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Blade Runner: The Final Cut

 

The Diva's review of
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)

 

Rated; running time of 2 hours and 2 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi
Written by : Hampton Fancher and David Peoples
Directed by: Ridley Scott.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, M. Emmet Walsh, Joe Turkel and William Sanderson
Theatrical release Date: 06/25/82
U.S. DVD Date: 12/21/07

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% - Fresh
data provided by the-numbers.com
Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $34,968,423
International Gross $382,000
Worldwide Gross $35,350,423

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Before I begin let me apologize to the legion of diehard fans who are going to write me and explain to me in great detail the philosophical ramifications of the 3.78 facts I will most likely get wrong.

It’s 2019 and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) a blade runner is pulled out of retirement by his former boss (M. Emmett Walsh) to track down and eliminate 4 rouge replicants. What are replicants? They are human like robots –humanoids that were created by the “big brother” like Tyrell Corporation. These replicants serve essentially two purposes – work and pleasure. They either toil away as laborers on distant planets or they toil away at meeting all of your pleasure needs. The replicants are needs more for the work than the pleasure. Earth is basically in ruins. Over crowded, over developed – dying. So other worlds have been explored and mined by the replicants.

The newest batch of replicants are pretty fierce. They have superhuman strength and have been created to believe they are human. They have also been programmed with a fail safe. These replicant live for 4 year and then die. The reason for this is a lesson learned from a failed insurrection. On top of this, replicants have been declared illegal on Earth.

This doesn’t stop four replicants–Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), Pris (Daryl Hannah), Leon (Brion James) and Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) from hijacking a ship and making their way to Earth.

And this is where our good Rick Deckard comes back into play. He does what he does best, but it’s not that easy. These replicants are tough and to complicate matters for him, he finds himself falling for Rachael (Sean Young), who is a legal replicant who believes herself to be human. Can Deckard effectively complete his mission or will his growing feelings for Rachael give him pause?

The Dish

I’m not sure I can say anything that hasn’t already been said about this movie. For some it’s too cerebral. For others it is a visual masterpiece that was quite frankly before its time. Some people would argue that this is why it didn’t do well at the box office. Personally, even as much as I love it, I blame E.T. and the crowded Box office as evidenced by the-numbers.com

The Top Movies, Weekend of June 25, 1982
  MovieDistributorGenreGrossChangeThtrs.Per Thtr.Total GrossDays
1 (1) ET: The Extra-Terrestrial Universal Drama $13,383,704 +5.99% 1,215 $11,015 $58,193,362 17
2 (new) Blade Runner Warner Bros. Thriller/Suspense $6,150,002   1,295 $4,749 $6,150,002 3
3 (2) Firefox Warner Bros. Action $5,126,097 -37.13% 891 $5,753 $17,729,701 10
4 (3) Rocky 3 MGM Action $5,092,684 -19.34% 1,232 $4,134 $64,192,584 31
5 (4) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Paramount Pictures Adventure $4,546,175 -27.05% 1,285 $3,538 $50,075,736 24
6 (5) Annie Sony Pictures Musical $4,539,983 -14.53% 1,102 $4,120 $16,865,255 38
7 (6) Poltergeist MGM Horror $4,103,235 -12.86% 911 $4,504 $31,328,050 24
8 (new) The Thing Universal Horror $3,107,897   840 $3,700 $3,107,897 3
9 (new) Megaforce 20th Century Fox Action $2,350,021   1,193 $1,970 $2,350,021 3
10 (re-entry) Bambi Buena Vista Drama $2,096,384   508 $4,127 $2,096,384 14,564
11 (7) Author! Author! 20th Century Fox Comedy $1,735,104 -23.87% 508 $3,416 $5,185,346 10
12 (9) Porky's 20th Century Fox Comedy $1,221,901 -28.91% 762 $1,604 $96,633,940 101
13 (8) Grease 2 Paramount Pictures Musical $1,012,382 -55.24% 825 $1,227 $11,045,234 17
14 (13) Visiting Hours 20th Century Fox Horror $406,733 -20.11% 364 $1,117 $12,581,713 31

In my opinion, E.T. killed The Thing, too. Anyway to get back on track, Blade Runner is hands down one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever made. I really encourage you to give it another try. If you are already a fan, then this is the dvd set you have to own.

The DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• Commentary by Director Ridley Scott
• Commentary by Original Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Revision Screenwriter David Peoples, Producer Michael Deeley, and Production Executive Katy Haber
• Commentary by Visual Effects Team Syd Mead, Doug Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer Joined by Art Director David Snyder and Production Designer Larry Paull
• "Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner" -- Feature Length Production Documentary
• 1982 US Theatrical Cut
• 1982 International Cut
• 1992 Director's Cut
• Featurette -- Rembering Philip K. Dick
• Featurette -- The Novel vs. The Film
• Featurette on the Graphic Design
• Featurette on the Costumes and Fashion
• Screen Tests with Mike Fenton's Introductions
• Remembering Jordan Cronenweth, Director Of Photography
• A look at the Poster Designs
• Character Analysis of Rick Deckard and the Replicant Debate
• Featurette on Fans that are Filmmakers
• Unit photography gallery
• Deleted and alternate scenes
• 1982 promotional featurettes
• Trailers and TV Spots
• DVD Restoration Comparison
• Vintage Featurettes
• Assembly Cut
• Commentary by Paul M. Sammons on The Assembly Cut
• "All Our Variant Futures"--A Look at the Different Versions
• Lenticular Motion Film Clip in Lucite
• Spinner Model
• Origami Unicorn
• Production Art and Illustration Cards
• Collectible Voight-Kampff Case Packaging

DVD SPECS

Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (French)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French) Subtitles:
• English
• French
• Spanish

The Directive

4 versions of one movie. Full versions, and the documentary blew me away. I Have never seen anything like this. I feel honored to have been able to add it to my collection. Seriously. Grab this one.

3BC Ratings

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Blade Runner is cutting edge (haha)


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