New on Blu-ray: Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

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Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982) Movie Image

You can’t possibly call yourself a sci-fi fan if you do not worship at the altar of Ridley Scott’s 1982 seminal masterpiece “Blade Runner”. God knows every other sci-fi writer/director that have come after “Blade Runner” knows the film very well. Too well, in some cases (if you know what I mean). Of course, it’s not their fault that “Blade Runner” was way ahead of its time, its dystopian/futuristic concepts so revolutionary 30 years ago that it’s still being aped to this day. Now, 30 years later, Warner Home Video is re-releasing the film on Blu-ray in a swanky new 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition that is clearly a must-have. That is, unless you don’t like sci-fi. Then, well, I hear the new “Twilight” movie is coming out soon…

“The #1 Sci-Fi Film of all time” marks its return post 10 month moratorium with an all new 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD and UV 30th Anniversary commemorative gift set. Revisit the illustrious Final Cut on Blu-ray, DVD and get a UV copy of the feature. Additionally, the gift set features an all new concept spinner car for your collection, action Lenticular and a 72 page art production book with never-before-seen Ridley sketches, poster art and photos from the set.

You haven’t seen sci-fi yet until you’ve seen “Blade Runner” on Blu-ray using a big-screen high-definition TV. Based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick, “Blade Runner” stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a burnt out Blade Runner — a specialized group of cops trained to hunt down and terminate replicants, genetically engineered robots that look just like us, but because of their durability and strength, are used exclusively off-world doing work too dangerous for humans. Also, replicants are forbidden to return to Earth, and if one happens to sneak their way back in, that’s where the Blade Runners come in. Deckard is call into service when a group of replicants led by one Roy Batty (the great Rutger Hauer in one of his best roles) do just that, looking for a way to extend their short artificial lifespan. That is, unless Deckard finds and “retires” them, first.

“Blade Runner” is easily the grandaddy of all Dystopian Future movies. There may have been sci-fi movies that depicted similar worlds before “Blade Runner”, but they never made the kind of impact that Ridley Scott did here, just three years after he re-invented sci-fi horror with “Alien”. Harrison Ford was in his prime during the film, which was a good thing because Deckard got just as good as he gave. The film is brutal, violent, and so gritty you might be able to taste the acid rain. Besides Ford, the film featured a soulful performance from Rutger Hauer as the dangerous but incredibly human Roy Batty (even that name sounds at once innocent and dangerous), whose monologue at the end will tear you to pieces. Sean Young and Daryl Hannah bring raw sensuality to the screen, both dangerous in their own rights.

It’s impossible to fully credit the film for the sheer number of sci-fi tropes that it popularized, but getting a whopping 4-disc collector’s edition set in time for its 30th anniversary is a pretty good start. The Edition arrives with over 10 hours of bonus content, including multiple versions of the movie, along with 2007′s “Final Cut”, not to be mistaken with the Director’s Cut from earlier releases. Really, you could spend a couple of days going through all the bonus content here, but I gotta admit, having my own personal spinner sitting on top of my computer as I type this has got to be one of the best bonus “content” … EVER.

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Here’s what you get in the 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (pictured above):

Disc 1:

  • The Final Cut (2007) Feature (Blu-ray)
  • Introduction to the Final Cut by director Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Director Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Executive Producer/Co-Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Co-Screenwriter David Peoples, Producer Michael Deeley 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 2:

  • 3 Theatrical Features
  • Ridley Scott Introduction to the 1982 Theatrical Cut
  • Ridley Scott Introduction to the 1982 International Cut
  • Ridley Scott Introduction to the 1992 Director’s Cut

Disc 3:

  • Photo Gallery + Dangerous Days, Existing EC + Workprint
  • “Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner” Documentary (8 parts)
  • 4 Trailers
  • The Electric Dreamer: Author Philip K. Dick RT: 18:52
  • Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film RT: 14:57
  • Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews RT: 27:38
  • Signs of the Times: Graphic Design
  • Fashion Forward: Wardrobe and Styling
  • Screen Tests: Rachel and Pris
  • The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with Introduction by director Ridley Scott
  • 1982 Promotional Featurettes
  • Workprint Feature Version with Introduction by Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Future Noir Author Paul M. Sammon
  • All Our Variant Futures

Disc 4:

  • Final Cut Feature Disc on DVD
  • Introduction to the Final Cut by director Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Director Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Executive Producer/Co-Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Co-Screenwriter David Peoples, Producer Michael Deeley 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

Buy the “Blade Runner” 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition from Warner Home Video.

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray Box Set

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    SUHWEET!! SO this is basically the Blu-Ray version of the Briefcase Special Edition?

  • Urizen

    Blade Runner is a good movie- not a great one. The art direction and cinematography are very nice. There are some interesting ideas but the film isn’t nearly as deep as it’s given credit for. There are major problems with the pacing and the acting is completely lifeless(this was probably intentional at least to some extent-but I keep hearing praises about the “incredible performances” in a movie where basically every actor is sleepwalking through the whole thing.)