A towering achievement in visual effects, mood, and style that left a lasting influence on science-fiction cinema, Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner comes to the Frida Cinema in its definitive director-approved edition, Blade Runner: The Final Cut.
Nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Visual Effects, Blade Runner is an adaptation of the 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick, and is set in a dystopian Los Angeles in November, 2019 where synthetic humans known as Replicants are bioengineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work essentially as slaves on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) escape back to Earth, burnt-out police officer and “Blade Runner” (a special force assigned to terminate Replicants) Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down. During his investigations, Deckard meets Rachael (Sean Young), an advanced replicant who causes him to question the morality of his work.
An elegantly-achieved highwire act that combined science-fiction with film noir, Blade Runner was underseen and undervalued upon its release, due largely to the fact that a lighter and more accessible science-fiction story – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial – was released just two weeks before Blade Runner. Thankfully, Scott’s visionary film has nevertheless has achieved rabid appreciation from film lovers and critics alike, many of whom place Blade Runner at the top of Best Science Fiction Film lists.
We will be presenting the Ridley Scott-approved 117-minute Final Cut, or 25th-Anniversary Edition, briefly released by Warner Bros. theatrically in October 2007, remastered in stunning 4K with a completely new 5.1 mix restored from the original track elements, and restoring some elements that had been excised from the film upon its initial release.
“★★★★. This is a seminal film, building on older classics like Metropolis or Things to Come, but establishing a pervasive view of the future that has influenced science fiction films ever since.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“★★★★. This definitive print should be the last little push that “Blade Runner” needs to complete its 25-year journey from box office failure to cult favorite to full-blown classic.” – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
“★★★★. The opportunity to see one of the milestone visual achievements in a big hall with a giant screen is not to be missed. And even if you saw Blade Runner in a theater in 1982, this will be an entirely new experience.” – Jack Mathews New York Daily News