Ridley Scott's celebrated sci-fi classic stars Harrison Ford as retired 21st Century Detective Rick Deckard, who is forced back into active duty in order to hunt a fugitive band of human-like androids known as "replicants" though the rain-soaked streets of L.A. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) before coming under attack by the powerful Leon (Brion James). Deckard is about to be killed by Leon when he's saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell's assistant and a replicant who's unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, replicant leader Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian's, where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city. This digitally re-mastered version of the film features extended scenes and improved visual effects approved by the director in order to better reflect his original vision.~Jason Buchanan
Introduction by Director Ridley Scott
Three Filmmaker Commentaries: Ridley Scott
Executive Producer/Co-Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Co-Screenwriter David Peoples, Producer Michael Deeley and Production Executive Katherine Haber
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
My absolute favorite Sci-Fi film realized and magnificently restored in stunning 4K HDR is absolutely stunning.
Not only is Blade Runner (classic) a masterpiece of a film; perfectly written and directed but, the restoration of the original negative to mind-blowing 4K HDR resolution leaves me in awe. While the film's filter grain is accentuated in UHD, it is not necessarily a bad thing. Lights and lense flares are "punchy" and bright while colors are vivid and deep without disrupting the mood and tone of what the film was meant to capture.
I highly recommend picking up this 4K UHD blu-ray if you can find it. It is a perfect demonstration of what 4K HDR can do for even films that are 30+ years old (but, that depends on the source and studio doing the restoration of course).
I recently bought the new one and loved it, so I wanted to see the first one. I new it was a somewhat cult classic, I just never got around to seeing it. I did enjoy it, but it definitely has the feel of an early 80’s movie. It reminds me of 80’s music videos.. a little on the strange side. However, the 4K presentation is top notch! For a movie this old, they did an absolute fantastic transfer. At the end of the day, I’m happy that I picked it up and will watch it again. I just like the new one better.
New update features like HDR which the movie looks better than ever especially on an OLED.
This Atmos soundtrack has a high level of surround from all angles & height overhead effect that I enjoyed on my 11.2 (7.2.4)
Great movie, and beautifully remastered and with the correct ending it deserves.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
4K HDR Review
Blade Runner has been out a while, so I'm not reviewing the movie content, which is fantastic. This review is for the 4k HDR transfer.
For a movie that was created in 1982, the 4K HDR transfer looks pretty **** good! There are only minimal scenes where you can see some graininess, which is pretty good considering that this movie is mainly set in a dark environment. Some put a little more effort into making sure a transfer is done well, and this movie is one of those exceptions. Many of the older movies don't get as much "love" (such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and they almost look worse than the original blu ray release. You won't be disappointed with this 4k HDR release. Being a movie with a darker ambient environment there are plenty of lights to pop out at you showing off the HDR effects. If you happen to own a TV that produces really great blacks (OLED, etc.), you will like the blacks in this movie.
My collection of 4K HDR movies is growing and I have what are considered some of the best reference quality 4K movies out there ... Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Dunkirk, Passengers, & Blade Runner 2049 just to name a few. All of these are the best 4K HDR has to offer with rich vibrant colors and sharp pictures. The quality of these movies will spoil you to anything else you watch and you really get disappointed when you get an older movie that's been transferred to 4K and HDR .... Most of the time ... so much so that I stopped buying anything but new movies in 4K HDR. Older movies tend to look better in 1080 just up-converted by your TV or Blu-Ray player! However, this movie, the original Blade Runner, is a huge exception and is incredible ... I just couldn't believe how good the picture was. I'd read reviews raving about the transfer to 4K but I wasn't expecting it to be this good. If you were to nit-pick it you'd definitely drop it a few points compared to say the new Blade Runner 2049, but really, and considering it's a 1982 film, there's NOTHING to complain about as far as picture quality is concerned. It's unbelievably colorful and sharp and is MUCH better that a MOST newer movies transferred to 4K. Whether you like the original Blade Runner movie from the story line standpoint or not doesn't take away the visual enjoyment of watching this movie ... it's really, from a technical standpoint, that good.
Ok, so here we go. With a kind of rough start to my viewing experience it ended up being really awesome.
I first had to literally hunt down a copy of this the very day it was released. I wanted to show this to my kids so they could get a good idea of what it’s about before the sequel came out. After finding that nearly every Best Buy in the Denver Metro Area was sold out of it the moment the stores opened I knew I was in trouble. Luckily I found 2 copies at the store nearest my house because they are atrocious at placing them where you can find things. This time it worked to my advantage, and I got a copy.
So I took it home getting all excited to watch this great film that I loved with my kids. Popped it in my player and watched to where the flames shoot up at the beginning of the film and it froze and became pixelated. So I got scared, popped it out cleaned off the disc (that was already clean as it was brand new) and tried again, whew, made it a bit further. Then it happened again, and again. Skipping past vast sections I found that I had a bad disc. Getting frustrated because from what I could tell the picture was amazing.
I downgraded to the Blu Ray copy so we could just plain watch it. Tried fast forwarding to where it died on us and picked up where we left off. This time on the Blu Ray copy it played just fine. Didn’t look as good, but still not bad, BUT the dialogue was about a second behind the actors. I fast forwarded and apparently this was a problem with the whole disc. You can imagine my frustration when I decided that the only way we would see this that evening was to watch it streaming through the included digital copy off of VUDU. Fortunately for us that version was just fine, but only HDX, not UHD 4k (frustration).
So I took it back to Best Buy who exchanged my disc. I took it home and it worked fine, and looks amazing and is worth every penny. But buyer beware, apparently there may be bad discs, so be sure to check what you get quickly.