R | | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
The Hades landscape in the opening shot was filmed using forced perspective. The miniature itself was only 13 feet deep and 18 feet wide. Smoke was used extensively to create a sense of depth. To keep the level of smoke consistent during shooting, a smoke detector was connected to a smoke generator, and would signal it when it had to produce more smoke. Almost seven miles of fiber optics and over 2000 lights were needed to illuminate the landscape. In order to film the entire sequence, the same piece of film was exposed multiple times, each time filming a different element in the shot (such as structures, light, fire and vehicles). In order for all takes to match up, the exact camera movement had to be repeated with a motion-controlled camera up to 17 times. This put so much stress on the film that the special effects team would often find that the camera had ripped the film to shreds.
Female announcer over intercom:
Next subject: Kowalski, Leon. Engineer, waste disposal. File section: New employee, six days.
During the interview with Leon at the start, Holden says to Leon, "Shall we continue?" Later on, when Deckard is listening to the playback, you hear Holden saying, "Let's continue, shall we?"
In the "happy ending" Theatrical/International cuts, the credits play over the gorgeous scenery. In later Director/Final cuts, they play over a normal black background.
In 2007, Ridley Scott released "Blade Runner: The Final Cut", digitally remastered with improved visual and sound effects, and with numerous revisions to the 1992 Director's Cut. The more noticeable differences between The Director's Cut and The Final Cut include:
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ATS 164,276 (Austria) (29 April 1993)
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