Blade Runner

Blade Runner

DVD - 2010
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Los Angeles, 2019: Rick Deckard of the LAPD's Blade Runner unit prowls the steel & microchip jungle of the 21st century. His job is to track down and eliminate assumed humanoids known as 'replicants.' Replicants were declared illegal after a bloody mutiny on an Off-World Colony, and are to be terminated upon detection. He wants to get out of the force, but is drawn back in when 6 "skin jobs," the slang for replicants, hijack a ship back to Earth. The city that Deckard must search for his prey is a huge, sprawling, bleak vision of the future. This 2007 "final cut" was remastered with improved visual and sound effects, and made some revisions to the 1992 "director's cut" revision.

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Hollywood has created a different Earth set in the rugged future where androids may threaten humans, in a dystopia where one man must hunt down rebel robots.


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VonHafenstaaad
Oct 12, 2017

Perhaps on its deepest level, "Blade Runner" explores ... a theme as old as Genesis and the myth of Prometheus, and iterated in "Paradise Lost," Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and in Blake's arcane, visionary mythology.

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MichelleinBallard
Sep 17, 2017

I found the passage below in a blog post <http://vfpdissident.blogspot.com/2011/12/androids-vs-replicants.html> from 2011, I think it speaks cogently of Dick's distrust of technology and how the film focused rather more on humanity. I agree with the author that both elements are found in each work and it's a matter of greater emphasis in one or the other. We'll see how the new film deals with the subject.

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In the 1982 film Blade Runner, the autonomous humanoid machines that the main character Deckard is tasked with hunting and killing are called "replicants". In the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel that inspired the film, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, they are called "androids". But that's a superficial difference compared to the divergent views of humans and technology in the two works.

Blade Runner has a curiously more positive take on replicants and a dimmer view of humans. In Androids, Deckard is introduced to us in bed asleep with his human wife, Iran, and the novel ends with their troubled relationship improved and Deckard going to asleep in the bedroom with Iran leaving the room to make a phone call on his behalf. In Blade Runner, Deckard has no wife or close human relationships and the film ends with Deckard running off with his love interest, a fugitive replicant named Rachael.

In the book, Rachael and Deckard have sex but for Rachael's part it's an attempt to manipulate Deckard, not out of anything like love. Later, when it's clear that Rachael did not succeed with Deckard, she goes to his home and kills his black Nubian goat. In the dystopian future of Androids, domestic and wild animals are exceedingly rare and expensive. Deckard pays a large down payment and signs a three-year loan contract in order to buy the goat.* Animal ownership is also a sacramental part of the dominant religion of Mercerism, being necessary for "true fusion with Mercer" ( p. 441).** Elsewhere in the book, Pris, an android, notes that animals are "sacred" and "protected by law". Another android, Roy, breaks in and adds "Insects ... are especially sacrosanct" (p. 549). Later, Pris and Roy methodically mutilate and torture a spider to the great distress of the human, J. R. Isidore, who found it. None of this is in the film.

Lack of empathy is a distinguishing feature of androids-replicants in the book and film but this comes across much more strongly in the book. In the film, the empathy deficit is at least partly the result of a human design feature—the replicants have an engineered four-year life span. In the book, the androids, including Rachael, are down-right sadistic but while they too have a four-year life span, it is not deliberate but the result of a technological shortcoming. In one of the final scenes of Blade Runner, the last fugitive replicant to die, Roy demonstrates empathy, saving Deckard's life, and then in his final moments Roy gives a beautiful soliloquy about what will be lost when he passes out of existence. No such scene exists in the book.

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Yavin
Aug 23, 2017

Good film, I enjoyed it. However, it wasn't as good as it was made out to be. This is the "Final Cut" so there are some changes from other versions. One of the biggest is the lack of narration from Harrison Ford. I wonder if that might have made it a bit better. The atmosphere is dark and gritty, more like a DC film. Supposed to be taking place in 2019, it's interesting to see what they though it might look like. Otherwise, good Sci-fi, just a bit slow.

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xiaojunbpl12
Jun 28, 2017

The more times I watched it (except for a few brutal scenes), the more I like it.

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stedder
Jun 06, 2017

See the Wikipedia article, "Versions of Blade Runner," for an explanation of what's in and what's out of the various versions available. Certainly this Final Cut is the only one with the full "unicorn dream" sequence.

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chriscoleman
Apr 22, 2017

I'm not sure why this is called "The Final Cut". It's in letterbox format (widescreen with black at top and bottom) which is annoying. There was only a five second part added near the beginning and other than that it was identical to every other release I have seen of this film. Still a classic, but why "final cut"? I think maybe they took more out than they put in.

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doges
Apr 17, 2017

The plot? Doesn't really matter, like a lot of cyberpunk. Like, you can debate if Deckard is a replicant or not or whether you like the original narration, but really that's not the point of the movie. The point is the mood: overbuilt near future metropolis where the pollution and rain mix to make it a constant haze among the giant arcologies and highrises with neon blaring through. Basically the setting is far more important and interesting than the characters. The visuals are achieved with excellent model work and optical effects (some of which made possible by newly invented at the time computer controlled camera tracking), and a perfectly moody synth soundtrack by Vangelis. This film has defined the look of many, many, of our 'movie futures' for over 30 years now.

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patch666
Apr 05, 2017

My personal favorite as greatest movie ever made. It visually stunning and musically hypnotic. The use of depth, light, color and shadows are astounding. It's not science fiction or film noir but a love story that asks the questions of about life, death, mortality and evil, what it means to be human and to love. A perfect film. a work of art and a philosophical landmark. It's cinematic influence is still felt. 420

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pcfabris
Feb 07, 2017

I found it very dark and moody and very visceral. Liked the version with the narration the best because it added dialogue to the film. Like Indiana Jones and Star Wars, a movie that stood way above what Hollywood was pumping out at the time.

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JihadiConservative
Jan 11, 2017

Blade Runner is a brilliant and visually stunning achievement that stands as a modern sci-fi masterpiece.

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kevfarley May 16, 2012

What do you want?,.. "MORE LIFE".

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

(To complement bdls206's rendition) Dr. Tyrell: "Commerce is our goal here at Tyrell... more human than human is our motto..."

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

Batty: "Fiery the angels fell... deep thunder roared around their shores... burning with fires of oak..."

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

Dr. Tyrell: "The light that burns twice as bright... burns half as long..."

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

Deckard: "Replicants are like any other machine... they're either a benefit or a hazard."

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Batty: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Tyrell: "More human than human" is our motto.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Deckard: [narrating] They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.

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Apr 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jul 08, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jun 12, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

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