Friday, May 26, 2006

Blade Runner DVD: Final Cut is the deepest?

Variety reports that Blade Runner is getting a series of DVD releases over the coming months [see below]. Apparently Ridley Scott felt rushed when creating the Director's Cut that hit cinemas in the 90s and has been at work producing a definitive version, known as the Final Cut. [Pay attention at the back, there's be a quiz on all of this later.] Anyway, here's the guts of what Variety reported:
The restored "Director's Cut" will debut on homevid in September, and remain on sale for four months only, after which time it will be placed on moratorium. "Blade Runner: Final Cut" will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th anniversary theatrical run, followed by a special edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing: Besides the original theatrical version and director's cut, the expanded international theatrical cut will be included. The set will also contain additional bonus materials.
So, can you wait until next year for the definitive, all-in-one version? Or will you be shelling out for an interim Director's Cut? At least Warners is being honest enough to tell everyone in advance it's plan, rather than duping people into buying one version before releasing a superior iteration within a year.

2 comments:

James Swallow said...

At last, a 'definitive' version. I can finally get rid of all the other 'definitive' versions I own.

Matthew Cochrane said...

I'm just happy because I've been wanting Blade Runner on DVD for ages. I know it was out for a while and then deleted but this new version sounds interesting. I'll ignore the September release, then see it in the cinema next year and probably buy that DVD.

Anyone else swithering about whether to buy Star Wars again now that they've decided to release the un-tampered with versions?