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(USA 1982/1991/2007 114m) DVD1/2

Moonbeams on the shoulder of Orion

p  Michael Deeley, Ridley Scott  d  Ridley Scott  w  Hampton Fincher, David Webb Peoples  novel  “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K.Dick  ph  Jordan Cronenweth  ed  Terry Rawlings, Marsha Nakashima  m  Vangelis  art  Lawrence G.Paull  spc  Douglas Trumbull 

Harrison Ford (Rick Deckard), Rutger Hauer (Roy Batty), Sean Young (Rachael), Daryl Hannah (Pris), Edward James Olmos (Gaff), M.Emmet Walsh (Bryant), William Sanderson (J.F.Sebastian), Brian James (Leon), Joseph Turkel (Tyrell), Joanna Cassidy (Zhora),

Blade Runner is a film that will either entrance or infuriate and probably as many people don’t respond to it as do.  But this could also be said to be true of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.  For a sci-fi film to become a classic, it must first pass through that darkest of tunnels – cinematic cultdom.  In its original cut, the film was at best a cult classic.  In Ridley Scott’s director’s cut, which was surely the only major one in history to be shorter than the original (by two minutes), it becomes a classic.  Period.

            In Los Angeles in 2019 we find the earth radically altered.  Many of the intelligent minds have moved off the planet to “off worlds” where they are supplied special slave labour, in the form of the Tryell Corporation’s series of Nexus androids, known as Replicants.  These androids are programmed to have everything but human emotion, but with that itself also acquirable in time, a self-defence mechanism is included whereby the Replicants self-terminate after just four years.  A group of six Replicants escape the off world to come back to earth to try and get the process revoked so they can continue to live.  The law enforcement authorities recruit a seemingly retired assassin, known as a Blade Runner, to ‘retire’ (ie. kill) the Replicants before they achieve their objective. (more…)

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