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1980s, 1990s, Alternative Reality, Dystopian Future

Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1992)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) AA
Source of story A novel by Phillip K Dick ( Actually I thought it was a short story)
Writer/s Script Hampton Fanchor, David Peoples
Additional Info The appear to have been seven versions of this film, and I think the one I saw the other day was either the Director’s Cut which I first saw in Aberdeen in the early 1990s or the Final Cut. The changes relate in the main to Rachael I think. The first release was in 1982.
Director Ridley Scott
Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joanna Cassidy
Elevator Pitch In a future 2019 replicants, which are created humanoids, are used for a variety of offworld tasks, but four escape to Los Angeles and must be tracked down and killed by a Blade Runner. His investigation starts with the owner of the company which has manufactured the replicants, who submits a young woman who appears to be his niece for testing. She also is a replicant, so what to do?
Content Many scenes in a dark rain soaked city, which appears to have stronge Chinese influences. In violent confrontations some of the replicants are terminated, the Blade Runner using his special hand gun. Extaordinary set pieces in the Bradbury Building, home of the toymaker Sebastian. Just a bit of nudity
A View This version of the film is a help when you come to see Blade Runner 2049 which seems to clear up one of the ambiguities of the original. Seeing it again I enjoyed it more than the sequel, and I would absolutely recommend it, so it becomes the 17th film in my “Must See” category.

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