Runner: the Final Cut
Directed by Ridley Scott, written by Philip K. Dick (novel), Hampton
Fancher, David Peoples
Until 4th December 2007
Despite being released twenty-five years ago, this amended version of
Blade Runner is being shown to sell-out audiences at the FACT Centre.
This sci-fi epic has barely dated since that time; such was the majestic
directorship of Ridley Scott, for whom this is his magnum opus.
This is the third version of the film, following Scott's Director's Cut
in 1991. Through various CGI techniques, it has a fresher look to it,
together with an enhanced musical score by Vangelis.
Not many films have such a breathtaking opening scene than Blade Runner,
with hundreds of oil refineries and processing plants littering the landscape
of Los Angeles. The closing scene, in which Roy (Rutger Hauer) prepares
to die, is equally awesome.
The other 115 or so minutes sandwiched in between the two scenes are
stupendous with a capital ‘s’.
A highly recommended book is 'The Making Of Blade Runner' by Paul M.
Sammon, available from Orion publishers.