to the page devoted to providing the genuine news on the
Blade Runner Final Cut (Special Edition) DVDs that were
released in December 2007. Here, you will find accurate
information on the BR:FC (BR:SE) and the different DVD
Runner Final Cut DVDs
Blade Runner Final Cut Changes
What is the Blade Runner Special Edition DVD?
Blade Runner was released in 1982, but due to the way test screenings
were done and certain people imposing their views, there were
some significant changes made for the Blade Runner Theatrical
Release (and even that varied between US and "International" releases).
In 1992, Ridley Scott contributed to what is called the "Blade
Runner Director's Cut" which
reversed a few of the changes made in 1982, but was rushed and
Ridley did not have the chance to make HIS Director's Cut.
ALL DVD releases between then and December 2007 were *that*
Director's Cut and until recently, as it was literally one of the
first films released on DVD, not the best transfer and with no
extras. (A recent re-issue did provide a cleaned up version, but
still the same BR:DC.) The
"Special Edition" is what we have been calling the anticipated
Ultimate Release of Blade Runner for something like eight years
now. Now it is here, the film itself is called The Blade Runner
Final Cut and "Special Edition" refers to a specific
So what is the Blade Runner Final Cut?
This is the "real" Director's Cut. It was initially
on very limited release in cinemas, but is now shown occasionally
at various places around the world (please
don't ask me when and where as this is beyond my scope to track).
It became available on DVD on 18th
It was released on Standard DVD, HD-DVD
and Blu-Ray. More detail about changes for The Final Cut itself
can be found here.
Tell me about the DVDs.
There are SEVEN different DVD sets available at present
(in the US - I wish I could say all countries would have exactly
the same releases, but it seems I can't) - which you
choose will depend on where you stand on the range of "like
the movie" to "totally
(like me). What you get depends
on whether you want 2, 4 or 5 discs, Standard DVD, HD-DVD or Blu-Ray
and if you want the super-everything including collectibles briefcase
or not (I'm not kidding). Of course relative value for money may
factor into your decision. [Note: since I
originally compiled this list, Warner Bros. have dropped support
of HD-DVD, so that format will become increasingly difficult to
get hold of.] Here is a breakdown
of the sets (these latest definitions courtesy of Amazon.com).
The Blade Runner Final Cut Two-Disc Special Edition contains:
Two Standard definition widescreen DVDs.
RIDLEY SCOTT'S ALL-NEW "FINAL CUT" VERSION OF THE FILM
Restored and remastered with added and extended scenes, added
lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital
- 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
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."
The Blade Runner Final Cut Four-Disc Collector's Edition contains:
Four Standard definition widescreen DVDs.
From Warner: "The
Four-Disc Collector's Edition includes everything
from the 2-Disc Special Edition plus three additional versions of the film, as well
as an 'Enhancement Archive' bonus disc of enhanced content that includes
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.
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
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.
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
- 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"
The Blade Runner Final Cut Five-Disc Complete Collector's
Five high definition widescreen DVDs in choice of
HD-DVD or Blu-Ray.
The Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition includes everything
from the Four-Disc Collector's Edition plus...
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.
- 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 Blade Runner Final Cut Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition
described in the 5-Disc set above and is available in Standard
DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. The North American R1 Blade
Runner Final Cut Ultimate Collector's Edition is 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, collector's
photographs as well as a signed personal letter from Sir Ridley
Scott. HOWEVER, it seems even the R2 release is not being offered
in the briefcase and doesn't appear to have unicorn (no biggie)
or car (see image below).