Chris Morris 01/02/2008
What is “human?” That’s the basic question posited by Ridley Scott’s visionary science fiction opus, release in 2007 in a 25th-anniversary “final cut,” the director’s third pass at the film.
Based on a novel by Philip K. Dick and set in the dark, rain-soaked Los Angeles of 2019, the tale follows “blade runner” Deckard (Harrison Ford) as he pursues and attempts to terminate four “replicants” – genetically-engineered humanoids – who have violently escaped an off-world colony and returned to earth. Deckard becomes increasingly conflicted about his murderous job and doubtful about his own identity, as he falls in love with a replicant (Sean Young) and begins to realize that his prey may be more human than he believed.
Spruced up visually for its third theatrical release, Scott’s feature is still a marvel of production design and neo-noir atmosphere. But it retains its punch thanks to its musing, intelligent script by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. At the center of the film is Dutch actor Rutger Hauer’s magnificent, risky performance as the rebel replicants’ leader Roy Batty, a complex amalgam of child-like wonder and otherworldly menace who simultaneously inspires terror and pity in the viewer. (The parallels between Batty and Boris Karloff’s archetypal man-made monster are surely not accidental.)
Blade Runner tanked in its original 1982 release, marred by Ford’s now-expunged voiceover narration (added at the last minute to appease leery investors) and crippled by audiences’ expectations of another Star Wars. But the film went on to influence the next generation of sci-fi films – the Matrix trilogy not the least of them – and can be appreciated today as a thought-provoking and dynamic combination of images and ideas.
5-Disc Limited Edition Gift Set, set housed in briefcase package with handle (like Rick Deckard's own briefcase). Individually numbered limited edition - 103000. Included is a lenticular motion film clip from the original feature, miniature origami unicorn figurine, miniature replica spinner car, and collector's photographs, as well as a signed personal letter from Sir Ridley Scott.
In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul.
- Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah
- Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
- Number of Discs: 5
- Rating: R
- Label: Warner Bros.
- Release Date: 12/18/2007
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Catalogue #: 114484
- Specific Introductions to All Blade Runner Versions by Ridley Scott
- Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner - Definitive Documentary Incorporating Outtakes, Deleted Scenes and All-New Interviews
- The Ultimate Look at the Movie's Difficult Creation and Controversial Legacy
- Three Complete Archival Versions: 1982 U.S. Theatrical Cut, 1982 International Theatrical Cut and 1992 Director's Cut, All Seamlessly Branched and Separately Available on one Disc with Introduction of Each Version by Ridley Scott
- Enhancement Archive: Audiovisual Mosaic of More Than a Dozen Segments Chronicling Aspects of the Production, Plus Focuses on Syd Mead, Jordan Cronenweth, DVD Restoration and Vintage Featurettes
- Ultra-Rare Pre-Release Workprint: Plus All Our Variant Futures Featurette