Now one thing I will not be doing throughout this article is technically ‘reviewing’ the film. There must be literally hundreds, if not thousands, of reviews, documentaries, essays, books and reports you can get your hands on either online and in retailers, that discuss the plethora of elements that make up this masterpiece. This is a nostalgic look back at a movie that still blows me away every time I watch it, with a verdict thrown in at the end!
To put it in other words, this has been reviewed and analysed to death so no matter what I say, technically it’s already been said before and I would only be copying everything else out there, so for me this is just about my love for this film.
Being a lover of Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk and Film Noir, Blade Runner is one of those films that really struck a chord with me while I was growing up. Watching it on VHS with my Dad, then eventually owning my own copy once I was able to get my first VCR, to being one of the first DVDs I ever purchased.
Seeing as though I’m in my mid-thirties I unfortunately wasn’t old enough to catch this on its original release back in 1982 and ever since seeing this when I was younger yearned for a chance to watch this on the big screen at some point in my life. So earlier in 2015 I finally got my chance to see Blade Runner up on the big screen in all its glory.
As part of a special release in April 2015, Blade Runner was brought back to the screens in its Final Cut version. As I am lucky enough to own the 5 disc Ultimate Edition of this on Blu Ray, the Final Cut is actually my preferred version as this is the one that has been given the preferential treatment so it looks and sounds amazing.
The absolutely epic opening shot of the vast industrial cityscape against the hauntingly beautiful Vangelis soundtrack is one that just keeps on getting better and blows me away every time I see it. From the hover cars flying past to the illuminated super-sized mega structures of high society and mega rich corporations, watching the film unfold was like seeing it again for the first time and I felt privileged to do so.
This is truly one of those films that will stand the test of time no matter how far in to the future we go, clearly proving just how ahead of its time it was on its initial release. Heck, it could have been released as a new film in 2015 and still wouldn’t have felt out of place or cheap in any way. Such an experience. It is a visual feast for the eyes and sonically amazing. Vangelis and this film were made for each other. It’s hard to imagine anyone else scoring this film and it just wouldn’t be the same without that truly epic soundtrack.
I feel I could go on and on as there is so much of this film that you could digress and discuss, from it narrative to it’s effect on popular culture and it’s lasting impact on the movie industry in general, shit even this article! I feel that it is something I may have to come back to or develop over time.
So bottom line is if you haven’t seen this film then you owe it to yourself to grab a copy and sit back for a couple of hours to take it all in.
One last thing I will say is that if you intend on adding this to your collection then try and track down the 5 disc Ultimate Edition of this that comes in a briefcase. It has to be one of the best ‘Editions’ of any film that’s been released.