It All Goes Back to Blade Runner

Everything basically goes back to Blade Runner for me. It’s my favorite movie of all time, so I am understandably stoked about the upcoming sequel.

Ridley Scott is supposedly wooing 71-year-old Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Deckard. (If I’m going into full-sci-fi-nerd mode here, I might find this problematic since Deckard turns out to be a Nexus-6 replicant in the film and technically would not have aged.)

However, I am so excited about a sequel at this point that I would pay top dollar to watch Harrison Ford eat lunch at Red Lobster – as long as he wore that cool trench coat.

Blade Runner Advertising Shot

Advertising of the Future: Why hasn’t this happened yet? I would buy literally anything a 17-story geisha told me to. 

16 Comments on “It All Goes Back to Blade Runner”

  1. Kristi Apple says:

    Do you have this on tape anywhere. Never saw!! I know!!!!!!

  2. Judy Lawson says:

    Oh, Mandynga…you would be so jealous of Bun. She MET Deckard aka Han Solo live and in person. He bought a plane from her company! WOOHOO. She said he was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet. 🙂

  3. Joe Rocco says:

    I have the 6 disc special edition of Blade Runner, including “The Final Cut”, which is really the best version of Blade Runner out there. Have you seen the documentary “Dangerous Days”? It’s over 3 hours long and is about the Blade Runner from the Philip K. Dick book to the original screenplay to the casting and pre-production, then production, post production and the small improvements Ridley Scott made for “The Final Cut”. He did things like digitally erase the wires that showed in the rain on the spinners as they blasted vertically and the scene where Zhora is shot in the back and runs into the store glass windows before collapsing to her death was vastly improved. Scott literally had Joanna Cassidy come back and he replaced her head over the stunt woman’s head digitally, so there’s no sign of the awful fakey-stunt wig and he even made Joanna Cassidy look as young as she did in 1982 by adjusting her head digitally onto the stunt woman’s body. Crazy, right? By the way, Max and I were in the Bradbury building recently when we were visiting a Danish friend and his wife who I knew back in New York. They recently relocated here and are renting a downtown loft space. I was completely wooed by the whole “Blade Runner” experience because downtown near Spring and Broadway is now becoming extremely Blade Runner-like.

    • Mandy F. says:

      Is “Dangerous Days” included on “The Final Cut”? Because I definitely need to see that as soon as possible. Every time I watch “Blade Runner” I crave Top Ramen. Ha.

  4. Joe Rocco says:

    Also…I believe that replicants can age. They just had 3 year lifespans, except for Rachael and Deckard, who had undetermined lifespans, just like any human. They were just genetically superior to humans. Stronger too. The book explains that they were designed for off-world colonies to be stronger and do the tasks that humans could not.

    • Mandy F. says:

      If this was Nerd Poker, you just saw my geek level and raised the fanboy ante up by 1000. I bow to your even-scarier level of replicant trivia, Ellie.

  5. Joe Rocco says:

    Dangerous Days is the second disc on the 2-disc set for “The Final Cut”, if you should order it. I have both that set and the 6-disc Collector’s edition which has every cut imaginable. If you’re a die hard fan of Blade Runner…and I know that you are…then you MUST see that documentary. It’s divided into very distinctive chapters and takes forever to watch, but it’s fascinating. Ridley Scott is an impressive illustrator in his own right. He storyboarded Blade Runner and Alien, by the way, and his drawings are incredible. He brought Syd Mead in to create the exploratory pre-production drawings and illustrations, but it really was Ridley Scott who felt that cities like Los Angeles and New York would become more like Hong Kong, with a constant bombardment of giant LED billboards and older retro-fitted buildings amidst a modern skyline. Now that we have companies like Terrafugia, I’m sure that flying police cars are on their way by 2019.

  6. Joe Rocco says:

    I forgot to mention, have you seen this image?

    It’s for real….

    You mentioned that you wondered when we would see advertising on buildings akin to BR…well, it’s here.

  7. Mandy F. says:

    Wow, the TF-X is soooo Blade Runner. I want one! I don’t have The Final Cut but I am ordering it today.

  8. DeAnna says:

    I got totally sidetracked with Joe’s comment about a Philip K. Dick book. Anthony Weiner must be so jealous that he didn’t get that moniker – Phil Dick! OK, immature moment over, back to reading about Blade Runner and The Final Cut.

  9. Joe Rocco says:

    I think I forgot to tell you that “Dangerous Days” is included in the 2-disc set for “Blade Runner” The Final Cut”. It’ pretty sumptuous for the devoted BR fan.

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