Blade Runner

Blade Runner

DVD - 2007
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In a futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, detective Rick Deckard is a highly rated "Blade Runner" assigned to find and kill illegal cybernetic "replicants", genetic creations with superhuman abilities. Pulled unwillingly out of retirement, Deckard is forced into one last case, six exceptionally dangerous replicants who have escaped from slave labor and made their way into the city, apparently with plans to gain vengeance on the corporate masters who created them. In the course of investigation, Deckard falls in love with a beautiful woman who holds a disturbing secret, creating additional doubt and confusion in Deckard's mind. This 2007 "final cut" was remastered with improved visual and sound effects, and made some revisions to the 1992 "director's cut" revision.

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List - CRRL Picks: Cyberpunk
CRRLAdults Jun 10, 2014

An adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,' Blade Runners are futuristic cops assigned to hunt and terminate illegal cyborgs called replicants, creations so close to human as to be almost indistinguishable. This is not referred to as execution, but rather 'retirement.'

Deckard is a “blade runner”, a man who makes a living hunting down escaped replicants, synthetic beings that seek freedom. His last assignment is to hunt down five particularly troublesome escaped replicants. Along the way, he will make startling discoveries about the corporation that created t... Read More »


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xiaojunbpl12
Jun 28, 2017

The more times I watched it (except for a few brutal scenes), the more I like it.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 27, 2017

Perhaps on its deepest level, "Blade Runner" explores ... a theme as old as Genesis and the myth of Prometheus, and iterated in "Paradise Lost," Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and in Blake's arcane, visionary mythology.

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stedder
Jun 06, 2017

See the Wikipedia article, "Versions of Blade Runner," for an explanation of what's in and what's out of the various versions available. Certainly this Final Cut is the only one with the full "unicorn dream" sequence.

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chriscoleman
Apr 22, 2017

I'm not sure why this is called "The Final Cut". It's in letterbox format (widescreen with black at top and bottom) which is annoying. There was only a five second part added near the beginning and other than that it was identical to every other release I have seen of this film. Still a classic, but why "final cut"? I think maybe they took more out than they put in.

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doges
Apr 17, 2017

The plot? Doesn't really matter, like a lot of cyberpunk. Like, you can debate if Deckard is a replicant or not or whether you like the original narration, but really that's not the point of the movie. The point is the mood: overbuilt near future metropolis where the pollution and rain mix to make it a constant haze among the giant arcologies and highrises with neon blaring through. Basically the setting is far more important and interesting than the characters. The visuals are achieved with excellent model work and optical effects (some of which made possible by newly invented at the time computer controlled camera tracking), and a perfectly moody synth soundtrack by Vangelis. This film has defined the look of many, many, of our 'movie futures' for over 30 years now.

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patch666
Apr 05, 2017

My personal favorite as greatest movie ever made. It visually stunning and musically hypnotic. The use of depth, light, color and shadows are astounding. It's not science fiction or film noir but a love story that asks the questions of about life, death, mortality and evil, what it means to be human and to love. A perfect film. a work of art and a philosophical landmark. It's cinematic influence is still felt. 420

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pcfabris
Feb 07, 2017

I found it very dark and moody and very visceral. Liked the version with the narration the best because it added dialogue to the film. Like Indiana Jones and Star Wars, a movie that stood way above what Hollywood was pumping out at the time.

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JihadiConservative
Jan 11, 2017

Blade Runner is a brilliant and visually stunning achievement that stands as a modern sci-fi masterpiece.

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Hypatya
Oct 07, 2016

This particular copy includes the commentary from the director, and two other filmmakers.

Wow, I never watched a movie with the director's comments before! I learned so many things and noticed so many subtleties that I had not perceived the first 25 times I have watched this film!!

Now it is dearer to me! So special!

ARTISTIC, SUCCESSFUL, and GOOD. What a special feature.

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looper46
Apr 05, 2016

A really gritty shot of the near future(2019). This movie gets better every time I watch it, at least once a year. One of the things I enjoy is seeing ads for companies that were in existence when the film was made(Atari, TDK et al)
The visuals are stunning and the costumes and the street scenes are far-out. Looks like the future might not be all we hope for. Oh well, we can always go "off-world" to rebuild our meaningless lives.

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kevfarley May 16, 2012

What do you want?,.. "MORE LIFE".

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

(To complement bdls206's rendition) Dr. Tyrell: "Commerce is our goal here at Tyrell... more human than human is our motto..."

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

Batty: "Fiery the angels fell... deep thunder roared around their shores... burning with fires of oak..."

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

Dr. Tyrell: "The light that burns twice as bright... burns half as long..."

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Monolith
Feb 18, 2012

Deckard: "Replicants are like any other machine... they're either a benefit or a hazard."

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Batty: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Tyrell: "More human than human" is our motto.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Deckard: [narrating] They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.

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Etuq Mar 02, 2016

Etuq thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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LibrarianMan
Oct 28, 2009

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pie
Jul 08, 2008

pie thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jabey
Jun 12, 2008

jabey thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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pie
Jul 08, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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jabey
Jun 12, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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icerider
Jun 10, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

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