If there's one thing on my must-buy list this holiday season, it's the mega-multi disc version of Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner. They've crammed everything except for an actual Replicant into this set, and with any luck it'll be sitting on my shelf soon. That is until they release the Ultra 3D High-Def Download Only Version, Complete With Harrison Ford Commentary. Until then, I can dream.
Ridley's vision, complete with the legendary work of Syd Mead, helped turn this science fiction classic into a look at a dystopian future that still influences the look and feel of science fiction films to this day. As far as my lack-of-sleep-addled brain (Comic-Con really saps your strength, like Kryptonite) can tell, this is the first time Ridley has ever been to a Comic-Con. We were lucky to talk to him about Blade Runner, and the massive amount that's gone into this edition.
While he's calling it more "correcting" than "revising" the film, he does make a few key changes like making Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) tell Tyrell (Joe Turkel) "I want more life, father" rather than the burned into your brain "I want more life, f**ker." Sure, it's a minor change, but it really changes Batty's tone in that scene. Thankfully they didn't mess with the "tears in the rain" speech, or there would have been a massive fan uprising, the likes of which haven't been seen since the whole "Han shot first" incident.
We got just over 30 minutes with the legendary director, although our camera wasn't quite ready when he started. The first question he begins answers is "So how do you feel?" At least he gives an honest answer to that one. Some of the highlights include:
- How he feels about revisiting this film after all these years.
- Would he have called this version the official director's cut, back in 1992?
- Why has Blade Runner had such a long-lasting impact?
- Was he surprised at the massive amount of archival material that exists for a 25 year old film?
- What sort of changes or tweaks did they make to the film?
- Was there ever meant to be a Blade Runner 2?