For a long time, fans of Blade Runner have waited anxiously and nervously for a promised “final cut” of the movie. The cut, which should be darker and closer to the original vision of the director, has long been caught in limbo due to copyright reasons. It seems now, finally, things are starting to happen.
The restored “director’s cut” will debut on home video in September and will remain on sale for only four months, after which time it will be placed on moratorium. Blade Runner: Final Cut will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th-anniversary theatrical run, followed by a special-edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing. Besides the original theatrical version and director’s cut, the expanded international theatrical cut will be included. The set will also contain additional bonus materials.