Summer of '82: Blade Runner Comments -


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Wiseguy 6/25/2012 8:15:25 AM

Even as a kid its brilliance did not escape me. Maybe I focused on the vanities of the film at the time but I like to think that I did get some of its more deeper meanings, hell I know I did. I have loved this film since day 1 and every variation as well. It's one of the few films that fuels me with enthusiasm when it comes up as a topic

Anyway this is my #1 argument when folk cite critical response as their gauge on wether or not to see a film

redhairs99 6/25/2012 8:37:33 AM

 Personally, I prefer the International Cut of all the different versions of the film.  I know most disagree, but I actually like Ford's narration on the film.  It adds to that "noir" feeling.  And I think this cut is much more ambigeous as to the question of is Deckard a replicant or isn't he.  The Director's Cut all but screams at the audience that he is.

flyinroo 6/25/2012 8:46:51 AM

I totally agree with Wiseguy on this. When I was a kid, I was mesmerized by ever detail this movie hit me with. It was a true spectacle. I didn't get the deeper meanings at all at the time, but when I saw again sometime later, I was amazed at all I had missed. I still feel that same wonderment I felt as a child and again as a young adult when I watch it now. Hands down the best sci-fi movie ever. Inside I am all tingly about thoughts of a new movie, but rationally I am extremely worried. I really dont want any answers to the questions left by this movie.

MrEt 6/25/2012 8:49:39 AM

Like prometheus many ideas and differnt takes on the film, for me it goes back to decker and his interigation og the female replicant.

"Suspect? How can it not know what it is? "

monkeyfoot 6/25/2012 8:55:27 AM

Yeah, I actually like the narrated version, too. Even when I watch the director's cut my mind automatically fills Ford's voice back in.

Wiseguy 6/25/2012 9:03:59 AM

Include me as one that likes the narration as well. Like redhairs said it really added to that "noir" feel, almost like an old novel coming to life

Agree flyinroo, so much that went over our heads at the time. I think the one aspect that grabbed me from the 1st viewing though was the desire to live but just that. As I got older I empathyzed more with the replicants

cinemaman72 6/25/2012 9:16:15 AM

I have to say that one of the things that often annoys me is the belief that the "Un-narrated" version of 'Blade Runner' is somehow a masterpiece compared to the "Voice-Over" version. I'm a big fan of the movie and I've seen all 5 cuts of the film and I have to say the Theatrical Version is always the one that makes the most sense especially if you are approaching this for the first time. Case in point I have watch different versions of the film with people watching the film for the first time, and it never fails that when they see an unnarrated version of the fim, they don't understand it and end up losing interest.  Like Monkeyfoot says, watching that narrated version allows you to fill in the gaps during the unvoiced versions of the film.

jppintar326 6/25/2012 1:02:51 PM

Incredibly overrated film.  I still think it looks great but in the end there was nothing that excited me the way it excited others.  I think it is because none of the characters are interesting or sympathetic.  Rutger Hauer's character, for example, I think is simply a psychopath.  His search for extended life has made him kill everybody in his path.  Am I supposed  to feel anything for him at the end.  Sorry but I can't.  I also found Sean Young, an actress I never cared for, simply robotic literally and figuratively in her performance.  I also never cared if Deciker was a replicant or not.  I have this movie over and over again and still come up with the same result.  Great visual effects but empty and hollow in its storytelling.

Munkey421e 6/25/2012 3:18:10 PM

I felt the movie was the best adaption we could have gotten from the source material. better than Total Recall(We Can Remember it for You for WholeSale), Minority Report or even Paycheck (all of which were written by Phillip K Dick) I havent seen the new Recall yet but I hope its closer than the one with the Govenator. There is a story called Electric Ant that is along the same lines as Blade Runner, perhaps Scott will adapt the story into the Sequel that has been speculated.

SinisterPryde 6/25/2012 3:49:05 PM

Add me to the list also of people who prefer the narration.  The happy ending I can take or leave, it never impacted me that much nor did it detract from all that had come before.  I remember watching this as a kid and falling in love with the world.  It also got me to read the original novel (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) which I thought was a completely different beast.

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