Blade Runner:

       The Final Cut 4K

                      review by Bobby Blakey 

In 1982 director Ridley Scott unleashed his sci-fi masterpience Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, and Daryl Hannah. Sadly the movie didn’t do all that well at the box office, but over the years has become considered a classic piece of cinema. Now with the new chapter getting ready to hit theaters Warner Bros. is bringing the original back home with Blade Runner: The Final Cut on 4K.

 

If you never saw the film it follows 2019 Los Angeles that has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what's human and what's not human. This has always been one of those films that people either really love or don’t. Its slow pace is not always all that engaging, but I do still love the movie. I think it has always been more about the visuals and gritty tone that worked more for me. I love the look of this sad future and the overall Asian theme of it all, but while I love this movie I admit that it is a bit all over the place.

 

As a whole it is an acquired taste and one that doesn’t always hold up for some and depending on which cut you have seen could change your opinion overall. This latest cut took out the much hated voice over and remasters it in beautiful 4K. The tone is still intact, but the visual effects are so much more beautiful and darkly vibrant making the film look even better. If you have never seen the film this is a great version to try it out and for those that already love it will no doubt be all the more impressed with its new look and feel.

 

In addition to the film this release offers up a ton of bonus content both old and new that takes fans behind bringing this sci-fi classic to life. I am looking forward to seeing how the story progresses with the new film, but no matter what we have this great new version to revert back to either way available now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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