A decade later, its reputation was sufficiently rehabilitated for Scott to take back control and restore his original vision, firstly in the 1991 Director’s Cut and later the 2007 Final Cut.
After no fewer than seven different edits, Scott’s unfinished symphony was finally complete.
Animals are dying out, and have consequently become vastly expensive luxuries, but synthetic pets are commonplace.
A new Christian-style religion based on empathy, Mercerism, has developed a huge following.
Stripped of voiceover and happy ending, this is the definitive version returning to cinemas. When I close my eyes I can still see that opening sequence…
It’s like being transported to the ultimate city of the future, with all the good things and all the bad things about it. Dick The enduring cult surrounding author Philip K.
In purely aesthetic terms, Blade Runner remains one of the influential pop-culture creations of the modern age.
It is certainly one of the most achingly beautiful, sumptuously art-directed films ever.
But these changes were not enough to save the film at the box office.
It opened to mixed reviews and lukewarm crowds, failing to recoup its swollen million budget.