Friday, December 28, 2007

Blade Runner

For Christmas, Rich bought me the new boxed set of Blade Runner! The first thing we watched was the "Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner" documentary. It was great! I think it was close to four hours long, but we stuck to it, and watched the entire thing in one sitting.
I never realized just how much of a contribution Rutger Hauer made to the film. He actually came up with the famous line, "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
Here's what the script asked for, " I've seen things.......seen things you wouldn't believe.....Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion bright as magnesium....I rode on the back decks of a blinker and watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate....(pause)...all those moments.....they'll be gone."

And here's the famous, wonderful line that we all know and love, " I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate............All those moments will be lost in tears in rain."
Excuse me......I have a lump in my throat! *sniff*

Here's one of my favorite sequences "Eye World"....Chew's laboratory where he makes eyes. It really was a meat locker, and they had to stop filming to warm the equipment up and air the place out. Everyone on the set was getting sick! But it was such an amazing environment. The whole movie had such an palpable atmosphere.

Ridley Scott wanted even seemingly insignificant props to fit in. He had them make custom magazines to sit on the news stands that were most likely to exist in the year 2019. One is called "KILL" about guard dogs you don't feed!

There are some "new" scenes in the Final Cut. One is of the goalie mask wearing Go-go dancers depicted at the bottom, here. They're only on the screen a matter of seconds, but they were originally filmed and I don't know why they were omitted. Their breasts and everything were fully covered, and they were just shown as part of the neighbourhood Deckard has to go into to find Zhora. Oh well, maybe someone found the goalie masks offensive.

A lot of the inspiration for the look of the film came from a comic book called "The Long Tomorrow" by Moebius. Ridley Scott freely admits it, and here's a panel from it. (From Rich's collection, of course.)
Also, of course, Syd Mead. They talk to him quite a bit in the documentary as well. I believe that's one of his paintings below.....and at the very bottom (right) is none other than a sketch by Ridley Scott!
You can really see the Moebius influence there, eh?


Dominic Bugatto said...

I swore that if no one bought me this for X-Mas, I'd buy it myself.

Sadly , it looks as though I'll be shelling out for it ;)

I think the stylistic parallells to Moebius are due to the fact that the screenwriter for Blade Runner was Dan O'Bannon , the same fella who wrote the 'Long Tomorrow'. I'm sure he passed samples on to Ridley Scott for inspiration.

Rich Dannys said...

Yeah, this was a bit of a Guilty Purchase.. Seeing that I was buying it for myself, as much as Suzanne.. Fortunately, we're both complete Nerds for the Film.. So it worked out! hah

Dan O'Bannon was also involved with the 'ALIEN' film. And Moebius did conceptual design for that one, too. So the relationship goes back further..
But I think Ridley Scott was probably already reading Moebius when he was attending Art College? Maybe not.. I can't recall when 'Metal Hurlant' magazine woulda hit newsstands in Europe..

The boxed set is pretty incredible. But it's comical listening to some of the Cast members cite Spanish artist: Bilal (Enki) as the main design reference.. I think Rutger Hauer even sez something that sounds like: "Belial"?!! haha

The Extras are uber-cool.. Especially the deleted scene stuff that only existed as photos in one of the 'Film Threat' digests!

Suzanne Dargie said...

Ah everyone knows it wasn't just me behind this post. I had to do it because my fiancée couldn't be bothered on HIS blog.
But I felt it was very important since this was such a ground breaking film with the most gorgeous lighting and soundtrack and art direction about it.
I didn't know about Dan O'Bannon. I don't recall them mentioning him in the documentary. Of course, Rich knows more about this film than many people I know.
I've been meaning to read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", (I've only read Philip K. Dick's short story "Imposter") but they were sure to point out that "Blade Runner" didn't end up at all like the book. It was suggested to treat the two as entirely different stories.