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Blade Runner HD-DVD

post #1 of 111
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Anyone here subscribe to Variety online that can copy and paste the article about this release? thedigitalbits touched on it today.

I'm excited!

post #2 of 111
In the meantime.... WHAT DID IT SAY... WE'RE DYING HERE!!!!
post #3 of 111
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post #4 of 111
September can't come quick enough.
post #5 of 111
GREAT READ! This is some fun news... NOW my dad will certainly want an HD DVD player..
post #6 of 111
Great news!
post #7 of 111
It looked purr-dy good on HD Net Movies, better than most films do on there. I haven't bought it since the LD dayz. In HD, I'll buy it again, any version Mr. Scott wants to spit out. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the original and his latest director's cut in one packet or disc?
post #8 of 111
I think this is from Variety:

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.
post #9 of 111
So, I'm confused: does it say there will be a HD-DVD of all three different version (theatrical, director's cut & expanded international cut) next year? There are just too many different versions of the DVD/HD-DVD mentioned in that article
post #10 of 111
Yes! Yes! YES!

This is and always has been my number one movie (share's top spot with 2001: A Space Odyssey). Bless you, Warner
post #11 of 111
Holy ****, this is the best news I have heard in years on the AVS

Thank You Warner, Thank you, Thank You

-Gary
post #12 of 111
Blade Runner is in my top 10 list of favorite movies. This is defenitely great news.
post #13 of 111
Huzzah!
post #14 of 111
Holy crap! Where do I pre-order?!

I have watched this DVD far more often than any other in my collection.

Harry
post #15 of 111
Since titles are Limited right now on HD-DVD...this will be my first "Blind Purchase."

I haven't seen it...I read it's a "Classic."
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You've never seen it? You're in for a treat.
post #17 of 111
I'm with you on both counts Paul. Both in my top 10.
post #18 of 111
Holy crap. they trying to quadruple dip us to death on this one. Do I have the will power to wait for the Ultimate Blade Runner DVD?.......hummm


Blade Runner was the first dvd I bought/watched
post #19 of 111
I may well spring for this restored Director's Cut they have coming, but after that...unless they pull a New Line and split up ridiculous amounts of special features among each and every release, a la the LotR trilogy...it's all about the Final Cut SE.
post #20 of 111
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Originally Posted by Bill C. View Post

I may well spring for this restored Director's Cut they have coming, but after that...unless they pull a New Line and split up ridiculous amounts of special features among each and every release, a la the LotR trilogy...it's all about the Final Cut SE.

I guess I will get the restored (and I hope enhanced in real 16:9 amorphoric) Director's Cut HD-DVD when it is out. I can't wait The very first SD-DVD that I've bought is Blade Runner

The only think that I'm not sure from reading the quoted article is: will the Final Cur SE (the one w/ 3 different versions of the film) be available in HD-DVD format? Anyone?
post #21 of 111
You know I'm embarrased to say that I've never seen this movie. I have it on DVD and haven't even watched it yet. I guess this is one that I need to see this summer. I can't even say that I've seen bits and pieces. I have seen other movies that Harrison made. I've seen "Witness" several times and I loved him in "Raiders" more than Star Wars.
post #22 of 111
well ... I guess no matter what format - the operative phrase for Bladerunner is "Hurry up and Wait!"
post #23 of 111
DVD, yes. Guaranteed HD-DVD, not from what I just read at the Bits or Variety. "Planned...:
post #24 of 111
Blade Runner DEFINED the coming of age of video for me. It was one of the first films to show on the first satellite systems (before D*, etc) and was a GREAT movie.

I'm very much looking forward to this one!
post #25 of 111
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

DVD, yes. Guaranteed HD-DVD, not from what I just read at the Bits or Variety. "Planned...:

Agreed. From what I've read it seems the HD DVD/BD versions of this film are just speculation at this point. Even HiDef DVD Digest makes this claim even though the article they source from the Hollywood Reporter never mentions either HD format.
post #26 of 111
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Originally Posted by pcdoctor View Post

You know I'm embarrased to say that I've never seen this movie. I have it on DVD and haven't even watched it yet. I guess this is one that I need to see this summer. I can't even say that I've seen bits and pieces. I have seen other movies that Harrison made. I've seen "Witness" several times and I loved him in "Raiders" more than Star Wars.

You're in for a real treat, Doc. Watch it....then, watch it, again.....wait awhile, and watch it, yet again. This movie has more layers than an onion, and each time you watch it, it seems that you peel away a few more.

Not only is the story truly moving, but the cinematography is amazing, and the soundtrack, by Vangelis, is outstanding.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite films of all time.
post #27 of 111
I just finished watching "Blade Runner". This movie is very complex. I'll definetely have to watch it sometime soon. I love to hate Rutger Hauer.
post #28 of 111
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Originally Posted by pcdoctor View Post

I just finished watching "Blade Runner". This movie is very complex. I'll definetely have to watch it sometime soon. I love to hate Rutger Hauer.

You hate the Rutger Hauer character? I feel very sorry for him and identify with him a lot, despite his violent behaviour, which at least can be understood.
post #29 of 111
the true point of Blade Runner is to fill sorry for the replicants

PC Doc might have meant Rutger himself, I am not fond of him either

-Gary
post #30 of 111
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Originally Posted by pcdoctor View Post

I love to hate Rutger Hauer.

Well... if we are all posting what the good doctor meant, then I say;
Doc "loves" to "hate" Rutger because he plays such a great "bad guy" (the "good guys" in the movie, after all, are after him). He's evil & sad, and brings hate & pain to the role of "bad guy", that is usually much more one dimensional in movies.
That's my guess, anyway!
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