Are New Blu-rays of 'Blade Runner,' 'I, Robot' and 'The Princess Bride' Worth a Double Dip?

Are New Blu-rays of 'Blade Runner,' 'I, Robot' and 'The Princess Bride' Worth a Double Dip?

Oct 31, 2012

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Although it wasn't a runaway success upon its initial release, Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford as a cop who hunts down rogue synthetic beings known as Replicants in a futuristic Los Angeles is now considered a genre masterpiece. Warner Bros. released several editions of the noirish movie back in December 2007 for its 25th anniversary, and now the studio is putting out several new variations for Blade Runner's 30th anniversary.

What's New?: The Ultimate Collector's Edition back in 2007 came in a handsome briefcase and contained replica miniatures, and the new 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition can also be purchased with a new Spinner car replica. As for the discs themselves, the most complete 2007 set had five versions of the film, the documentary Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner, plus a DVD of bonus material. The four-disc 30th Anniversary Edition contains all the material from the 2007 edition on three Blu-rays, plus a new stills archive with over 1,000 images, a bonus DVD of The Final Cut, and an Ultraviolet code for streaming on portable devices.

Skip or Double Dip?: Although the material is arranged on the discs differently, the only additions to the 30th Anniversary Edition are the stills archive and a UV code. Blade Runner is a must-own film, but buy this new version only if you don't already own the spectacular 2007 five-disc edition.


I, Robot Blu-ray 3D

At the other end of the sci-fi spectrum from Blade Runner is this 2004 popcorn picture in which Will Smith plays a detective investigating the murder of a doctor—possibly by a sentient robot in a utopian future where most robots just blindly perform tasks with little problem. The movie debuted on Blu-ray in March 2008 and now has been converted for 3D for this new edition.

What's New?: The new Blu-ray 3D contains both the 2D and 3D versions of the film, except now the aspect ratio is 1.78:1 instead of 2.35:1. All the extras from the 2008 edition are ported over here, plus short trailers for Prometheus and The Darkest Hour in 3D.

Skip or Double Dip?:  The 3D conversion done here is not spectacular—some scenes pop with the added dimension while many others feel flat—so it's not worth a double dip for the flawed "enhancement" and a couple 3D trailers.


The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Edition

Rob Reiner's 1987 romantic comedy adventure is considered one of the greatest love stories of all time and stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinikin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane and more. It made its Blu-ray debut in March 2009 (after being delayed from February 2007) and has just made a double dip this month with a 25th Anniversary Edition.

What's New?: The new anniversary edition has ported over all the extensive bonus features from the 2009 version and retains the same video transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The only new addition is a two-part, 30-minute retrospective featuring interviews with the cast, crew and fans. The 2009 version came packaged with a DVD copy of the film for convenience, but this new anniversary edition has the option of being purchased with or without a DVD.

Skip or Double Dip?: The Princess Bride has a devoted following, but we can't imagine that anyone who already owns the 2009 version would double dip for one additional retrospective featurette. Skip it.

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