Replicants Rejoice: Warner to Bring 'Blade Runner' to High-Def DVD

Posted Tue May 30, 2006 at 12:04 AM PDT by
Blade Runner After years of legal wrangling, Warner Bros. has re-acquired the rights to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic 'Blade Runner' and is planning a lavish 25th Anniversary re-release on all home video formats including HD DVD and Blu-ray.

This September, Warner Home Video will re-issue the 1992 'Blade Runner: The Director's Cut' on disc for a limited window of four months. Following in 2007, the studio will then celebrate the film's 25th anniversary with a theatrical release of 'Blade Runner: The Final Cut,' which it is billing as Scott's "definitive new version" of the film. This will be followed by a lavish DVD box set, which will include 'The Final Cut,' the 1992 and original 1982 versions, plus extensive supplementary material.

"This is clearly Ridley's signature film, and we are thrilled to have it back," Warner senior vp and general manager of theatrical catalog Jeff Baker told The Hollywood Reporter.

A Warner Home Video spokesperson also confirmed to High Def Digest that the studio's release plans for 'Blade Runner' include issuing the film on the high-def DVD formats it currently supports, including HD DVD and Blu-ray.

Warner is expected to announce more extensive details for both the re-issue of 'Blade Runner: The Director's Cut' as well as 'The Final Cut' in the weeks ahead. The titles have been added to both our HD DVD Release Schedule and Blu-ray Release Schedule listings.
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