Video Release: January 19, 2009
Studio: Warner Home Video
In 21st century Los Angeles (2019), a semi-retired policeman, known as a "blade runner," is assigned to hunt down and eliminate four "replicants," genetically created humanoid robots. On earth illegally from an off-world colony where they were used as laborers, and with a built-in life span of only four years, the androids have jumped ship in order to confront the individual who designed them.
In this version of the film, the director has removed the voice-over narration, as well as the "up" ending that was made from outtakes of Kubrick's "The Shining." Several key never-before-seen elements have also been added and the result is a full immersion in Scott's gaudy, decaying police state. In 21st century Los Angeles (2019), the assignment of a semi-retired policeman, known as a "blade runner" is to hunt down and eliminate four "replicants," genetically created humanoid robots. On earth illegally from an off-world colony where they were used as laborers, with a built-in life span of only four years, they've jumped ship to confront the individual who designed them.
This record is for the "Blade Runner - Director's Cut" of the film. It is a re-edited version of the film that received a limited theatrical re-release in 1992.
"Blade Runner" was chosen for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1993, which recognizes films for "their historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance."
Thanks to William S. Burroughs and Alan E. Nourse for the use of the title Blade Runner.
Dedicated to the memory of Philip K. Dick, author of the novel that served as the basis for "Blade Runner," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" He died on March 2, 1982, before the film's completion.
In Dick's novel the future world is greatly underpopulated; Ridley Scott reverses this premise, envisioning the future as a gloomy and oppressively overpopulated terrain. The novel is set in San Francisco and Seattle; Los Angeles is the setting for the film.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger-Paul Verhoeven film "Total Recall" was based on the Philip K. Dick novel "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale."
Filmed at the Burbank Studio in California. Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision. Sound by Dolby.
Estimated budget $27 million. Film grossed $14 million at the box office.
Released theatrically in the USA June 25, 1982.
Copyright 1982 The Ladd Company in association with Sir Run Run Shaw.