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Blade Runner: restored 1992 cut in September, definitive SE in 2007

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From Variety (and HTF):

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WB preps 'final cut' of sci-fi classic

Warner homevid has disentangled "Blade Runner's" famously thorny rights issues to pave the way for a September re issue of the remastered "Director's Cut" version, followed by a theatrical release of a version promised to be truly Ridley Scott's final cut.

Warner's rights to "Blade Runner" lapsed a year ago, but the studio has since negotiated a long-term license. The pic, now considered a sci-fi classic, has had a troubled history from the start: When Scott ran over budget, completion bond guarantors took control of it and made substantial changes before its 1982 theatrical release, adding a voiceover and happy ending. That version was replaced by the much better-received director's cut in 1992, but Scott has long been unhappy with it, complaining that he was rushed and unable to give it proper attention.

The helmer started working on the final cut version in 2000, but that project was shelved by Warner soon after, apparently because the studio couldn't come to terms with Jerry Perenchio over rights issues.

The restored "Director's Cut" will debut on homevid in September, and remain on sale for four months only, after which time it will be placed on moratorium. "Blade Runner: Final Cut" will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th anniversary theatrical run, followed by a special edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing: Besides the original theatrical version and director's cut, the expanded international theatrical cut will be included. The set will also contain additional bonus materials.

The massive "Blade Runner" project comes on the heels of Scott's four-disc treatment for "Kingdom of Heaven," released this week by Fox homevid, less than a year after the pic's initial homevid release.

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?lay...117944173&cs=1
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It's about damn time!
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This almost makes up for all the Star Wars BS lately.

Please let the 2007 release land on HD-DVD and BluRay.
post #4 of 572
Ridley Scott to his films' fans: "Thank you! I appreciate you."

George Lucas to his films' fans: "#*&$ you! Drop dead."

And, since this is a Blade Runner thread, let me be the first to remind everyone:
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We have been cheated so many times on this film that I have to say I'll believe it when the "Final Cut" DVD is in my hands. Then of course we'll be waiting another 25 years for the definitive HD version.....

Gary
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Originally Posted by IAM4UK View Post

Ridley Scott to his films' fans: "Thank you! I appreciate you."

George Lucas to his films' fans: "#*&$ you! Drop dead."

And, since this is a Blade Runner thread, let me be the first to remind everyone:

If that's the case, I always wondered why he was manhandled by his prey when they were face to face.

On the movie news, I concur. It's about dang time!

Joseph
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Yay, so it's coming afterall...
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Hey, and Pink Floyd's Pulse Concert is coming out the same day!!

Actually, this sounds pretty legit... I hope that this isn't the opening of the Seventh Seal or anything...
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Hell yeah............ But I will wait till I get in my hot little hands.. put in the dvd player and the blade runner movie plays..and not some... "Hi this is HW... you have been screwed over again..... thank you for the 20 bucks... sucker.....!!!"

R~
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I feel so strung along by Ridley and WB on this at this point that until I have the thing in my hands in a store, I just can't believe any such news no matter what the source. I mean seriously, HOW many times have press releases gone out, articles been written up, interviews granted, dates confirmed, and then NOTHING at this point?

It's like Blade Runner is a part of a "screw with the fans" massive joke that extends to Star Wars and Dune.
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Originally Posted by IAM4UK View Post

And, since this is a Blade Runner thread, let me be the first to remind everyone:

And, since the original theatrical cut will be included in the 2007 package, let me remind you:

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Hey, at least Warner didn't repeatedly screw you with inferior releases. There was only one version of Blade Runner on DVD that I know of. No double dipping or anything. At least when the DVD failed to materialized, you're not conned out of your money.

I'm pretty sure that the DVD will be a simultaneous Blu-Ray/HD-DVD release.


fuad
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post

And, since the original theatrical cut will be included in the 2007 package, let me remind you:


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1) Much better received?? I know there are lots of folks who like the 1992 version better. But for everyone who likes it better, I think there is someone else who preferres the original.

2) followed by a special edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing: Besides the original theatrical version and director's cut, the expanded international theatrical cut will be included. Bravo!

3) For those folks who want to bring up a certain, "I know it's true, even through there is no sensible evidence for it in the movie" issue, I just want to point out that
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3) For those folks who want to bring up a certain, "I know it's true, even through there is no sensible evidence for it in the movie" issue, I just want to point out that

OH YEAH
post #16 of 572
Variety is legit...I accept the story.
Hopefully, nothing will get in the way of this happening.

Tonite, all us Blade Runner Freaks should toast the Powers-That-Be for making this happen (and send up a prayer for a 2007 BD).
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If other Ridley Scott SE DVDs are any indication, this is going to be incredible.

Thank you RS and Warners!
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So is ANYONE going to buy this remastered DC in September? That seems like just a way to make a quick buck. I'm not complaining though, I'm in for the ultimate set. Even if it's only on DVD I'll take it, but of course I prefer HD.
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Yeah, I'll buy it. It will be worth the money to have something to watch for the 6 to 12 months before the big edition comes out. The big thing is A) I know exactly what I'm getting into and making an informed choice, and B) Scott is making all versions of the film available to fans. Lucasfilm needs to learn a big fat lesson, and I hope sales of Blade Runner go through the roof.
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So is ANYONE going to buy this remastered DC in September? That seems like just a way to make a quick buck. I'm not complaining though, I'm in for the ultimate set. Even if it's only on DVD I'll take it, but of course I prefer HD.

I will buy it. I am one of the few who actually likes the version with voice over and to my knowledge it has never been on DVD. I remember going to see it with my family when it first came out. Everyone hated it except me, I though it was awesome. My son finally came around but my wife and daughter still hate it.
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1) Much better received?? I know there are lots of folks who like the 1992 version better. But for everyone who likes it better, I think there is someone else who preferres the original.

More like for every 1000 people who prefer the 1992 DC, there's one who thinks he remembers liking the voiceover and Stupid Happy Ending version. Until they watch it again, at which point that number drops in half again.
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More like for every 1000 people who prefer the 1992 DC, there's one who thinks he remembers liking the voiceover and Stupid Happy Ending version. Until they watch it again, at which point that number drops in half again.

Actually, I've seen that happen, literally. I had a friend who kept saying he like the theatrical version better. So I made him actually watch it with me (VHS) and he admitted it wasn't nearly as cool as he remembered it to be- he's a devout DC cultist now
post #23 of 572
Finally! This has been one of the most glaring omissions for DVD ever. If it get's the attention it deserves, we're in for a treat.

E
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I like both versions, but I always thought the voice over kind of gave it more of a mystery feel like a Philip Marlow thing. I have probably watched both versions 20 times (I have the VHS) so I think I can comment without all of the "thats stupid" remarks. Remember Harrison Ford didn't like the movie much at all (either version I am told).
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I'm curious here - what did folks think of the HDnet broadcast of Blade Runner? I think that can tide me over until 2007

- Steve O.
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If Lauzirika is on this one, we'll get the super set we deserve.
Remember his production work on the Alien Quad set? He's Ridley's `Man' on the Improtant dvds. This one qualifies.

E
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Yeah, honestly with the HD version archived I'm not going anywhere near an SD DVD.
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The HD broadcast looked good, except for the fact it's in the wrong AR. But fear not, for The Digital Bits is reporting that all of these new releases will be on HD-DVD and BR as well.
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I thought the "new" HD version could have been of a better quality.
Although better than DVD, that isn't saying much.
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The HD broadcast looked good, except for the fact it's in the wrong AR.

The HDNet broadcast was in the correct OAR, but INHD cropped & zoomed it to 16:9.
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