OK, I’m a bit slow off the mark here, but I was reading tonight that Ridley Scott’s cult film Blade Runner has been restored and is being re-released for the 25th anniversary of its original release. ‘For the new director’s cut, the special-effects footage was digitally scanned at 8,000 lines per frame, four times the resolution of most restorations, and then meticulously retouched. The results look almost 3-D.’
I love this film and have lost track of the number of times I have seen it. I much prefer the earlier Director’s cut released in 1992 to the original version with Harrison Ford’s voiceover.
The film is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?‘ and is set in Los Angeles in 2019. Harrison Ford plays a cop named Deckard who comes out of retirement to hunt down and eliminate four androids who have escaped from off planet colonies and have travelled to Earth to confront their designer.
Amazon have the new version available for pre-order as either a 2-disc version with some extras or the 5 disc ultimate collectors’ edition. The 5 disc version contains all
of the previous versions of the film. Both are due for release on 3rd December. My copy of the 5 disc set is on order.