Blade Runner

Blade Runner

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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

     
 

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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 copSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Frank Lovece
One of the most beautiful and visually influential science-fiction films ever made, Blade Runner established a futuristic film-noir style that combines and transcends the sci-fi and detective genres while pondering the nature of what it means to be human. Set in 2019, Los Angeles, director Ridley Scott's adaptation of author Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? stars Harrison Ford as world-weary android-hunter Rick Deckard, who slogs through the nightmarishly run-down, overcrowded urban dystopia that L.A. has devolved into, attempting to find and kill four escaped "replicants" -- physically superior artificial people bred for slavery. In the process of his investigation, he falls in love with a next-generation replicant (Sean Young), who is initially unaware that her human "memory" is largely implanted. Rutger Hauer, as the dangerous yet tragic replicant leader, and William Sanderson, as and infirmed, soul-burdened tinkerer who helped design the androids, turn in performances as stunning as the film's production design. For Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (1992), Scott removed Ford's noir-ish narration, changed the happily-ever-after ending (which had been added at the studios insistence), and added a short, dreamlike scene involving a unicorn that expanded Deckard's unspoken anxiety over his own murky nativity.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Critics and audiences didn't care for it in 1982, but Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has since risen from cult object to classic of postmodern science fiction. A dystopian view of the future as a decaying, nostalgia-ridden junk culture, it features enormous neon billboards, ad blimps, and soaring Mayan temple-esque skyscrapers, evoking an infernal consumer society divided between those divinely living in the clouds and the multi-cultural exploited masses inhabiting the permanently dank streets. Only the robot "skin job" replicants understand the value of life and freedom. As Deckard's search for the replicants becomes a philosophical rumination on man, machine, and life, Blade Runner's striking production design and visual effects (supervised by FX maestro Douglas Trumbull) underline the cost to humanity of technology-obsessed late capitalism. Blade Runner's increasing stature merited the 10th anniversary release of the "Director's Cut," which rendered the film even more evocatively ambiguous by adding a brief unicorn dream and eliminating the studio-mandated voice-over narration and tacked-on "happy" ending.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
UPC:
0085391739333
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Rick Deckard
Rutger Hauer Roy Batty
Sean Young Rachael
Edward James Olmos Gaff
M. Emmet Walsh Harry Bryant
Daryl Hannah Pris
William Sanderson J.F. Sebastian
Brion James Leon
Joe Turkel Tyrell
Joanna Cassidy Zhora
James Hong Chew
Morgan Paull Holden
Kevin Thompson Bear
John E. Allen Kaiser
Hy Pyke Taffey Lewis
Kimiko Hiroshige Cambodian Woman
Charles Knapp Bartender
Robert Okazaki Sushi Master

Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director
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
Michael Deeley Producer
David Dryer Special Effects Supervisor
Hampton Fancher Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Kelly Executive Producer
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Marci Liroff Casting
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
David Peoples Screenwriter
Gregory Pickrell Set Decoration/Design
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Ivor Powell Associate Producer
Terry Rawlings Editor
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
William Ladd Skinner Set Decoration/Design
David Snyder Art Director
Douglas Trumbull Special Effects Supervisor
Vangelis Score Composer
Marvin Westmore Makeup
Bud Yorkin Producer
Richard Yuricich Special Effects Supervisor

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