Mon, 12 September 2022
Blade Runner was released 40 years ago. Over the years it has become known as an artistic, cinematic masterpiece. Join Jay and Shua as they revisit this haunting and influential film on Enjoy Stuff!
Ridley Scott’s vision for the Philip K Dick novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ was very different from the book, and Harrison Ford’s performance as Rick Deckard helped to make Blade Runner a legendary movie.
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Forty years ago, Blade Runner was expected to be another breakout sci-fi movie for the super star Harrison Ford. It may not have been the immediate success they had hoped. But over time it has only grown in popularity. Ridley Scott, early in his career, adapted the novel by Philip K Dick called ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’. He changed the movie title to another title that he had purchased, called Blade Runner, which was not related in any way to the Dick story.
The shoot was not an easy one, and sometimes tensions were high. But in the end we were given a sci-fi, noir, dystopian, cyberpunk piece of art. With themes of identity, technology, and mortality we, as an audience, are often left to interpret the stories of each of the complex characters.
The strong use of symbolism, the unique lighting, and haunting music became a model for futuristic movies from then on. It spawned sequels and spinoffs that may or may not have captured the feel of the original. Be sure to check out Jay’s Sci-Fi Saturdays article for Blade Runner for a terrific breakdown and analysis of the whole thing.
What do you think of Blade Runner? Would you own a replicant snake? Did you read all of these show notes? First person that emails me with the subject line, “Tears in the rain” will get a special mention on the show. Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com