Ian’s Holiday Films - 2) Blade Runner [Final Cut] (2007, orig. 1982)
IMDB Plot summary: 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.
My Summary: A genuine (cult?) classic, it still looks and sounds amazing years after it’s original release. This is the first time I’ve managed to watch the Final Cut in it’s entirety and all I can say is that it’s never looked better. The tweaks are minor and not out of place (unlike the Star Wars updates) and the whole film looks a lot sharper with the digital restoration. What got me about the film itself this time are the real hints of classic film noir / Sam Spade style detective films there are throughout the film from the shots and lighting used to the addition of “One More Kiss Dear" to the soundtrack. The other thing that got me this time is the subtlety. Despite all of the neon, futuristic, busyness, the film itself is generally quite slowly paced with Harrison Ford’s slightly annoyed but reserved performance at the centre.