Blade Runner

Overview

Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner comes to DVD in a director's cut that makes several important changes from the theatrical version. This cut removes Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford) narration and the finale, and restores ten minutes of footage, including scenes between Deckard and Rachael (Sean Young) and dreams of a unicorn that suggest he may be a humanoid, which Scott later confirmed. These changes may or may not please longtime fans of the film, but the DVD itself is disappointingly skimpy -- which ...
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Overview

Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner comes to DVD in a director's cut that makes several important changes from the theatrical version. This cut removes Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford) narration and the finale, and restores ten minutes of footage, including scenes between Deckard and Rachael (Sean Young) and dreams of a unicorn that suggest he may be a humanoid, which Scott later confirmed. These changes may or may not please longtime fans of the film, but the DVD itself is disappointingly skimpy -- which isn't really surprising, considering that Blade Runner was one of the first titles available in this format. The double-sided disc includes a widescreen, anamorphic transfer on one side and a standard format version of the film on the other, plus production notes and English, French, and Spanish subtitles. A better disc would have put the theatrical version of the movie on one side and the director's cut on the other -- never mind adding extras like a Scott commentary or art galleries -- but until a deluxe set of either version of Blade Runner arrives, fans will have to be satisfied with this DVD.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/1997
  • UPC: 085391268222
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Director's Cut
  • Sound: Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,543

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Rick Deckard
Rutger Hauer Roy Batty
Sean Young Rachael
Edward James Olmos Gaff
M. Emmet Walsh Harry Bryant
Daryl Hannah Pris
William Sanderson J.F. Sebastian
Brion James Leon
Joe Turkel Tyrell
Joanna Cassidy Zhora
James Hong Chew
Morgan Paull Holden
Kevin Thompson Bear
John E. Allen Kaiser
Hy Pyke Taffey Lewis
Kimiko Hiroshige Cambodian Woman
Charles Knapp Bartender
Robert Okazaki Sushi Master
Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Charles Breen Set Decoration/Design
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Michael Deeley Producer
David Dryer Special Effects Supervisor
Hampton Fancher Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Kelly Executive Producer
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Marci Liroff Casting
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
David Peoples Screenwriter
Gregory Pickrell Set Decoration/Design
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Ivor Powell Associate Producer
Terry Rawlings Editor
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
William Ladd Skinner Set Decoration/Design
David Snyder Art Director
Douglas Trumbull Special Effects Supervisor
Vangelis Score Composer
Marvin Westmore Makeup
Bud Yorkin Producer
Richard Yuricich Special Effects Supervisor
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Scene Index

Side #2
1. Credits and Forword. [3:12]
2. Eye on the city. [1:33]
3. Leon's emotional response [2:52]
4. Street scene; interrupted sushi. [3:53]
5. The old blade runner magic. [2:05]
6. The replicants in question. [3:15]
7. Rachael; the Voigt-Kampff test. [6:24]
8. Leon's apartment. [2:25]
9. Chew's visitors. [2:53]
10. "If only you could see..." [2:23]
11. A visitor with someone else's memories. [5:57]
12. Pris meets Sebastian. [5:10]
13. Deckard's dream. [:56]
14. Computer photo scan. [3:31]
15. Manufactured skin. [2:31]
16. Miss Salome's dressing room. [6:10]
17. Pursuing Zhora. [2:08]
18. Retirement...witnessed. [2:17]
19. How many to go? [2:04]
20. "Wake up. Time to die." [1:26]
21. "I am the business;" "I owe you one." [4:28]
22. The real thing? [4:54]
23. "There's only two of us now." [3:33]
24. "We need you, Sebastian." [3:58]
25. The right moves. [2:21]
26. The prodigal son brings death. [4:38]
27. "No way to treat a friend." [1:31]
28. Death among the menagerie. [5:05]
29. "Proud of yourself, little man?" [2:51]
30. Wounded animals. [4:16]
31. The building ledge. [1:25]
32. The roof. [1:53]
33. To live in fear. [1:23]
34. Like tears in rain; "But then again, who does?" [3:16]
35. Souvenir of dreams. [3:17]
36. End Credits. [4:19]
Menu Group #1 with 36 chapter(s) covering 01:56:32
1. Credits and Forword. [3:12]
2. Eye on the city. [1:33]
3. Leon's emotional response [2:52]
4. Street scene; interrupted sushi. [3:53]
5. The old blade runner magic. [2:05]
6. The replicants in question. [3:15]
7. Rachael; the Voigt-Kampff test. [6:24]
8. Leon's apartment. [2:25]
9. Chew's visitors. [2:53]
10. "If only you could see..." [2:23]
11. A visitor with someone else's memories. [5:57]
12. Pris meets Sebastian. [5:10]
13. Deckard's dream. [:56]
14. Computer photo scan. [3:31]
15. Manufactured skin. [2:31]
16. Miss Salome's dressing room. [6:10]
17. Pursuing Zhora. [2:08]
18. Retirement...witnessed. [2:17]
19. How many to go? [2:04]
20. "Wake up. Time to die." [1:26]
21. "I am the business;" "I owe you one." [4:28]
22. The real thing? [4:54]
23. "There's only two of us now." [3:33]
24. "We need you, Sebastian." [3:58]
25. The right moves. [2:21]
26. The prodigal son brings death. [4:38]
27. "No way to treat a friend." [1:31]
28. Death among the menagerie. [5:05]
29. "Proud of yourself, little man?" [2:51]
30. Wounded animals. [4:16]
31. The building ledge. [1:25]
32. The roof. [1:53]
33. To live in fear. [1:23]
34. Like tears in rain; "But then again, who does?" [3:16]
35. Souvenir of dreams. [3:17]
36. End Credits. [4:19]
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Menu

Side #1
Side #2
   Menu Group #1 with 36 chapter(s) covering 01:56:32
Subtitles
Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young
Edward James Olmos
M. Emmet Walsh
Darryl Hannah
Menu Group #1 with 36 chapter(s) covering 01:56:32
Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer
Sean Young
Edward James Olmos
M. Emmet Walsh
Darryl Hannah
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The first movie where the director's cut turned out worse than the original!

    It is too bad that they had to ruin a very good movie by taking away the voice over. I remember going to see the director's cut in the theatre when it was released expecting great things, but within just a few minutes we were all disappointed in how they changed this classic movie. Usually, director's cuts are filled with extra footage that they needed to cut due to time or ratings. Instead, this movie was altered and edited enough for us to end up leaving the theatre. Too bad the original has not been released on DVD, because that is the version that everybody I've spoken with wants to see.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's Cut Completely Ruins Film

    This is one of the best science fiction movies ever, however it's completely destroyed by the director's cut version. Long boring sequences where the wonderful origional narration is removed and we watch him walk down the street doing nothing and not furthering the story in the slightest. It's a shame the origional theatrical release is impossible to get. Don't bother with this one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    unicorns and glitter.......

    the director,s cut and final cut are far superior films for many reasons...that being said i do wish there was some happy medium between the narration /unicorn scene....i like the narration but their should be less of it and the extra stuff makes it a better film by far, the unicorn and narraztion both make the film better because you as a viewer get insight into the thoughts of ford's charater and his doubts ....could he really be a replicant...the happy ending or possilble happy ending i think most will agree is poor at best .it takes a great dysotopian film and cuts off the hard edges, and makes the end result (the origanal release in theaters) an inferior product.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My copy of the original VHS stolen by roomate

    One of my all time favorite Sci Fi movies. I had the original release on VHS, my ex-roommate stole it when he moved out. The director's cut is a poor substitution. Why in the world have the studios not released the original version on DVD? There is a waiting demand for it, and I'd pay a premium to get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the original version was a better story

    Without the voice-over the Director's Cut leaves the viewer with no definitive ending. Even the steps of the investigation become blurred. The motivation of the Deckard character is limited to the viewer's imagination. The artsy-craftsy version that Scott and Ford love so much is a poor story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Original should be released on DVD

    The Director's Cut is good, but I must point out that the original theatrical release was much better. They should transfer that one to DVD and put it out on the market, there are still many fans who would like to see the film restored to it's initial release format. I give the Director's Cut five stars, despite the change, it is still an enjoyable and imaginative piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Studio Version is better

    I hate to say this but this is one of the few times that the studio big wigs were actually right! The directors cut is not nearly as enjoyable as the studio version. 1) The voice over is missing: Harrison Ford did not want to do it and so he deliberately did a lousy job..it backfired and actually added to the quality to the film (listen carefully and you can hear the flubs). Also without it many of the things going on can be confusing. The voice over helps 2) The happy ending is missing and makes the film more depressing. The directors cut just goes to show you that sometimes, just sometimes a director can be wrong. Buy if must but keep that studio VHS copy close so you can see the movie in its origial glory. Either way its still classic sci-fi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bleak, flawed and apocalyptic future marred by Poor DVD Transfer

    Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' is an apocalyptic postmodernist vision of the future. The story involves a bounty hunter, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who is assigned to kill three replicants - android style robots that look identical to humans, but who have come to earth to seek revenge on their creator - Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel). Sean Young costars as Rachel, the latest model of replicant who is so incredibly life like that not even she knows that she¿s not human. Also in the cast are Rutgar Hauer as Roy Batty ¿ the ultimate killing machine, Edward Olmos as a drugged out police detective, Gaff, and Darryl Hannah, as the psychotic replicant, Pris. Flawed in its narrative, but visually stunning, ¿Blade Runner¿ has developed a cult following - and it is easy to see why. The production is layered with multi-references to the steady moral and social demise of our own society that stir the mind into rethinking this movie as much more than a sci-fi adventure. This version of the film is the re-edited director¿s cut that audiences were never shown in 1982. The subtle tweaking of story and plot elements really doesn¿t enhance one¿s viewing experience so much as it just alters the story in a different direction. But what a shame about the transfer! Though the general color balancing and attention to fine details, even in the darkest scenes, is adequate, there is simply NO EXCUSE for leaving the chips, scratches and in some cases, tears in this DVD transfer. Pixelization crops up now and them, but the most disturbing part of the transfer is that it fails to pay attention to the dirt and (in some cases) hair, stuck to the film negative. The result is a dirty looking picture that, while perhaps in keeping with Ridley Scott's vision of a dank, hard universe of the future, is most definitely not what the director had in mind. Saving grace: the transfer is anamorphically enhanced for widescreen televisions. The sonic characteristic of the 5.1 audio is rich, though dated. Strong bass and reasonably well balanced dialogue and effects, though there are a few perceived occasions where dubbing in of dialogue sounds possible. And one final insult from Warner Brothers, this disc has NO extras ¿ not even a theatrical trailer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another of Ridley Scott's brilliant films

    Despite the comments of the other reviewers here, the removal of Ford's voiceover (and happy ending) give the story the dark tone to match the brilliant production design. The voiceover and tagged on ending were (as noted) the result of studio interference. Ford was given a chance to play a dark charactor finally, and while not the more realistic hero of 'Witness' and the shallow but excellently played (for the script and film - sorry Star Wars isn't everything that you make it out to be) Han Solo, he gets a role with depth and darkness, a genuine SOB. Ford, for one, knows that he is not Han Solo. Ford appears to relish this chance to change his screen persona. Lest the other reviewers get too lost in the narration, view the film and ponder the fates of Joanna Cassidy and Darryl Hannah. Ford here gets to play the equivilent of a 1930's chain gang sheriff's deputy, pursuing those he considers not his equals, and is everything he accuses his former boss of being. For those who love the happy, contrived endings, learn what film noir is before you throw the term around. The darkness of this film adds to its greatness. Remember when viewing that not everything has a bright and cheerful ending, but we all try to hold on to what little happiness we can find. Finally, pay attention to Sean Young and Edward James Olmos. Young's portrayal of Rachel is a career maker, and Olmos, well, you'll see why the producers cast him in Miami Vice as Castillo. Finally, this is a dark film (especially Scott's cut), not for children, and the childish fans of Star Wars. It's for adults, and those whose can appreciate movie channels such as TCM on cable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Release the Theatrical Version on DVD!

    Here is another case where the director thinks he knows better than the editor, and screws up a perfectly good movie. I enjoyed the film noir feel that Harrison Ford's narration gave the original, and can't wait for it's release on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved the Theatrical but not a big fan of the directors cut

    I have to agree with what has already been mentioned. Blade Runner is a beautifully symbolic film - one of my all time favorites - unfortunately I was extremely disappointed by the directors cut. By this film - but make sure you buy the Theatrical release on VHS - it's not currently available on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Theatrical release better

    In true fasion of the 'Star War-a-sasion' of changing movies after the fact, this 'Director's Cut' is terrible. The Harrison Ford voice-over makes this movie. I own the theatrical and Director's Cut on VHS and would recommend only the theatrical release. Maybe in a future DVD release you will be able to choose which you want to watch. This film is a true classic of Sci-Fi Genre and an excellent story, far removed from the supposed 'Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'. Ridley Scott made an excellent screenplay here. This movie is by far my favorite of all time. A classic tale of good and evil... Definately worth the money to buy, but only buy the theatrical release on VHS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Lost Gem To Be Re-discovered

    Blade Runner is one of those movies that made an impact on us viewers of its original theater run. However, over the years it was discovered by millions more and now stands as a sci-fi masterpiece, due to its stunning visuals, storytelling, acting and ambience. Unfortunately, when it was rereleased as the director's cut, and as much as I regard Ridley Scott as a master of his craft, I considered that the elimination of the voiceover was one of the biggest mistakes ever made in cinema history, as most of the storytelling and mood that made it a classic, was gone. Regarding the different endings, either are OK as to me the climax of the movie was really in the final scene between Batty and Deckard. I am one of many fans that will love to see the original BR restored for DVD, as companion to whatever other version Ridley wants included, which I understand will be the so-called Director's Cut and a new Definitve Cut,that, if made right and honest to its many fans and not solely to the director's ego, should reinsert the voice-over along any other new scenes and edits. Let me emphasize that I have been a longtime fan of Mr. Scott since the groundbreaking Alien, and really hope he brings back the movie that convinced millions that Alien was not a one time stroke of luck but rather the indication that a legendary career was on the making.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ditto on Theatrical Release 5 Stars

    The cult-like following of Blade Runner is based on the theatrical release - enough said. The Director's Cut, although good in its own right (4 stars), is just another sad case where the moviemakers let their egos disappoint the fans. I own the VHS format of the theatrical release and am patiently awaiting the DVD release. Also, to correct info in another review, Tangerine Dream did not do the soundtrack to Blade Runner - it was the other New Age music magician, Vangelis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bring back The Criterion Collection

    It is very disappointing that the original version of Blade Runner is not available on DVD. Even more frustrating is the unavailability of Criterion's version first released on laser-disc. This truly is the best of all. It included extended scenes which were cut from the theatrical release to maintain an R rating. The Director's Cut, while enjoyable, misses the mark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's cut

    Someone needs to SLAP Ridley Scott. Give me back the original with the narration!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's Cut - Second Best

    Bade Runner is a cutting edge movie that advanced the SciFi genre. The original version is a classic that but the Director's Cut is a disappointment. I own a VHS tape of the orignal release but will not buy the Director's cut. I'd gladly buy a DVD of the original version, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could have been 5 stars if the dvd was the original release

    A useless unicorn scene and useless sexuality that were not present in the original. The original voice overs only added to the depth of the movie. And the final scene which was cut from the directors cut, with the words ''we didn't know how much time we had together, but then again, who does'' summed up the entire movie and added to its message. The cut visual at the end, with its abundance of light vs. the darkness of the rest of the movie, underscored the message of life vs. death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's Cut

    The Director's Cut is definately the better version by far, although I do wish there was a dvd version of the original available. BTW the music was not by Tangerine Dream, rather it was Vangelis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Longing for original version too

    I give it 4 stars just for being Blade Runner; a great movie and concept. The original theatrical release though is a 5-STAR event! Even with the supposedly ''bad'' voice-over; Harrison Ford reportedly hated the concept and purposefully gave a ''poor'' voiceover performance (although I didn't notice anything wrong with it); also, Ridley Scott, the director, also supposedly was against the voice-over, that's why he deliberately left it off this version. But for me, watching it in the theatre, it gave that added sense of drama. And yeah, i even found the somewhat cheesy original ending reasonably satisfying. This is probably one of the few director's cuts that is in some ways inferior to the original. The supposedly ''extra'' scene that Scott included is absolutely worthless -- a 3-second ''dream sequence'' that supposedly has some profound philosophical meaning, but adds absolutely nothing to the story. I do not own this version on DVD (and I probably will not); I do own it on VHS in widescreen, and I do own the original on VHS, but unfortunately it is pan&scan; my ultimate dream would be the original version on DVD in widescreen! It is truly one of my Top 10 favorites of all time. Great story, great action, great visuals, good acting. A classic. This director's cut is definitely a few notches below the original.

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