- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (13 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575081600
- ISBN-13: 978-0575081604
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner Hardcover – 13 Dec 2007
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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)
A moment-by-moment account of the making of a cult classic.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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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 morePublished on 31 May 2014 by G. Burrus
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 pricePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by david hartley
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 morePublished on 3 Oct. 2011 by Bob Frank
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 morePublished on 22 Mar. 2011 by Barry Lees
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 morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Manly Reading
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. Read more
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 morePublished on 4 Feb. 2008 by Joan Fusté