Blade Runner Ultimate Collector's Edition Features: HD DVD 5-Disc Ultimate Collection, containing all five Blade Runner versions, including the rarely seen Workprint version. Distributor: Warner Brothers Movie Release: June 25, 1982 This Release: December 18, 2007 MPAA Rating: R Final Cut Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins Archived Versions Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins Workprint Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins Official Website: http://bladerunnerthemovie.warnerbros.com MSRP: $99.99 Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
The following are screencaps from Blade Runner: Final Cut HD DVD. Currently, I don't have comparison images from previous SD DVD versions, but feel free to download the full-resolution captures of the movie for your own comparison. Regardless of not having comparison images, I could tell immediately the HD version is immensely better than anything prior. From the opening sequences of the future city of Los Angeles to close-ups of Deckard, Rachael, Roy, Leon, Zhora and others, this HD presentation brings out detail never seen before.
Blade Runner HD DVD Screencaps
Viewing Blade Runner for the first time on HD, you'll notice the increase in detail which is especially recognized in darker scenes. Even HD can have issues in darker filming environments, but in many of the scenes, the detail is free of any noise, either from the master transfer itself or from external noise.
Below is another screencap which follows the scene above moments later. Viewing scenes like this on a 50" plasma television does it justice, but I have to say, a larger television would probably be even better because of the detail of several shots throughout the movie.
Daryl Hannah's eyes just jump out at you. Unfortunately, so does that pimple. This isn't the best reference HD image of a face I've seen, but when compared to the previous SD DVD versions, this is much much better. And when the film is moving along at roughly 30fps, it's even sharper.