In the fall, Warner Home Entertainment is expected to bring the 30th Anniversary Edition of Blade Runner to Blu-ray. Director Ridley Scott's iconic reimagining of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep stars Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures) as Rick Deckard, a disenchanted Blade Runner who hunts replicants - genetically engineered organic robots - in Los Angeles, circa 2019.
As the science-fiction-thriller begins, Deckard receives the assignment to kill four rogue replicants who have returned to Earth after organizing a bloody off-world rebellion. Deckard's search takes him from the bowels of Los Angeles' synthetic community to Dr. Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel, The Shining), the creator of the replicants; however, the weary Blade Runner finds his resolve tested by both his romantic feelings towards Tyrell's android secretary Rachel (Sean Young, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) as well as the savagery of head replicant fugitive Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer, Hobo with a Shotgun).
In addition, Blade Runner collected Oscar nominations at the 1983 Academy Awards Ceremony for:
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Lawrence G. Paull, David L. Snyder, and Linda DeScenna
Best Visual Effects: Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich, and David Dryer
Warner's four-disc Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack offers five versions of the picture: the rare workprint version, the 1982 domestic and international theatrical cuts, the 1993 director's cut, and the 2007 Final Cut, which contains additional revisions not present in any of the previous versions. Further technical specifications are unknown, though the Blu-ray does contain a number of bonus supplements, such as:
The discs come packaged in a collectible seventy-two-page digibook with "never-before-seen Ridley [Scott] sketches, poster art, and photos from the set" alongside a concept spinner car and action Lenticular hologram.
The 30th Anniversary Edition of Blade Runner streets on October 23rd.
Update: Warner Bros. is also releasing a three-disc Blu-ray Book edition on the same date. This version offers the five cuts of the film and all digital supplements from the 30th Anniversary set; however, the Blu-ray Book is only thirty-six pages long - as opposed to seventy-two pages - and loses the DVD and UV copies as well as the spinner replica and Lenticular hologram.
Awesome, but I don't think the booklet is enough to warrant another purchase.
Strangely enough, ten minutes ago I came home from a bar playing this movie and I was planning on watching it RIGHT NOW.... and I saw this article first.
I haven't watched the movie in four years. Time to start up again!
Ironic I'd see this article tonight of all nights, though.
Ha ha ha. No way I'm getting this. I have the perfect set that came out a few years ago with all the different versions of the film. Unless you don't already have that, there's really no point in double dipping.
There are so many movies that have yet to come out on BD. The problem with these double-dips is that they use up the resources that the studios could use to bring these other movies to market. Frustrating!
Boy, Warner is gonna milk this Blade Runner thing with every chance they get. The initial 5-disc release was PERFECT. There never was and never will be need for any further releases. Sticking with my 5-disc version I bought back in 2008 when I first jumped on the Blu bandwagon.
I will only upgrade if they use new AVC encodes. Let's see: The 5-Disc Complete Collector's Edition had 3 x 25 GB BD's + 2 x 9.4 GB DVD's, then they could very well give us all the special features from those DVD's and spread them across the 3 x 50 GB BD's, and still have room to give us those new encodes. Heck, we could very well finally be getting the 3 archival versions with lossless audio, since they were already seamlessly branched. But, I'm not holding my breath on this...
I'll happily stick with my 5-Disc Complete Collector's Edition BD set. It is awesome. Nice & compact (thin) considering it contains 5 cuts. 4 of the cuts are on BD with only the Work Print on DVD. Even has a booklet with photos. PQ/AQ are awesome.
The old 5-disc edition has become quite difficult to find as of late, and from my experience it was not difficult to sell my copy for far more than this new 3-disc version costs. Therefore, I just upgraded to a new version with more supplements on fewer discs for convenience, great package art, a nice book, and an ultraviolet copy, and I made money on the deal. Food for thought.
That is a one lame looking Digi-book ! I'm so tired of them re-releasing the same movies over and over again ! How about releasing something new. It's not like Warner doesn't have a huge library of movies !
was considering the 5 disc version previously released on blu, but opted for the simple final cut. This version I will consider, it is slightly irksome in the double dip department, but the beautiful Origami cover is just too shiny!
Packaging? Who cares about packaging? What are we, 60 years old? I hate that I even have to still have physical discs lying around instead of just being able to store all the data in a solid-state bluetooth drive implanted in my hand. I throw away all the boxes and cases and whatever crap comes with my movies and put all the discs in a little tiny binder. If the quality of the film isn't improved, then I'm not interested.
"Do I give a shit what two comic labels are crossing over characters and selling two editions of the book in varied-ink chromium covers??" - Mallrats
Ha ha, well, aside from my fundamental distaste for all musicals (except The Wall)... yeah, I'd have to pass on that. I really think the only reason we still have discs at all is that most people born before 1960 still want to have something they can hold in their hands and put on a shelf. Books. Records. Tapes. Book & Records. Records that come with books. Books on tape.
Old people can't understand MP3s and eBooks so they're afraid to buy them. WE aren't, so why are people still so hung up on the packaging? I used to have a Terminator box set of three VHS tapes, with a hologram and signatures from Schwarzenegger and Cameron on the cover. Know what it's worth now? Nothing. Not a single dollar. People are still trying to sell them on eBay, and nobody's buying. Because nobody cares. None of these "super-special limited edition numbered hand-signed steelbox import collector's set shaped like a zombie" things are any different. They're landfill fodder. And it's a rare, special girl indeed who gets turned on when she sees a miniature Blade Runner spinner on your mantelpiece.
I dig digibooks but I agree that the cover is lame. If I were to buy this, I would definitly go for the set with the spinner. Chicks dig the spinner.
(Lol Kafziel!) Actually, I'm cool with the older release. But if you don't have Blade Runner in your collection, this sounds like a great set.
I own the "five-disc" (if ever there were a marketing ploy... [the entirety of the set's content could have been put on one BD-50 using branching for three of the cuts (workprint excluded), and the beauty of it is that the transfer isn't even great by today's standards...all kinds of VC-1 macroblocking thanks to the low bit rate]) set. This film needs a new high bit rate MPEG4 transfer...period. No new transfer, no new purchase.