30th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Director Ridley Scott's visionary future noir is 30, and now only seven years away from the year in which it is set, incredible as that may seem. For those who've never seen this cult-favorite-turned-critically-acclaimed-classic, there's still time to grab a copy of “Blade Runner” 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition before its expiration date.
Based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by the brilliantly imaginative and off-the-beaten-track speculative fiction author Philip K. Dick, and adapted for the screen by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, “Blade Runner” defied the usual science fiction conventions of a sleek and shiny yet-to-be world with a grittier, grimier version of the future that bore a closer resemblance to shadowy '40s gumshoe thrillers and hard-bitten '70s crime movies.
Los Angeles in 2019 is dark and rainy 24/7, with incredibly massive and towering buildings and flying “spinner cars” rising above seedy, overcrowded and trash-strewn streets that resemble a cross between the bawdier districts of downtown Saigon during the Vietnam War and New Orleans' old strip-joint row.
This is the stomping ground of Rick Deckard (a perfectly jaded-looking, trench-coated Harrison Ford), a special police “blade runner” who hunts down fugitive “replicants,” which are humanlike beings manufactured to do dangerous and/or degrading work on Earth's off-world colonies.
The 1982 film presages such 21st century conditions and phenomena as overpopulation, global warming, urban deterioration and genetic engineering, not to mention retro and cyberpunk trends. Sean Young as Deckard's love interest — who may or may not be a replicant — is tricked out in '40s hairdo and garb resembling Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce,” while Daryl Hannah — definitely a deadly replicant — looks like a slam-dancer from the heyday of CBGB's.
Still one of the most visually stylish and arresting special effects epics of the last three decades, the three-disc anniversary set includes the 1982 U.S. cut, the 1982 international cut, the 1991 director's cut and the 2007 final cut, all in Blu-ray, all with Ridley Scott introductions, plus featurettes on the making of the movie, author Dick, the novel versus the film, an interview with Dick, and featurettes on the film's graphic design, wardrobe and styling.
— Gene Triplett