Platform: DVD MOVIE Publisher: WARNER BROTHERS Packaging: DVD STYLE BOX Rating: RATING: R A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial ex... more »hibition but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has be a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising pollution and flying automobiles as well as replicants human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh) Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel) creator of the replicants Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) one of his targets. Attacked by another replicant Leon (Brion James) Deckard is about to be killed when he's saved by Rachael (Sean Young) Tyrell's assistant and a replicant who's unaware of her true nature. In the meantime Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian's where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city.In 1992 Ridley Scott released a popular director's cut that removed Deckard's narration added a dream sequence and excised a happy ending imposed by the res« less
A blend of science fiction and detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) with its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature.
Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles 2019. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants.
Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets.
Attacked by another replicant, Leon (Brion James), Deckard is about to be killed when he's saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell's assistant and a replicant who's unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him.
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Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 12/30/2014...
Not my type of movie.
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Mark H. (djmark) from MONTEREY PARK, CA Reviewed on 3/12/2014...
Young Sean Young has always done it for me, and the Blade Runner movie is outstanding overall. It seems like it's the blueprint that other dystopian views of the future in LA were sprung from. Great effects and a great story line. It's a keeper.
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GREGORY G. from JERSEY CITY, NJ Reviewed on 12/17/2013...
Great movie about forgiveness and redemption !!
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Jeff T. Reviewed on 11/30/2012...
very strange movie
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NATHAN G. (guhmineheart) from BIRMINGHAM, AL Reviewed on 12/16/2011...
Hmmm... a violent and misogynistic version of The Fifth Element?
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Judith C. from BATON ROUGE, LA Reviewed on 11/18/2010...
Excellent movie, even after all these years. Rutger Hauer is the perfect replicant, human, yet psycopath.
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John F. from NORTON, MA Reviewed on 3/4/2010...
Classic SiFi movie, dated effects but entertaining none the less.
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 2/19/2010...
Except for Rutger Hauer's performance, there's nothing in this film worth watching. Boring and confusing mess. Harrison Ford delivers one of the worst performances of his career. This movie doesn't entertain in the least.
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Sandra N. from LOS ANGELES, CA Reviewed on 11/7/2009...
I loved this movie. Rutger Hauer is one of my favorite actors and Ridley Scott is a favorite of mine too. The movie really makes you wonder about our future.
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Upcoming DVD editions are worth the wait... Buy this only if
dooby | 08/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I fully agree with the previous reviewers. I already have the original 1992 Director's Cut and have been waiting ages to upgrade it. However, now that the producers have finally settled their legal problems, we are being deluged with a surfeit of Blade Runner editions. This is the first and the least promising of three planned editions. The 1992 Director's Cut is a compromise cut. This barebones DVD is the same as the previous DVD except that it has been fully restored and given an anamorphic remastering.
Following this edition, there will be another entitled, "Ridley Scott's Blade Runner: The Final Cut," to be released in early 2007 to mark the 25th Annversary of the movie, which will include newly restored scenes and will be Scott's final word on the film. Then later in 2007, there will be the "Ultimate Blade Runner" which will contain all 4 versions of the film, the original U.S. theatrical cut, the expanded international theatrical cut, the 1992 Director's Cut and the 2007 Final Cut, all fully restored and in anamorphic transfers plus tonnes of extras. In addition, Blade Runner will also be released simultaneously on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats.
Buy this with your eyes open. It is recommended only if you're a completist or have only passing interest in the film. This edition will have a limited run of just 4 months before it is withdrawn prior to the arrival of the next edition."
SOME MAY BUY THIS... OTHERS MAY WAIT A LITTLE LONGER...
Paulo Leite | Lisbon, Portugal | 08/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well... here's the deal...
Blade Runner stands as one of those films whose editting and final cut were always a subject for debate. As you may know there are two known cuts of this film: the original theatrical version (shunned by many who claimed it was a producer's cut who did not believe in Scott's true vision) and the director's cut (which is not really the director's cut... it is more a screenplay's cut... with some changes who merely unmade some of the things the producers did on the previous cut).
It is this second version that you will find here (while the first version is no longer available) with a face lift... a new transfer... better sound... and that's it.
In one way, this version is badly needed because all the previous Blade Runner DVD incarnations come from the first years of DVD - when you didn't even have a decent menu. And since the DVD technology has evolved a lot since then... why not a new version of Blade Runner, right?
The mystique surrounding Blade Runner says that director Ridley Scott never REALLY got HIS REAL version of this film. And more... A such an important and much loved film like this should have lots of extras to bring a new light to a film that is so fundamental and trendsetting.
And it seems that after 25 years, all the legal problems preventing all this from happenning were really sorted out between the film's former producers who battled for years for the film's rights.
And now, with all problems solved, we know that in 2007, we'll have that multi-disc version all the fans always dreamt of.
SO, THE DEAL IS... IF YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT THIS VERSION, BUY THIS EDITION. The good thing is you won't even go through those stupid snap cases anymore. Even if you already have it, the better image and sound on this release will certainly make up for it.
BUT IF YOU CANNOT BE SATISFIED WITH ANYTHING LESS THAT THE WHOLE MULTI-DISC EDITION COMPRISING ALL THE VERSIONS AND TONS OF EXTRAS... forget about this version and wait a few months for the longer, bigger, more complete, celebratory, multi versioned, multi disc set that will give you the FULL BLADE RUNNER deal.
It will cost more, naturally, but we've been saving money for it since our childhood, right? ;-)
I'm a big fan. So I'll wait. This version is a quick, just and much needed repairment: a great new transfer (with no extras) for those who just want the film. An entry level I'd say. And I think it is good that Warner Home Video has this version for those who just want the film - at bargain price.
But more is coming in 2007. In full!! So, I'll wait impatiently!!!!!"
A classic, underdone
ChefBum | Fremont,, CA United States | 01/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ridley Scott's 'Bladerunner' is a visual masterpiece, a stunning classic and original science fiction film noir. The special effects and set design are well done, especially for their time, and the great attention to detail and numerous nice touches are evident even after multiple viewings. This stark, visionary look at the future of L.A. is absolutely the most highly original and stylish of any science fiction movie yet.I am disappointed by the DVD version of the 'Director's Cut', which could and should have much more in the way of extra features, including out-takes, director and cast commentary, and many other extras usually included with films that have state-of-the-art special effects. This version of 'Bladerunner' has none of that, only the bare-bones selections for languages, subtitles, and track access. This is an inexcusable omission for a movie of such cult stature. In fact, I am sure that if the studio were to release a second DVD containing nothing but the 'extras' for 'Bladerunner', it would surely be a profitable seller. This movie was too well-done and too influential to not have all the DVD extras.So: I give it five stars for content ('Bladerunner' is the best movie in existence of its kind), and three for the DVD rendition, for a composite total of four stars."
See both the origional AND director's cut!
Alex Meyer Lock | Atlanta, GA | 01/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My advice to anyone wanting to experience this film is to watch both versions. The origional gives more of the noir experience, (despite what some say about the voice over it does lend to understanding parts of the story for the uninitiated) and is a classic in it's own right. Scott's cut on the other hand offers a more plausible and suitable ending to the film, and adds enough extra to more strongly hint at the possibility of Deckard being a replicant. The director's cut also has a bit more "depth" to it than the origional... you do need to think more to get it, but that's the main reason I suggest you see both versions. The unicorn dream sequence was an excellent edition in my opinion. I honestly wish WB would release the origional widescreen and the director's cut on a single disc so people could experience both. I loved the director's cut, the only glaring omission from the DVD is Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. This movie was MADE to be remasterd in DD. I'm quite disappointed at the stereo only (not even prologic I think) soundtrack. This is the only thing that keeps me (and I should hope others) from giving the DVD a 5 star rating."
Wait for the better release.
paul | Orange County | 08/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the same BR dvd that has been out since the inception of dvd, but with a cleaned up anamorphic transfer. It has no extras, and only 2.0 sound. Later in 2007, they are releasing a multi-disc set of BR with different cuts of the film and lots of extras, not unlike most of Ridley Scott's dvds. This is just a place holder. You've waited this long, you can wait a few more months for the ULTIMATE Blade Runner set."