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Blade Runner, Blade Runner, Blade Runner, and sci-fi cinema is ded

This past weekend, the highly anticipated "Final Cut" of the 25 year old epic Blade Runner, made it's big screen debut at the Venice Film Festival. The reviews and chatter are still rolling in, but most of what I've found so far reports that Final Cut is even darker, and we're still not sure if Deckard dreams of electric sheep.

A hearty thank you to the UK Times Online for following Blade Runner in Venice, while most of the other mainstream news outlets seemed to brush it aside:

Blade Runner: The Final Cut
- Sept. 3, 2007

At last, a Blade to run with
: Ridley Scott is happy with Blade Runner: The Final Cut. So is our chief film critic - Sept. 6, 2007

Perhaps there was less Venician hyperbola about the new version of Blade Runner because it is not a brand new premiere, but maybe it has to do with something that Ridley Scott commented on during the festival: that "sci-fi cinema is dead":

Ridley Scott at the Venice Film Festival: "Sci-Fi Cinema is Dead" - Cinematical, Sept. 4, 2007

Maybe so, but with every death something new is born. What that is we will have to see. I don't think mini and mobil technology is necessarily "it", as Scott blames for filmmaking woes, but at least sci-fi can go back to the underground only to resurge a bigger and badder monster.

Here's the Venice announcement of BRTFC as the Midnight Surprise sceening.

"I've seen things"
... anyhew! I'm still eagerly awaiting any possible theatrical run of BRTFC, and of course the coming mega-DVD release this December. In honor of this Blade madness, I'm laying down some linkage...

First and foremost is the most important, although totally commersh. The new official Blade Runner: The Final Cut website. Its sleek and shiny and has some nice clippage, including from some of the documentary we'll be seeing on the DVD.

"A new life awaits you, in the off-world colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure"

Although not an official site, The Blade Zone ought to at least be considered the official fan site. very cool info in there, so check it out and join the fandom! Make sure to link through to these instructions to build a cutout spinner - too awesome.

There's also BR.com :)

Wanna know everything there is to know about anything related to Blade Runner? Somehow, I found this archive list of articles online, some scholarly, some maybe not so much.

Bah - There's tons more out there. I better post this before Blogger pulls that outage on me mid-post.


nob01 said...

I have to say, I'm pretty stoked about all of this. The reviews sound amazing, and the chance to see it on the big screen again will just about cap off a fantastic year.
As for Sci-Fi cinema being 'ded' - it may be a little bit poxy, but it ain't dead, not just yet.

starthunder said...

man i wish i were in venice last weekend. and MAN i hope the BRTFC theater run really happens *and* if it does, i hope i dont have to travel 5 hours just to see it (we dont get things like that up in these parts)

nob01 said...

If you're gonna travel for that long, you might as well to Cali to watch it :-)
We've always got a spare room!

Hey - Blade Runner party - I'm bringing the sushi...

starthunder said...

you're so right nob - whats another 30 or 40 hours drive? i'll bring the candy uni-corn :)