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Blade Runner [Blu-ray]

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This time however, I decided to put it aside for a while, let some other movies stun me into insensibility before I started seeing the seams in the technology. As you’d hope with such a definitive anniversary release, the extra features are extensive and, for the most part, brilliant.

Blade Runner stands alongside Alien as one of Ridley Scott’s best films, and this 4K Blu-ray release is a fitting representation of his vision. It’s also possible that in mastering the image for 4K, someone has been a bit over-enthusiastic with the sharpness tools. Just occasionally a particular sound or a voice within an especially complex audio environment can sound rather thin and compressed - like you might expect it to sound with such an old source track.Then around 2000, I bought my first DVD player, and straight away, I bought my favourite movies on that format, which at the time were The Matrix and Blade Runner. Introduction by director Ridley Scott Three filmmaker commentaries, including one by Ridley Scott Disc 2: Definitive documentary incorporating outtakes, deleted scenes and all-new interviews. He’s standing at the window, and it’s presented at an angle which makes it look horribly aliased, replete with jaggies that had me all set to complain in this section. Blade Runner' finally sounds spatially alive and vibrant, with surrounds that now live and breathe -- just as it should be.

This is science fiction that answers questions and doesn't exist to simply look cool or to be an excuse for blowing things up. For one thing, I know Blade Runner pretty much backwards at this point, and I can go for a few years without watching it.

Clarity in the foreground is superb, in the background the image tends to fade into shadow, while dark detail and contrast varies from scene to scene. Such moments are incredibly rare, though; for the most part this is not just the best Blade Runner has sounded, but actually one of my favorite sound mixes period. What you get: Ultra HD Blu-ray; HD Blu-ray (REGION FREE); Dangerous Days making of documentary on a third (REGION FREE) Blu-ray; Theatrical Cut, Director’s Cut, and International Cut versions on a 4th (REGION FREE) Blu-ray. So all I’ll say here is that it’s simply one of the greatest - and best looking - sci-fi films ever made; a stunning and remarkably timeless reminder of just what a visionary director Sir Ridley Scott was back in his relative youth.

It sucks you into the scene but never sounds overblown or processed - it just sounds natural and lifelike. Voices mostly sound rounded and beautifully integrated into their newly expanded audio surroundings. You know that director Ridley Scott's overwhelming visuals have been praised as some of the finest images ever burned onto celluloid. Grain can be slightly exacerbated, and contrast sometimes wavers in consistency during effects shots.

Clearly the "Final" version is the standout of the set and is sure to give your home theater a nice workout. Up to that point, I'd only seen Harrison Ford flying around space, cracking whips while punching Nazis, and help some friendly Amish people raise a barn. It's a film for the ages -- and now with 'The Final Cut,' its definitive version has finally arrived.

has provided us with a bran new featurette for Canadian helmer Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated new film Blade Runner 2049 (2017), starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, and Dave Bautista. The biggest compliment I can pay to "Dangerous Days" is that despite the punishing runtime, I didn't look at my watch once. In the fall of 1992 after I'd turned 10 that summer, not long after the Director's Cut release on home video, my dad introduced me to Blade Runner. The bonus features package is a huge missed opportunity as it merely recycles previous discs with most of those bonus features appearing only in SD on DVDs. People looking for ‘3D pop’, for hyper-real clarity, for a full-on surround impact are going to be disappointed, but then again, if you’re expecting a 30 year old film.It's a remarkable accomplishment and the film's effects still pack an intensely realistic punch to this day. Divided into three sections ("Inception," "Fabrication" and "Longevity"), fans will find plenty to revel in here. There’s a lot of love out there for this Blade Runner 4K HDR transfer, so I’m probably not going to be popular when I say that I think it has significant issues. Details are exquisite, from fine facial features to the intricate cityscape model work, everything is on display for you to pick over and parcel through.

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