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Blade Runner: The Final Cut DVD details

BladeRunner-FinalCutBox.jpgThe details for the Blade Runner: The Final Cut DVD are out, and they are looking quite amazing. This release marks the release that Ridley Scott really did want to make since day one, it seems that even his Director's Cut didn't end up the way he wanted it to, so he's going to have another try at it, and he says this is the last version.

The DVD is due for a December the 18th release, and not only that but it seems that both Los Angeles And New York will see a theatrical release too on October the 5th. Damn those lucky Americans. So for those of us who won't see it in the cinema, there's the DVD release, but wait...there's not just one DVD, there are going to be three versions of this special edition.

Yes, it looks like they've decided to bleed as much money as possible out of the public as they can, and release three different versions of the Final Cut...so it isn't really quite the final cut is it?

There will be a two disc version, a four disc version, and a stunning five disc version. I've got the full specifications over the page, but hold up just one minute. Think this might be the last of it? Nope.

That five disc boxset, which comes in a briefcase presentation box, is also set to be released on Blu-ray and HD-DVD, so there are five releases in all!

Okay, enough of this, let's see the specifications for the DVD's and see if it really is worth buying...I'll give you a hint - the biggest is stunning.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut – Two disc Special Edition. Presumably this features the Final Cut version of the film alone.

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
Dangerous Days: Making Of Blade Runner Documentary


Blade Runner: The Final Cut – Four disc Collector's Edition. This will again feature the Final Cut, but also...

1982 Theatrical Version
1982 International Version
1992 Director's Cut
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
Dangerous Days: Making Of Blade Runner Documentary
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 & Alternate Scenes
1982 Promotional Featurettes
Trailers & TV Spots
Featurette Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art
Marketing & Merchandise Gallery (Images)
Featurette Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard
Featurette Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers

Okay, catch a breath. That's one amazing list of extras. Huge thanks to the guys at IGN who have come up with the complete specifications.

We're not finished though. Here are the specifications for the Blade Runner: Final Cut – Five disc Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD. This will again feature the Final Cut film (just in case there was any doubt) and this is the version you'll see on HD-DVD and Blu-ray, presumably with HD audio and video.

1982 Theatrical Version
1982 International Version
1992 Director's Cut
Workprint Version of the Film -- This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts.
Workprint Version Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
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
Dangerous Days: Making Of Blade Runner Documentary
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 & Alternate Scenes
1982 Promotional Featurettes
Trailers & TV Spots
Featurette Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art
Marketing & Merchandise Gallery (Images)
Featurette Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard
Featurette Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers
Featurette All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut

Did you see that extra version of the film? The work print of the very rare version which is considered to be the most radically different of the films, and the work print includes a commentary by Paul M. Samon, the author if Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.

Now that is a stunning collection, and I can see myself getting the five disc version. However three things spring to mind, what are the two high definition versions going to be offering over the standard DVD? Are we going to get to see the work print version digitised and upgraded? Oh, and why couldn't Ridley Scott have given us the work print commentary?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I'm just curious. This box set is amazing already, and I'm dying to get my hands on it, although I am curious to find out how much it is going to cost in the UK!

Thanks again to IGN for the details, they are deserving of two links! They also have recommended costs for the US release, before I move on. The two disc is US$20.97, four disc at US$34.99 and the five disc is at US$78.92. So looking at exchange rate does that mean the five disc set will be UK£50-60?

Meanwhile Variety, who highlighted some of the details the other day, also released a photo of the large set open and laid out. It looks amazing, there are bags of extras in there, not just the discs, including a nice little origami crane. The small picture is above, but Variety have the full thing. The article also has an interesting write up about the film and some good quotes.

I love the idea of showing different cuts of a film on DVD because I am so fascinated by the process of film making...and that aside, when a film is this good, you can't say that any of the versions are bad.

I'm putting this and the Close Encounters Blu-ray release on my wishlist.





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