Blade Runner

~ Release group by Vangelis

Album + Soundtrack

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Blade Runner CD 12 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 82623-2 075678262326
Blade Runner CD 12 EastWest Records America (this label only briefly used between 1990–91, please read annotations before use) 4509-96574-2 745099657420
Blade Runner CD 12 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 82623-2, D 104912 [none]
Blade Runner CD 12 Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) 82623-2 075678262326
Blade Runner 12" Vinyl 12 EastWest Records America (this label only briefly used between 1990–91, please read annotations before use), Warner Music Brasil Ltda. 4509-96574-1, 996574
Blade Runner Cassette 12 EastWest Records America (this label only briefly used between 1990–91, please read annotations before use) 4509-96574-4
Blade Runner (Blade Runner Trilogy, 25th Anniversary) 3×CD 12 + 12 + 12 Universal Music TV (UK), Universal Music UK (do not use as a release label!) 5305147 600753051474
Blade Runner (Blade Runner Trilogy, 25th Anniversary) 3×CD 12 + 12 + 12 UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises) B0010558-02 600753051474
Blade Runner 12" Vinyl 12 Audio Fidelity AFZLP 154 780014215415
Blade Runner Hybrid SACD 12 Audio Fidelity AFZ 154, CAFZ 154 SA 780014215422
Bootleg
Blade Runner CD 18 Off World Music OWM 9301
Blade Runner: Gongo Version CD 17 Gongo Music‚ Ltd.
Blade Runner: Deck Art Edition CD 27 Deck Art (Bootleg label) 765
Blade Runner: Esper Edition 2×CD-R 15 + 18 Esper Productions
Blade Runner: Esper Edition MK2 2×CD 15 + 18 Esper Productions
Los Angeles: November 2019 CD 12 Esper Productions
Blade Runner: Esper ‘Retirement’ Edition: 25th Anniversary Culmination 5×CD-R + DVD 16 + 21 + 12 + 9 + 9 + 175 Esper Productions
Blade Runner - EMS Recombination (Definitive Edition) 3×Digital Media 19 + 17 + 18 TM-02-10011 600753051481
Blade Runner - EMS Recombination Digital Media 10 TM-03-10011 600753051481
Blade Runner (29th Anniversary Limited Edition) 4×CD-R 25 + 25 + 32 + 26 DC Music, Pendor DC0412011, P-113|V
Blade Runner: MR3 Edition 4×CD-R 15 + 20 + 12 + 27 Esper Productions
Blade Runner: OWM 2000 Version 2×(unknown) 18 + 16

Relationships

Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000114834 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/12717 [info]
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/ [info]
Wikidata: Q1187341 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Blade Runner (soundtrack) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Vangelis:Blade_Runner_(1994) [info]
other databases: http://soundtrackcollector.com/title/1296/ [info]
reviews: http://www.anunna.net/vangelis-rarities/fic_file_base.php?methode=methode1&id=23 [info]
http://www.anunna.net/vangelis-rarities/fic_file_base.php?methode=methode1&id=25 [info]
http://www.anunna.net/vangelis-rarities/fic_file_base.php?methode=methode1&id=30 [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/53f9 [info]
https://thevinylfactory.com/features/blade-runner-soundtrack/ [info]

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In 1982, director Ridley Scott released one of the greatest science fiction films of all time: Blade Runner, based on Philip K Dick's dystopian novel of humanoid robots (replicants) and a Chandleresque hero (the 'blade runner' of the title) whose job was to hunt them down and eradicate them. As much as Scott's film relied on its rain-drenched nightscapes and neon-glazed city sprawl to reflect the existential angst of Harrison Ford, it also succeeded due in no small part to the score by the former Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou. Besides his work on the score for Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis' most lauded film work resides here.

For 12 years following the film's release, a dispute between the composer and auteur kept the synth-drenched score off the shelves. Much joy heralded its original release, yet it was incomplete, missing many cues and extras. Now, with Scott's painstaking ten-year overhaul of his 25th anniversary print now complete, we get the whole thing and more.

This 3 cd set is both a delight for fans of the Greek keyboard meister's work and for anyone who wants a primer on how exactly to make cinematic music evocative, emotive and above all still stand up on its own. Long a feature on many a late night groover's chill-out playlist, Vangelis' work here resides on just the right side of the line marked 'new age'. The synthesizers at once convey icy alienation and also, strangely, the entire dilemma of a human in a world inhabited by machines with emotions. This is especially true on the fantastic ''Blade Runner Blues'', and on the album's most famous track, ''Love Theme'', where Harrison Ford and Sean Young overcome the man/machine divide to the strains of a wailing saxophone.

The masterstroke is to include the dialogue that fits each key scene. For instance we get ''Tears In The Rain'' we get Rutger Hauer's finest moment ('Attack ships on fire...' etc) as he slides into non-existence on the roof of a crumbling downtown hotel. And then there's all the stuff we missed out on the first time around. It's every bit as good.

The only slightly strange note is struck on the somewhat extraneous third disc, where the bearded one gives us 'music inspired by the film'. It's not that it's bad, it just jars with the completeness of the other two discs. But Blade Runner is still one of the best soundtracks to one of the best films of all time. Vangelis' proto-electronica remains beguiling and essential. It's every bit as important as that new DVD...