It’s been 25 years since the release of ‘Blade Runner,’ Ridley Scott’s science fiction cult film turned classic, but only now has his original vision reached the screen.
An earlier director’s cut played in theaters 15 years ago to great fanfare and is still available on DVD. But the new one is something different: darker, bleaker, more beautifully immersive.
The film, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,’ takes place in Los Angeles in 2019. It follows a cop named Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) who hunts down androids — or, in the film’s jargon, replicants— that have escaped from their slave cells on outer-space colonies and are trying to blend in back on Earth.
For the new director’s cut, the special-effects footage was digitally scanned at 8,000 lines per frame, four times the resolution of most restorations, and then meticulously retouched. The results look almost 3-D.
Fred Kaplan, The New York Times
The spectacle is still there; the most richly detailed future ever seen on screen is visible for all to enjoy. ‘Blade Runner’ fully and richly deserves its reputation. It is simply one of the most extraordinary films ever made.
Nick Cramp, BBC Film
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh