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Blade Runner

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In a futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, detective Rick Deckard is a highly rated "Blade Runner" assigned to find and kill illegal cybernetic "replicants", genetic creations with superhuman abilities. Pulled unwillingly out of retirement, Deckard is forced into one last case, six exceptionally dangerous replicants who have escaped from slave labor and made their way into the city, apparently with plans to gain vengeance on the corporate masters who created them. In the course of investigation, Deckard falls in love with a beautiful woman who holds a disturbing secret, creating additional doubt and confusion in Deckard's mind. This 2007 "final cut" was remastered with improved visual and sound effects, and made some revisions to the 1992 "director's cut" revision.
Title: Blade runner
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]
Edition: Final cut, 2-disc special ed. widescreen version
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Disc 1. Optional introduction by Scott (1 min.); optional audio commentary by Scott; optional commentary by Fancher, Peoples, Deeley, and executive producer Katherine Haber; optional commentary by visual futurist Syd Mead, Paull, art director David Snyder, and special effects supervisors Trumbull, Richard Yuricich, and David Dryer -- Disc 2. Dangerous days: making Blade Runner (214 min. ; 2007) / producer and director, Charles de Lauzirika ; editor, William Hooke (documentary featuring production history, deleted scenes, interviews with cast and crew)
Originally released as a motion picture in 1982
"Digitally restored and remastered incorporating new footage and special effects never before seen. Soundtrack remastered in Dolby digital 5.1. Definitive documentary incorporating outtakes, deleted scenes, and all-new interviews."--Container
Based on the novel: Do androids dream of electric sheep? / by Philip K. Dick
Summary: In a futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, detective Rick Deckard is a highly rated "Blade Runner" assigned to find and kill illegal cybernetic "replicants", genetic creations with superhuman abilities. Pulled unwillingly out of retirement, Deckard is forced into one last case, six exceptionally dangerous replicants who have escaped from slave labor and made their way into the city, apparently with plans to gain vengeance on the corporate masters who created them. In the course of investigation, Deckard falls in love with a beautiful woman who holds a disturbing secret, creating additional doubt and confusion in Deckard's mind. This 2007 "final cut" was remastered with improved visual and sound effects, and made some revisions to the 1992 "director's cut" revision.
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for violence and brief nudity
ISBN: 9781419850028
1419850024
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Bl
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures ; the Ladd Company ; a Michael Deeley-Ridley Scott production ; screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples ; produced by Michael Deeley ; directed by Ridley Scott
Credits: Director of photography, Jordan Cronenweth ; editor, Terry Rawlings ; music, Vangelis ; visual effects, Douglas Trumbull.
Performers: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, M. Emmet Walsh, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy.
System Details: DVD
Other Language: Includes English and French language tracks, with optional French or Spanish subtitles
Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Los Angeles (Calif.) Drama Androids Drama Cyborgs Drama Genetic engineering Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film noir
Dystopian films
Science fiction films
Topical Term: Androids
Cyborgs
Genetic engineering
Publisher No: 114482 Warner Home Video
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List - CRRL Picks: Cyberpunk by: CRRLAdults Jun 10, 2014

An adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,' Blade Runners are futuristic cops assigned to hunt and terminate illegal cyborgs called replicants, creations so close to human as to be almost indistinguishable. This is not referred to as execution, but rather 'retirement.'

Deckard is a “blade runner”, a man who makes a living hunting down escaped replicants, synthetic beings that seek freedom. His last assignment is to hunt down five particularly troublesome escaped replicants. Along the way, he will make startling discoveries about the corporation that created t... Read More »


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The true value of a futuristic movie is its meaning, not the sound effects or how good the love story is. Most people go for entertainment, which is the superficial approach. This movie tells us that science is on the loose, it creates GMO foods, GMO animals and humans, and the report of Bush Jr.'s "Bio-Ethics Commission" (Oct. 2003) declares that bio-technology will be used to create a genetically engineered new breed of selfless working man. This movie is about that future, and the new type of human will be a highly performing, peaceful humanoid robot without a will of its own. This is the only difference from the Replicants in the movie, who certainly have a free will, which will not be the case with the coming bio robots. All this is no fiction - I heard and recorded a program from the French broadcast of RadioCanada in Nov.2003, where a professor of Universite Laval said that bio-technology will be used to perfect the present selfish, emotional, animal-like man to turn it into a peaceful, programmable bio robot. This kind of new man will gradually replace the present old-type of man. And the film "Blade Runner" says, truly, that those bio robots will be engineered for a limited useful life and they die off automatically, as the film shows us, when their usefulness is over. This is not "dark futurism" but the real future that is to come. Those GMO robots will not work for you, but instead of you, only a few managers will be needed. The Univ. prof said that employers will prefer the bio robots to the old type of man, so mothers will agree to the genetic modification of their ovules before birth, so their children should not be jobless and so the old type of man will be phased out.

Sep 21, 2014
  • frishta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Should be a 6-star. I love this movie, my favorite remains the one with the narration. Even after 30+ years it doesn't feel dated--except for some of the computers. Still a good story.

This movie is about genetically designed super slaves, who perform better than ordinary humans, mentally and physically. Allegedly, these were used as slaves on other planets (you know, slavery was and is impossible on this planet!) and half a dozen of them escaped and mixed with the ordinary Los Angeles people to live like people, not slaves. They were designed, though, to die off at an age when they are at the end of their peak performing period. This is one of the main themes of this movie. A blade runner was hired by the police to hunt down (kill) these escaped slaves. He kills some of them, falls in love with one of them, and is saved twice by them from death. The top slave guy finds a way to get to his genetic designer and calls him to accounts, why he has to die at the age of 36. As the master designer beats around the bush, the super slave crushes his skull with his bare hands and shortly after that he dies as it had been genetically designed into his DNA. This movie is about the near future - it is already decided that an improved human stock, the new, selfless and peaceful and highly performing humanoid slaves will replace today's unruly working class. This is no joke - Bush Jr's "Bio-Ethical Commission" wrote a report in 2003 to this effect; I recorded the scientific program about this, broadcast by Radio Canada in French.

One of the best scifi movies I have ever seen. A good classic!!

Apr 17, 2014
  • MerryMaker777 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I recall seeing this the weekend it opened in a huge theater with maybe three other folks. I recall not being overly impressed with it at the time - primarily because I thought it might be more Star Wars in tone - e.g. light and fun - versus what it was, a dark, brooding meditation on our own consciousness.

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The book makes it much more clear (see the title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) that Deckard is a replicant too. This makes his 'retiring' his fellow replicants and his love for Rachael more poignant.

The movie itself has undergone many 'versions' and upgrades over the years. With deletions (the clunky voice-over) and additions (mostly moments of hyper-violence deleted to achieve an R rating at the time). But the most revision did clean up many of the visual special effects and the sound, which had been compressed to death on the original DVD.

The Visual Futurist on this film and the man responsible for much of the way movies see the future - Syd Mead - is responsible for the cold, erotic, layered look of the film. His works are festooned with lovely, naked or near-naked folks running around claustrophobic and overwhelming interiors and 'landscapes'.

The film, a huge box office disappointment when it was initially released, saw its reputation rise as more folks found the movie in that disappointing DVD release. Fortunately most folks didn't have home theaters back then, or flat panel HD or UHD screens to view it through. The mushiness of the film matched the mushiness of the displays back then.

It's funny, but as our media have gotten more and more exacting, our ability to 'fill in the gaps' of images has waned. This film is mostly practical special effects which our brains cleaned up. Now, with the digital advances, you're left with a clearer, but colder vision.

How appropriate.

Initially Batty terrified me. All the replicants (even Rachel) terrified me on some level. They seemed so disconnected. In the intervening years, they just seem more and more like Average Americans. Philip K. Dick would be horrified to see how much we have become like the creations of his book. And yet, that actually might have made him happy.

See the movie, this version or any of the others. But see it.

Jan 20, 2014
  • WALTER ALLAN KUCIEJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Consistently voted "the best science-fiction movie ever made", Blade Runner poses the question of what makes us human. The solililiquy by Rutger Hauer at the end moves me to tears. See the "Final Cut" if you can.

Oct 04, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece science fiction film from director Ridley Scott and lead Harrison Ford. A dreary bleak future (which is a lot closer now than when the film first came out) sets the backdrop for this story of a policeman who hunts artificial beings replicants, some of whom have come to Earth and are on the loose. Ford is ideally cast in the lead as Deckard. The supporting cast is outstanding, particularly Rutger Hauer as the demented replicant Roy- who ultimately gives us one of the most poignant moments of the film. It is a story that poses some tough moral questions, and leaves much to the audience to decide for themselves. Blade Runner is one of those films that require repeated viewings, but there's always something fresh in the experience.

Sep 26, 2013
  • Vilka rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointed. The basic premise poses a good moral question--genetically engineered androids/humans (not clear which), developed to do humanity's dangerous or unpleasant jobs, have been noted to develop emotions after a certain time, so have been given the built-in failsafe of a shortened lifespan; but a few renegades are trying to beat this. I think other movies have done this better, though ('Never Let Me Go' got a much more visceral emotional reaction out of me). This movie strays too much into titillation on one hand, with short bursts of action to keep the audience interested. There were a few very short bits that were interesting, but really should have been expanded on. Must be a "you had to see it at the time" kind of thing.

Aug 09, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Scientist replicant-creator asks... "what do you want?".... Replicant (Rutger Hauer) replies ,.." MORE LIFE!". This is a Great Sci-fi Classic Film.

Aug 09, 2013
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read in one of my many audio magazines that Mr. Ridley Scott was working on "Blade Runner". According to the article the remastered version was suppose to be clearer and have better sound than the previous edition. I was thrilled! I bought the original version and was very disapointed with the sound. My subwoofer did not respond to the old version and the sound was not placed in all my speakers. However!!!! This "Final Cut" version is WAY better and i tip my hat to you, sir. Looking at this master piece i was blown away!! After placing this in my DVD player i could tell by the menu this was something quite different. In the opening scenes of a city at night where large smoke stacks are releasing fire into the night skies was very clear. The sounds of the vessels flying towards the camera and leaving our sight was caught perfectly in my front speakers, and to my suround speakers, which are to the side and behind me, while at the same time being able to hear approaching vessels in my surrounds as they fly past the camera into the city was equally magificent. I remember sitting there saying, WOW!! That sounds awesome!!! This version was perfect for HOMETHEATER. All my speakers, including my subwoofers were very active during this scene. And i can't forget the visuals that were eyecandy!!! Even the music filled my apartment with this amazing sound i did not hear before with the older version. The whole movie looks and sounds FANTASTIC!!!!! Of course this version is part of my collection and i'm very happy with it.. I'm giving this brilliant, clear, breathtaking version 5 STARS!!!!! Excellent sound, Excellent visuals. Two large pizza's with sausages, peperoni, and extra cheese. Rootbeer,coke,and pineapple.

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Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Oct 28, 2009
  • LibrarianMan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

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Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Batty: "Fiery the angels fell... deep thunder roared around their shores... burning with fires of oak..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dr. Tyrell: "The light that burns twice as bright... burns half as long..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deckard: "Replicants are like any other machine... they're either a benefit or a hazard."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(To complement bdls206's rendition) Dr. Tyrell: "Commerce is our goal here at Tyrell... more human than human is our motto..."

May 16, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What do you want?,.. "MORE LIFE".

Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Batty: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.

Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tyrell: "More human than human" is our motto.

Apr 16, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Deckard: [narrating] They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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