Unavailable for theatrical exhibition for a number of years for legal reasons, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, makes a welcome return to the big screen.Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, hired to locate and destroy ‘replicants’, the Tyrrell Corporation’s bioengineered humans who have come to Earth illegally. At the same time, the replicants, led by Rutger Hauer, seek out their creators in an attempt to have their four-year lifespan extended.
There is much to admire here: Scott’s intriguing blend of sci-fi and film noir; the stunningly realised visuals of a dystopian Los Angeles; and sufficient narrative ambiguities to ensure debate that persists, over three decades after its initial release. Having existed in numerous iterations, here we present the director’s final and definitive edit of the film, the only version over which he had complete artistic control.
(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)