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Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner [Hardcover]

Paul M. Sammon
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13 Dec 2007
The fascinating story of the making of the most influential SF film ever made, republished to coincide with the film's cinematic re-release. It contains exclusive production photos; an exclusive interview with Ridley Scott, cast interviews - including an entirely new interview with Harrison Ford - one of the very last interviews make with Philip K. Dick, and a complete annotated bibliography.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575081600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575081604
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sammon is a dedicated chronicler and aficionado who has spent more than 200 hours chatting to the key players behind this seminal sci-fi classic. Were quite happy to direct all future enquiries to this mammoth opus, because we're confident it can answer every one of them." (Neil Smith TOTAL FILM)

"This epic account of the making of Blade Runner covers the film and its various versions in the kind of detail that is best described as all consuming. A remarkable piece of journalism, this cannot be faulted on any level, and will be a must for like-minded obsessives." (Howard Maxford FILM REVIEW)

"No detail seems too slight to be included in this monumental account of the realisation of Ridley Scott's dystopian version of Philip K Dick's 'do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'." (THE SCOTSMAN)

"One simply cannot fault the quantity and quality of Sammon's legwork. This is a book which will fascinate not only any Bladerunner fan, but also those with a keen interest in the film making process generally." (Eddie Robson DEATHRAY)

"This tome is far from something solely for the fan obsessed with Blade Runner - it is also a wonderful insight into the movie making process generally." (Andrew Baldwin HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER)

Paul M Sammon¿s meticulously researched account often feels like a particularly extensive DVD extra. For fans of Ridley Scott¿s masterpiece, this is essential reading. (DW: Total Sci-Fi)

"An unmissable account of the film's extraordinary history." (BIRMINGHAM MAIL)

"As dramatic as any thriller, the story behind this extraordinary achievement in film-making is as compelling as the action on the screen." (Shari Low DAILY RECORD)

About the Author

Paul M. Sammon has written for The Los Angeles Times, The American Cinematographer, Cahiers Du Cinema and Cinifantastique. His fiction has appeared in many collections and he is editor of the best selling American Splatterpunks series. As a film maker Paul M. Sammon has produced, edited and directed dozens of documentaries on films such as Platoon, Dune and Robocop. He is the author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner and his latest book is about the making of the movie Starship Trooper directed by Paul (Robocop) Verhoeven.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st edition owners will be disappointed... 19 Jan 2008
By ihsan
The 1st Edition was pretty much the "encyclopedia" of Blade Runner, so if you don't already own it, and if your interest in Blade Runner is strong, then you should buy this new "2nd Edition" of "Future Noir" by Paul M Sammon.

However if you already own the 1st Edition, I must point out that this new book is not what it says on the cover. Rushed into production to coincide with the release of Ridley Scott's 25th Anniversary Final Cut at the end of 2007, this book is a disappointingly lazy "update" of the 1st Edition. I will explain the differences below...

Firstly, the 1st Edition has 441 pages while the 2nd has 588 (147 pages added) and though it says on the cover "extensively revised" this is absolutely untrue. There isn't even a preface to the 2nd edition. At first glance you see that the reproduction of the photos is very bad - they're a lot darker and not as sharp as those in the 1st edition, and still all black & white. Comparing the page content of both editions shows that they are identical in fonts, layouts, page numbers, photos, etc, from the very first page up until page 372, where the chapter title and content has been partly updated. But then finally some real new content comes in the form of a new chapter titled "The Final Cut", and here is where Sammon explains why this 2nd edition book has come about:

"Unfortunately, time and money constraints prevented me from doing a full revision of that first edition, while the available word count for this, FN's second edition, was somewhat limited. Therefore this 'Expanded Future Noir' should be approached as an informed recap of Blade Runner-related incidents from 1996 to 2007, not as a definitive analysis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Paul Sammon has obviously devoted substantial periods of his life in his goal to create the essential complete story behind one of the most revered, respected and ground-breaking films ever made. The publication is divided into a chronological history of the making of the film. From it`s troubled beginnings, the internal wranglings and the ever present heavy-handed politics of Hollywood, this book manages to give the reader an understanding of the difficulties in bringing a non-blockbuster film to the big screen. Not only is the background as complete as could be hoped for (including a section on Philip K. Dick and the book the film was based on 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' [pg's 9-16]) but it also contains a comprehensive guide to all the script re-writes, missing sections, rare cut scenes and all the different versions that are currently 'available' if you know the right people! It also includes sections about, and the definitive answer to (by Ridley Scott himself!), all the omnipresent questions surrounding the missing replicant theories, Deckard - human or replicant? and numerous other talking points that fans have dwelled on over the years. The gothic, filn-noir look of the set is detailed beautifully, including Ridley`s meticulous attention to detail that appeared to win him little support from the Bladerunner crew. Nevertheless this, and more is all contained within this hefty, yet readable bible for true Bladerunner enthuiasts.
In conclusion then the book is a worthy addition to anyone`s library, especially if you have a place in your heart for one of the greatest movies ever made.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who says it's wrong to revise the bible??? 8 Jan 2008
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This book is lovingly known as "The Bible" to Blade Runner fans, largely due to it's attention to detail. If someone dropped a coin on set Paul M Sammon will tell you, somewhere in this book, the year it was pressed.

Well 12 years on from it's original release, much has happened, most notably, the new "Final Cut" of the film. Which, like the making of the original film, did not run smoothly, with the restoration project shutting down for a couple of years. So apart from Paul getting the chance to add all this further detail, he's gone back and added corrections, additional titbits and a kitchen sink, and now runs at a worthy 588 pages!

My only negative is the lack of and quality of photographs. There is no section of glossy pages with glossy photos, all we get are several small, dot-screened images that are dark and not even to the quality of newspaper print.

Future Noir is not a very polished book, but I don't class that as a flaw. You could imagine you are reading 25 years of Paul M Sammon's blog, its personable, he highlights short-comings with the book, he offers his own opinion and even interrupts himself to shoehorn in yet another fact. But I love it, it's not a bit of PR or cash-in memorabilia, this is a public record of one of the best films of all time, warts and all.
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From one of the best films of modern cinemas comes one of the best tie-in books i have ever read. You cant help but get lost in the authors obvious love of the source and if your love for the film does not grow after reading this then you should as many replicants before you be simply put into "retirement"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read - as long as you are a fan! 8 Oct 2009
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This is the updated 2nd edition (yes I bought and sold the 1st edition - in fact the money made paid for this one!).

It could do with more colour pictures. I think thats my only complaint! If you are a fan - and trust me, you might get bored if you are not a big fan - this book is absolutely riveting and unputdownable! Everything you wanted to know about Blade Runner is here. Im sure anyone reading this will already have seen the gigantic documentary accompanying the Final Cut DVD and blu-ray. Well the author is featured in that documentary and he knows his stuff.

This book gripped me like a great fiction book would grip me (such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for instance!).

I cant stress enough - if you are a fan of Blade Runner, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful update to the 1st edition
If you liked the 1st edition, you'll likely enjoy the 2nd, as it has a decent amount of new info. Is the 2nd edition perfect? Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Burrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Bladerunner
I have been after a copy of this book for ages, did not want to pay a lot for it , but got this at a reasonable price
Published 7 months ago by david hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your BR nerd on
I really liked this - it is not the best written book in the world and the author is certainly very proud of the part he played in the film making. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Bob Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Bible for "Blade Runner" anoraks
Paul Sammon has written the definitive encyclopaedia for "Blade Runner" fans. He also seems to know quite a bit about the film-making process in general and describes where... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Barry Lees
3.0 out of 5 stars For the very hardcore amongst us...
Future Noir walks the fine line between labor of love and masturbatory self-indulgence, and while it occasionally threatens to cross the line, never quite does. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by John Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Paul!
11 years after, this Future Noir revised and updated with new approach to facts of the last years is a must for any Blade Runner fan. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2008 by JOAN FUSTE
5.0 out of 5 stars In the heart of chaos
This book is filled to the rim with everything you ever wanted to know about BLADE RUNNER. Great interviews and trivia function as the decoration, of one very dificult production,... Read more
Published on 19 July 2005 by "vincent_grey"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible for Blade Runner Fans
Blade Runner is the only film i have ever knew to get me so interested to buy a 'behind the scenes' book. Read more
Published on 10 May 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating insight into one of the best films ever made
If like many other people you are a fan of the movie then this book is a must buy. It has everything that you wanted to know about the film, from its roots in the novel by Philip... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2000 by K. Bowey
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