I have owned the limited edition DVD of Blade Runner since 2007. Up until today I had only watched this version once. It’s not that the film wasn’t good, far from it, it’s just that I never made the time to watch it again.
The box set was covered in dust from sitting on our shelf for ten years. I completely forgot what was inside of it. My children were amazed and began asking questions of it. Why is there a toy car? What is the silver unicorn about? Why did the film come in a briefcase? Which version are we going to watch?
That was the trick question. Which version do you watch when there are four different ones included? Why bother including any others but the one the director calls the “FINAL VERSION”? So that was the one we watched today.
After the film, my kids asked even more questions. Like why did it end that way? What happens next?
I never knew the answers to these questions when I saw it as a child myself. Now that there is a sequel out, perhaps there will be some closure.
The first Blade Runner is visually stunning. The music and sound effects are integral to the flow of the movie. Over the past week or so, I have been doing my best to avoid reviews of the new film. I will be going in to see it with an unbiased opinion. My children would like to see it as well. They have those unanswered questions lingering about. Lucky for them, they only have to wait a few days before we go to see it. Unlike the rest of us who waited a few decades.