Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★★

"The Final Cut" version of Ridley Scott’s Sci Fi classic: Blade Runner is my personal favourite cut of this impressive Science Fiction film. In a dark vision of the future mankind has developed the technology to create perfect humanoid androids known as "replicants" who are used to serve in colonies outside of Earth. Replicants are very difficult to spot and can blend into society almost unnoticed. Harrison Ford is Deckard, a retired "Blade Runner" - whose job specialises in hunting down and terminating replicants. He is brought out of retirement as 6 dangerous replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth.

This is quite possibly the greatest Sci Fi film ever made so I won’t harp on about how good it is. What is interesting is regarding this version. I particularly like the extended scene of Deckard’s unicorn dream sequence which I think helps develop certain unsaid aspects of the original version. The Blu ray is beautifully restored, it has scrubbed up really well with amazing sound and visuals. The sheer extent of the vision of Blade Runner is astounding. It is so rich and detailed it is one of the most immersive settings of any film I have ever seen. The lighting is simply inspired. This is an amazing piece if film history. The Final Cut has a few extra scene additions and more importantly they have shortened a few initial scenes that seemed overly long after they had removed the narration from the original version. This version has also upped the violence and all original violence that was cut out has been reinserted in all their head crushing, eye gouging glory.

Blade Runner is a absolute classic. Isn’t it about time you watched it again? I certainly think so.

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