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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 November 2013
This is a review of the original one-disc edition of the soundtrack, released in 1994, twelve years after the film.

In his biography of the composer, Mark Griffin speculates as to the reason why the soundtrack was not released earlier. If it had, it would certainly have captured Vangelis's reputation for supreme mastery of film score composition, being not long after his triumph with `Chariots of Fire'. But Griffin notes that it may have been Vangelis himself who held back on the release, ostensibly because Vangelis did not want to overexpose himself. (From reading Griffin's biography one senses that Vangelis has only ever released a small percentage of all the music he has composed.)

However, the problem may have been contractual, a breakdown in relations between Warner Brothers (the film studio) and Polygram (the record company). There was also director Ridley Scott's decision to incorporate some other music within the film, which may have upset Vangelis. Scott was notorious too for constantly revising his edits which may have driven Vangelis up the wall with the requirements to rescore. (If so, this did not stop Vangelis doing the soundtrack for Scott's film `Conquest of Paradise' a decade later.)

Whatever the cause of the initial delay, when Scott released his director's cut of `Blade Runner' in 1994, Vangelis may then have thought it was time to release the soundtrack. "Finding myself unable to release these recordings at the time," is all that Vangelis reveals to us on the disc's sleevenotes.

The CD includes some music that did not appear in the movie, but it also includes extracts of the dialogue from the film, including Rutger Hauer's "I've seen things people wouldn't believe ..." speech. These all add to the atmosphere of the music, making it the most `tied' of Vangelis's soundtracks. Yet relief can be found by the segueing of some tracks, which equally makes it possible to view the music as a concept album rather than purely as a soundtrack.

The opening `Main Titles' and the penultimate eponymous `Blade Runner (End Titles)' always raise goosebumps for me; and since there is no duff track inbetween (except perhaps `One More Kiss, Dear') the whole CD is worth its five-star rating. I am particularly admiring of the sound of dripping water that Vangelis employs as the pulse to `Rachel's Song', whilst Mary Hopkin's voice wails in accompaniment. But for a sci-fi thriller it is surprising to realise that most of the music Vangelis wrote for the film is rather subdued, for this is a predominantly slow, moody, even meditative soundtrack: witness tracks four-five and seven-eight-nine. But is that part of its immense success?
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on 31 July 2017
Item arrived fast and in condition as described, i.e. "used - very good condition". For me this is the greatest original soundtrack made for the greatest SF film, the highlights being Rachel's Song (FSOL sampled the vocal for their track My Kingdom), the main / end titles, and the Indian-flavoured Tales of the Future. Those who don't care for ambient music would probably not enjoy this
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There is absolutely no question that without Vangelis's fantastic soundtrack, the film 'Blade Runner' would never have made such an impact or been regarded as such a classic of its time.

The soundtrack paints a picture of a futuristic landscape which suits the film's imagery perfectly - but it also stands up well on its own. It is exciting, dynamic, at times stunning, highly original and well worth a listen.
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on 26 June 2014
Love the film and have re-purchased the soundtrack, having lost my tape version years ago. There are some excellent reviews already on here by more learned Blade Runner fans than I, which just leaves me to reiterate: Fantastic score by Vangelis, very atmospheric with snippets of choice dialogue from the film mixed in. A great one for listening to in the car while stuck in traffic - really transports you elsewhere. I got it for £1.51 inc P&P so, nice one! Classic stuff.
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on 7 October 2009
If your a fan of the movie then you have to own the soundtrack, and this is no exception. Vangelis always delivers the goods when he provides a movie score. The opening main titles set the mood brilliantly, while tracks such as "bladerunner blues", "blush response", the well known "bladerunner main theme", and "tears in rain" are outstanding.
"One more kiss" is the only track that sounds out of place and unfortunately there is much music from the film missing, most notably the music from the opening credits of the movie, as well as other pieces of incidental music. I guess I'll just have to buy the new extended 3-disc edition.
Turn the lights down, pour a drink, and chill out to a classic Sci-Fi movie soundtrack.
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on 1 February 2016
There is nothing special about this special edition. The only difference between this and the cheaper cd that is available "everywhere", is that it is printed in Japan. Do yourself a favour and save your money. Avoid this edition.
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on 27 January 2016
Superb Movie Soundtrack, Bladerunner was a massive hit on the Big Screen. This CD is a great listen Vangelis thunders his mighty keyboards and other sound effects to brilliant aplomb. If you don,t have this in your Vangelis Collection then I would say go and purchase it...
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on 6 November 2015
What I love about this soundtrack is that they included my favourite quotes of the movie including the "tears in the rain" at the end. Very good quality pressing and includes bonus tracks that didn't make it into the film. I've been trying for a while now to get the versions on red vinyl but I gave up and settled for this. I'm glad I did now, as the quality is probably better than the red version.
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on 14 February 2016
Blade Runner, what can you say about arguably the best SciFi movie ever. The music of Vangelis on Vinyl sounds superb. If you liked the movie you will love this album. Not to be played on an old tin box.
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on 23 December 2017
Excellent Service. Very Quick. The product itself is amazing. Well worth it.
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