Blade Runner – A classic cut restored

I list Blade Runner as my favourite movie in my Facebook profile. So naturally I am pretty interested in the release of “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” on DVD.

IT’S been 25 years since the release of “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s science fiction cult film turned classic, but only now has his original vision reached the screen.

The film, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” takes place in Los Angeles in 2019. It follows a cop named Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) who hunts down androids — or, in the film’s jargon, replicants— that have escaped from their slave cells on outer-space colonies and are trying to blend in back on Earth.

For the new director’s cut, the special-effects footage was digitally scanned at 8,000 lines per frame, four times the resolution of most restorations, and then meticulously retouched. The results look almost 3-D.

The story also takes on some new twists and turns , providing a darker perspective of future society – read more at the New York Times, and be sure to view the FilmFuture clip with Fred Kapplan’s commentary of the future as depicted in Blade Runner.

Likely to be an even more hypnotic and challenging movie! A media studies must!

Yes, via boingboing ;-)

3 thoughts on “Blade Runner – A classic cut restored

  1. This is one of my favorite movies as well… nice to see that it’s getting the attention it finally deserves. I saw this movie as a young teen and loved it. I think seeing this in the early 80’s really affected my aesthetic sensibilities and what i thought the future should be like feel like though that’s a scary thought.

  2. Diane, thanks for this link too. There’s no doubt that the DVD release will result in lots of discussion, critical analysis, and cult following. I am not a fan of Phillip K. Dicks books at all – apart from this particular movie. The movie raises so many questions….

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