Blade Runner: the Final Cut

29 Jul

I’m so out of the loop that I just found out about the 25th anniversary Blade Runner plans by watching the trailer for Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner. (also: I think it’s particularly interesting that the unicorn clip is included on that page.)
Here’s some more info:

the Final Cut
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition) (2007)

In celebration of Blade Runner‘s 25th anniversary, director Ridley Scott has gone back into post production to create the long-awaited definitive new version. Blade Runner: The Final Cut, spectacularly restored and remastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution, will contain never-before-seen added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, director and filmmaker commentary, an all-new 5.1 Dolby® Digital audio track and more. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Young, and Daryl Hannah are among some 80 stars, filmmakers and others who participate in the extensive bonus features. Among the bonus material highlights is Dangerous Days, a brand new, three-and-a-half-hour 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. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be presented in a unique 5-disc digi-package with handle which is a stylish version of Rick Deckard’s own briefcase. In addition, each briefcase will be individually numbered and in limited supply. Included is a lenticular motion film clip from the original feature, miniature origami unicorn figurine, miniature replica spinner car, and collector’s photographs, as well as a signed personal letter from Sir Ridley Scott.

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. 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
  • Commentary 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
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.

Disc Three
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.

Disc Four
BONUS DISC – “Enhancement Archive”: 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.

  • Featurette “The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick”
  • Featurette “Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film”
  • Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews (audio)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Cover Gallery (images)
  • The Art of Blade Runner (image galleries)
  • Featurette “Signs of the Times: Graphic Design”
  • Featurette “Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling”
  • Screen Tests: Rachel & Pris
  • Featurette “The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth”
  • Unit photography gallery
  • Deleted and alternate scenes
  • 1982 promotional featurettes
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Featurette “Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art”
  • Marketing and merchandise gallery (images)
  • Featurette “Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard”
  • Featurette “–Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers”

Disc Five
WORKPRINT VERSION
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:

  • 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 above information is copied directly from: Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition) (2007). (I hope it’s correct.)

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3 Responses to “Blade Runner: the Final Cut”

  1. jose luis Thursday.Thursday.Thursday.November 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    Hello I am jose luis
    Spanish. I am interested in buying “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” please contensten as soon as possible rosales_aerografia@hotmail.com

  2. mistersplice Monday.Monday.Monday.November 5, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    you might want to try the link in the article if you’re interested in buying…

    I’m just saying.
    (and I get absolutely no revenue from any links…just saying again.)

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