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Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
USA 1982
Directed by Ridley Scott
Running time 117 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars

Vastly better than the original studio release which flopped, both commercially and critically, the Director's Cut version removed both Harrison Ford's redundant voice-over and a tacked-on upbeat ending (which used out-takes from Kubrick's The Shining), elements added by the studio after disastrous test screenings.

This rehabilitated version has admirably restored Scott's darker vision as well as adding a new digital rendition of Vangelis's score. An iconic film in the sci-fi genre, if not a flat-out masterpiece, and Scott's impressive follow-up to Aliens, its gripping pace and great visuals from design artist Syd Mead make its view of future dystopia, many times emulated but arguably never bettered, eminently watchable.

For a futuristic film noir Harrison Ford is perhaps too decent as Deckard, a rather crass and violent character whose job is "retiring" androids although this version makes it clear that Deckard is himself an android, thus making more plausible the emotional bonding between he and Rachel (Sean Young ), another android, which had been a tad ridiculous in the original release.

The film's screenplay by Hampton Fancher, and later supplemented by David Peoples, was based on science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.




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