Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Watched the “final cut” last week; the colours on the print are so lush now, and the sound design has been enriched; it’s definitely the best version out there. I’d always liked Vangelis’ pulsing, hypnotic music he wrote for the club scene – techno before there was techno – and it was always strange to me that Vangelis refused to release a soundtrack album of Blade Runner back in 1982. The album that did come out actually comprises of orchestral re-recorded versions of Vangelis’ original electronic score, but thanks to the dubious wonders of the internet, there are bootlegs of the real film score available. One short track, which eventually wasn’t used in the film, was written for the first scene involving Leon’s Voight-Kampff test.

One for the Alden Tyrell fans:

Blade Runner

There’s always been debate about whether Deckard is a replicant, and I thought it was cool that they left it up to the viewer to decide. I always made the connection from two clues; all the replicants (from Pris to the owl) have shots where their eyes glow red, and there is a scene where Deckard, intentionally out of focus, has red eyes; and photographs are important to Deckard, as they are to Rachael and Leon. The inclusion of the unicorn scene in the “director’s cut” just added to it. Yet it’s interesting, watching the interviews on the DVD, to hear that everyone involved in the film, with the exception of Ridley Scott, didn’t want to believe that Deckard was a replicant, and intentionally played it down, wanting at best to leave it ambiguous.

On one of the DVDs there are some deleted scenes, and the most interesting one is an alternate version of the “happy ending” scene, where Deckard and Rachael drive off into the mountains. In the original theatrical release, with its infamous narration, there was no dialogue between Deckard and Rachael in that scene, only narration. But Scott also shot another version, with new dialogue (and nice shots of one of Syd Mead’s cars), in case he’d been able to persuade the studio to at least drop the narration. The very last line, from Rachael, is one final hint that Deckard is indeed a replicant; “You and I were made for each other”.

Posted by Manny Z

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