There have been some seven versions of genuine sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner shown variously over the years. The best thing to note about The Final Cut is that it’s the only one that director Ridley Scott had full control over – he calls this one his favourite, and it’s what he wants us to see. Fully restored back in 2007, does Blade Runner’s transition to 4K Ultra HD add much to proceedings?
The story: Set way in the future world of, erm 2019 (hey, the flick was made in 1982), Harrison Ford is ex-cop Rick Deckard, who makes his living now “retiring” synthetic humans known as replicants. He’s coerced into tracking down four wanted fugitive replicants who are trying to extend their use-by dates, which involves his researching their maker, the Tyrell Corporation. Here he meets the mysterious Rachael (Sean Young), who he discovers is an advanced replicant. While Deckard continues his investigation, he also comes to question key things about himself.
The 4K disc: Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow… To elucidate, everything about the HDR-enhanced 4K transfer and Atmos audio track here is wow. Wow! The Final Cut saw the various film and effects elements scanned at either 4K, 6K or 8K, and here we get a pure 4K experience. Right from the opening tracking shot over neon-soaked future Los Angeles, things just look – here’s that word again – wow. Then the sound! Future L.A. is rather wet, and rain scenes along with many crowded market experiences make it sound as if you’re in the midst of it all. Then there’s Vangelis’ still incredible score. We don’t have space to keep going on about how good this is, so just wow.
The package: A three-disc set, the 4K disc is obviously the highlight, complete with three commentaries, an intro from Scott and a 4K trailer. A Blu-ray version is also included, along with a DVD featuring the three-and-a-half-hour documentary Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner.
Summing up: This is the new demo disc to wow (there’s that word again) anybody with your 4K, Atmos-equipped setup, and it’s also a hard act to follow for any classic movie that’s given the 4K treatment in future. For just under $25, the 4K Ultra HD of Blade Runner: The Final Cut is an absolute steal.
Release date: September 20, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer
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