Although Blade Runner is a visual buffet, and has had some tweaks with the director's rendition, it still has some issues.
I have heard through the years about the incredible places this film takes you. A dark, crowded metropolis full of fumes and sick rejects. Let me say, visually it exceeded my expectations. Although I am fully aware how they created the environments I was looking at, I still caught myself with my jaw creeping open. It's pretty incredible. Tall skyscrapers riddle every street and no matter which direction you look, there are always thousands of bystanders to keep you from moving any faster then a hobble. Its always been funny to me how films of any decade, not just the 80's, envision the future. In the 40's, tv shows depicted us living on distant planets by the year 2000. (Conan echoes in my head.) Also, in the majority of 80's flicks (aka: Total Recall etc...) they have everyone in goofy garb with bad haircuts and freaks lurking on every corner. Fortunately, Blade Runner skipped that idealism pretty smoothly. There is a fraction, but the murkiness and dank environments wash these visuals away. It all meshes nicely.
I especially liked Vangelis' score. It has a "washing" effect over the visuals, and it works on a unique level. Its obvious they wanted this to sound otherworldly. Success.
I can sum up the quality of this dvd's composition with one word: Bitter. The film itself is better than vhs, so I'm not going to complain. Thats all most care about anyway. The Menu is horrible, and jeez, a flipper? This year marked the 20'th anniversary. Find any material you can WB, smash it on a lone disk then put the film with a new transfer, with repairs, and anamorphic widescreen format. And with the audio... ouch. 2.0 dolby digital. Imagine a new DTS track to make your sub rattle and the ships whiz over your head. As far as the person who made the technical decisions for this disc. They failed...I wonder if they still drag people behind horses in some states...?
Usually, I either love or hate a film. I don't like being gray, it can be too confusing and is usually a waste of time. But, Blade Runner is a paced epic in its own right. I recommend that anyone who watches a film to escape from reality for a couple of hours should see it. It is by no means perfect, but atleast it takes time to breath. That's a hard quality to find now a days.
Blade Runner (USA, 1982) Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Joe Turkel There comes a point in the life of any true-blooded film reviewer when they must plant a flag in the sand and argue their case for the greatest film of all time. It's a daunting task, since the films which we most revere often take on an 'untouchable' quality. They resonate so strongly with us and are so perfect in construction, … more
I have watched Blade Runner multiple times over the years. The older I get the more I appreciate it. On one level it provides a tense and interesting story in the style of the "film noir" detective flicks of the 40's and 50's - only set in a gritty and believable future. The less than perfect hero doing what he has to in order to solve the case in the dirty city is a classic. The vision of the future which seems to be a paradise for … more
What can I say? Words will fail you while watching this new transfer of the all time best SciFi film, Mr. Scott's exceptional masterpiece. I just did and the impression still has me speechless. This review should just be a blank with ten stars and one advice: BUY IT! The clarity of the picture, sharpness, sound, the tiny details, even in the darkness and the rain. It looks as if it has been shot yesterday. I prefer Ridley Scott's … more
One of the few science fiction films in the last 20 years to rival Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is Steven Spielberg's 2003 effort Minority Report. Guess what: they're both adaptations of stories by Phillip K Dick. I think Minority Report is in large part homage to Blade Runner (as is the Matrix, actually): the futuristic city, transport and all pervasive advertising is all there, but Spielberg (whilst making an undeniably wonderful film) hasn't mustered anything like the design, style or brooding … more
When Ridley Scott's cut ofBlade Runnerwas finally released in 1993, one had to wonder why the studio hadn't done it right the first time--11 years earlier. This version is so much better, mostly because of what's been eliminated (the ludicrous and redundant voice-over narration and the phony happy ending) rather than what's been added (a bit more character development and a brief unicorn dream). Star Harrison Ford originally recorded the narration under duress at the insistence of Warner Bros. executives who thought the story needed further "explanation"; he later confessed that he thought if he did it badly they wouldn't use it. (Moral: Never overestimate the taste of movie executives.) The movie's spectacular futuristic vision of Los Angeles--a perpetually dark and rainy metropolis that's the nightmare antithesis of "Sunny Southern California"--is still its most seductive feature, an otherworldly atmosphere in which you can immerse yourself. The movie's shadowy visual style, along with its classic private-detective/murder-mystery plot line (with Ford on the trail of a murderous android, or "replicant"), makesBlade Runnerone of the few science fiction pictures to legitimately claim a place in the film noir tradition. And, as in the best noir, the sleuth discovers a whole lot more (about himself and the people he encounters) than he anticipates.... With Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, ...