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Blade Runner [Blu-ray]

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If you’re expecting a film this old to look absolutely brand new, then you’re on a hiding to nothing. There is so much more detail here to be heard, the life and vibrancy of the otherworldly locations and scenes really comes across well, and you can hear the background dialogue with a clarity such that you can determine what language the characters are speaking.Even if the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 ends up being a subpar sequel, nothing can diminish my love and appreciation for this film. As 'The Final Cut' forms the centerpiece of the package, I'll focus on that presentation, and then offer some additional thoughts on the other versions. Many, many scenes that have been discussed for years are finally revealed, including Deckard's visit to Holden in the hospital, expanded material with Blatty and Tyrell, a completely different opening, and even a first-ever glimpse's of Deckard's wife! So when four of these replicants escape an intergalactic colony and head for Earth, Deckard is forced back to work to terminate them.

There’s a lot of love out there for this Blade Runner 4K HDR transfer, so I’m probably not going to be popular when I say that I think it has significant issues. Put the disc in the player and it autoplays the film and you may have to escape to the main menu to ensure that your audio choice is selected. Clarity in the foreground is superb, in the background the image tends to fade into shadow, while dark detail and contrast varies from scene to scene. This is despite the fact that the film’s dramatic neon lighting and many artificial light sources have been given a huge boost in saturation and brightness. Warner has absolutely hit it out of the park with this one, and it's easily a five-star presentation up there with the best.First time viewers of the film will be treated to one of the great science fiction epics of film history and will get to enjoy seeing the film progress in its various edits over the years. Then around 2000, I bought my first DVD player, and straight away, I bought my favourite movies on that format, which at the time were The Matrix and Blade Runner. Rest assured, however, that despite any complaints from fans about early cuts of Blade Runner, the film in its original form is still powerful and nothing short of exceptional. I was already happy knowing that the film was getting a good and proper 4K image transfer, but this new Atmos mix is really something special and I feel it sets an important benchmark for audio presentations for classic movies - I'm looking at you Close Encounters of the Third Kind! The film's many shots of the future cityscape of Los Angeles, complete with fire-spewing smoke stacks and enough smog to choke a two pack a day smoker, definitely set an intense mood for the film.

the various cuts of 'Blade Runner,' it's a concise history of one the most convoluted film reconstructions ever attempted. I've gotten to see the theatrical, Director's Cut, and the Final Cut in the theater projected from actual film prints. Deleted and Alternate Scenes (SD, 48 minutes) - This may be the holy grail of the extras for 'Blade Runner' devotees.But lest purists fear that Warner has overdone it, I was thrilled to see that there is still some legitimate grain to the image, which retains a film-like and natural look entirely appropriate to the vintage of the film. Grain can be slightly exacerbated, and contrast sometimes wavers in consistency during effects shots. Setting a new standard for Blu-ray releases and supplemental material, Blade Runner seems to have just about every conceivable extra imaginable in this set. There is also no apparent banding, macroblocking or other nagging artifacts -- simply put, this is beautiful compression work. Certain items can take longer to source than the estimated week, particularly during busy trading periods and may take longer to arrive at our warehouse.

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