A Milestone Of Science Fiction And A Cyberpunk Masterpiece!
This is truly one of the greatest science fiction films ever made, one that requires a thinking viewer in order to understand and appreciate it. The Director's Cut is the recommended one to see as it omits a somewhat distracting narration and avoids an unnecessary Hollywood-style ending that is at odds with the rest of the film's tone, I would also recommended The Final Cut too . A true science fiction story or film is about ideas, not spaceship battles, futuristic gadgets, or weird creatures. Blade Runner fully qualifies as this in its examination of the impact of technology on human society, existence, and the very nature of humanity itself. These themes are set in a fairly basic detective story that moves slowly but gradually builds power as the viewer is immersed in a dystopian futuristic Los Angeles. Harrison Ford fans accustomed to the normally dynamic roles that he plays may be dissatisfied with the seemingly lifeless lead character that he portrays here as the replicant-hunting detective known as a Blade Runner. They should be, for this dissatisfaction is part of the film experience, part of the dehumanized existence in the story's setting. However, as the story unfolds, we see Harrison Ford's character, Rick Deckard, slowly come alive again and recover some humanity while pursing four escaped replicants. The Replicants, genetically-engineered human cyborgs, that Deckard must hunt down and kill are in many ways more alive than Deckard himself initially. Their escape from an off-world colony has an explicit self-directed purpose, whereas Deckard’s life appears to have none other than his job, one that he has tried to give up. By some standards, Deckard and the Replicants have thin character development. However, this is a deeply thematic and philosophical film, and as such the characters are the tools of the story's themes. Each character reflects some aspect of humanity or human existence, but they lack others, for each is broken in ways that reflect the broken society in which they live and were conceived/created. There are several dramatic moments involving life-and-death struggles, but most of these are more subdued than in a normal detective story plot. The film's power is chiefly derived through its stunning visual imagery of a dark futuristic cityscape and its philosophical themes. Among the themes explored are the following: - The dehumanization of people through a society shaped by technological and capitalistic excess. - The roles of creator and creation, their mutual enslavement, and their role reversal, i.e., the creation's triumph over its creator. - The nature of humanity itself: emotions, memory, purpose, desire, cruelty, technological mastery of environment and universe, mortality, death, and more. - Personal identity and self-awareness. - The meaning of existence. If you are not someone who naturally enjoys contemplating such themes, the film's brilliance may be lost on you. The climax involves a soliloquy that brings many of the themes together in a simple yet wonderfully poetic way. Anyone who "gets" the film should be moved by this; others will sadly miss the point and may prefer watching some mindless action flick instead. Blade Runner is a masterpiece that deserves recognition and long remembrance in film history!
Deeply atmospheric classic film
By Solid Spartan 72
Watched this film when it was first released and fell in love with its dark slow futuristic ambience . My favorite classic hands down , Just cant seem to get enough of its mood . Im drawn to it at least 2 times a year !
R.I.P RUTGER , YOU ARE A LEGEND AND YOU AND YOUR WORDS , WILL NEVER...........
"BE LOST IN TIME LIKE TEARS IN THE RAIN"
Great Film, Terrible conversion
All of the Warner Bros content so far on the Apple TV 4k is very, very graining but this is by far the biggest offender. The film is as amazing as it has always been and the Final Cut is the definative verison. But the 4K conversion is truly horrendous. The grain and noise level is so bad that in some scenes it borders on unwatchable. Warner Bros have not cleaned up the print at all, just seemingly upscaled and sharpened it. This, along with the strange artifacting of the new H.265 / HEVC codec, creates a very poor viewing experience.
Hate on this- but I bought it especially for the 3 hours of special features and they weren’t there!
Blade runner is one of my favourite films and this version is definitely the best. An excellent picture (in HD) in fact it looks better than how I remember seeing it at the imax cinema attached to the museum of film photography and television in Bradford back in the early nineties.
Looking forward to seeing it again in 4K when I get a new Apple TV.
This film is simply stunning in its vision, story, and cinematography. The soundtrack by Vangelis is also second to none. Such rich dark atmosphere and thought provoking questions which call for soul searching, and a reconsideration of what we define as life, worth, dreams and consciousness. A truly remarkable cinematic achievement, absolutely top of the intelligent science fiction genre.
Now stunningly remastered and presented in 4K with an incredible iTunes Extras package. Giving a very broad perspective of the films production and continuing legacy.
So outdated and dull as dishwater
By Jez W
I rented this film as a prelude to going to the cinema to see the new film. I was frankly so bored with pace and artsy fartsy nonesense I could not bring myself to watch all the way to the end. I am VERY pleased I spent 3.49 pounds on this, as it has saved me paying more money at the cinema AND saved me from wasting 3 hours to see the next one ! Avoid, Avoid and Avoid.
This is a brilliant movie made in 1982
To all you idiots demanding in be in HD and giving it one star over ridiculous things just because it’ how you think it should be
The best ScFi Movie of all time gets even better in 4K 😄
Everything about this movie is great!
From the stunning visual effects to the mesmerising soundtrack and not forgetting a great cast of actors who all played their part in this spectacular masterpiece in filmmaking.
£6.99 for a 4K movie is an absolute bargain, and including all the extra features!