The "Inspiring the Future" online contest highlights the influence that Blade Runner has had on both leading and amateur filmmakers, musicians, writers, designers and artists. Until 12/14/2007, fans can vote on their favorite entries to help determine who will win 5 grand prizes of $1,000 home entertainment system across the different categories. Instant win prizes such as framed Blade Runner movie posters and DVDs will also be rewarded for viewing and voting.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Hannibal and a three-time Oscar® nominee, Best Director, for Gladiator, Thelma & Louise and Black Hawk Down) has gone back into post production to create the long-awaited definitive new version, which Warner Home Video will unveil on DVD December 18th in the U.S. Blade Runner: The Final Cut, spectacularly restored and remastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution, will contain never-before-seen added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, director and filmmaker commentary, an all-new 5.1 Dolby® Digital audio track and more.
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Young, and Daryl Hannah are among some 80 stars, filmmakers and others who participate in the extensive bonus features. Among the bonus material highlights is Dangerous Days , a brand new, three-and-a-half-hour documentary by award-winning DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika, with an extensive look into every aspect of the film: its literary genesis, its challenging production and its controversial legacy. The definitive documentary to accompany the definitive film version. (see below for more details about the DVD editions).
Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, is among one of the most popular and powerful films of the 20th Century, making it a sci-fi masterpiece. The film has had immeasurable influence on society for its futuristic depiction of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. Blade Runner has appeared on more 'Top Five' sci-fi lists than any other film.
Blade Runner Main Cast/Crew List
Philip K. Dick (novel)
Edward James Olmos
... Original Music By
... Rick Deckard
... Roy Batty
... J.F. Sebastian
Blade Runner is based on Philip K. Dick'sDo Android Dream of Electric Sheep?. However, the film stands apart from the book. Director Ridley Scott uses a very dark, film noir feel to the movie. He does make the story more formulaic than some elements of the book, but also adds a bit of ambiguity concerning Rick Deckard (this only became evident in a subsequent director's cut since the studio dictated that the theatrical release have a pat and happy ending). Deckard is an android hunter after the latest band of fugitive androids to escape to Earth.
The setting is very important to the story and you should pay attention to things that are going on in the background. It is a difficult movie to describe (without just explaining the whole movie). Since this movie came out around the same time that William Gibson'sNeuromancer was published, it could be considered the first cyberpunk movie. The movie, like the book, focuses on what it is to be human, but does not follow the same path as the book in examining this theme.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut DVD Breakdown
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Director Ridley Scott's All-New "Final Cut" Version of the Film:
Restored and remastered with added & extended scenes, added lines, new and cleaner special effects and all new 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio. Also includes the following audio commentary tracks:
— Commentary by Ridley Scott
— Commentary by executive producer/co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and co-screenwriter David Peoples; producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
— Commentary by visual futurist Syd Mead; production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner: A three-and-a-half-hour authoritative documentary by award-winning DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika revealing all the elements that shaped this hugely influential cinema landmark. Cast, crew, critics and colleagues give a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the film -- from its literary roots and inception through casting, production, visuals and special effects to its controversial legacy and place in Hollywood history.
1982 Theatrical Version: This is the version that introduced U.S. movie-going audiences to a revolutionary film with a new and excitingly provocative vision of the near-future. It contains Deckard/Harrison Ford's character narration and has Deckard and Rachel's (Sean Young) "happy ending" escape scene. 1982 International Version: Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and cable releases up to 1992. This version is not rated, and contains some extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version. 1992 Director's Cut: The Director's Cut omits Deckard's voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the famously-controversial "unicorn" sequence, a vision that Deckard has which suggests that he, too, may be a replicant.
Bonus Disc - "Enhancement Archive": 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more.
— Deleted and alternate scenes
— Screen Tests: Rachel & Pris
— "The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick" Featurette
— "Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film" Featurette
— "Signs of the Times: Graphic Design" Featurette
— "Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling" Featurette
— "The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth" Featurette
— "Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art" Featurette
— "Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard" Featurette
— "Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers" Featurette
— Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Audio Interviews
— 1982 Promotional Featurettes
— Trailers and TV spots
— Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Cover Gallery
— "The Art of Blade Runner" - Image Galleries
— Unit Photography Gallery
— Marketing and Merchandise Image Gallery
Workprint Version: This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts. It includes an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the final scenes, no "unicorn" sequence, no Deckard/Rachel "happy ending," altered lines between Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his creator Tyrell (Joe Turkell), alternate music and much more. Also includes:
— Commentary by Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner
— "All Our Variant Futures: From Workprint to Final Cut" Featurette
Ultimate Collector's Edition Packaging:
The Ultimate Collector's Edition will be presented in a unique 5-disc digi-package with handle which is a stylish version of Rick Deckard's own briefcase. In addition, each briefcase will be individually numbered and in limited supply. 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.
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