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Blade Runner [Blu-ray + UV Copy]  [Region Free]
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Extended version of Ridley Scott's cult sci-fi classic. In LA in 2019, ex-cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is hired to track down and kill a group of androids, known as replicants, who have escaped from a satellite colony and travelled to Earth illegally. As two of the AWOL replicants (Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah) seek refuge in a geneticist's house, Deckard takes his investigation to their makers, the Tyrell Corporation, where he falls in love with Rachael (Sean Young), herself an android, but with a memory chip that convinces her she is human.
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their pursuit of immortality is murderous and barbaric . Harrison Ford plays the cop hunting down the rogue replicants.
Rutger Hauer is absolutely brilliant, probably one of the best bad guys of all time, every line of script he delivers is chilling. The SFX still stand up today, and are again 'replicated' (lol) in the recent sequel, which is also a stunning film.
Younger members of my family found it quite slow in places. The gradual build up of tension and dramatic pauses have been replaced nowadays with more quickfire action and they found the slower pace unusual.
The download and play was quite straightforward. I got a warning that it would play in SD rather than HD if my TV didn't have copyright protection. I had no idea if it had, but it played quite readily from my laptop to the TV using an HDMI cable. It even provided subtitles.
All-in-all renting it was wothwhile and it merits 5 stars.
So much has been said about this film (in its various edits) that it is hardly worth adding to it here. However, I went out of my way to obtain a copy of the original cinema release (thanks Philip Mawson, through Amazon Marketplace) on VHS just to remind myself of how it originally appeared.
Something that surprised me was just how similiar this version is to the Final Cut version, although that version is (somehow) a fair bit longer than this version. Without doing a scene-by-scene comparison it wasn't clear quite why that is so.
Something I liked about the original version was the world weary, laconic voice-over by Harrison Ford (that had to be added, supposedly, to tie the whole film together). It fitted well with the mixture of high-tech AND fim noir AND desolated appearance of the sets, the appearance of Rachael Tyrell (made-up and dressed like a 1940's film character). It also surprised me how little voice-over was actually used.
Someone has put the original ending up on YouTube and various people have commented that Ford sounds either drunk or bored. The use of this voice-over, as was used in various film-noir detective stories of the 40's, seems to have gone over their heads. Someone else makes a very astute comment in reply, "This is the version that astonished us."
Regardless of the other versions that have appeared since, THAT is why I wanted to see this version again.
The story line is fairly simple. Ford must hunt down a number of replicants. But his investigation isn't simple and both he and the replicants he's chasing have interesting encounters.
The final chase is full of suspence and ends with one of my favoirite monologues in film. "I've seen things..." simply superb. I'm a big fan of the somewhat ambigous ending. The film doeant wrap up nicely witb a bow pink bow. There's some brain cells requires to make your mind up.
Blade Runner is a must see for any sci-fi fan. Well acted, directed, written, but the score to the film really adds to the illusion. 9/10
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