Blade Runner - O.S.T. Hybrid SACD, SACD
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Arriving 12 years after the release of the film, Vangelis' soundtrack to the 1982 futuristic noir detective thriller Blade Runner is as bleak and electronically chilling as the film itself. By subtly interspersing clips of dialogue and sounds from the film, Vangelis creates haunting soundscapes with whispered subtexts and sweeping revelations, drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern textures and evoking neo-classical structures. Often cold and forlorn, the listener can almost hear the indifferent winds blowing through the neon and metal cityscapes of Los Angeles in 2019. The sultry, saxophone-driven "Love Theme" has since gone on as one of the composer's most recognized pieces and stands alone as one of the few warm refuges on an otherwise darkly cold (but beautiful) score. An unfortunate inclusion of the 1930s-inspired ballad "One More Kiss, Dear" interrupts the futuristic synthesized flow of the album with a muted trumpet and Rudy Vall e-style croon. However well done (and appropriate in the movie), a forlorn love song that sounds as if it is playing on a distant Philco radio in The Waltons' living room jarringly breaks the mood of the album momentarily (although with CD technology, this distraction is easily bypassed). Fans of Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film (as well as those interested in the evolution of electronic music) will warmly take this recording into their plastic-carbide-alloy hearts
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1) LONGING. This track does not appear in the movie as far as I'm aware, although it isn't listed as a bonus track. Instead, it offers a fairly short introductory piece which leads nicely into Track 2. Yes, these tracks are abridged, as Vangelis did with the 1994 soundtrack release (CD 1 in this album set).
2) UNVEILED TWINKLING SPACE: This cue is the last piece heard in the film, when Deckard 'rescues' Rachael and they flee his apartment. It includes the beautiful, haunting tones where Deckard is looking at the origami unicorn.
3) DR.TYRELL'S OWL: This cue is mixed quite low in the movie but plays all through Rachael's Voight-Kampff test at The Tyrell Corporation. It begins with Deckard's line "It's too bright in here."
4) AT MR.CHEW'S: all this music corresponds to the scene in the freezer where Roy and Leon ask Chew questions about Tyrell. In the movie this cue is around 3 minutes whereas here it is 4:47, which suggests that Vangelis may have scored a longer cut of this scene.
5) LEON'S ROOM: (erroneously called LEO'S ROOM on the back of the CD). This music is actually the music covering Deckard's Esper analysis of Leon's photo in his appartment. You can hear it quite clearly in the movie, although occasionally it's mixed low and those lovely Esper bleeps get more of your attention.Read more ›
The pieces speak for themselves - "Blush Response", "Love Theme", "Blade Runner Blues", "Memories Of Green" and "Tears In Rain" are for me the highlights, all sweeping synth and aching piano refrains combined to form a tragic yet strangely beautiful urban dystopia, each one as evocative as the next.
A truly influential album which can still be heard throughout the world of IDM & Neo-Electro
I have been excited by this release ever since I heard about it because of Disc 2, which contains previously unreleased material from the Blade Runner soundtrack. The troubled history of the sound track has meant that, to date, much of it has remained available only on dodgy quality bootlegs.
Disc 2 is well worth the money as it contains some beautiful material from the film. However, the 3 CD box set is still incomplete. I must confess that I am an obsessive completist when it comes to this music: I own the (rubbish) American Orchestra version, the 1994 version, the 5 DVD box set and the 1992 bootleg. For a long time I have been looking forward to having the whole original score in a high quality format. Sadly, the new material on Disc 2 only goes part of the way to achieving this. There are still some lovely bits of the original score that are unavailable. Additionally, some of the tracks have been extended or altered. Track 3 for example clearly starts with the original film score, but it does not develop as the music does in the film, consequently, the lovely string melody that accompanies Rachel and Deckard's first meeting is still unavailable. What is more it has been replaced by some fairly inconsequential keyboard noodling.
I can't place some of the music on Disc 2 in the film.Read more ›
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One of the most brilliant well-soundin' SACD I've ever heard.Published 2 months ago by Juliusz Kamil
I was lucky enough to watch the cinema re-release of Bladerunner in 2015. Over 30 years on this soundtrack and movie still blow everything else out of the water. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GreenEmbers
I was thinking to buy or not (I have several versions of the original CDs). And I bought. I recommend to all fans of the film and Vangelis!Published 5 months ago by Ros