Monday, January 28, 2008

Blade Runner Deja Vu

There’s no denying that Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner is a hugely influential film, a strange hybrid of sci-fi and noir adapted from cult writer Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, and the forerunner of the widespread dystopian landscapes that seem to form the backbone of any recent futuristic vision. The movie, newly released as Blade Runner: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Warners, $78.92) is a compact triumph of set design, pointed narrative, and taut, polished direction. Is it worthy of a briefcase-packaged four-disc set that includes 5 separate cuts (including the with and without voice-over versions, the forced happy ending version, the director’s cut and even an original work print) of the movie? Fanatic, collector, or admirer, the set’s biggest draw may be the inclusion of “Dangerous Days” the three hour plus retrospective documentary that is overfilled with details about the making of this certifiable contemporary classic. This one stands the true Cinephile Test: Watch it on the big screen and you’ll be swept away by the force of its vision, watch it on the small screen and you’ll be drawn in by the wonderfully rendered details.

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