Blade Runner Blu-ray, but which version?

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  1. hardtarget

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    Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm looking to buy a Blu Ray version of Blade Runner, but there are so many different versions I'm totally confused as to which one I should purchase and from which on-line store? I have read that the US import (5-Disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray) is the one to buy? I have looked on Amazon, but it states Region A/1 and it was 4 Discs :confused:
     
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    It's 5 disc, and it's region free. You definitely want the 5 disc version, rather than the UK release.

    There's also this:

    Maletín Blade Runner [BR]: Amazon.es: Varios: Cine y Series TV
     
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    Thanks for the replies, Hippo are there any UK based retailers selling the 5-Disc Collector's Edition?
     
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    The 5 disc version was not released in the UK, so no retailers will be selling it. It'll be on eBay and the amazon.co.uk marketplace though. Otherwise, it's an import job.
     
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    Why is this version much better.
     
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    What do you want?

    If you're a massive fan of the film, then the 5-disc version gives you just about every version/cut there's been, along with a hist of extras.

    My guess would be that, as you're asking the question to start with, you're not such a massive fan. You're a film fan, and you've heard this is a good film, and worth a pop.

    In that case the UK 2-discer with the 'Final Cut' should more than suffice.

    Steve W
     
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    I bought the 5 disc DVD tin when that was released and then the 2 disc Blu-ray when that came out. I think possibly some of the content on the 5 disc Blu-ray is DVD quality so you're not really gaining much by paying for the import version - I could be wrong though :rolleyes:
     
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    The US 5 Disc version breaks down like this...

    Disc 1 (BD) - The Final Cut
    Disc 2 (DVD) - Dangerous Days documentary
    Disc 3 (BD) - 1982 Theatrical Cut / 1982 International Cut / 1992 Directors Cut
    Disc 4 (DVD) - Tons of special features
    Disc 5 (BD) - Workprint Cut

    Its certainly the best version available and includes ever cut of the film out there but you pay a premium for it, you should decide for yourself whether you think its worth the extra price over the UK release which is just Discs 1 and 2 from this set.
     
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    If memory serves, you should be warned that the same situation is in place for the Blu-ray as for the HDDVD version of that box - while the high-definition film discs are region-free, the documentaries on discs 2 and 4 are region-locked DVDs. No, that doesn't make any sense, I know.
     
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    I generally use Planet Axel for imports nowadays. Not necessarily the cheapest but
    a) their prices (which are always in USD or CAD; GBPs are indicative only) are, by the time you "checkout", all you will have to pay. Nothing hidden, and no import taxes nor Admin fees due to the Post Office
    b) for BluRays - they actually test and then advertise the actual region coding of the BD discs. So you are "safe" if you don't have a MR player.
     
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    I'm glad I didn't buy the import then, I don't have a multi-region player.
     
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    That's what I've got. 2 of the 5 discs in the Blu-ray set are DVDs, so I'm only missing out on HD versions of the workprint and the theatrical cuts, which I can live with.
     
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    Ditto. I have the DVD tin and the Final Cut bluray.
     
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    I remember trying all the disc from the 5 disc blu ray collection on my R2 blu ray player and they all worked.
     
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    Im a Blade Runner nut and I'd agree with this.

    I think you only need the 5-disc version if youre a fan of the film - or you think you will be ;). Most people would probably be happy with the cheap 2-disc which has loads to watch in itself. Needless to say, I got the 5-disc ages ago when there was an offer on!

    Oh yeah, just remembered - if you do go for the US 5-disc make sure you check all the discs as soon as you get them. There were a lot of duplicate disc problems a while ago (I had a duplicate) but there were no problems getting an exchange disc which I did. I imagine that this wont be a problem now but definitely check anyway.
     
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    The DVDs are region free, same goes for the DVD's in the US Ultimate Matrix set.
     
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    True, but the US DVD's will be in NTSC format, not PAL, so there's a much-lower resolution, in terms of the picture quality on the DVD discs. I'd personally import the Spanish ""Blade Runner" Blu-Ray Deluxe Suitcase set, that way you get the films in Blu-Ray, and the extras are in PAL formatted DVD's. :)


    Pooch
     
  19. Indiana Jones

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    How was the SD material shot though? because if it was NTSC originally then being in PAL wont offer any benefits but will result in everyone having a higher pitch voice lol
     
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    No you're thinking of Blade Runner: The Squeakquel
     
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    Also the 5 disc dvd UK set seems OOP now.. so not as cheap as you think..

    I am a big fan - but just settled for the 2 disc blu ray - you get the best version and best transfer (final cut) and the long documentary has lots in it - its a pity its not in HD.
     
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    Which is surprising as HMV were flogging the tin version really cheap a while back. I'm sure it was well under a tenner so it might be worthwhile having a look in some local stores in case there's any old stock hanging about. No sign of it on their website anymore (just the cardboard version for £28)
     
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    I had the 2 disc UK blu-ray and I'm sure the DVD with the 'Dangerous Days' doc on it was NTSC but Region 0.

    I have the 5 Disc Blu-ray set now and would not hesitate to recommend it if you are a fan of the film. If you just have a passing interest, then as stated before the UK 2 disc is fine.
     
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    Would make sense as the DVDs in the US set were region free.
     
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    I've had the 5-disc U.S. BD/DVD version since release and I've never owned a multi-region player yet all the discs played perfectly. The Dangerous Days documentary is worth buying the set for IMO but the whole package is superb, particularly compared with the gimped UK one.
     
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    Yeah, IMO the deleted/alternate scenes are worth the money on their own. Damned shame Warners didn't bother to release them in HD, mind.
     
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    The 5 disc US set is definitely the one to go for. I should know. I have it on HD DVD, HD DVD Briefcase set and Bluray.

    Really should sell one of them :/
     
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    I'd add to that the workprint version is also worth watching though I admit as a fan I'm biased. The 5 disc version is sometimes on offer below $25 either on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.
     
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    I have bought the 5 disc release on DVD just before I got into Blu-ray, so I only upgraded to the two disc release. The Final Cut is the only version of the film that I will ever go back to re-watch now.
     
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    A pity they gave the final cut that greenish hue whereas all the other cuts have a blue hue - it's not a deal-breaker, though.
     

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