Details on Blade Runner: The Ultimate Collection
It would seem that details about the Blade Runner Ultimate Collection DVD have leaked online, and it sounds… pretty good. Pretty good indeed. I’m copying the specs whole-sale, since the details have since vanished from Australian retailer EzyDVD.
Disc 1 – The Final Cut (2007):
- Ridley Scott’s definitive new version of his science-fiction masterpiece includes added & extended scenes, added lines and new and cleaner special effects.
Disc 2 – 3 Complete Film Versions:
- ‘82 U.S. Theatrical version
- ‘82 International Theatrical version
- ‘92 Director’s Cut
Disc 3 – “Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner” Documentary
- Newly created documentary: Through interviews with the cast and crew, critics and colleagues, this feature-length documentary provides a mainstream-friendly yet meaningful in-depth look at Blade Runner’s literary genesis, its challenging production and controversial legacy. When all is said and done, this will be the definitive documentary on the film.
Disc 4 â€“ Enhanced Content Bonus: (TBC)
- INCEPTION – Featurettes and galleries devoted to Philip K. Dick, the birth of Cyberpunk and adapting the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
- PRE-PRODUCTION – Featurettes and galleries devoted to script development, conceptual design and abandoned sequences.
- PRODUCTION – Featurettes and galleries devoted to principal photography and locations.
- POST-PRODUCTION – Featurettes and galleries devoted to deleted scenes, music and visual effects.
- RELEASE – Featurettes and galleries devoted to marketing and reaction including Trailers, TV Spots and Promotional Featurettes
- LEGACY – Featurettes and galleries devoted to the filmâ€™s resurrection and impact.
Disc 5 – Work Print Version & Enhanced Content:
- Including the rarely seen Work Print version and potentially the 52 min. Channel Four (UK) documentary which was the first serious documentary created for the film.
Additionally, the set will come packaged in a limited “Blade Runner” briefcase holding the five-disc digipack with foil-enhanced and embossed slipcase. The goodies inside will include a lenticular motion image from the original feature, a collectible model spinner, an origami unicorn, a collection of photographs and a letter from Ridley Scott. Holy shit.
The street date is going to be in September. Unfortunately, the retailer is not taking international orders for this thing. However, don’t be too surprised if Region 1 gets the same thing. We’ll keep you posted.
So what’s my take? Well, I’m still wondering about the new edition; that could really go either way. I wasn’t too crazy with the new Alien edition (except for Lambert slapping Ripley, which made me jump out of my seat!). But then, it doesn’t really matter, since this DVD set apparently ships with a crazy five different versions!
That. Is. Crazy! And wonderful!
I suspect that my favorite version will remain the ’92 Director’s Cut, but it is nonetheless nothing short of stunningly cool that the Work Print Edition is included in this set. I’ve got a cam’d version of it (which is neigh unwatchable), and it is very much worth the true fan’s time.
Though I caught a screening of it last summer at a local cinema which specializes in old movies, I have really been saving myself for this DVD for years on end. That it is finally on the horizon is remarkable. Remarkable because the editions that have been out so far have been rather pale, considering that Blade Runner, along with 2001, which also doesn’t have a proper version out, is one of the most highly beloved movies ever made.
And of course, you can probably bet on the always talkative Mr Scott to supply us with at least one commentary.
Related: Read more about the 4K restoration process.