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Blade Runner: The Final Cut

A Futuristic Vision Perfected 

Year: 2007 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is expected to have certain elements which are subtitled, but it is not expected that the entire film will contain them. 
Directed by Ridley Scott 
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young  
An image from Blade Runner: The Final Cut

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18:30 Friday 2nd December 2022

Review:

Before you see Blade Runner: 2049, make sure to watch the magnificent sci-fi masterpiece that is Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut. There’s been several cuts of Blade Runner, but this one is as the director intended it to be seen and is, arguably, the best. Ridley Scott redefined the genre and practically created the sci-fi noir with the brooding and beautiful world of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) - a “blade runner” whose job it is to find and terminate androids.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner is a classic of its time and maintains a place in cinema history due to its stellar cinematography and cerebral musings. But there’s more to Blade Runner than that. Revolutionary to its time, it inspired many of the science fiction films and books that fill our screens today and even on rewatch, there’s always something new to see.

It’s beautiful on the big screen, so don’t miss your chance to see it!

Tiff Milner

Ridley Scott’s undisputed masterpiece (sorry, Alien) and perhaps the greatest sci-fi film of all time, Blade Runner presents an unrivalled depiction of a dystopian future America. Set in 2019 Los Angeles, Blade Runner follows Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the eponymous hunter of ‘replicants’ (bioengineered androids). Deckard is charged with ‘retiring’ four runaway replicants, who have arrived on Earth seeking to extend their deliberately-limited lifespans of four years. But the plot serves more as a vehicle for a number of important philosophical questions (for example, what does it mean to be ‘human’?) and for the stunning world-building.

Blade Runner’s L.A. is a fully-realised noir metropolis, and has aged incredibly well despite the film being over thirty years old. The film is among the best shot of all time – with revelatory cinematography and lighting crafting a sustained dark, eerie atmosphere. Aided by Vangelis’s iconic, synth-heavy ambient score, Scott delivers a truly singular vision. Presented here in all its Final Cut glory, the film is stripped of the Theatrical Cut’s studio-imposed happy ending and Harrison Ford’s expository narration, and is much the better for it. Needless to say, Blade Runner is a must-see for any film-lover; just don’t go in expecting total clarity – like perhaps all great works of art, Scott presents more questions than he answers.

Jack Short

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Screenings of this film:

2014/2015 Summer Term (digital)
2017/2018 Spring Term (digital)
2022/2023 Autumn Term (digital)