Monday, 23 January 2012

Narratvie - Blade Runner (1982) (The Final Cut 2007)

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Blade Runner (1982) (The Final Cut 2007) Director - Ridley Scott

In the future, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) an ex-cop is brought out retirement in the dystopian mega city of Los Angeles to assassinate four runaway replicants (artificial humans used as slave labour on other worlds that are illegal on Earth). For a film originally concieved in 1982 the visual effects of the city scape still look beautifully constructed even by todays standards (albeit some digital makeup has been added) and the mix of the old technology still there from the 80's doesn't detract from the seemingly real future it perdicts. The tale is told in a classic film noir detective style so mixing the genres of sci-fi and film noir to create a tech-noir world that is candy to the eyes. Not to mention the provoking musically score it has been described as "a stunning shot of this futuristic city, accompanied by the rumbling of Vangelis's eerie" (The New Your Times, 1982)

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The film is most noted for it's use of only night-time shots, rain, lighting that creates both the classic mood of film noir and aiding to create the feel of bleak dystonpian future in which the viewer if transported. 'Blade Runner' "fully and richly deserves its reputation. It is simply one of the most extraordinary films ever made." (BBC, 2001) With the added rework of the print being digitally re-worked 'The Final Cut' seems to be what it says on the tin. It's the most definative version (although some of the changes you may miss) and should never be re-worked again.

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Blade Runner, The New York Times, 1982, [Online] available at  [Accessed 23 January 2012]

Blade Runner, BBC2001, [Online] available at [Accessed 23 January 2012]

Image Bibliography

Fig 1 . Blade Runner, DVD cover, 2007, [photography]
Fig 2 . Blade Runner, Movie Still, 1982, [photography]

Fig 3 . Blade Runner, Movie Still, 1982, [photography]

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