Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer
The late arrival or non-existence of key titles on DVD
is rather irksome. What’s the point of having films like Inseminoid available
if you can’t buy Star Wars? Similarly, what’s the point of
releasing a bona fide genre classic, like Blade Runner, if
you’re not going to stuff it to the gunnels with extra materials or, at
least, re-master it with state of the art sound? Warner’s Spartan Blade
Runner disc is a wasted opportunity that should bring shame to anyone
involved in releasing it. The DVD contains the 1993 “Director’s Cut”
(a label which, as any fan will tell you, is pure marketing bullshit),
presented in its original widescreen (2.35:1) ratio, enhanced for 16:9
sets. The sound is an enveloping, but, for obvious reasons, hugely
disappointing Dolby Surround mix.
For some time the film’s legions of admirers have been
promised the Blade Runner DVD that they deserve: presumably one
offering the choice of the original version of the film, or the re-issue;
one with an astonishing new Dolby Digital 5.1 remix; one that includes
deleted scenes like the legendary hospital sequence; one with a Scott
commentary and a “making of…” documentary featuring interviews with
all the key cast and crew members. Sadly, this isn’t it. No siree, Bob.
Not by a long chalk.
currently seems more unlikely than ever that we'll be seeing a multi-disc
Blade Runner Special Edition DVD in the foreseeable future,
apparently due to an ongoing dispute between Warner Brothers and one of
the film's producers. Since this disc was released mastering
techniques and telecine technology has improved significantly, and this
release must now be classed as barely acceptable.