Blade Runner

~ Release group by Vangelis


It took until 1994 for an official Vangelis soundtrack to be released, so bootlegs appeared first. These have since been expanded into various deluxe editions including more music from the film than the official release.

The various versions of the Blade Runner soundtrack:

Official Releases
[ New American Orchestra Release ] [ 1994 Release ] [ 2007 25th Anniversary Release ]

[ 2001 Version ] [ 20th Anniversary Edition ] [ Asian World 96 ] [ Asian World 98 ] [ BG 589 ]
[ Cliffhanger and Radio Plays ] [ Deck Art Edition ] [ Director's Cut: Memoires, Volume 5 ]
[ Esper Edition ] [ Esper Edition MK2 ] [ Esper Edition MR3 ]
[ FIC version ] [ Gongo version ] [ Los Angeles: November 2019 ] [ Nexus 6 Volume 1 ]
[ Nexus 6 Volume 2 ] [ Off World ] [ OWM 2000 ][ Reflections ]
[ Special Edition ] [ Struzan Beta ] [ Struzan UK ] [ Tapes version ] [ Tyrell Bros. ]
[ Westwood game edition ] [ WSM 2000 ]

Releases listed in italics are not yet in the database.

Annotation last modified on 2021-09-06 17:31 UTC.

Album + Soundtrack

Blade RunnerVangelisCD12
  • AU1994-06-21
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)82623-2075678262326
Blade RunnerVangelisCD12
Blade RunnerVangelisCD12
  • US1994-06-21
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)82623-2, D 104912[none]
Blade RunnerVangelisCD12
  • US1994-06-21
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint)82623-2075678262326
Blade RunnerVangelis12" Vinyl12
EastWest Records America (this label only briefly used between 1990–91, please read annotations before use), Warner Music Brasil (imprint of Warner Music Brasil Ltda.)4509-96574-1, 996574
Blade RunnerVangelisCassette12
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)Vangelis3×Digital Media12 + 12 + 12
  • XW2007-01-01
Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)
Blade Runner (Blade Runner Trilogy, 25th Anniversary)Vangelis3×CD12 + 12 + 12
  • GB2007-12-10
  • XE2007-12-18
Universal Music TV (UK)060075305147(4), 5305147600753051474
Blade Runner (Blade Runner Trilogy, 25th Anniversary)Vangelis3×CD12 + 12 + 12
  • US2007-12-18
UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises)B0010558-02600753051474
Blade Runner TrilogyVangelis3×CD12 + 12 + 12
Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-1401/3
Blade RunnerVangelis12" Vinyl12
  • US2013-04-16
Audio FidelityAFZLP 154780014215415
Blade RunnerVangelisHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels)12 + 12
  • US2013-07-16
Audio FidelityAFZ 154780014215422
Blade Runner (180g vinyl)Vangelis12" Vinyl12
  • -2015-06-08
EastWest, Warner Music Group (Holding Co. — File NO releases)08256461221100825646122110
Blade RunnerVangelis12" Vinyl12
  • XE2017-04-22
  • GB2017-04-22
  • US2017-04-22
Blade RunnerVangelisCD12EastWestCD 96574745099657420
Blade RunnerVangelisCD12EastWest4509-96574-2745099657420
Blade RunnerVangelisDigital Media12EastWest Records UK745099657468
Blade RunnerVangelisCD18
Off World MusicOWM 9301
Blade Runner: Gongo VersionVangelisCD17
Gongo Music‚ Ltd.
Blade Runner: OWM 2000 VersionVangelis2×CD18 + 16
  • -2000
Off World Music
Blade Runner: Deck Art EditionVangelisCD27
  • JP2001-11-11
Deck Art (Bootleg label)765
Blade Runner: Esper Edition MK2Vangelis2×CD15 + 18
Esper Productions
Los Angeles: November 2019VangelisCD-R12
Esper Productions
Blade Runner: Esper EditionVangelis2×CD-R15 + 18
Esper Productions
Blade Runner: Esper ‘Retirement’ Edition: 25th Anniversary CulminationVarious Artists5×CD-R + DVD16 + 21 + 12 + 9 + 9 + 175
Esper Productions
Blade Runner - EMS Recombination (Definitive Edition)Vangelis3×Digital Media19 + 17 + 18
  • -2011-10-02
Blade Runner - EMS RecombinationVangelisDigital Media10
  • -2011-10-02
Blade Runner: Esper Edition (The Definitive Collector’s Edition)Vangelis4×Digital Media15 + 20 + 12 + 27
Pendor, Esper ProductionsP-110|V[none]
Blade Runner (29th Anniversary Limited Edition)Vangelis4×CD-R25 + 25 + 32 + 26
DC Music, PendorDC0412011, P-113|V
Blade Runner: MR3 EditionVangelis4×CD-R15 + 20 + 12 + 27Esper Productions


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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...