It's finally here, the definitive version of Blade Runner and almost
25 years after the movie was released in the cinemas, viewers can
now enjoy the movie as it was meant to be.
For those unaware of the
story of Blade Runner, it is based on the insightful novel "Do
Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by author Philip K. Dick which
could almost be considered a science fiction film noir detective
The world of Blade Runner is set in the not so distant
future where the world is quite dark and grim, even though
technological advancements have progressed, it has not assisted
mankind in terms of livability.
The movie itself revolves around Deckard,
played by Harrison Ford whose main role is to hunt down rogue
synthetic humans called replicants. Once these replicants have
reached a certain age, they become unstable and need to be "retired"
which is where Deckard comes into play.
Unfortunately for replicants,
they prove ideal for menial human tasks such as soldiers, laborers
or prostitutes. The problem with replicants is that they
develop a real consciousness and once this happens, some humans feel
that this is a threat and the replicants that can, go into hiding
and live on the fringes of society.
The film also features strong
tones of morality and politics which make this science fiction movie
so appealing and engaging to the viewer as it's not just another
action movie but rather, a truly insightful film that challenges
Joining Ford in Blade Runner is Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and
Daryl Hannah who all add their uniqueness and talents to this
inspirational science fiction movie which is easily one of the top
ten best science fiction movies of all time.
masterfully directs this movie and really gives it direction,
whether it's the majestic score of Vangelis or the special effects,
Blade Runner is truly a science fiction masterpiece. Best of all,
this version of Blade Runner allows viewers to see it as Ridley
Scott intended and not a cut back down theatrical release as the
detail of this movie is far superior than previous releases. With
that said, don't expect the theatrical Hollywood ending as there
are quite a few new additions to the movie.
For a film that is over 25 years old, Warner have painstakingly
recreated the movie frame by frame in order to "clean" up the images
and needless to say, the result is quite spectacular and looks
phenomenal on Blu-ray for a movie of its age.
As with the video
quality, the audio track has been recreated that truly immerses you
into the world of Blade Runner. It should also be noted that the
footage has also been digitally modified to improve the overall view
of this Los Angels gone mad and this means that some poor special
effects from the original are now quite realistic plus the
continuity glitches have been addressed.
For those special feature
buffs, Blade Runner: The Final Cut features a plethora of highly
formative pieces that fans of the movie will now have a unique
insight into the creation of one of the world's best science fiction
In conclusion Blade Runner: The Final Cut is a brilliant film that
will appease both fans and new fans, ensuring that Ridley's unique
vision of the future and interpretation of the Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep is now a complete movie from slight fixes in the
story, improved special effects and video and audio to match.
Ridley Scott's all-new 'Final Cut' version of the film
Restored and remastered with added & extended scenes, added lines,
new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
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 Drye
Documentary - Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner. 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