Blu-ray/DVD Release: Blade Runner 30th Anniversary

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 23, 2012
Price: Three-Disc Blu-ray $34.99, Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $64.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

Blade RunnerBlade Runner is perhaps one of the most released movies on DVD and Blu-ray, so a 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition release was no surprise — expected, really.

Still, when it comes to Ridley Scott’s (Robin Hood) classic science-fiction film, starring Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Sean Young (Dune), Daryl Hannah (Wall Street) and Rutger Hauer (The Rite), we’re not complaining about the chance to see it again, and again, and again.

Rated R, the 1982 futuristic film is dark, gritty and beautiful, with director Scott’s signature sweeping visuals.

Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, the story, for newbies, follows Rick Deckard (Ford), a blade runner who’s tasked with tracking down and terminating four replicants who have found out they’re due to die and are looking for their maker to extend their life.

The film also stars Edward James Olmes (TV’s Dexter), Joanna Cassidy (TV’s Body of Proof) and M. Emmet Walsh (Youth in Revolt).

The Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition comes in two varieties: a Three-Disc Blu-ray Book and a Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

The Four-Disc set includes The Final Cut version of the movie on both Blu-ray and DVD, as well as the other four versions: the 1992 Director’s Cut, the Domestic and International Theatrical versions and the Workprint feature. Most have been available in multiple discs, but the Workprint was previously only in the 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

The Four-Disc set also contains newly released production photos with more than 1,000 archival images in high-definition, a 72-page production art book with printed versions of newly found artwork, a collectible Spinner car replica from an official sketch conceived by Syd Mead, a collectible motion lenticular card, download and streaming via UltraViolet, and all ten-plus hours of bonus content from the Ultimate Collector’s Edition, released in 2007.

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD box

The Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD set

Here’s the full list of extras:

Disc 1—The Final Cut

  • Introduction to the Final Cut by director Ridley Scott

Disc 2

  • Ridley Scott introduction to the 1982 Theatrical Cut
  • Ridley Scott introduction to the 1982 International Theatrical Cut
  • Ridley Scott introduction to 1991 Director’s Cut

Disc 3

  • Dangerous Days: The Making of documentary
  • Featurette The Electric Dreamer: Author Philip K. Dick
  • Featurette Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. The Film
  • Philip K. Dick: The Blade Runner Interviews (audio)
  • Featurette Signs of the Times: Graphic Design
  • Featurette Fashion Forward: Wardrobe and Styling
  • Screen tests for Rachael and Pris
  • Featurette The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth
  • Deleted and alternate scenes
  • 1982 promotional featurettes
  • Trailers and TV spot
  • The rare Workprint feature version
  • Introduction by Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Future Noir author Paul M. Sammon
  • All Our Variant Futures
  • Syd Mead gallery

Disc 4

  • Commentary by director Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by executive producer/co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and co-screenwriter David Peoples; producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
  • Commentaries by visual futurist Syd Mead; production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer

The Three-Disc set contains just discs 1 to 3.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.