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BLADE RUNNER: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
It is the year 2019 and the setting is the massive metropolis of Los Angeles. Many of the Earth’s human inhabitants have moved off-world to new colonies on other planets, leaving Earth as a slum. To aid in the sometimes hazardous exploration of new colonies, robots known as ‘replicants’ were created. When a Nexus 6 replicant combat team escapes in an off-world mutiny, all replicants are declared illegal on Earth. The Nexus 6 replicants posed a definite threat. The Tyrell Corporation had given them memories resulting in them having human emotions like hate and anger. They were now of equal intelligence and strength to their human creators. This made them very hard to catch. It is then that a special police officer, a ‘blade runner’, named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is given orders to locate and ‘retire’ (kill) the escaped Nexus 6 replicants which have returned back to Earth. Meanwhile the leader of the escaped replicants Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) searches for his creator Elden Tyrell (Joe Turkell) in order to extend his four year life span which is rapidly depleting.

"Disappointing would probably be the best word to describe Blade Runner - The Director's Cut on DVD. Not the movie itself however. Director Ridley Scott’s spectacular vision of life in Los Angeles in the 21st century and Vangelis’s haunting score have made Blade Runner one of the best sci-fi thrillers of all time, having reached ‘cult status’ all over the world. The movie is presented in it’s original widescreen format, with the standard scene selection in the start up menu. You can also listen to it in French and Italian or you can activate one of a dozen subtitles. My major complaint is the picture quality isn’t up to the high standard of DVD. The re-mastering, if any, could have been a lot better (Ghostbusters on DVD is a good example). There were a lot of film artifacts prevalent throughout, like dust and scratches. Being a dark movie though, a lot of these were hidden. There is also a distinct lack of detail. The soundtrack is as good as it ever was but unfortunately for those with surround sound it’s only in 2 channels not 5.1. And finally the extras… where are all the extras? There is not one to be seen. A real shame. Despite it’s lack in quality this version of Blade Runner is still better than most preceding it like VHS and is still a fantastic movie to own and watch again and again. Hopefully one day soon a new re-mastered version of the film will be released on DVD and this current transfer will eventually be "lost in time like tears in the rain".
Ben Hooft

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BLADE RUNNER – THE DIRECTORS CUT
(US)

CAST: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah

DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott

AUSTRALIAN DVD RELEASE: November 24, 1999

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video.

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