24th September 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
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Brothers has formally announced the DVD release of the Final Cut version
of Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner.
Sadly it looks like the UK version of the
Ultimate Collector's Edition is a bit less Ultimate than the US
Ultimate Collector's Edition version, which comes in a briefcase, and
also includes a nice-looking model Spinner, and an origami unicorn.
Also, it seems that the UK won't be getting
Blu-ray or HD-DVD equivalents of the five-disc DVD edition. These are
being released in the US. Blu-ray owners had better hope that the US
five-disc version isn't region coded!
The various sets are priced very
reasonably. The five-disc DVD edition, with an RRP of £29.99, is being
offered by some etailers for just under the £18 mark. See the Incoming
records for details:
Two-disc DVD edition
Five-disc DVD edition
Here's the press release...
The Film That Started It All
BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT
Warner Bros. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary
of a Science-Fiction Classic
Debuts on 2 Disc Special Edition DVD and 5
Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD 3rd December 2007
Limited Theatrical Release in the UK from
23rd November 2007
Spectacular Editions of Director’s
Long-Awaited New Version, Restored and Remastered with 5.1 Audio, New and
Deleted Scenes, Special Effects and More
All four Previous Cuts, Including the
Ultra-Rare ‘Workprint’ Version, Available Along with Hours of Extra
Content Including Over 45 Minutes of Deleted Scenes & “Dangerous Days,”
the Comprehensive New Feature-Length Doc
Also Available in HD DVD & Blu-Ray
The one that started it all. Ridley Scott’s
Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, is one of the most important
science-fiction movies of the 20th Century. In celebration of its 25th
anniversary, director Ridley Scott has gone back into post production to
create the long-awaited definitive new version. Blade Runner: The Final
Cut is spectacularly restored and re-mastered from original elements.
The film has been scanned at 4K resolution and will contain
never-before-seen extended scenes, new and improved special effects, a
director and filmmaker audio commentary and a new 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
A limited theatrical release of The
Final Cut will open in selected UK cinemas on 23rd November 2007.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be
included in two stunning DVD editions both released on DVD 3rd December
from Warner Home Video.
The Two-Disc Special Edition will
have new commentaries and a bonus disc featuring the documentary
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner.
The Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s
Edition will be packaged in a collectible tin with lenticular, art
cards and a letter from Ridley Scott. This Collectors Edition
contains all five versions of the film, the Dangerous Days
documentary and will also include an entire disc with hours of enhanced
content containing featurettes and galleries devoted to over forty-five
minutes of deleted and alternate scenes recently discovered in deep
storage and approved by Ridley Scott, visual effects as well as background
on author Philip K. Dick, script development, abandoned sequences,
conceptual design, overall impact of the film and how it lead to the birth
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James
Olmos, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah are among some eighty
stars, filmmakers and others who participate in the extensive bonus
features. Among the bonus material highlights is Dangerous Days - a
brand new, feature length documentary by award-winning DVD producer
Charles de Lauzirika, with an extensive look into every aspect of the
film: its literary genesis, its challenging production and its
controversial legacy. The definitive documentary to accompany the
definitive film version.
Additionally, the Five Disc Ultimate
Collection will include an entire disc with hours of enhanced content
containing featurettes and galleries devoted to over forty-five minutes of
deleted and alternate scenes recently discovered in deep storage and
approved by Ridley Scott, visual effects as well as background on author
Philip K. Dick, script development, abandoned sequences, conceptual
design, overall impact of the film and how it lead to the birth of
cyberpunk. Trailers, TV spots and promotional featurettes will also be
Said Ridley Scott: "The Final Cut is
the product of a process that began in early 2000 and continued off and on
through seven years of intense research and meticulous restoration,
technical challenges, amazing discoveries and new possibilities. I can now
wholeheartedly say that Blade Runner: The Final Cut is my
definitive director’s cut of the film."
DETAILS OF BLADE RUNNER EDITIONS
BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT SPECIAL
RIDLEY SCOTT'S ALL-NEW "FINAL CUT" VERSION
OF THE FILM
Restored and re-mastered with added &
extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new
5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Also includes:
* Commentary by Ridley Scott
* Commentary by Executive Producer/
Co-Screenwriter Hampton Fancher and Co-Screenwriter David Peoples;
Producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
* Commentaries by visual futurist Syd Mead;
production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and
special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard
Yuricich and David Dryer
DOCUMENTARY DANGEROUS DAYS: MAKING BLADE
A feature-length authoritative documentary
revealing all the elements that shaped this hugely influential cinema
landmark. Cast, crew, critics and colleagues give a behind-the-scenes,
in-depth look at the film -- from its literary roots and inception through
casting, production, visuals and special effects to its controversial
legacy and place in Hollywood history.
BLADE RUNNER: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S
The 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition
includes everything from the 2-Disc Special Edition plus four
additional versions of the film, as well as an “Enhancement Archive” bonus
disc of enhanced content that includes 90 minutes of deleted footage and
rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover
the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on
society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more.
One of the versions of the film included is
the ultra-rare, near-legendary Workprint version of the film, which has
been re-mastered. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be
presented in a unique collectible tin which will include a Blade Runner
film lenticular, art cards and a letter from Ridley Scott.
1982 THEATRICAL VERSION
This is the version that introduced U.S.
movie-going audiences to a revolutionary film with a new and excitingly
provocative vision of the near-future. It contains Deckard/Harrison Ford’s
character narration and has Deckard and Rachel’s (Sean Young) “happy
ending” escape scene.
1982 INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and
cable releases up to 1992. This version is not rated, and contains some
extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version.
1992 DIRECTOR'S CUT
The Director's Cut omits Deckard's
voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the
famously-controversial "unicorn" sequence, a vision that Deckard has which
suggests that he, too, may be a replicant.
BONUS DISC - “Enhancement Archive”
* Featurette The Electric Dreamer:
Remembering Philip K. Dick
* Featurette Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film
* Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews (Audio)
* Featurette Signs of the Times: Graphic Design
* Featurette Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling
* Screen Tests: Rachel & Pris
* Featurette The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth
* Deleted & Alternate Scenes
* 1982 Promotional Featurettes
* Trailers & TV Spots
* Featurette Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art
* Featurette Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard
* Featurette Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers
This rare version of the film is considered
by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner
cuts. It includes an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the
final scenes, no "unicorn" sequence, no Deckard/Rachel "happy ending,”
altered lines between Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his creator Tyrell (Joe
Turkell), alternate music and much more.
* Introduction by Ridley Scott
* Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of
* Featurette All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut
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