Blade Runner: The Final Cut – Worth it?

Blade Runner Ultimate Collector’s Edition

At Comic-Con 2007 a Blade Runner DVD panel was held where multiple clips were shown of The Final Cut edition. For those of you that don’t know, The Final Cut is the special 25th anniversary edition where director Ridley Scott makes the movie that he “originally intended.” Everything is being remastered for the DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD release. Best of all the Ultimate Collector’s Edition is 5 discs! This puppy is loaded with interviews and other random amazing stuff.

It’s now available for pre-order and I highly recommend it simply because the remastered footage is gorgeous!

Here are all the features according to Amazon:
Disc One
RIDLEY SCOTT’S ALL-NEW “FINAL CUT” VERSION OF THE FILM
Restored and remastered with added & extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Also includes:

* 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 Dryer

Disc Two
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.

Disc Three
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 scene.

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.

Disc Four
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 more.

* 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 and alternate scenes
* 1982 promotional featurettes
* Trailers and TV spots
* Featurette “Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art”
* Marketing and merchandise gallery (images)
* Featurette “Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard”
* Featurette “–Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers”

Disc Five
WORKPRINT VERSION
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. Also includes:

* Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
* Featurette “All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut”

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