Venice to unspool 'Blade Runner'

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LOCARNO, Switzerland -- The much-anticipated update of Ridley Scott's science fiction/film noir classic "Blade Runner" was unveiled Thursday as the Venice Film Festival's surprise midnight film screening.

When the Venice lineup was announced July 27, two surprise films were left off the program -- a 22nd competition title and a film to screen in the last remaining midnight slot.

"Blade Runner: The Final Cut" will screen Sept. 1 in the open midnight time slot in the Lido's main cinema, the Sala Grande. The in competition film will not be named until after Aug. 20.

According to organizers, Scott, who will be on hand for the screening, oversaw the film's updating. It has been completely remastered and scanned at 4K resolutions, with previously unreleased and extended scenes, improved special effects and an updated Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

The film, based on the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," will be released in some cinemas in Los Angeles and New York in October ahead of a DVD release scheduled for Dec. 18.
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