When Ridley Scott's cut of Blade Runner was finally released in 1993, one had to wonder why the studio hadn't done it right the first time--11 years earlier. This version is so much better, mostly because of what's been eliminated (the ludicrous and redundant voice-over narration and the phoney happy ending) rather than what's been added (a bit more character development and a brief unicorn dream). Star Harrison Ford originally recorded the narration under duress at the insistence of Warner Bros. executives who thought the story needed further "explanation"; he later... confessed that he thought if he did it badly they wouldn't use it. (Moral: never overestimate the taste of movie executives.) The movie's spectacular futuristic vision of Los Angeles--a perpetually dark and rainy metropolis that's the nightmare antithesis of "Sunny Southern California"--is still its most seductive feature, another worldly atmosphere in which you can immerse yourself. The movie's shadowy visual style, along with its classic private-detective/murder-mystery plot line (with Ford on the trail of a murderous android, or "replicant"), makes Blade Runner one of the few science fiction pictures to legitimately claim a place in the film noir tradition. And, as in the best noir, the sleuth discovers a whole lot more (about himself and the people he encounters) than he anticipates. The cast also includes Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah Rutger Hauer and M Emmet Walsh. --Jim Emerson [show more]
A very good film with great music from vangelis. The film graphics are excellent concidering it was made over 20 years ago.
the one thing that disapoints me is that why haven't they put the original version on this as well. the original had a diferent
ending a better ending in my opinion, also it had harrison fords thoughts as a voice over, somthing which they could put as an option on/off on dvd. stil a very good movie.
Blade Runner is a contender for the best science fiction film ever made and should be considered as one of the best films ever made.
So much has been written about Ridley Scott's striking visual interpretation of earth in the year 2019 that it seems now almost redundant to recommend the film on this level alone. While the visuals are fantastic and outdo the computer generated effects of today, it is the philosophical questions about memory, what it is to be human etct that raise the film beyond a mere visual apprecitation. The comtemplative nature of Blade Runner is most memorably encapsulated in the final confrontation between Batty and Deckard. Batty has chased Deckard around a delapitated hotel with the intention(as far as the viewer is concerned) of killing him for Deckard's earlier eliminaiton of Batty's cohorts.
However on the roof top Batty saves Dechard's life possibly because he knows that his life span of four years is about to end and at that crucial moment he sees the value of life and consequently allows Deckard to live. This scene alone elevates Blade Runner in the sublime while Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer have never been better on screen. A serious film that rewards repeated viewing.
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