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Blade Runner
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Directed By
Ridley Scott

Written By:
Hampton Fancher, David Peoples

Cast:
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, M. Emmet Walsh, Edward James Olmos, Joe Turkel, Brion James, Joanna Cassidy, William Sanderson

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Blade Runner (1982)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
March 30th, 2008

DO REPLICANTS DREAM OF REPLICATED SHEEP?

The version of BLADE RUNNER that I recently viewed was the one that proudly boasted - 'Director's Cut'. (Oooh!) The high-lighted blurb displayed across the DVD package assured me that this version was 'A MAJOR EVENT !'...... Indeed.....Talk about false advertising. But, hey, I fell for it. And, so, I'm sure, did many others.

I know that lotsa folks won't agree with this, but, let's face it, BLADE RUNNER is one boring movie, no matter which version you view. I mean, if you took away all the dazzling visuals, and all the impressive sets, and whatever other effects that there are to distract attention, then all you'd basically be left with would be some petty, little romance (?) involving some pathetic loser/cop (FORD) who's mindlessly lusting after some empty-headed, little Replicant (YOUNG). (Can't this guy get a regular woman?) And this romance (Man falls for Something-Other-Than-Himself) isn't even an original idea in itself. In fact, it's a downright stupid idea 'cause all the while you know that Deckard (FORD) is secretly wishing that Rachael (YOUNG) is in reality not a Replicant at all. He's desperately hoping that she is 100% human.

'LUST' may be only skin deep, but 'PREJUDICE' goes right to the bone.

At least with this version of BLADE RUNNER there was no tedious voice-over narration by FORD. That was a horrible touch in the original version. I totally hated having to listen to FORD rattle on and on. I remember how his dreary monologues, alone, nearly put me to sleep. The voice-over stuff was obviously RIDLEY SCOTT'S lame attempt at trying to create a FUTRISTIC/FILM-NOIR atmosphere in BLADE RUNNER. But it wasn't a good idea. The narration really sucked, big time.

1960's Sci-Fi Writer, Philip K. Dick, though dead now for 20 years, has had, since his death, a number of his novels adapted into major motion pictures, including blockbusters like TOTAL RECALL and MINORITY REPORT. BLADE RUNNER was adapted from a novel titled DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? I find that this title is kind of misleading. If I'm not mistaken, the Replicants in BLADE RUNNER weren't Androids at all. Androids are beings that resemble humans, but are really a combination of living tissue covering a cybernetic/mechanical skeleton. Replicants are pure human genetics, all blood and bone.

In BLADE RUNNER the only way to detect a Replicant for sure (?) is through an intense interrogation of questions. These questions are set-up specifically to trigger a predictable 'human' response. This response is recorded on a machine that is positioned in front of the subjects face. It is designed to record pupil dilation during the questioning. Any 'abnormal' dilation of the pupils will indicate whether the subject is human, or not.

From my point of view, this form of interrogation seemed somewhat primitive for a society that was as futuristic as this one. And, on top of that, it certainly wasn't a fool-proof system of detection. It actually seemed really stupid at times. I would think that a lie-detector would have worked just as well.

All-in-all, I did not enjoy BLADE RUNNER. Oh, well, that's the way the Replicant tumbles.

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Tim
Mar 30, 2008 4:35 AM
 
I have respect for this film, but I also did not like it.......
Bobby B
Mar 31, 2008 2:43 AM
 
You're a heathen too. You didn't like The Godfather or Blade Runner but you like Kevin Costner???? Tim. What am I gonna do with you?

Burn in hell base infidels.
Tim
Mar 31, 2008 3:09 AM
 
I said respect...... It is just another one of those movies that was too talked up to me before I saw it.

I dont give you any sh*t for hating two of the best films ever made....being Braveheart and The Breakfast Club.....which under your profile is listed under your most hated films.......how could you hate those????
Bobby B
Mar 31, 2008 12:41 PM
 
I have to give you sh*t, Tim. It's your site. ;) One of these days someone is going to have to explain to me what the appeal of The Breakfast Club is at all. I can't even speak on it because it's so alien to me.

Braveheart? One solid hour of close-ups of Mel Gibson. One half hour of close-ups of Mel's girl. Another half hour of close-ups of Mel AND his girl. Battle scenes. Best director? Yawnville.
Tim
Mar 31, 2008 3:26 PM
 
how about we discuss breakfast club on the forum
Bobby B
Mar 31, 2008 8:06 PM
 
What is that? Like saying, "let's step outside." ? Ha, see you there, bro.

Bobby B
Mar 31, 2008 2:42 AM
 
Heathen.
BillyBob
Apr 4, 2008 7:50 PM
 
Heathen!?

Hey, Mr. Yogi Bear, never forget what Charlie Chaplin, proud papa and pedophile, used to say - "Nobody's Perfect". Always keep Charlie's words of wisdom in mind and you'll be the happiest stiff that ever lived.
Bobby B
Apr 5, 2008 2:02 AM
 
I hate it when people call me Yogi...
BillyBob
Apr 5, 2008 7:57 PM
 
Well, it's better than being called 'Boo-Boo'. Or, Even worse yet, being called Late-For-Dinner.
Bobby B
Apr 6, 2008 4:29 AM
 
Or Ranger What's His Face...but then, that's a white guy...
BillyBob
Apr 9, 2008 7:47 PM
 
What do you mean....'but, then, that's a white guy' ?? What color are you? And don't tell me 'Blue'.

JB
Mar 31, 2008 2:56 AM
 
The newest version is called Blade Runner 'Final Cut'. Directors Cut been out for a long time. The movie was originally released in 1982.
BillyBob
Apr 4, 2008 7:54 PM
 
1st Cut
2nd Cut
5th Cut
Final Cut
No matter how you slice-up BLADE RUNNER it keeps coming up 'Boring' everytime. Don't you agree?
JB
Apr 7, 2008 4:18 PM
 
No, I think Blade Runner has many layers of insight into society's problems. I think it's an incredibly deep story.

I'll write a review in a day or two and discuss the film in depth.
JB
Apr 7, 2008 4:24 PM
 
http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Runner-Five-Disc-Ultimate-Collectors/dp/B000K15 VSA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1207599339&sr=8-1

Blade Runner (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) (2007)

Disc One
RIDLEY SCOTT'S ALL-NEW "FINAL CUT" VERSION OF THE FILM

Disc Two
DOCUMENTARY DANGEROUS DAYS: MAKING BLADE RUNNER

Disc Three
1982 THEATRICAL VERSION
This is the version that introduced U.S. movie-going audiences to a revolutionary film with a new and excitingly provocative vision of the near-future. It contains Deckard/Harrison Ford's character narration and has Deckard and Rachel's (Sean Young) "happy ending" escape scene.

1982 INTERNATIONAL VERSION
Also used on U.S. home video, laserdisc and cable releases up to 1992. This version is not rated, and contains some extended action scenes in contrast to the Theatrical Version.

1992 DIRECTOR'S CUT
The Director's Cut omits Deckard's voiceover narration and removes the "happy ending" finale. It adds the famously-controversial "unicorn" sequence, a vision that Deckard has which suggests that he, too, may be a replicant.

Disc Four
BONUS DISC - "Enhancement Archive": 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's amazing history, production teams, special effects, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots, and much more.

Disc FiveWORKPRINT VERSION
This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts.
BillyBob
Apr 9, 2008 7:44 PM
 
STOP!!! STOP!! You're making me dizzy with all these Blade Runner versions. I mean, how really different can they all be to one another??
Bobby B
Apr 12, 2008 1:56 AM
 
Which ones your favorite? I've only seen two.



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