Summer of '82: Blade Runner Comments -


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wish 6/25/2012 7:57:13 PM

My uncle put this on a vhs along with Highlander and Back to the Future.  He instructed me to watch all 3 movies and told me that they were the best sci-fi movies ever made.  This was back in 85 or 86 and I was just a kid but I watched that tape until it broke!  Those were the days..........and yeah it was a bit of a surprise to find out years later that this movie was panned and didn't do well at the box office because even as a kid I thought it was awesome and initially I was under the impression it was a huge hit!

My uncle owned a video rental store and was one of those guys who copied movies for his friends and family, those guys were like rock stars back in the day! 

EagleManiac 6/25/2012 8:10:52 PM

Blade Runner has been hailed as one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all-time, and there aren't too many films I could put ahead of it. Some classics, like The Day The Earth Stood Still (original), and Forbidden Planet are above it on my list, but as far as "modern" Sci-Fi goes, it's truly one of the best. Astounding practical FX, amazing acting, especially from Mr. Hauer, and a taut, gripping script propell Blade Runner into the stratosphere of greatness! I like all versions of it, narration, no narration, happy ending, whatever, Blade Runner is a film I can watch anytime!

karas1 6/26/2012 7:36:52 AM

One of my favorite films ever.

I agree, I like the voice over.  Ford's dead tones underscored how broken down and traumatized he was by his life as an assassin.  I also loved the noir feeling it gave the film.

I never understood why everybody says the theatrical version has a "happy" ending.  Dekkard and Rachel were heading for a life on the run, constantly looking over their shoulders for bounty hunters, never able to settle down or stay in the same place too long.  That doesn't sound very happy to me.  Or they could have settled in some wilderness area.  Sure, you saw trees and it had finally stopped raining, but how well were two city dwellers going to survive in a trackless forrest?

As for that business about Rachel having an indefinite lifespan, just like a regular old human, I was dubious about that too.  It was entirely possible that she would keel over dead in 4 years just like the rest of the replicants.

So the "happy" ending never spoiled the bleak tone of the film for me.  They were screwed whatever they did and their doom was only postponed.

I also never understood why people thought the Replicants were robots.  They were obviously geneticaly engineered biological life forms.  If they were robots you wouldn't need some exotic psychological test to detect them.  An X-ray or metal detector would work just fine.


rkngl 6/26/2012 10:55:24 AM

 In my country, back then, a good movie would last for 4-6 weeks tops. A bomb like Blade Runner, had "final week" all over it by the 4th; that's when I went to see it. But then... it lasted a 5th "final week", then a 6th "final week", and a 7th, a 8th, a 9th... on the 10th week the "final week" warning disappeared. The movie was exhibited for 14 weeks! Word of mouth turned it into a success, pretty much like Serenity in 2005.

SmokingFrog77 6/26/2012 10:07:24 PM

Best. Movie. Ever.

DarthoftheDead 6/27/2012 9:03:11 AM

Love the Narration...............for the Record.......I can't think of one Directors Cut, that I like.......Not even Aliens or S.T. wok.........

DarthoftheDead 6/30/2012 7:22:31 AM

Well o.k. maybe those 2 and thats it......

InnerSanctum 7/1/2012 3:21:28 PM

 I too prefer the narration.  It not only makes sense with the context of the movie, but it rings true to the novel which inspired the film.  And, I just plain like it.  It is cool.  Ford was cool.  This film was the coolest even when I first saw it as a kid.  It still is one of my top 5 sci fi films.  

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