Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 4
Available from Warner Bros.
Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott’s definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicates – and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul.
I was one of the people that thought the Blu-ray of Blade Runner looked really good. That being the case, I wasn’t really torn up that the Blu-ray version of the Final Cut is the same as the old release. I was here for the 4K version and 4K only. On that side of the fence with this release, the movie more than delivers. You’d probably never think a movie from 1982 could look this good but it does. Of course, a lot of that has to do with just how awesome visually this movie was shot and how cool the movie is in general. Blade Runner is one of those movies that stick with you regardless of which version you see. The Final Cut we have here in 4K has long been called the best version of the film and I may have to agree. With all due respect to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, I feel we get Harrison Ford at his best here. As this movie goes on we see that Rick Deckard is a bit of a complicated character and Ford really shines in this environment.
Driven by a sci-fi plot that makes you question who’s real and who’s a replicant long after the credits role, Blade Runner has survived over the years on quality alone. This film is an action movie of sorts but thrives off being one really cool sci-fi film and to some, it may be the very best one of all-time. When all is said and done, Blade Runner hits 4K with a very impressive disc. And thanks to the other discs in the set it is also loaded with extras. The audio on the 4K disc features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. If you want to see how good older movies can look in 4K, then this is the movie you’ll want to see for yourself to believe in the format.
– Final Cut introduction by Ridley Scott
– Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott
– Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner
– The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Phillip K. Dick
– Sacrificial Sheep: The Novels vs. The Film
– Phillip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews
– Sign of the Times: Graphic Design
– Fashion Forward: Wardrobe & Styling
– Screen Tests: Rachael and Pris
– The Light that Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth
– Deleted & Alternate Scenes
– 1982 Promotional Featurettes
– Trailers and TV Spots
– Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art
– Deck-a-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard
– Nexus Generations: Fans and Filmmakers
Quality of Transfer: 100%