Analyze Blade Runner

There are two versions of Blade Runner; the first version was released in 1982. Then the other version of Blade Runner was released in 1992. The characters in Blade Runner are Harrison Ford who plays Rick Deckard, Rutger Hauer – Roy Batty, Sean Young – Rachel, Edward James Olmos – Gaff, Deryl Hannah – Pris, Joe Tyrell – Tyrell, Brian James – Leon, M.Emmet Walsch – Byrant, William.J.Sanderson – Sebastien, Joanna Cassidy – Zhora, Morgan Paull and James Hong – Chew. The main star is Rick Deckard who plays Blade Runner.

The plots in both films are exactly the same; the film is in 2019 and based in L.A. The reason for these two versions was because the first Blade Runner was changd by the back stage producers. Ridley Scott after ten years decided to produce his own version of the Blade Runner. The film is a detective story. Roy Batty like any good villain is the most complex character in Blade Runner. Being a with the best physical and mental capacity afforded to Replicates, he is designed to survive, fight and kill quickly with no remorse. With these qualities Roy successfully leads a group of four of his fellow Replicates to Earth by hijacking a shuttle and killing the crew and passengers. In the opening sequence an eye is overlooking the “Hades” landscape. This could be someone regarding their new surroundings, but it can also be a metaphor indicating the film is scrutinizing the audience (Humanity). If the eye is Roy’s, it could also be an indication of his internal conflict; or even that Humanity can be closely examined through him

We see Roy for the first time in a vid-phone as his stiffening hand indicates his biological clock is running out. With the loss of one of his friends to a security field in a direct assault, and the discovery of Leon at Tyrell Corp., Roy demonstrates great flexibility in switching tactics. Upon Leon’s return Roy asks, “Did you get your precious photos?” It seems Roy did not approve of Leon trying to get them, and maybe Roy finds the photos themselves as unimportant.

The clothes and costume that has been worn by the characters is quite a variety. Deckard, Rachel and all humans are wearing clothes, which were worn in the early and middle 90’s. The replicants are wearing more modern type of clothes. The replicants seem to be the more advanced and more fashionable people in the world. This I think is done so that the humans can tell the differences between themselves and the replicants. There is massive 40’s theme involved in the film because Deckard and Rachel are wearing the 40’s type of dresses and outfits, but the replicants are more cyber punk clothes and much more futuristic. This may seem like humans are going the opposite way in time, this takes place in both versions of the film, and this is known as “retrofitting”.

L.A is a very commercial city, everywhere you go you at least see one big massive poster with and advertisement on it. It has been a big reference to big companies such as TDK, Coca-Cola and Mitsubishi being everywhere. As you can see there are a lot of Oriental people in the movie. This was because the director knew that Japan was the fastest and most advanced technology at that time. This subject is brought up many times. You see this when Harrison Ford asks for some noodles in the film.

For the interior settings the lighting is very dark, there is a very low level of light in the background and in the front setting. The harsh level of light in the background is created by the number of constant cars passing throughout the film. The use of smoke is to make everything seem misty is important as it represents a covering up of the truth. Another part of the interior settings for the lighting is a camera that gives out neon lights. This is used so that it gives an artificial look to the whole place.

The music to the film is by a composer called Vangelis.. The sound is very strong and it gets to your ears as if something bad has happened in other words a sign of uncertainty.

The difference of the film affects the way the film is interpreted. The first thing that was removed was the voice- over. There are many good and bad things about the voice – over. Firstly the good reasons, the voice – over adds information to the character and the setting. It makes sure that we understand the film as we should and we don’t step out of line. Secondly, the voice – over gives us a noir style narrative. Films that are based on a noir style usually have a voice – over. Also, the voice – over makes Deckard look human because he speaking to himself and thinking. It also adds interest to the audience because of the sound and action.

The bad reasons for the voice – over is because it makes it too easy for the audience to know what’s happening. In other words it makes you feel as if you’re dumb. It also makes Deckard to human at times in the film. The voice – over also removes the ambiguity from the film. The voice – over makes it intrusive.

This would be a good reason to have in the film because it has a satisfying closure and the happy ending gives it a romantic ending. The happy ending also contradicts with the film especially with the nature of the film. It kind of changes the setting instantly because it contradicts with pollution. In the happy ending there’s no pollution like there was in the film. The happy ending looses its edge meaning that it was not so romantic and happy movie, but when the happy ending is added then it gives the audience a different feeling.

The Break ending in the Blade Runner – The Directors Cut is there for its ambiguity and its traditional noir – ish feel. When the directors cut version of Blade Runner finishes it leaves the audience with a lot of questions to go home and think about. It holds there concentration. It also has its bad points because the break ending for the 1992 version is too black and it has no closure to the film.

I personally think that the Directors Cut version of Blade Runner is much better than the 1982 version. I really didn’t like the voice – over because when I started to get into the film the voice – over would lead to confusion and would not get as interested as the 1992 version. Another thing that I really didn’t like was the happy ending. The happy ending really does loose the noir – ish feel of the film. The happy ending just comes in from no where and looses its edge. There was really no point of putting in the happy ending in the film. The Unicorn reverie did not put me off as much as the other differences did.