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“Blade Runner” — The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers, and the Blade Runner Partnership

A Look at “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” in 2019, the Year it was Set

Dirk Hooper
May 9, 2019 · 4 min read

If you didn’t know, Blade Runner was set in 2019. While we’re not traveling off-world, we don’t have cool flying cars, and there are still no robots that look like Daryl Hannah, there’s still a lot to love about Blade Runner.

There’s never been a better time to take a look back at a film that has influenced filmmakers for the past 37 years.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut is tight. Ridley Scott removed everything that didn’t serve the story and tweaked a few things to make everything flow beautifully.

Compare what George Lucas did to the original Star Wars films to what Ridley Scott did to Blade Runner to see how a true filmmaker should tinker with his work.

If I had not done some research online, I probably would have missed about eighty percent of the changes. The results were seamless.

Blade Runner is not made for an audience that needs instant gratification.

Once the terrible narration was removed, the movie doesn’t hand you anything; you have to work to get what’s going on. It’s hard to find that sometimes today.

I like the challenge.

I was very young when I first saw Blade Runner. It’s a dark movie and looking back, I can see how it warped my brain (I guess you can decide if that was bad or good).

I have to wonder what anyone born around the millennium would think about Blade Runner today. After all, Hollywood has been swiping stuff from this film for over thirty years.

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“Blade Runner” — The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers, and the Blade Runner Partnership

The production design on that film seared itself into my subconscious.

Blade Runner didn’t just educate and inspire my art. Whether it’s the coal-black airbrushed eyes of Pris, or the square cocktail glasses that Deckard swigs from, or Roy Batty’s black leather jacket, or the fact that it rains throughout the entire film, my personal loves and sense of style are dictated by Blade Runner, and I’m just one visual artist who has drawn from this material over the past 37 years.

Terry Gilliam said,

About his film Soldier, Paul Anderson said,

The film is just gorgeous in every way. The smoky sensuous interiors, the art deco details, the moody 50’s Hollywood lighting, and that haunting Vangelis score create a world that will never be duplicated.

But make no mistake, Blade Runner is not just a pretty pony.

Ridley Scott explores how brief and precious life is, what it means to be human and even questions how much we can all trust our own memories.

The film was set in 2019 and most people will laugh at the off-world ads and replicants, but the themes of Blade Runner are exceptionally relevant today with cloning, artificial intelligence, and transhumanism on the horizon.

Clearly, I love Blade Runner. It’s my favorite film.

I’d like to hear what you think about Blade Runner below.

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“Tears in Rain” by Dirk Hooper

Quotes from “The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic,” edited by Will Brooker.

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Dirk Hooper is an award-winning writer who has been published at Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, Business Insider, Quartz, The Sporting News, Australia’s Sportal and MSN Sport. Additionally, he’s been published in kinky media like Kink Weekly, Kink~e Magazine, Kink Queens, Skin Two Magazine, Von Gutenberg Magazine, Madison Kink, and much more. He’s a contributing editor of ASN Lifestyle Magazine. He recently self-published his first novel under a pen name.

Dirk Hooper is an award-winning fine-art photographer, CEO of Sight Key Studios, audio talent, professional artist, and a consultant for Sexy Networking, a business designed to help with adult personal branding, online marketing and copywriting.

Dirk Hooper’s posts covering writing, motivation, life, business, marketing, entertainment, art, and poetry are available on his Medium Profile Page.

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