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Blade Runner - The Final Cut Special Edition (2 Disc Set) Blu-ray Review - -

Feature 9.5
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 9.0
Total 9.1
Distributor: Warner
Running Time: 109 minutes
Classification: M15+
Reviewer: John Smith


Blade Runner - The Final Cut
Special Edition
(2 Disc Set)

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 mystery.

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 you.

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.

Ridley Scott 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 pieces.

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.

Highly Recommended!

Special Features:

Disc One

  • 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

Disc Two

  • 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 Hollywood history.


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