Blade Runner

(USA, 1982; original release, 118 minutes; 1992 director's cut, 118 minutes; 2007 final cut, 112 minutes)

In 2019 Los Angeles, a retired cop is forced back into action to eliminate five highly advanced androids. Seminal sci-fi thriller brilliantly pulling off an unlikely combination of world-weary film noir and existentialist sci-fi, with stunning, groundbreaking visuals. Misunderstood on first release after a lengthy history of production troubles, it went on to become the cult-movie of the 80’s. A 1992 “director’s cut” removed both a film noir voiceover and a tacked-on happy ending forced on the original release, and adding scenes left in the cutting-room to flesh out characters and situations; a 2007 “final cut” released on DVD, again without the voiceover and the happy ending, enhanced a few special effects that hadn't been properly finished and trimmed some scenes. Both were supervised by director Ridley Scott himself.

A Ladd Company release, in association with Sir Run Run Shaw, through Warner Bros. Jerry Perenchio and Bud Yorkin present a Michael Deeley/Ridley Scott production. Starring Harrison Ford; Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel; and Joanna Cassidy. Directed by Ridley Scott; produced by Michael Deeley; screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; music by Vangelis; director of photography (Technicolor, Panavision), Jordan Cronenweth; production designer, Lawrence G. Paull; visual futurist, Syd Mead; costume designers, Charles Knode and Michael Kaplan; supervising film editor, Terry Rawlings; special photographic effects supervisors, Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich, David Dryer. 


Popular Posts