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Replicants! Unicorns! Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Mega Blu-Ray/DVD release

Ridley Scott's groundbreaking sci-fi noir is re-issued in all its iterations -- director's cut, studio cut, a workprint version and more - in the Warner Home Video deluxe combo pack anniversary set.

Replicants! Unicorns! Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Mega Blu-Ray/DVD release

Harrison Ford hangs in there as Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner."
Harrison Ford hangs in there as Rick Deckard in "Blade Runner."

"They don’t advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer." That’s Harrison Ford, voice-overing in hardboiled noir style, in the studio version of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi thriller. You won’t hear the narration in Scott’s director’s cut version, but you can see the unicorn dream sequence, and so, let the debate rage on. Warner Bros.’ theatrical release version? Director Scott’s final cut release? Or how about a workprint version, first screened to test audiences three months before Blade Runner's June, 1982 release?

Well, Warner Home Video has just come out with its Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray extravaganza, in a 4-disc combo pack ($64.99) and 3-disc Blu-ray Book ($34.99) editions. Sure there have been anniversary and collector editions before (including the 2007 “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” – how do you think those ultimate collectors feel now?), but this one has more bells and whistles, Easter eggs, bonus content and production info than ever before -- not to mention the movie itself, in its “final cut” iteration and the 1992 director’s cut, the domestic and international studio versions and the aforementioned workprint.

Take a look at Looper, at Cloud Atlas, at this year’s Total Recall remake and the prison-riot-in-space B-movie, Lockout, and you can see that even 30 years after it was made, the influence of Blade Runner – its noirish vision of a dystopian future, its moody androids, its soul-searching ruminations on the nature of identity in a cold, corporate world – lives on.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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