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Blade Runner [Blu-ray]

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Blade Runner, alongside John Carpenter's The Thing, was a box office and critical bomb when it hit movie theaters a scant two weeks after the phenom that was E. The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth (SD, 20 minutes) - A fitting tribute to the real star of 'Blade Runner,' the late director of photography Jordan Cronenweth. This long-anticipated follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 cult classic struggled to connect with viewers. It's now well-known that Scott and Ford didn't get along, Ford also didn't get along with Young, and both of the film's main producers (and, at times, the studio) didn't get along with the final cut of the movie. The crew commentary is the perfect partner to Scott’s, giving us a superb mixture of on-set anecdotes and discussions of some of the film’s aesthetic choices.

There was the "Domestic Cut," the more violent "International Version," the studio edited "Director's Cut" and even a strange "Workprint" edition that mysteriously showed up at a film festival in the early nineties. Note: 2K score updated to reflect clarifications to scoring categories since this review was first published. It is worth noting that the new "Final" cut of the film is easily the best in terms of picture quality with each successively older version looking slightly more aged and worse for wear. As 'The Final Cut' forms the centerpiece of the package, I'll focus on that presentation, and then offer some additional thoughts on the other versions. Roy (Rutger Hauer), the film's chief antagonist and leader of the wayward Replicants, gives an incredibly moving speech towards the end of the film that is about as close to Shakespearian as one will ever find in a science fiction film.Another thing is that the last time, I watched the five DVD tin, with five versions of the film, and two discs full of extras. So what I'm about to say may piss off many of the Scott faithful -- even more so, as it's coming from an die hard 'Blade Runner' fan (I count it as my favorite film).

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site, provide personalised content and advertising, analyse our traffic, and ensure you see more of what you love. One is simply that adding HDR - and quite aggressive HDR at that - to a relatively old film that wasn’t designed for it can bring out noise that was scarcely be noticeable at ‘SDR’ light levels.And you've probably heard that it's been re-issued and re-configured in so many different versions that Scott's originally-intended themes have been mucked with to the point of abstraction.

I was already happy knowing that the film was getting a good and proper 4K image transfer, but this new Atmos mix is really something special and I feel it sets an important benchmark for audio presentations for classic movies - I'm looking at you Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Delineation in even the darkest areas of the picture is dead-on, so fine subtleties previously lost in the murk are now readily visible. This time however, I decided to put it aside for a while, let some other movies stun me into insensibility before I started seeing the seams in the technology. Fans and filmmakers alike weigh in on their thoughts, but as always, Ridley Scott gets the last word, saying that if you don't already know the answer after watching the Final Cut, you're "an idiot.

It also allows him to tweak some of the editing and effects that he was unable to complete to his satisfaction at the time of the film's original 1982 theatrical release. What you do get is the film looking pristine, as good as it possibly could look, and on Blu-ray, there will be no nit-picks about digital artefacts or compression to mar your viewing experience. All of the versions have their own strengths and weaknesses, but the newly edited, cleaned up and reworked "Final Cut" is now here for the entire world as Mr.

It was an insane experience digesting both movies together and as a result, I have a mutual appreciation for both. In any case, since the workprint is labeled as just that -- a workprint -- and is included here for its historical value, its poor quality doesn't detract at all from the set. Clearly the "Final" version is the standout of the set and is sure to give your home theater a nice workout.I'm aching inside because I just can't do this review justice with images captured from the now ancient VC-1 Blu-ray of 2007. Even better, Warner has not skimped on any version of the film presented on the different Blu-ray and HD DVD editions.

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