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Blade Runner: The Final Cut (R2) in December

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut on 3rd December 2007. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford is considered one of the most important science-fiction movies of the 20th Century. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Scott has gone back into post production to create the long-awaited definitive new version. Blade Runner: The Final Cut is spectacularly restored and remastered from original elements, 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 track.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be included in two DVD editions. The Two-Disc Special Edition (£15.99 RRP) will have new commentaries and a bonus disc featuring the documentary Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner. The Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (£29.99 RRP) will be packaged in a collectible tin with lenticular, art cards and a letter from Ridley Scott.

The Collectors Edition will contain 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 45 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.

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 follow…

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Disc One
Restored and remastered 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
Disc Two

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: 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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 remastered. 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.

Disc Three

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.

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.

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.

Disc Four
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
Disc Five

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.

Also includes:
  • Introduction by Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
  • Featurette All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut

The press release also tells us that a limited theatrical release of The Final Cut will open in selected UK cinemas on 23rd November 2007.

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