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Old 03-23-08, 01:43 AM   #1
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Blade Runner

Warning: If you haven't seen the movie, don't read the thread. You've been warned.

I'm starting this thread because my signature has caused a thread I authored to go on a delightful tangent, but to fully discuss a movie of this caliber, it deserves it's own thread.

Blade Runner is arguably one of the best movies of all time. It it understood by few, and loved by even less, but it's cult following is fervent and fanatical. Please write your praise/criticisms and questions in this thread and hopefully we can make a few believers out of some of you.

I'll start us off...

Deckard is a replicant. Yay or Nay?

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Old 03-23-08, 02:20 AM   #2
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nay

Forms illogical emotional attachments and frequently acts irrationally.

edit: considering how many times I've seen the movie and read the book I must be barely scraping the surface......doh!
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Old 03-23-08, 02:38 AM   #3
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I've seen Blade Runner many, many times and I still don't know if Deckard is a replicant or not. Its kinda like Total Recall; did it really happen? Or was it part of the fantasy. We'll never know for sure.
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I last saw this movie when I was a kid in the 80s. I need to go rent it soon.
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He actually is a replicant. Read the book, "Do androids dream of electric sheep?"

That said, the movie was a milestone in setting landmarks for SciFi movies, introducing themes that had never been seen in movies before, and have since been immitated many, many times over. Much like Tron, it was groundbreaking for it's time, and remains a staple for the avid scifi fan.
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Im not a huge Sci-Fi fan but Blade Runner has to be
one of the best films of all time ! The end is incredibly moving !!
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which ending? heh
the "director's cut" chopped a large portion of the ending, including the narration. If you saw it in a theater, you were lucky to see the original, full version. Not Scott's remade, trimmed version.
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Rutger Heuers(sp?) deep narrative at the end when hes about to die
and he just goes off peacefully when you think hes going to go berserk ?
Is that the one ? If I rent it again I dont want it to be without that part.
Last I saw it was in the mid 80's, did they have time to goof it up then ?
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Scott had no inlfuence over the director's cut - it was a studio produced thing to piggyback the wave of earlier sales.

If you can, watch the "final cut" version that came out last year.
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Nah I believe Ridley Scott did the narration, or it was Harrison Ford. It's been what, 25 years since I saw the original? lol Anyway, it was a narrative when they were flying North together in the shuttle car, at the very end.
The Tannhäuser Gate soliloquy by Rutger Hauer is still in all versions.


Batty: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
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Slashdot had a few good threads on this:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=0...18258&from=rss
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/09/2342255
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=00/07/09/2058217

The last one is key where it discusses an Ridley Scott confirming that Deckard was intended to be a replicant. Awesome movie, the effects still feel fresh.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/825641.stm
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Anyone read Blade Runner 2 by K W Jeter?

A lot more intense than either the movie or the original P K Dick novel, I'd still have rather read it written by Dick.
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Ugh. Sorry, but I believe this movie sucks donkey balls.
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depends which version of the movie you watch

one of my all time favorite movies, I was already a big fan of Phillip Dick before it was made. the sets and cinematograhy are stunning, and this movie was made before all the computer FX of today were even available.
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someone call the grand inquisitor plz, k thnx
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I read the book recently. He fells empathy therefore he passes the test and isn't an android. You're welcome.

Having said that, I missed the point of mercerism, and I thought the book fizzled out, as interesting as his thoughts are, he doesn't really do excitement in his book, so my opinion probably isn't worth much.
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BR is da bomb. I love the movie--
my fave is where Roy/Rutger Hauer chases
Harrison Ford around trying to kill him.
I want to be a super-powered replicant.
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I don't like it that much. Feels unfinished. Like they had the final editing all worked out and decided to just take a quick coffee break, but then never returned to finish it...

The acting was generally quite good in it, though. And Darryl Hannah was HOT!
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someone call the grand inquisitor plz, k thnx
Meh. I just don't like it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, right?

It probably doesn't help that when we saw it we missed the first ten minutes of it.
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