Every time I catch a glimpse of the 5-disc Blade Runner Collectors DVD boxset on my shelf at home, I think to myself “I wonder if that really is the *final* version of the film?”. I’m kidding of course, I don’t think that all – I have the theatrical cut, the directors cut, the international cut and the “final cut” already. What more could be added?
Thankfully, the final cut really is the last cut for Deckard and company, so here we have a brand new final cut trailer, edited together by the BFI for a British cinema re-release in April.
Ridley Scott writes “This new trailer captures the essence of the film and I hope will inspire a new generation to see Blade Runner when it is re-released across the UK on 3 April”.
For me this trailer sells the movie perfectly, but then I’ve seen the film a dozen times in the last 20 years. I’m not sure that it will entice new viewers, it just feels a little spartan, as if nothing really happens. Perhaps I’ve been compelled to believe that all modern genre trailers should be full of spoilers and explosions?
At the time of this writing I’ve been doing some chores around my house. Laundry, cleaning, organizing. I’ve had the Blade Runner soundtrack playing and this track is my favorite. It’s titled “Blade Runner Blues” by Vangelis. What a great piece of music. It’s perfect for the film.
It’s very noir but also sounds like it can be placed in 2019, the year the movie is set. After listening to it, I kind of want to head out to a cozy lounge and have a couple of cocktails.
Blade Runner is certainly one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies from the 80s as well as one of my top 5 Ridley Scott films to boot. Though I’m the odd man out that prefers the original theatrical release (The 1982 version with Noir-like narration) to the Director’s Cut. I do however love this movie poster design by Lisatz from her deviantART page showing an important scene from the Director’s preferred version of his film.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo
The moniker of musician/composer Vangelis, may not be a name you recognize but you have definitely heard his music and you have definitely enjoyed his work.
Among other (what are regarded to be all time classic) works he has done as a solo artist and within bands (such as Aphrodite’s child) you will note that he not only scored Chariots of Fire but also Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
Now here for your auditory pleasure one of my favorite Vangelis pieces – Bacchanale
bac·cha·nal [n. bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adj. bak-uh-nl]
1. a follower of Bacchus.
2. a drunken reveler.
3. an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
A huge thanks as always to Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News and to Jordan Krug for supplying this behind the scenes pic of Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer who look like they are taking direction from someone off-camera. As Quint points out it is surely Ridley Scott.