Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary EditionDirector: Ridley Scott
A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets. Attacked by another replicant, Leon (Brion James), Deckard is about to be killed when he's saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell's assistant and a replicant who's unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian's, where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city. In 1992, Ridley Scott released a popular director's cut that removed Deckard's narration, added a dream sequence, and excised a happy ending imposed by the results of test screenings; these legendary behind-the-scenes battles were chronicled in a 1996 tome, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, by Paul M. Sammon.
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Cast & Crew
|Harrison Ford||Rick Deckard|
|Rutger Hauer||Roy Batty|
|Edward James Olmos||Gaff|
|M. Emmet Walsh||Harry Bryant|
|William Sanderson||J.F. Sebastian|
|John E. Allen||Kaiser|
|Hy Pyke||Taffey Lewis|
|Kimiko Hiroshige||Cambodian Woman|
|Robert Okazaki||Sushi Master|
|Bud Alper||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Newt Arnold||Asst. Director|
|Charles Breen||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jordan S. Cronenweth||Cinematographer|
|Peg Cummings||Set Decoration/Design|
|Linda de Scenna||Set Decoration/Design|
|David Dryer||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Hampton Fancher||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Michael Kaplan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Brian Kelly||Executive Producer|
|Charles Knode||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Louis Mann||Set Decoration/Design|
|Lawrence G. Paull||Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design|
|Gregory Pickrell||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ivor Powell||Associate Producer|
|Thomas Roysden||Set Decoration/Design|
|William Ladd Skinner||Set Decoration/Design|
|David Snyder||Art Director|
|Douglas Trumbull||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Richard Yuricich||Special Effects Supervisor|
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This film remains one of the most influential and worthwhile of all time. It works because it can be simply a detective/sci-fi film that one enjoys with the theater popcorn and walks away from. Or it is an incredible film noir of a dark time where of lawlessness and where big business are more powerful than government and stays with you through the decades. The climax scene with Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer on the roof in the rain is one of the most poignant cinematic moments of all time.What does it mean to be human? I hated this film the first time I saw it when it first arrived on screens in the 1980s, but grew to see more in it with each successive visit to the theater. It remains in my top five films now, 20+ years later. I'm a not sure removing Deckard's voiceovers in the Director's cut was the best move. In the original they provided an important backdrop to the film. Great performances by Edward James Olmos, Ford, Hauer, et al are not lost. Watch it more than once and you will pick up missed nuances that enhance one's understanding of the film.
If you don't like the original narration, fair enough and if you do, that's fair enough also. But it really seems to me like there should be an option of whether or not to have it. The other one-disc edition of the DVD doesn't have the narration either, and my fiancee really likes the narration. You'd think that over FOUR DISCS with all the crazy things they can do with DVDs they'd have an option to put the narration on, or another version of the DVD. Ridiculous, and a missed market.
I have taken another look at my past criticism of the Director’s cut. That fine-tuning improved and clarified the narrative. The added footage of the unicorn did the same. The two disc set was a great joy and the four disc set was well worth buying. I am tempted to write more, but the film deserves better than I can give it today. This is a great set to own. The film is a masterwork. The final cut is the best version. I think that the voice over can be fun to hear, but it adds nothing essential to the narration.
i remember seeing a little bit of this i think on tv maybe scifi or something. but now i finally get the see the whole thing on dvd, and its the director's cut. this movie was weird but very very imaginative. and was seeing this because of hauer after seeing him in the hitcher and ladyhawke. harrison's cool too. anyway, this is about a guy who has to find 5 replicants in a city that seems almost too real but still in the future. it was interesting and glad that i saw the director's cut which was the only one i could find at my library. and batty was one bad ass yet sad villian and love the hair. but will always remember hauer from hitcher and ladyhawke and this of course. and harrison has always been in any classic ish movie from star wars to indiana to witness. same with kurt russell and keith david.
Blade Runner, while undoubtedly an imaginative feat, cannot be logically elevated to the position of "remarkable", and barely attains "passable". The beginning is compelling and forces the viewer immediately into the story, and Harrison Ford is quick to display his lovable roguish personality, yet gradually descends from there. In addition, the ending is masterful and heartrenching, as well as thought-provoking and intelligent. Yet the concept of humanoid robots, regardless of the fancy name "replicants" they are embellished with, is far from original (Look at I Robot, Robot Series, Foundation Series, 2001 Space Oddyssey, etc. etc.). Additonal concepts within the film, such as the gravitic cars, large digital billboards, etc. are present in films such as the Fifth Element, I Robot, Starship Troopers, and even Star Wars. In other words, the film lacked substance, and was often dull and repetitive. This is not to discredit Harrison Ford, however, who remains commanding in any role. In regards to those certain reviwers who refer to Star Wars fans as "childish", I personally very deeply regret that you lack the depth and penetration of thought to appreciate true art and a saga that embraces all of mankind when it is thrust so obviously before you.