This is a hardcover reprint of the July, 1982 edition of Cinefex magazine, which was dedicated to the making of Blade Runner. As Cinefex is "the bible for special effects professional and enthusiasts," it shouldn't be surprising that the book's exhaustive technical detail fails to capture the imagination of the general reader. The book has loads of exclusive color and black and white photos of the model shop at work and various effects components in the midst of being constructed. Other than that, anyone not into SFX is unlikely to get a whole lot out of it, other than being impressed at the complexities of achieving the film's amazing look and feel. These days, virtually everything detailed in this book would have been programmed on computers, and one wonders what happened to all the dedicated model-makers and technicians who built the Blade Runner world. In any event, as big a fan as I am of the film, this is so technical a book it is only of limited interest. For an excellent, highly readable book on the overall making of the film, check out Paul Sammon's "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner."
This is an absolute must for any film fan or professional working in the effects or post production industry. About ten years ago I was lucky enough to find someone selling their complete collection of Cinefex magazines - and that included a rather well read, dog-eared copy of the Bladerunner issue which is now a collectors item. Even though this is essentially a (very good quality) facsimile reprint of the original magazine I immediately bought a copy - and wasn't dissappointed! Don Shay, as Publisher of Cinefex, had access to all the leading contributors to the film and produced a classic in-depth study of the greatest film noir sci-fi movie. Students and professionals alike will find all the techniques are still applicable in todays film and TV effects industries whilst the accompanying story gives a great insight into a hard-graft labour of love for all those involved in the film. This is one book you'll regret not buying when it's gone out of print. Recommended.
This book is full of very interesting details, stories, technical solutions and pictures. It is a titanesque work that every fan of blade runner should own. It is an inside-look i discovered in 1982 in Cinefex and i'm glad that it is available again. Don't be afraid of its technical aspect, you'll be fascinated. Add to this the book of Paul Sammon on blade runner, and you'll have two books with everything you wanted to know about this outstanding movie.
This is a book about the making of the special effects of Blade runner. If you want to read about the making of the film as a whole I suggest Future-noir by Paul M. Sammon. But if the special effcts is you fancy, this book is for you. The pictures in it are crystal clear, showing you details you hardly notice when watching the movie. In these days of computer generated effects it is great to see how they did make flying cars in "the old days". So buy it, you won't be dissapointed, even if it is just for the pictures.