On The Edge Of Blade Runner

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Today Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner The Final Cut gets a special one day select cinema release, as part of the BFI’s “Days of Fear and Wonder” season, before a general roll out nationwide in April 2015. To celebrate, here is Mark Kermode’s documentary On The Edge Of Blade Runner (directed by Andrew Abbott), produced for Channel 4 in 2000. It’s too bad it won’t run for ever, but then again, what does?

The documentary features interviews with many of the players in front of and behind the cameras, with the exceptions of Harrison Ford and Sean Young.  It covers exhaustive details such as the difficult test screenings and postproduction editing/changes, such as the multiple attempts at the voice over; the studio requested happy ending, the deleted Holden hospital scene; also the special effects, and Vangelis score. It also goes into the unhappy relationship between the filmmakers and the investors, which culminated in producer Michael Deeley and director Ridley Scott being fired but still working on the film. The question of whether or not Deckard is a replicant surfaces.

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