Feeds

Definitive Bladerunner heads for DVD

'Final cut', finally

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Those of you who feel the world might benefit from yet another version of Ridley Scott's Bladerunner will be delighted to learn that Warner Home Video is planning to release a 25th anniversary "definitive new version" - billed as the "final cut" of the 1982 sci-fi classic.

In September, Warner will release a "restored and remastered" version of the film, including the 1992 "director's cut". After four months, this limited release will be deleted and replaced by an all-singing, all-dancing definitive DVD onto which will be packed the aforementioned "final cut", plus the "director's cut", plus "the original theatrical cut, the expanded international theatrical cut", according to Reuters.

The re-release of the "director's cut" is apparently what Bladerunner aficionados have been waiting for, since it "first came out on DVD before optimal formatting standards had been established", according to Doug Pratt, editor of the DVD-LaserDisc Newsletter.

Pratt further explained: "Shortly afterwards, it went into moratorium. The early adopters who bought the title have long since wished to see it upgraded, while other fans, who came into DVDs later on, have been unable to find it at all. It is the only 'big' sci-fi spectacle currently unavailable on DVD."

That, then seems like an end to the matter, although we suspect Warner will continue to milk this replicant cash cow with further releases including the "Linux programmers' cut" (lots and lots of extra Daryl Hanna and Sean Young), and the "What is it with Ridley Scott and bloody unicorns? cut" (no bloody unicorns). ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.