REVIEW: Blade Runner Ultimate Collector's Edition -- BONUS CONTENT
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There have been plenty of movie reviews of the just released Blade Runner: 5-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition, one of the most entertaining and informative ones located on TheDigitalBits.com. What's lacking is a closer look at the exciting collectibles included with this amazing set.
For those in the dark, the Ultimate Collector's Edition is one of four DVD packages celebrating the release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut; the definitive version of Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece. This package retails for $60-$80 (slightly more for Blu-ray and HD DVD) and is a limited edition of 103,000 pieces produced, each numbered with a holographic sticker (mine's 70,197). If you are as big a fan of the movie as I am, it is the one package to pick up. Not only for one of the greatest films of our time, but for the insanely cool presentation and extras. "We call it Voight-Kampff for short."
The contents of the Ultimate Collector's Edition are presented in a sturdy 12" x 8" plastic briefcase resembling that seen in the film. It is a cool collectible all on its own. Punching the latches opens the case up, not to reveal the Voight-Kampff machine, but an array of geeked out goodies."Did you get your precious photos?"
Located on the inside lid is a pocket with a file folder stuffed with gorgeous concept art. In front of this is a spot that holds a lenticular "Motion Film Clip" in lucite. The piece measures 5" x 3" x 1/2" and displays a very fluid and lengthy scene from the movie of Deckard drawing his pistol. I've seen lenticular art before, but not as complex as this one. It is almost digital in its movement and the amount of frames featured. The protective lucite is also magnetic, allowing you to remove the "Motion Film Clip" inside, if you so desire. It is a great item to display on your computer desk."This sector is closed to ground traffic."
In the belly of the briefcase is a foam-lined compartment holding the case for all 5 DVDs. These include the Final Cut, U.S. Theatrical Cut, International Theatrical Cut, Director's Cut and rare Workprint. Also included is an in-depth feature length documentary titled "Dangerous Days," and one complete disc of bonus content including over 80-minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes. Beside all this are the last two collectibles, one being the only licensed Blade Runner toy I can recall: A Spinner police car.
The blue beauty measures 4" x 2" -- about the same scale as the old Star Wars Action Fleet vehicles. It is constructed of plastic and stars some pretty intricate detail, including rolling rear wheels and opening doors. You'll get a kick out of this little car, especially if you collect sci-fi vehicle replicas. "Memories! You're talking about memories!"
The last item is a 2" tall plastic replica of the origami unicorn as seen towards the end of the film. It's electroplated in silver to appear like foil-lined paper. An engimatic piece of the Blade Runer puzzle and an appropriate extra for this set."You've done a man's job, sir."
After purchasing so many DVDs of late with nothing more than a disc and a stale, plastic jacket, the Blade Runner: 5-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition is an exhilarating breath of fresh air. Warner Bros. shows how a movie should be presented -- with extreme care and devotion -- not delivered as a cheap, cash-in commodity. While its $60-$80 price tag may deter many, those with a passion for Blade Runner, and fine cinema in whole, will want to acquire this stunning set. I can't recommend it enough.
Review and Photos by Jeff Saylor
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