REVIEW: Blade Runner The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD

Blade Runner has been around almost as long as I have. I’m 38 years old. This movie is 35.

The first thing that you notice after the titles and credits roll by, is the flames on the roofs of buildings. Fire is hard to replicate in movies. Immediately you can tell that the High Dynamic Range (HDR) is worth the price of having the 4K Ultra HD edition of this particular movie. It looks like Warner Bros. spared no expense when it came to the 4K restoration. Honestly, if some of the dated futuristic concepts such as cars didn’t give away when this movie was made, it could’ve been made today.

Harrison Ford look like he was de-aged through the wonders of visual effects. He wasn’t. This movie was originally released in 1982. Directed by none other than Ridley Scott. Ford would be 40 years old while filming. Ford’s “Rick Deckard” is one of his most iconic roles, alongside Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Deckard has the responsibility of finding and killing replicates. A replicate is a genetically superior clone of a human being, without the emotion. Deckard gets called to check if a particular woman is a replicate or not. He ends up falling for her after he finds out she is a replicate.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing a 35th Anniversary of Blade Runner: The Final Cut next week! The release includes a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD version of the movie. The movie was also in Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas for a one-night only viewing, which I had the opportunity to partake in.

Blade Runner’s cast features:

Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, James Hong, Morgan Paull, Kevin Thompson, John Edward Allen, Hy Pyke

Synopsis:

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.

Special Features include:

  • 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

The audio is something to experience in and of itself. The 4K Ultra HD version includes a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that was remixed for the home theater environment. Movies like this along with newer movies are reason to buy a TV and 4K Ultra HD player that have HDR capabilities!

Visuals:

I’m all about 4K Ultra HD when it’s possible to view movies in this format. It’s the closest thing to having a movie theater in your own home. The quality of this conversion is top notch. The original movie was released 35 years ago. To see it release in 4K Ultra HD is amazing.

Audio:

The Dolby Atmos mix of the of the soundtrack is also top notch. If you have a home theater surround sound, this is the version of the movie you’ll want to own.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ra/DVD (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ra/DVD (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ra/DVD (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ra/DVD (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

Check out my review of Kong: Skull Island HERE

Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD hits store shelves on Tuesday, September 5th! For more information, make sure to check out Amazon

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Father of three wonderful children. Lover of movies, TV shows, technology and anything else considered geek.

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