Thursday, June 01, 2006
Blade Runner Redux
After years of speculation (and just over a month after I managed to track down an 'original' copy... aarghhh!!) Reuters have reported that Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner, one of the first movies to appear on DVD, is being restored and remastered for a brief reissue in September.
The DVD, featuring the 1992 director's cut, will be deleted after four months, and replaced by a 25th anniversary 'final cut', which Warner Home Video is billing as Scott's 'definitive new version' of the film.
After a limited theatrical release, it will be released in a multidisc special edition DVD that also will include the original theatrical cut, the expanded international theatrical cut and the 1992 director's cut.
The director's cut first came out on DVD before formatting standards had been established, said Doug Pratt, editor of the DVD-LaserDisc Newsletter. "Shortly afterwards, it went into moratorium. The early adopters who bought the title have long since wished to see it upgraded, while other fans, who came into DVDs later on, have been unable to find it at all. It is the only 'big' sci-fi spectacle currently unavailable on DVD," Pratt said.
The film opened in cinemas in summer 1982, and while it grossed only $26.2 million, it quickly became a cult classic. The film is based on the novel by late science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, whose prose also led to such films as Total Recall, Minority Report and Paycheck.