By on April 3rd, 2015

Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner (The Final Cut) 1982 Dir. Ridley Scott – QFT 4th April

Who’s in it? Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

What’s it about? Twenty five years after the original theatrical release and fifteen years after the 1992 Director’s Cut, this definitive version of the sci-fi opus, for which Scott was given complete artistic control, is undoubtedly the film the Alien and Gladiator director wanted to make. It’s philosophical bent together with high concept visuals and innovative sound design make it an icon of the genre, at times vague and inaccessible yet bold and compelling. The film was adapted from Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, featuring a group of rogue humanoids led by Rutger Hauer who hide out on the edge of a dystopian L.A. circa 2019 while trying to evade Harrison Ford’s Blade Runners, whose job it is to identify Replicants and “retire” them. With a superb symphonic score from Vangelis and art production reportedly inspired by Edward Hopper’s evocative Nighthawks painting, the film arguably takes it cue from Fritz Lang’s 1927 trail blazer Metropolis.

Memorable Moments? The opening shot of a futuristic L.A. is the film’s enduring eye candy, a sprawling mass of neon and flaming shadow over scored with Vangelis. A template recently replicated in 2011’s critically acclaimed Drive with an L.A. nightscape title sequence set to Cliff Martinez’ slick Electronica score.

Look who’s talking: ‘Misunderstood when it first hit theaters, the influence of Scott’s mysterious, neo-noir Blade Runner has deepened with time.’ – Rotten Tomatoes

Like that? Try this: Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997) takes more of a sci-fab approach with its own distinct imagery and colourful characterisation, as Bruce Willis’ retired soldier/taxi-driver is called upon to save the earth from dying hard as it faces Armageddon.

Trivia Pursuit: The Director’s Cut of the film wasn’t actually edited by Ridley Scott as he was busy with another project.

One Response to “[PASSNOTES] ‘BLADE RUNNER’ (1982) – THE FINAL CUT”

  1. 1 le0pard13
    April 3rd, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I’m one of the few who saw this first-run. Even that first-cut was intriguing. One of my all-time favorites.

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