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BLADE RUNNER 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
4 Blu-ray Box Set
By Robert T. Trate
July 23, 2012
Source: Warner Brothers
Blade Runner (Presented by Jerry Perenchio and Bud Yorkin; A Michael Deeley-Ridley Scott production) is one of the most important science-fiction movies of the 20th century. The film, starring Harrison Ford, has had immeasurable influence on society, and its futuristic depiction of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world makes it perhaps more powerful and relevant today than when it was made. Produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Sir Ridley Scott (a three-time Best Director Oscar® nominee for Gladiator, Thelma & Louise and Black Hawk Down) Blade Runner, a Ladd Company release in association with Sir Run Run Shaw, has appeared on more ‘Top Five’ sci-fi lists than any other film.
BLADE RUNNER 30th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION 4-DISC BLU-RAY + DVD COMBO PACK + UV
“The #1 Sci-Fi Film of All Time” Celebrates 30th Anniversary with NEW Commemorative Gift Set October 23!
BLADE RUNNER 30th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION
4-DISC BLU-RAY™ + DVD COMBO PACK + UV
Warner Home Video Gift Set with New Collectible Memorabilia,
Including 72-Page Production Art Book, Hi-Definition Photo Gallery,
New Commemorative Spinner Car Replica and More
Final Cut Feature with all Bonus Content from Acclaimed 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Warner Home Video (WHV) will end the film’s moratorium with the debut of a beautiful new commemorative 4-Disc Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack which also includes an Ultra Violet (UV) copy of The Final Cut feature. This comprehensive gift set edition includes The Final Cut version of the feature presented on both Blu-ray and DVD, as well as the other four versions: 1992 Director’s Cut, Domestic and International Theatrical versions, and the rare Workprint feature version previously only available in the 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The set also boasts never-before-seen production photos with more than 1,000 archival images presented in hi-definition, a 72-page production art book with printed versions of the newly discovered art, a collectible Spinner car replica from an official concept sketch conceived by Blade Runner’s visual futurist Syd Mead, and collectible motion lenticular card. In addition, included are all 10+ hours of bonus content from the critically acclaimed 2007 Ultimate Collector’s Edition.
Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will be available in two stunning editions-- 4-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack with UV ($64.99 SRP) and a Three Disc Blu-ray Book ($34.99 SRP).
Blade Runner made its first appearance in U.S. theaters on June 25, 1982, dazzling audiences with its stylish, brooding look into the future. From its intelligent, provocative story line to its stunning camera work and state-of-the art special effects, the film opened the door to a new view of tomorrow in addition to prefiguring important concerns of the 21st century, such as globalization, urban decay, global warming, over-population and genetic engineering.
Set in a multi-ethnic, overcrowded, high-tech city of the future, Blade Runner was also a benchmark in costume and production design and helped spawn a new genre/lifestyle -- neo-noir cyberpunk which has flourished in today’s mainstream society and is reflected in all facets of entertainment, design and fashion trends.
In Blade Runner, genetically manufactured beings called "replicants" are built to do dangerous and degrading work on Earth's "Off-World colonies." Physically identical to adult humans, yet much more powerful, a group of replicants hides in Los Angeles after a bloody mutiny.
Heading the all-star cast, many in career-expanding roles, is Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a special police "blade runner" assigned to hunt down and kill the escapees. Also starring are Sean Young as Rachael, Deckard's replicant lover; Edward James Olmos as Gaff, a mysterious fellow policeman; Daryl Hannah as Pris and Joanna Cassidy as Zhora, two beautiful yet murderous replicants; and Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, the replicant leader who challenges Deckard's ideas of what it is to be human.
Blade Runner was adapted from the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by acclaimed science-fiction author Philip K. Dick. Hollywood has since discovered this eclectic author in full force, and some of the films adapted from Dick's works include Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Next, and Total Recall, among others, grossing millions of dollars worldwide. But it was Blade Runner that started it all. The film was nominated for 2 Academy Awards® -- for Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects. Oscar®- winning composer Vangelis (Music [Original Score], for Chariots of Fire, 1981) created the musical score.
The multiple "Top Ten" lists Blade Runner has consistently placed high on are: #1 on Wired Magazine's list, and the English Scientists/Guardian Science List made it the #1 sci-fi film of all time based on surveys with 60 scientists. It is #3 on Entertainment Weekly's "best sci-fi movies and TV shows of the past 25 years," and is also #3 on SFX Magazine's list.
Jerry Perenchio and Bud Yorkin present A Michael Deeley-Ridley Scott Production: Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner," starring Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay is by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples and the executive producers are Brian Kelly and Hampton Fancher. Visual effects are by Doug Trumbull; the director of photography is Jordan Cronenweth; and the associate producer is Ivor Powell. The original music is composed by Vangelis. "Blade Runner" is produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Ridley Scott. The film is a Ladd Company release in association with Sir Run Run Shaw. Distributed by Warner Bros. A Time Warner Entertainment Company.
Disc 1—The Final Cut
Ridley Scott Introduction to the 1982 Theatrical Cut
Ridley Scott Introduction to the 1982 International Theatrical Cut
Ridley Scott Introduction to 1991 Director’s Cut
Deleted and Alternate Scenes
1982 Promotional Featurettes
Trailers and TV Spot
The rare Workprint Feature Version
Introduction by Ridley Scott
Commentary by Future Noir Author Paul M. Sammon
Commentary by Director 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
3-Disc Blu-ray Book will include Discs 1-3 only.