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And its been well worth the wait. Director Ridley Scotts decision to head back to the edit suite and cut together one last version of his flat-out classic film has been heavily rewarded, with a genuinely definitive version of an iconic, visually stunning and downright intelligent piece of cinema. Make no mistake: this is by distance the best version of Blade Runner. And its never looked better, either.
The core of Blade Runner, of course, remains the same, with Harrison Fords Deckard (the Blade Runner of the title) on the trail of four replicants, cloned humans that are now illegal. And he does so across an amazing cityscape thats proven to be well ahead of its time, with astounding visuals that defied the supposed limits of special effects back in 1982.
Backed up with a staggering extra features package that varies depending on which version of this Blade Runner release you opt for (two-, four- and five-disc versions are available), the highlight nonetheless remains the stunning film itself. Remastered and restored, it remains a testament to a number of creative people whose thinking was simply a country mile in advance of that of their contemporaries. An unmissable purchase. --Jon Foster
Certainly, a case can be made for the adapted screenply from the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." The idea behind the story, and the effective compression of such a complex plot into just under two hours of film-time is a remarkable feat for Hampton Fancher, a relatively inexperienced screenwriter. Moreover, the film features some of the most beautifully poetic dialogue in cinematic history, an effective contrast against the harshly industrial backdrop of futuristic Los Angeles. The now iconic line, "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain" is the most obvious example of the film's eloquence. Interestingly, this line was actually penned by Rutger Hauer, who plays replicant Roy Batty, just hours before filming. Scott, upon hearing the poem, was so impressed that he included it in Batty's dying speech in the final rain-soaked sequence.
And it was, ultimately, Scott who made this film. His spectacular vision of the Los Angeles of 2019 - a shadowy, smoky dystopia of depression and ruin - is one of the most impressive aspects of the film, and must surely be one of the greatest backdrops ever created. Even without modern CGI effects, the city is still mesmerising. Admittedly, the unconvincing ground-car Deckard drives (all sleek windshields and flashing lights) doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but other than this brief lapse, the cinematography is wonderful. Indeed, most notably, the entire movie is filmed in darkness - an achievement itself. Pulling this off without claims of implausibility or ludicracy is undoubtedly impressive.
All of this is supported by superb acting performances from most of the cast. Harrison Ford gives a strong performance as world-weary Blade Runner Rick Deckard, but it is Hutger Gauer as Roy Batty, leader of the replicant outlaws, who steals the show, with thr eternally intimidating portrayal of Batty - a hybrid personality of sadistic killer and caring General.
For me, Blade Runner is one of the great films of all time. Let's hope it's not lost in time. Like tears in the rain.
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