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    Okay, so Ive just spent the weekend drenching myself in all things Blade Runner. A friend at work loaned me the book: Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M Sammon and also loaned me his Blade Runner Collectors Editition Briefcase that contained 5 discs. Watched the original US Release Theatrical Version last night, the DVD containing a complete breakdown of the movie today and tomorrow will watch the Pre Release Workprint version and then the Deleted/Alternate Scenes DVD.

    I love Blade Runner as you may be able to tell (woot, woot, closet geek alert!)...

    Anyone else out there a fan?


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    Hi there
    Absolutely fantastic movie but i must say i have only seen it about 5 times.


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    Definitely - one of my all time favourites. Harrison Fords best movie!

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    One of my favourites, too. When I first saw it, it had the Harrison Ford voiceover. *A few years later I saw the "Directors Cut" (minus the voiceover). Im still not sure which one I prefer.
    I love the music too.

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    With the voiceover -v- non-voiceover versions, Ive watched both again recently (the Final Cut about 6 weeks ago). *To tell you the truth, I dont mind either version. * Whilst the non V/O one is great, I dont think I would have understood it anywhere near as much if I hadnt watched the V/O version way back when.

    One thing about this movie in particular is, now Im watching it on DVD and it is so much better quality, its brilliant being able to see all the Cityscapes in crystal clear quality - I spent most of the Theatrical version the night before last just leisurely looking at all the backgrounds and checking out all the bloopers it had mentioned in the book (although it does sort of spoil the immersion factor when youre doing so!)

    Cmon Mal, keep up - only 5 times! Actually, truth be told, Ive only watched it about 5 times myself now: the Workprint Version will be the sixth, although I have to say Ive only watched the same version a couple of times (the International Cut). In order of appearance, Ive so far seen:-

    * International Cut - some time many years ago: not when it first came out because I was only about 13, but rented it on Video as soon as I was able to and then again about 10 years ago;
    * Directors Cut - bought the CD about 6 months ago and watched it;
    * The Final Cut - about 6 weeks ago;
    * The US Theatrical Cut - the night before last.

    If you get the opportunity, read the aforementioned Future Noir book - its a really interesting read.

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    How about the story--"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"--Philip K Dick, if I remember correctly?

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    Yes, read that also - a great book!

    My personal preference is not to compare fictional Sci Fi with movies based on them, though because they usually detour so far off the track that they are almost completely unrecognisable. *There are a number that spring to mind - I, Robt and The Running Man being the ones that stand out to me.

    About the only book that Ive read that was translated into a movie fairly accurately was Contact (another of my all time favourite movies - it doesnt hold that distinction in the reading stakes, though - this is held by Eon by Greg Bear and the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov).

    And I dont blame necessarily the scriptwriters for the anomolies/transgressions - if you tried making a book accurately into a movie, the movie would either be 5 minutes long (because the majority of a sci fi book is scene setting so you can visualise what the author is talking about) or 5 hours long with voiceovers directly from a book. Either way, it wouldnt be a money spinner.

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    Hoyks, did you catch any of the screenings of The Final Cut around Sydney and Melbourne in late 2007?

    twas great to finally see it on the big screen!

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    No, I didnt unfortunately. Because Im in Newcastle, it would have entailed a 2 hour round trip and, at that stage, I couldnt justify the petrol or accommodation charges (still cant, I guess, actually - Id kill to go down to Sydney for Coldplays Concert but another one of my favourites Ill miss out on, darn it!)

    Still, the way this movie keeps going, itll hit a resurgence in the Cinemas again some time in the future and I will go.

    Funnily enough, out of all my favourite Sci Fi movies, the only one Ive seen on the big screen is Star Wars and I saw it at the Drive In about 27 years ago or so.

    Okay, now Im feeling really old! :D

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    Hey Di, does the Final Cut differ very much from the Directors Cut? Which version do you prefer?

    And if you feel old, I must confess that I saw the original version when it came out at the cinema.

    Speaking of favourite Sci Fi movies, I remember seeing Alien when it was first released. I saw it with my brother and his (then) wife. She left when the little alien popped out of John Hurts stomach......

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    Hi Andy

    The Final Cut is a lot cleaner than the original - a few of the scenes have been reshot and added back in so the continuity is not quite as bad in some spots (I can tell you what the differences are if youd like me to, but I dont want to spoil it if you like investigating these things yourself) but, truthfullly, I dont personally think there are that many differences.

    I was watching the Working Print yesterday and Ridley Scott introduced it saying that it was substantially different to the other version and, yes it was a lot grainier, the music was quite different and the shots had a lot of shadow and were harder to see but, overall, the actual story line was much the same (other than the dream sequence shot and the ending shot from the Theatrical Version hadnt been added in at this stage).

    Funny story about Alien - my Mum took us children to see it back when it first came out at the Drive Ins (I grew up in a place called Port Hedland in the North of WA, and we didnt have a cinema to go to there at that stage - they probably still dont!) thinking that it was just a bog standard Sci-Fi movie about little green men. It got to that first scene of the alien coming out of the stomach and immediately packed us up and went home. Unfortuately, being an impressionable 10 year old or so, it had been enough to freak me out severely and Ive never been able to watch the movie since! I really should give it another go, though - I only really discovered it was another Ridley Scott movie while doing all my BR viewings/reading the book and I now understand his movie making a lot better so might be able to appreciate the movie without concentrating on the gorey bits.

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    Hi Di, thanks for that. I will have to watch the Final Cut and then decide which version I prefer.

    Ridley Scott sure knows how to make riveting movies.

    I think you should give Alien another go. I have the complete box set of Alien movies. That reminds me: its about time I watched them again.



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