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He say you braderunner

daogre and I watched the brand new seriously-actual-final-this-time-i-mean-it cut of Bladerunner last night. I can't thinkn of a single science fiction movie that stands up as well as Bladerunner does. What was revolutionary at the time is still amazing- Bladerunner's vision of the wet-and-horrible future was grim but plausible when it came out in 1982, and it's very nearly as grim and plausible today. I didn't notice any huge changes in this most recent cut - there were a few FX sequences that were modestly different, and I think Gaf (Edward James Olmos, aka Adama) has a bigger role, and more clearly points towards Deckard being a replicant hiimself.

In an interview in 2002, Ridley Scott allowed that Deckard is actually a replicant, and this was the reason for the unicorn sequence that is included in the Director's Cut. Between that, and Gaf appearing more or less everywhere Deckard goes without being called - and Gaf leaving an origami unicorn for Deckard - it's clear to me, at least, that Deckard is a replicant, that Gaf is his "handler" and that Gaf is well aware of the false memories that have been implanted in Deckard. If anything that theme is even stronger in the latest cut - and certainly the end sequence where Deckard nad Rachel escape to the North is gone. Also gone are Deckard's voice-overs, drawing an even greater contrast to his own lack of empathy, and the obviously sentimental and caring behavior displayed by the replicants.

It's been a few years since I've seen the movie. Watching it over again ...it was like a fresh experience. It's so visceral - so awful that Roy kills Tyrell, so lush and dark and scary. I remember thinking that the square glasses that Deckard drank out of were totally awesome, and when I finally found some at Ikea, I snapped them up. What was futuristic and crazy in the 80's is commonplace now. Also, he drinks scotch out of a plastic bottle, Johnny Walker Black to be precise - and that was scandalous when it came out. Now I have a plastic bottle of scotch about the same size, sitting on my bar. One thing that Nathan and I both noticed though, was that the human interfaces look dated - computer graphics at the time weren't up to the task of predicting what a human-machine interface would look like, even though in the 80's it was WAY out there. That, and the monitors are clunky and way too small...even today, flat screens are far larger and more ubiquitous than the little oscilloscope-esque monitors used in Bladerunner. Things we have to look forward to - replicants in 8 years! Priss' "incept date" is 2016. Although, she's a Nexus 6...which seems to imply five previous models. Who knows, maybe the Nexus 1 is getting cooked up in a lab somewhere even now.

Oh, and I almost forgot - everyone's smoking indoors. In Los Angeles? No way.

Also, the silver origami unicorn included in the Ultimate Edition kit was a nice touch.


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Dec. 19th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Heresy! The soundtrack is perfect. It's "future noir" which is what was intended. I love the soundtrack!
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Vangelis is a JEEN-YUS!

I own that soundtrack and listen to it frequently.

Dec. 19th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
I mean, I can see why it might sound dated, with the heavy synth and all. But that's part of its charm - it's the 1980's look on what the world in just a few years will look like.
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Nice review/recap/reminiscence--makes me want to see the thing again.

Hey, which of the 132 versions do you like best?

Also, I actually read recently that there might be yet another version coming eventually, haha.
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Well, this one is substantially different from the Director's Cut back in 92 - Scott just says he didn't have enough creative control over that one. I think both stand up particularly well, and are preferable to the theatrical release.

I read an interview with Scott in which he said he won't do another version...but that he is in talks to do a sequel in 2008. That would be interesting... would CGI help or hurt?
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
I seem to recall a specific scene that shows him with the reflective "replicant eyes". My memories of it are patchy though.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That would be inconsistent with the internal logic of the story, though - which says that it requires an empathy test to determine if someone is a replicant or not.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)

I love Bladerunner. If Santa doesn't bring me a copy, I'm going to buy it for myself after Christmas.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I really don't want to ruin Christmas for you, but you're old enough to know.

Santa isn't real. He's a replicant.
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