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Despite the plethora of reviews of this brilliant movie I’ve decided to add mine as this is one of my favourite films. “Bladerunner” is one of those films that seems to have passed from being a mere film into something of a cultural icon. Under appreciated on its original release, it is now rightly considered to be a seminal work, hugely influential, not only one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, but one of the greatest films of all time.
I had the pleasure of seeing “Bladerunner” in the cinema on its original release and the outstanding visual impact of the film (Its miniature cityscapes still blow away any C.G.I. Of a similar nature) and its central themes of love and essentially what it is to be human were something I had never seen so poetically approached in cinema before. When the directors cut was released without the unnecessary voice-over and the tacked on happy ending (All originally inserted by a panicking studio) the film was improved. Prior to this it was a very ,very good film. Now it was a masterpiece.
Like all great sci-fi “Blade runner “says more about humanity than any number of romantic comedies and psychological thrillers. The replicants attempts to avert their shortened life-span is a very human reaction and Rachel’s gradual realisation of her replicant origins and the lie of her implanted family history is akin to someone being told they are adopted and have terminal cancer at the same time. These beings like us, indeed like any life form just want to live free of fear and supplication, as free sentient beings. Their struggle is one that resonates through human history but the story’s central premise that we have created a slave race to lord it over is chilling and horribly plausible.
The much debated unicorn dream of Deckard’s is interesting but is irrelevant to the movies narrative, after all no one in the film wants to die wether they are human or replicant.Though it is worth noting that if he is indeed a replicant it gives him a synchronicity with Rachel that could explain why they are drawn so irresistibly to each other.
I’ve watched this film more time than I’ve watched any other and it never fails to impress and fascinate. The acting is uniformly terrific and the casting is spot on, particularly Rutger Hauer as Roy who imbibes the part with a steely moral determination but in the sublime death scene endows him with a dignity and humanity beyond any other character in the film. The ending is now suitably ambiguous, leaving the lovers fate in the air and a further tantalising clue to Deckard’s origins. The Vangelis soundtrack is superb, it could have been a soulless clunking nightmare but like the film it looks beyond the sum of the machine to peer into the heart of the sentient being within and adds another layer of emotional resonance.
The films final message that all of us hold memories that are unique to us and that all life is precious is of universal relevance and resonates loudly down the years as the world continues to crackle with the tragedy of continuing conflict. A must see movie, a stunning DVD.Unmissable.
If you're a fan of the original Blade Runner or just hard-hitting, thought provoking Sci-Fi, I HIGHLY recommend this movie. Ridley Scott offers up an engaging vision of the future. Not some dark galactic empire filled with aliens and spaceships nor a Utopian Earth which is clean, pure, and at peace. It's the "world outside your window" as it may one day be.
Visually stunning, it still holds it's own with it's CGI-laden modern counterparts. And the story is, as all great stories, timeless. It forces us to take a deep look at who we truly are and what our place is in the world.
This Directors Cut DVD has a few added scenes which add more than just length to the movies running time. Most importantly, the narration by Harrison Ford is NOT included. Having seen both versions of this movie, I have to say that it was a lot easier to fully immerse yourself into the movie without the narration constantly taking you back out.
Blade Runner - a milestone for Sci-Fi movies - following Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".
Harrison Ford - as Deckard - a bounty, ex cop - his job is to "retire" androids - human "replicants". A dirty job.
Sean Young - as Rachael - a beauty - a replicant too. Seductive ... too seductive for Deckard.
Rutger Hauer - as Roy - a top-of-the-line combat model human replicant ...strugling for his (replicant)limited lifespan in direct conflit with Deckard (the bounty).
at the end ...still a question ...the bounty Deckard (Harrison Ford) is human or a replicant ? what does it mean to be truly human ? Deckard: "Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got?"..."I didn't know how long we had together. Who does?"
This is an outstanding movie with landmark set design and miniature model effects all done prior to the onslaught of Computer Generated special effects. Los Angeles of the future is one of the major characters in this homage to film noir which had a profound effect on the look and feel of every every sci-fi & fantasy film to follow. 25 years old and still timeless. If I had it to do over, I'd buy the newer 2 disc set which has more than 3 hours of additional material with cast and crew interviews including director Ridley Scott and the major stars. The future looked unappealing and scarry in this jarring glimpse and here we are living it...Great visual effects by Douglas Trumball and score by Vangelis. This is an amazing movie to watch unfold when you reflect on the fact that every frame of it was exposed in a film camera.
I have always thought this movie was magnificent from the time I first saw it and read the book from which it was taken (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)and although I like the original film versiion better, than the directors Cut-which takes something away from the original, it is a fantastic movie.
I recommend it to any and all Sci-fi/fantasy fans but also for anyone old enough to understand it. The dialogue is memorable, the visuals were years ahead of its' time and a great cast that is unforgetable. One of the best and a much imitated in the last 25 years since its "inception". It stars Harrison Ford as Decker, the main character, Shawn Young as Rachel, Edward James Olmos, Brion James...
I would never lend this DVD to any one!!!