October 30, 2007, - 10:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE, 10/31/07: Forgot to mention that in the original 1982 “Blade Runner,” Harrison Ford narrates, like in the old detective movies. That was removed by Director Ridley Scott and isn’t in the new “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” which was too bad, ‘cuz I liked the narration. ****
One of my absolute favorite movies of all time is “Blade Runner.” I saw it, again, over the summer, and unlike many futuristic movies from the ’80s, this one stood the test of time for me. Hard to believe the movie’s 25 years old.
Still, a re-mastered version is being rolled out for a limited engagement in movie theaters around the country (already in New York and Los Angeles theaters. It’s mostly appearing in arthouse theaters, like Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theaters. “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” will–of course–be reviewed on this site, when after we screen it, early next week.
So, what’s different about the updated version? Here’s the info Warner Brothers studio sent me:
In honor of its 25th anniversary, Ridley Scott’s science fiction masterpiece, “Blade Runner,” starring Harrison Ford, is making a long-awaited return to the big screen with a completely re-mastered director’s cut, “Blade Runner: The Final Cut.” The film has not only been completely restored with new and improved special effects, but also includes never-before-seen added and extended scenes that Ridley Scott created specifically for the new edition.
Visually spectacular, action-packed and enduringly provocative since its original 1982 release, the stylish noir thriller “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” stars Harrison Ford in the enigmatic role of 21st-century detective Rick Deckard. As he hunts for vengeful, fugitive replicants in a high-tech future soured by urban and social decay, he is drawn to a mysterious woman (Sean Young) whose secrets may undermine his own soul.
Here’s the trailer:
No word yet on whether Vangelis’ excellent “Blade Runner” music (among my fave futuristic music), which runs during the end credits, is in the new version, but here it is:
One of the things I love about this movie–and the book upon which it’s based, by the late Philip K. Dick (“Robot Blues: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“)–is that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the humans and the Replicants. The only difference is that the humans have empathy, and the Replicants do not. It’s kind of the same difference between those of us who value freedom and love America, and those who are in America strictly to further their extremist Islamic religion. We have empathy, they have none . . . especially for us. Oh, sure there are a few exceptions like the Sean Young character, but you get the point. Phony niceness does not equal empathy.
Yup, a great movie on so many levels. As I always say–and it applies to this film–I love Harrison Ford, the actor (versus Harrison Ford, the person and draft dodger). The script dialogue is also the source for the title of one of my favorite Rob Zombie songs (actually, the only Rob Zombie song I like), “More Human Than Human.” That’s the motto of the Replicant makers in the movie, as one of them proclaims:
More human than human is our motto.
(On an interesting side note, Harrison Ford’s career kept up on a steadily rising trajectory after this, whereas Sean Young’s really went nowhere, unless you count her stint as a transsexual football player/police detective in “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.” Laces Out!)
Visit the “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” website.
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