The original Blade Runner is getting a brand-new re-release in 4K - and you can get a taste of it with a new trailer. The effects of Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece still hold up to this day, and the seminal sci-fi classic clearly continues to hold plenty of relevance 35 years later as its sequel, Blade Runner 2049, nears its October release. Denis Villeneuve's R-rated follow-up certainly appears to have drawn plenty of influence from the striking visuals and unique atmosphere of Scott's vision of 2019 Los Angeles.
The noir-ish visual style of the original Blade Runner has lent itself well to modern updates for high-definition re-releases. Scott's famously made near countless re-edits of the film, but seemed to finally realize his full vision with 2007's "Final Cut". The final version of Blade Runner looks glorious in HD, but now the "Final Cut" is getting yet another update in the form of a 4K ultra-HD Blu-Ray.
You can watch the trailer for the 4K re-release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut above, via the official YouTube channel for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The trailer focuses on the film's many iconic scenes, highlighting how great the remaster is. The results, of course, are spectacular, as the movie's lighting and color palette pop off the screen more than any other previous release of the movie.
The 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray of Blade Runner: The Final Cut is due out on Sept. 5, almost exactly one month before the release of Blade Runner 2049. The Blu-Ray includes plenty of special features, including three commentary tracks by Scott and various key crew members, including screenwriters Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. Bonus discs include the 2007 documentary Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner, various featurettes, original trailers and TV spots, and deleted & alternate scenes.
The "Final Cut" of Blade Runner is the definitive version of the movie, even more so than the 1992 "Director's Cut". Villeneuve also considers it the true version. To remaster Scott's vivid portrayal of dystopian Los Angeles in 4K quality is to take one of the most visually stunning sci-fi movies of all time to levels never seen before, which is hard to do considering how many times the movie has already been re-released. For Blade Runner fans with 4K-equipped TVs, this version may be a must-own.
Re-watching the original Blade Runner in 4K quality will surely wow fans of the original, but it's also a reminder of the massive legacy that Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is trying to live up to when it hits theaters. Even with an acclaimed director behind the cameras and Harrison Ford returning as Rick Deckard, it may be impossible for Blade Runner 2049 to reach the transcendent heights of the first movie. Fair or not, the sequel will inevitably be compared to the original.
Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017