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"Blade Runner" Returns To The Big Screen & DVD

Reported by Jay Cochran - 2007.10.24

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Ridley Scott's science fiction masterpiece, "Blade Runner," starring Harrison Ford, is making a long-awaited return to the big screen with a completely re-mastered director's cut, "Blade Runner: The Final Cut." The film has not only been completely restored with new and improved special effects, but also includes never-before-seen added and extended scenes that Ridley Scott created specifically for the new edition.

The limited theatrical engagement of "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" began its run on October 5 in New York and Los Angeles. It will continue to roll out in select cities from now through January 2008. Spectacularly restored and re-mastered from original elements and scanned at 4K* resolution, fans of the original "Blade Runner" will have a chance to see this sci-fi classic as it has never been seen before, while a new generation of moviegoers will have their first opportunity to see why "Blade Runner" is still considered to be, by both critics and fans, one of the most important genre films of the 20th century.

Visually spectacular, action-packed and enduringly provocative since its original 1982 release, the stylish noir thriller "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" stars Harrison Ford in the enigmatic role of 21st-century detective Rick Deckard. As he hunts for vengeful, fugitive replicants in a high-tech future soured by urban and social decay, he is drawn to a mysterious woman (Sean Young) whose secrets may undermine his own soul.

The theatrical release of "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" is in conjunction with the much-anticipated December 18 debut of the film on DVD in three different editions, all with upgraded 5.1 audio: a two-disc Special Edition; a four-disc Collector's Edition; and the five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition in numbered, limited quantity "Deckard Briefcase" packaging. Each edition contains exciting, exclusive extras to enhance the "Blade Runner" experience, including a new, extensive documentary featuring never-before-seen material, behind-the-scenes footage, and cast and crew interviews, plus filmmaker commentaries, and much more. Simultaneous HD DVD and Blu-Ray versions will be released in two stunning configurations: a five-disc Blade Runner Ultimate Collector's Edition and a five-disc Complete Collector's Edition. The Ultimate Collector's Edition will be released in numbered, limited quantities of the "Deckard Briefcase". The Blade Runner Complete Collector's Edition will contain all of the Ultimate Collector's Edition content but will not include the limited edition briefcase.

"Blade Runner: The Final Cut" had its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival during a special screening with Ridley Scott and key cast members in attendance. And, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented a special retrospective of "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" at the 45th New York Film Festival.

Cast and filmmakers will attend a special Los Angeles red carpet screening of "Blade Runner: The Final Cut," which has been set for December 9 at 5 p.m. at the Shrine auditorium as part of the prestigious Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival. This year, the Festival honors Sir Ridley Scott and his team with a Special Award for their spectacular restoration of the film. Seating is limited with tickets available at www.jvaff.org or ticketmaster.com.

Based on the acclaimed science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by the celebrated author Philip K. Dick, "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" was directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. The producers are Michael Deeley and Charles de Lauzirika. The film stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, M. Emmet Walsh, William Sanderson and Joanna Cassidy. "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" has been rated "R" by the MPAA for "violence and brief nudity."

Release Schedule as of 10/22/07
Play date and theatre information is subject to change.

- 10/26/07 - Seattle Cinerama, Seattle - AMC - 35mm
- Washington DC Uptown, D.C. - AMC - 35mm
- Portland Cinema 21, Portland - Indep. - 35mm
- Salt Lake Gateway Megaplex, SLC - Indep. - DIGITAL

11/2/07 - Chicago Music Box, Chicago - Indep. - 35mm
- Santa Barbara Arlington, Santa Barbara - Metropolitan - DIGITAL
- Baltimore Landmark Harbor East, Baltimore - Indep. - DIGITAL

11/9/07 - Boston Coolidge Corner, Brookline - Indep. - 35mm

11/16/07 - Detroit Main Art, Detroit - Landmark - 35mm

11/18/07 - Austin Paramount, Austin - Indep. - 35mm

11/30/07 - San Francisco Embarcadero, San Francisco - Landmark - 35mm
- Dallas The Inwood, Dallas - Landmark - 35mm
- San Diego Ken, San Diego - Landmark - 35mm
- Minneapolis Uptown, Minneapolis - Landmark - 35mm

12/7/07 - Denver The Landmark @ Greenwood Village Landmark DIGITAL Philadelphia - The Ritz 5, Philadelphia - Landmark - 35mm

12/25/07 - Boston The Brattle, Cambridge Indep. - 35mm

1/2/08 - Austin The Paramount, Austin Indep. - 35mm

1/4/08 - Nashville The Belcourt, Nashville - Indep. - 35mm

1/18/08 - Durham, NC Carolina, Durham - Indep. - 35mm

2/1/08 - Columbus, OH Drexel Gateway, Columbus, OH - Indep. - 35mm

2/15/08 - San Francisco Castro, San Francisco - Indep. - 35mm

2/29/08 - Sacramento, CA Crest, Sacramento - Indep. - 35mm

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