Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Blade Runner: in HD!

My favorite science fiction movie of all time is Blade Runner. Philip K. Dick's original short story (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) was brilliant, and the film adaption (although very, very different) doubly so.

Blade Runner was also one of the first DVD's ever made, and unfortunately, the visual quality was just awful. Every succeeding release has also been awful. There have been disputes over the film rights for years, lawsuits, counter lawsuits, etc., which have endlessly delayed higher quality prints.

Well, believe it or not, the wait appears to be over. Blade Runner is (finally) showing in HD on HDNet Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m. (EST). Here's a complete list of screening times (all times Eastern Standard):
8:00 PM ET-Sat, Sep 3rd - HD Premiere
12:00 AM ET-Sun, Sep 4th
1:45 PM ET - Sun, Sep 4th

This is the Director's Cut version. The trailers that show new scenes from the HD version have been very impressive, so hopefully the visual quality will be outstanding.

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