Blade Runner: Ultimate Collection

Discussion in 'Movie Lounge' started by Shane, May 14, 2007.

  1. Shane

    Shane Active Member

    Pretty neat if you ask me.
  2. Shane

    Shane Active Member

    Pretty neat if you ask me.
  3. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    I wonder if we can expect something like this for the American Market.
  4. Tyson

    Tyson New Member

    I wonder if we can expect something like this for the American Market.
  5. Hi Shane

    I like the original version. I like happy endings.

    All the Best
  6. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I wonder if we can expect something in HD.
  7. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    I thought Warner had already announced it on HD-DVD? I know the HD remastered version has aired on HD-Net.
  8. Shane

    Shane Active Member

    I don't know if this version is coming to HD and BR but Blade Runner was announced.
  9. Hayes Preston

    Hayes Preston Member

    Pretty sure the Blade Runner ultimate edition was announced (on the Bits maybe?) for all three formats, SD, HD DVD, and BD, don'tknow if we'll be seeing the briefcase though
  10. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    Here's the latest story on this re-release, posted today at Movie City News:

    'Blade Runner' gets final cut
    DVD set will include five versions of Scott pic
    By STEPHEN SAITO (from Variety): For a film that defined what it meant to be a "director's cut" for the masses, "Blade Runner" has waited 25 years to receive a proper one.

    On Dec. 18, Warner will release "Blade Runner: The Final Cut," the definitive version of director Ridley Scott's fusion of film noir and science fiction, which has become a cult classic since its initial failure at the box office in 1982. One of Warner's most popular titles today, the film will be available in both HD formats and in three different DVD editions, with the final cut also receiving select theatrical playdates in New York, Los Angeles and the Venice Film Fest.

    So why revisit the movie after all this time? Maligned and misunderstood in its day, "Blade Runner" actually established much of the aesthetic that defines cinematic sci-fi, from the movie's wet-streets, neon-and-steam look to the grim, pessimistic tone gleaned from Philip K. Dick's dystopian novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

    "When they were test screening the film, the response was pretty confused and negative," explains Charles de Lauzirika, who produced the final cut. "The people who saw the film back then didn't really get it." The movie was too dark, too downbeat and ultimately too different from Harrison Ford's "Star Wars"-style screen persona for auds.

    The trouble started when, during the film's post-production, the completion bond locked Scott out of the editing room and the studio released its own version of the film with narration from Ford and a "happy ending" that showed Ford and co-star Sean Young riding off into the sunset.

    Though Scott's gritty vision of the future eventually won over fans on homevideo, the director didn't get a chance to change "Blade Runner" until 1991, when Warner Bros. accidentally sent Scott's darker "workprint" version of the film to a repertory screening. The cut became a word-of-mouth sensation, so Warner invited Scott to return and re-edit the film, but the helmer was busy finishing "Thelma & Louise" and prepping his next project, the Christopher Columbus epic "1492."

    As a result, Scott and the studio agreed to hire then-Warner film preservation director Michael Arick to work with Scott on a version that would have "no narration, no happy ending, but add the unicorn dream" -- referring to a controversial sequence that suggests Deckard is a replicant.

    "It wasn't really Ridley's true stamp on it," says de Lauzirika. "They had to cobble something together that approximated his wishes."

    But de Lauzirika wouldn't let it go. "Blade Runner" is his favorite movie. "It's the whole reason I wanted to work with Ridley," says the USC grad who joined Scott's company as an intern fresh out of film school in 1994. In the 15 years since the so-called "director's cut" was released, de Lauzirika has produced numerous special-edition DVDs for Scott, from the first "Alien" disc to last year's ambitious four-disc "Kingdom of Heaven" set.

    In 2000, he met with Warner to discuss releasing a definitive version of "Blade Runner" (at the time, co-executive producers Bud Yorkin and Jerry Perenchio still held the rights). Originally conceived as a two-DVD set with seamless branching of additional scenes and separate audio tracks for Ford's narration, the project has taken on near-mythological levels, requiring de Lauzirika to sort through 977 boxes of negative and even supervising a day of reshoots involving Joanna Cassidy and Harrison Ford's son Ben, who synched up a scene at Abdul Al-Assan's snake shop that has long irritated fans.

    The unicorn dream is back, although its meaning is intended to be ambiguous, de Lauzirika insists.

    "I think Ridley thinks the clues are obvious, but it's never overtly stated, so it's really up to you," he says. "It's just meant to be something to consider. Even in the new version, it's not clarified any further. The new unicorn dream stylistically just makes it more of a dream sequence."

    Now, Scott finally has a version that won't irritate him. Although fans of the film have been divided over which cut they prefer -- Christopher Nolan famously screened the original version at UCLA in 2003, though many give the edge to the 1992 cut -- all can agree with Blade Zone site manager Gary Willoughby when he says, "This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing."

    The final set arrives in a briefcase containing five different versions of the film (including the workprint that started it all) and a three-hour documentary, giving fans license to choose their favorite take. Other DVD releases have provided before-and-after comparisons, such as the recent "Star Wars" discs that feature George Lucas' original pre-CG versions or the Criterion Collection's three-disc "Brazil" release, but "Blade Runner" takes it to another level.

    "That's the idea of including the five versions: to see where it started and where it ended up," de Lauzirika says.
  11. E Jones

    E Jones Active Member

    Here's the details of all the DVD versions that will be available (from the Digital Bits):

    "Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be included in three stunning DVD editions: a Two-Disc Special Edition (at $20.97 SRP), a Four-Disc Collector's Edition ($34.99 SRP) and the Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition ($78.92 SRP) in Collectible "Deckard Briefcase" packaging.

    Simultaneous HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc versions (each $TBD) of the "Deckard Briefcase" will also be released in numbered, limited quantities. HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc 5-Disc Digi Packs with collectible slipcase (each $TBD) will include all of the UCE content. Order due date for all editions is November 13."
  12. Jim Armstrong

    Jim Armstrong New Member

    This will be the release that brings me to HD DVD and/or Blu-ray Disc.
    Blade Runner was my first DVD. It was a symbolic purchase.

    Years ago I remember being in a well stocked video store in San Antonio.
    Lots of classic and foreign titles.
    I thought, half seriously, "I could get an apartment near here, and be so happy."
    Those were VHS titles, and, I could have been happy.
    Just the luxury of grabbing some cinema and having it for the evening.
    But, Laser Disc happened and I dove in.
    You know the rest.
    If there's a better, sharper Pris out there, I want to see it...her.
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  13. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    Pre-ordered from Amazon.

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