I’ve been into Blade Runner since it came out in 1982. I remember the color full page ad I cut off the back of the Seattle Times Sunday Tempo section and thumb-tacked to my wall. My Harrison Ford fever was high after the Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Ridley Scott is finally releasing a restored 1992 Director’s Cut (saw it in the Fine Arts theater in Chicago) this September. Later in 2007 a "final cut" will be released in theaters and then a super-deluxe-special-edition with multiple versions of the film (now I can finally enjoy the voice-over narration again—those fly by scenes seem so empty without them)(Ridley Scott better record a commentary track too).
Variety.com – Marathon ‘Runner’: "The restored ‘Director’s Cut’ will debut on homevid in September, and remain on sale for four months only, after which time it will be placed on moratorium. ‘Blade Runner: Final Cut’ will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th anniversary theatrical run, followed by a special edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing: Besides the original theatrical version and director’s cut, the expanded international theatrical cut will be included. The set will also contain additional bonus materials."
In 2007 I’ll have another two additions to my Blade Runner curiosity cabinet. The cabinet’s past and current contents: Director’s Cut DVD, VHS (permanently borrowed from some guy in high school), CD Soundtrack, S.M.H. vol. 4 (featured top anime sculptors’ diorama interpretations of the Blade Runner world—"Post Bla-Run Syndrome"), Starlog magazines, PC Game, Plager Katsumate Series-D blaster resin kit; Books: Retrofitting Blade Runner : Issues in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, Blade Runner: The Inside Story; second draft of the script, and failed attempts at making my own action figures, 1:6 scale sculptures and Hot Wheels spinners.
(Via Rotten Tomatoes.)
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