Blade Runner: 1997 release vs 2006 release

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Is the new transfer an improvement in all areas (dirt removal, colour correction, grain, etc.)?

Yes
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36%
No
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A Little
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36%
 
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Blade Runner: 1997 release vs 2006 release

Unread post by captainjoe » 02 Sep 2006, 02:48

Blade Runner



Top: R1 Original release
Bottom: R1 remastered


For an in-depth look at the changes made for the Final Cut click the following link

http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4177



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cap 2
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cap 4
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cap 6
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cap 7
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cap 8
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cap 9
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cap 10
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cap 11
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cap 12
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cap 13
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cap 14
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cap 15
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cap 16
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Blade Runner: The Director's Cut has finally been given the treatment it deserves, and this is just step one in the many new things
to come. Let me just say I was floored when I took a look at the new 2006 release. The movie has benefitted greatly from
a fresh HD scan. After doing a little of my own research, I've come to the conclusion that the original is a direct port from the
transfer made in 1992 for the VHS release. As such, this transfer has no where near the quality and detail of the new release.
Better yet, much of the dirt that covered the transfer has been removed. The edge enhancement has also been fixed. There
is not as much visible grain but this, I feel, is because the original release had video noise and not natural film-grain which this
release has. I see no obvious areas that look like noise reduction has been applied. Contrast boosting can be seen in
caps 2, 3, 5, 7. But there is less in cap 15. This is unfortunate but the film is slightly brighter making the movie more clear.
Nothing has been drastically changed but there are a few curious colour corrections. Mostly the night and darker scenes
have a blue tint to them. This was slightly present in the original disc so one could say this transfer just brings the colour out
more. But I think it's safe to say the colours have been timed a bit differently. The overly red tones have been toned
down. Caps 8-11 show this with less red skin tones. Overall this new transfer is a lot better than the original.
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Unread post by tom2681 » 05 Sep 2006, 20:48

Eagerly awaiting your comparison.
I'm willing to bet the original edition will be sharper than the remaster. :lol:
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Dammit!

Unread post by captainjoe » 05 Sep 2006, 22:54

I just found out it's not coming to Canada till next week!!! Goddammit I was looking forward to this so much. Sorry guys. :x
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 06 Sep 2006, 12:29

Joe, I've got the new R1 on the way. If I receive it before you do would want me to post some caps (so that you could post the matching caps from the 97 disc)?

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Unread post by captainjoe » 06 Sep 2006, 22:30

Sure. Sounds good. :mrgreen:

Here's a bunch I have at the first post. When you get it, match them up as best you can. Post them here and I'll add them to a new comparison. Thanks.
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 07 Sep 2006, 02:13

Any chance of approximate time signatures for each cap, Joe?

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Unread post by captainjoe » 07 Sep 2006, 02:39

Cap 1: 0 hours, 00 mins, 05 secs
Cap 2: 0 hours, 04 mins, 02 secs
Cap 3: 0 hours, 04 mins, 55 secs
Cap 4: 0 hours, 17 mins, 07 secs
Cap 5: 0 hours, 17 mins, 11 secs
Cap 6: 0 hours, 37 mins, 02 secs
Cap 7: 0 hours, 57 mins, 47 secs
Cap 8: 1 hours, 03 mins, 18 secs

Hope that helps. :)
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Unread post by bradavon » 07 Sep 2006, 03:40

Cheers guys. I look forward to seeing the SE captures. Man this film still looks awesome.

p.s - captainjoe - Can you move your captures to the first post please.

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Unread post by captainjoe » 07 Sep 2006, 22:11

Cool. Looks good. I can wait until next week unless you really want to post yours. Doesn't matter.
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 07 Sep 2006, 23:30

The e-tailer I ordered from won't get their stock in til the 11th. Go ahead and post the screen caps when you get the DVD, as you will likely receive yours before me.

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Unread post by captainjoe » 12 Sep 2006, 22:37

Finally got the DVD. New caps are up now.
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 13 Sep 2006, 01:33

Thanks Joe. My god that's lovely, it's like a brand new film.

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Unread post by captainjoe » 13 Sep 2006, 02:33

Yeah it's great :)
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Unread post by bradavon » 20 Sep 2006, 21:43

Lovely just lovely. I can't wait for the SE next year, woo hoo it's going to be awesome.

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Unread post by captainjoe » 17 Oct 2006, 00:04

I added a POLL and made more image comparisons. Enjoy. :D
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Unread post by tom2681 » 17 Oct 2006, 00:28

Thanks.
I think the 2006 transfer is quite wrong (Blade Runner should be red, not blue), but there's less EE, so that's an improvement.

Couldn't care less about the upcoming SE.
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 17 Oct 2006, 08:05

Yup, they've changed to the wrong colours in some of those sky shots , particularly no.9. Otherwise it's an excellent remastering job.

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Unread post by gojensen » 17 Oct 2006, 08:28

Yeah that's a bit annoying... everything's much "cooler" giving the entire film a different look... this may have been how Ridley wanted it originally - but it's not how "the fans" remember the film though... Lucas strikes again? :D

Besides it would change the mood of the dream sequence wouldn't it?!

Btw, the poll is wrong... the "A little" option has no meaning. You asked "Is the new transfer an improvement in all areas" and that's simply a yes or no answerable question :D (It is not however an improvement in ALL areas).
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Unread post by bradavon » 17 Oct 2006, 18:37

Oh I so can't wait for the super-duper SE. It's been ages since I've seen the masterpiece that is Blade Runner.

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Unread post by captainjoe » 17 Oct 2006, 22:43

The color grading is changed but I'm all for whatever Scott thinks is the best look. Overall I think the new transfer is fine.
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Unread post by gojensen » 18 Oct 2006, 11:55

Then again, how do we know that this new look is what Ridley Scott wanted? I'm not sure he's been that involved with this release... however if the super-duper SE looks the same I'd be convinced :D

As it stands now I say WB messed it up ;)
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Unread post by captainjoe » 07 Apr 2007, 01:48

Updated with new caps and review.
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Unread post by Kris » 07 Apr 2007, 07:02

The image quality of the new release is vastly superior however I really hope at least one of the versions in the Ultimate Edition set will still have the old colours. Deckard's spinner flying through the golden sky above the Tyrell buildings is one of the iconic moments of the film in my opinion.

It would be nice if they could have the colours unchanged for the theatrical edition; then the new, final cut could be "how it was supposed to be" and the theatrical could be "how fans remember it."

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Unread post by Shingster » 07 Apr 2007, 23:57

The transfer on the new release is an absolute disaster! Horribly clipped highlights, no extra detail in the image (save for when the boosted brightness illuminates certain areas too dark in the original) and Cronenweth's very distinctive cinematography has been completely obliterated by the colour remastering.

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