss what we watched, and honestly I can't remember, we only discussed Blade Runner, the story, the book, the movies, dystopian films, for a couple hours my teenage son suddenly saw his stay-at-home, Betty Crocker mom as 'somewhat' cool. LOL!
This weekend I purchased "Blade Runner: The Final Cut".... OMG!!! Talk about blown away! I felt like a Blade Runner virgin all over again! Ridley Scott finally got hold of everything he wanted to make HIS cut. And he made it beautifully!!!
(Note: the Director's Cut is NOT endorsed by Ridley Scott. He had nothing to do with it, has stated that on his Blog several times. While he doesn't dismiss the work, he does not endorse it)
The music, the added scenes, the lengthened unicorn sequence, and there are some twists that might surprise many of you that have only seen the Theatrical Cut. PLUS, I sat with my son during this viewing. He experienced something everyone, in my opinion, should experience once in their lifetime. The movie that started it all in the dystopian universe of gaming, movies, books (post Philip Dick), even the Steam Punk revolution. My son, all 6 ft and 17-yrs old, got it! He himself said, this explains so much in so many things I've read, games I've played, movies I've seen. A profound statement he made was "It's like this is the Rosetta Stone of science fiction today!!!"
IF you want to see the movie before you go to "Blade Runner 2019" in October, THIS is the version to see or the Theatrical Cut.
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M. Collier-ZansReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Plethora of different versions, covers, bonus content? Confusing!
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I am assuming that in terms of the movie itself, "The Final Cut" is "The Final Cut" is "The Final Cut", BUT...

- I ordered my copy of the blu-ray edition off of the Amazon page that depicts a product with the "30th anniversary origami horse in the rain" cover, but I received a copy of the blu-ray edition that had a "colorful poster-style painting of the cast" cover matching what is depicted on the 4K and DVD "final cut" editions (listed variously on the same and also on different product pages)

- The 3.5 hour documentary by Charles de Lauzirika described on the Amazon product page for the version I ordered is not actually included in my copy, other bonus content may not be present, nor can I identify which variant of the product contains which bonus content based on information on the Amazon product page(s)

For an inexpensive blu-ray, this may not be that big a deal. But be advised that there are a bewildering number of different versions of "Blade Runner", variously on DVD, blu-ray, and 4K, a bunch of them appear to be crammed randomly (and duplicated) onto multiple Amazon product pages, product descriptions don't appear to match the version selected by the consumer, and you may not be supplied what you believed you were purchasing when you ordered.

NOT helpful.
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Adam ParkerReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best It's Ever Looked Without All the Extras
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I know it's a cliche to say this, but I'm not sure this movie will ever look better than this 4K version. I've owned SO many copies of this movie. The old letterboxed VHS Director's Cut, the Theatrical Cut on DVD, the Director's Cut on DVD, the Final Cut on Blu-Ray, and all the versions that came with the Collector's Edition Blu-Ray version. I'm a BIG fan of this movie and have all the lines memorized.

But to my mind, there's no topping this as far as quality of image goes. The exterior shots of the Tyrell Corp. especially are as sharp as they've ever been - in part because they aren't obscured by Scott's directorial obsession with smoke. The street views come to life in a way I've never seen before, and because the image is so clear and sharp there's so much more detail to be seen.

The one strange issue I had was in the opening sequence, my TV had some dark black spots along the bottom of the screen when the fires flared during the overhead shot of Los Angeles, November 2019. I haven't seen any other reviews that mention this bizarre image problem, and I strongly suspect it may be a symptom of my cheap 4K TV's incompatibility with HDR.

The most important thing though is that this is faithful to the film. It looks like it was shot on film, and it doesn't look glossy and digitized. The whole point of 4K is to get a natural appearance that's as close to the film print as possible. I have a 4K TV that doesn't have HDR, so I can't speak to the HDR elements yet, unfortunately. However, from other reviews I've seen online, the HDR combined with the 4K elements means that this movie will probably never look superior to this version. Assuming the 4K Blu-Ray format never dies, this may be the last version of the movie I may ever buy again.

The only thing missing is extras. There are extras that were included on the 30th anniversary edition (assembled in 2007) that aren't on this one, and that means that there will probably be an "Ultimate 4K Edition" down the road that not only includes the gorgeous 4K version, but all the extras that will truly put the complete Blade Runner experience in one package. Until then, my advice is to hold onto your Blu-Ray version of the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition.
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DannyReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Let me tell you about my mother..."
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Not sure what's left to be said about this movie, other than buy the region free 4k import (ASIN: B075ZGW18B) as it includes every bonus feature available and, more importantly, every cut of the film in hi-def as opposed to the half-assed domestic release. By far the best version on the market, and the package is far handsomer than the US edition. Blade Runner is one of those movies you either love or hate. "Commerce is our goal here. More human than human is our motto." It moves at a snail's pace which I like since it allows me to soak all the atmosphere in without being interrupted by some dumbed down action scene every three minutes, a rarity in today's high budget movie climate, which is what made the phenomenal sequel all the more surprising. Both were box office bombs, however. You either like it or you don't. Disney's™ Star Wars™ fans need not apply. This franchise isn't for you.

But, seriously, get the import.
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LanaReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Collection Will Make You Fall In Love Again With Scott's Masterpiece
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This is Ridley Scott's science fiction masterpiece times FOUR! The 4-disc collection includes four versions of the film including the Theatrical Cut taken out of the archives. It also includes "The Making of Blade Runner", and "Enhancement Archive", which is simply marvelously full of interviews with directors, cinematographers, costume designers, make-up designers, art directors, and the actors, etc., all commenting on this surprisingly deep thought provoking film. No matter if you fell in love with Blade Runner when it was first released in 1982, or 2007, with Scott's "Final Cut", this Box Set will more than satisfy you. It absolutely deserves 5-stars.

I love this film. It is so thought provoking. Everyone is discovering themselves. The theme may be a man realizing his humanity. Deckard speaks of feeling, 'again', illustrating that feeling was foreign to him plus his revulsion to killing the Replicants along with a growing empathy towards them shows his emotional growth. Deckard's willingness to love Rachael who is a Replicant shows his openness. There is the moral confusion created by the Replicants ("more human than human"). For example, they have memories which they cherish. They like saving photos which show their feelings of nostalgia. Batty was in love with Pris, and wanted to take care of her. Batty obviously had a conscience shown by his confession to his Creator that he had done questionable things. Batty also has a spiritual quality magnificently played in his last speech which makes me cry each time I hear it. He's explains, "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe........All these moments will be lost in time like tears in rain." He is holding a dove letting it go to fly away as he dies. You hear Derkard thinking that Batty loved life, any life, so much he had to save Deckard's life! Did Batty have a Soul? I said the theme may be a man realizing his humanity. The question is which man. Deckard or Batty?

The story is a Blade Runner, Rick Deckard, (Harrison Ford) who is forced out of retirement to find and terminate four Replicants that have rebelled off-world, stolen a space ship and returned to earth seeking their Creator in the hope that he will alter them giving them a longer life. The Replicants are played by: Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty the leader, Daryl Hannah as Pris, Brion James as Leon, Joanna Cassidy as Zhora. Deckard, is told to go to the Tyrell Corporation to meet with Dr. Eldon Tyrell, where he also meets the beautiful Rachael (Sean Young), who is a special Replicant.

This film takes you on a magnificent journey through a dystopian future were the beauty of grim, rain and smoky rooms are mesmerizing art itself thanks to the genius of Cinematographer, Jordan Cronenweth, and the Production Design that disguises the depth of the story. Special mention to Philip K. Dick, writer, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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MikeReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Blade Runner: 4K UHD BD Review
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Blade Runner finally comes to 4K! But it's not without some issues.

Right off the bat, the movie looks fantastic in 4K. You will need a 4K TV and 4K UHD Blu-Ray player to play this disc. I'm reviewing this on the OPPO UDP-203 player and LG OLED 65" c6p model.

The set includes a slipcover, 4 discs and a digital copy code. HDR is HDR10 (not dolbyvision, from what I can tell) and audio is in Dolby Atmos (I don't have atmos, so it comes across in TrueHD).

The discs are where it becomes a mess.
Disc 1 = The Final Cut 4K UHD Blu-Ray
Disc 2 = The Final Cut Blu-Ray (this is the same exact disc from the 2007 Blu-Ray release)
Disc 3 = Dangerous Days (documentary) DVD (that's not a typo.. this is a DVD disc inside of a 4K release) from the 2007 Blu-Ray
Disc 4 = Some people get a special features disc w/ the Workprint edit.. some people get 3 cuts of the movie (US Theatrical, International theatrical, Directors cut) on Blu-Ray, also from the 2007 Blu-Ray release.

There seems to be some confusion here. I don't know why Warner is including the 2nd, 3rd and 4th discs from the 2007 release (but leaving out 2 of the other discs from that set) and not including the discs from the 2012 release (or re-doin'g them for the 2017 release).

The 2007 releases already had issues (such as compression to match the HDDVD releases) so the quality of these discs 2, 3 and 4 do show their age.

The 4K UHD disc (why you're buying this!) does shine though. The film is very grainy (a tight grain, similar to TV static) but there is a noticeable amount of sharpness, clarity, better colors and HDR used throughout. Compared to the Blu-Ray, this is one definitely worth upgrading. If you don't like grain though, this may be one to pass on. If you've seen the Fifth Element 4K release, this is similar.

Unfortunately, the extra features (many of which are presented in 480p/DVD quality) are a very big disappointment. The 4K disc only includes a commentary, intro and trailer. The 7+ hours of features are across the other discs.

The movie itself is only presented in 4K as the "Final Cut" (not the original theatrical or directors cuts). The Workprint cut (which many do enjoy!) seems to only be included with some sets, while others (like me) received the disc with the theatrical and directors cut blu-ray's instead.

Audio is very good. I don't have atmos, but even on a 7.1 setup it sounds great. Also included is a digital copy that redeems in 4K.

Overall, nice upgrade if you own the previous sets.. If not, this is the one to get.
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BuckarubonziReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is the original version with the Harrison Ford voice over that gave the movie that cool Film Noir feel like The Black Sleep
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I'd been looking for this version of the movie ever since my VHS version got ripped off in a home burglary. This is the original version with the Harrison Ford voice over that gave the movie that cool Film Noir feel like The Black Sleep, Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon and others made when America was deep in the Second World War. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the Director's Cut version, but I get tired of all the junk they add to justify a reason to buy the movie all over again. When I bought the Director's Cut version and watched it, I felt like I had been robbed again. The movie just wasn't the same one I saw so many years before. The detective voice over goes so well with the dirty, gritty scenes that Ridley Scott took pain staking care to recreate. Taking out the original voice over is like colorizing an old black and white film.
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Mike S.Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty much everything Blade Runner
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This set is really a must for any fan of Ridley Scott's iconic dystopian future movie, Blade Runner. The movie made in 1982 and set in 2019 involves a group of fugitive androids called Replicants, which have escaped from a space colony where they are forced to work. A cop named Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is tasked with hunting down and "retiring" the fugitive replicants. The rest of the main cast includes Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah, Edward James Olmos, and Joanna Cassidy. Chances are most people reading this know what the movie is about and whether they like it or not. For those who do not, if you are familiar with Ridley Scott's other sci-fi movies, it very much has a similar feel, with a very dark and moody tone, but does not try to copy a movie like Alien or some of his other works. It can be a bit slow in pacing in parts of the movie, but even the final director's cut comes in under two hours, so it is not overly long. The set includes all the prior editions of the movie (on disc 3), including the 1982 theatrical edition, the 1982 international theatrical edition, and the 1992 director's cut. Each cut of the film has a similar run time, just under two hours, and the 1982 editions are nearly identical. The 1992 cut does make substantial changes to the movie, some of which are carried over into the new final cut which is on the first disc.

Really, where the set shines, is the bonus features. On the first disc, there are three separate commentary tracks on the final cut of the film, one by Ridley Scott one by the executive producer and some of the writers, and the third by the production designers and effects supervisors. Each of the commentary tracks provides great insight into the making of the movie. The second disc includes a three-and-a-half-hour-long making-of documentary that combines new and archival footage and includes a ton of interviews with cast and crew members. There are also some trailers and promos for other movies on the second disc. The third disc, as I mentioned, has all of the prior versions of the movie, and disc four includes a ton of featurettes including a comparison of the movie to the novel, features on the graphic design, the costumes, deleted and alternate scenes, and a lot more (including original promotional material from 1982). On the fifth disc, there is a workprint version of the movie that was the pre-release/test screening version of the film. It has an introduction by Ridley Scott and a commentary track by a film historian. Then there is a half-hour-long feature called All Our Variant Futures that details the processes to create the final cut of the movie.

Overall, the movie is a classic sci-fi film. It is one that does not have as wide a fan base as say Star Wars, or even the Aliens franchise, but even being more in the cult-classic category, it still holds up well after forty years. This release has every possible cut of the movie, so if you prefer the theatrical release above all others you can watch that one exclusively, or you can watch them all compare the versions. It will definitely take days to watch every version of the movie (which you may get sick of after a while) and all the bonus features, but if you are a fan of the movie, this set has everything you could possibly want, especially if you love watching bonus material.
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