OK, at the expense of getting flamed and razzed around here, I must offer my own impressions of BldeRunner The Final Cut:
Firstly, I did see the original movie in the Theaters in 1982 and did subsequently own the original version of the movie, both on Video and later on DVD. I was never a die hard fan, but still an enthusiast of SciFi movies.
When the whole hype about this movie started to swirl, I revisited the DVD version to re-familiarize myself with the movie. Even revisiting it after so many years, I was not terribly moved, but still found it to be an enjoyable (enough) movie.
On the 19th of this month, I happened to stumble upon the BD Ultimate Edition (briefcase) at my local Borders and with the 40% off coupon in my hands, I found it hard to resist and pass up at just under $60, because of its potential collector's value.
Finally, I watched the directors FC version last night and again, I found it to be an enjoyable enough scifi movie, but not one that I would cream over. I must terribly disagree with the reviewer in here on the HD video quality:http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/251/bladerunner.html
I have seen far better HD video qualities that have been rated lowered and I will never consider the HD video to be "reference" material quality, like it is hyped up in that review. The movie itself is quite grainy (I do understand the purpose of it and even if not a fan of grainy movies, I do appreciate their cinematic purpose/use), and there are many dark scenes where there is plenty of detail still lost in the shadows and the dark scenes.
As far as the HD sound quality is concerned, I am neither qualified nor equipped to make a comment. My HD sound gear is rather elementary and I will have to reserve my judgment on that front. Nevertheless, the various music in the movie has always been enjoyable to listen too.
I will be going through the whole sets of 5 disks to try to "understand" the movie a little bit better, but as the FC stood, I could have easily lived without it. The most interesting aspect of the movie for me personally was this:
Obviously with the lack of any advanced CGI in the early 80s (on any CGI for that matter), it was interesting to appreciate the way that they had to make mock up models and sets, that perceived the "future" according to the filmmakers' collective perception. Also all the "futuristic" gizmos and gadgets in this movie look so interesting, because they all miss the mark, if compared to todays standards.
In the final analysis, there is plenty of nostalgic value for the enthusiasts and the collectors alike, but it is not a movie which you'd want to share with someone who is not in that "realm". Not one for the none enthusiast and for fans only, IMHO!.
Now, please feel free to flame away and before you ask, no!, my UE copies are not for sale