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If you haven't seen Blade Runner, skip this post...
Poll #950379 ZOMG SPOILER ALERT

Which version(s) of Blade Runner have you seen?

The theatrical "American audiences won't get it" version with voice overs.
4(19.0%)
The director's cut, lacking the voice overs the director and actor didn't want added.
7(33.3%)

Which version is better?

4(26.7%)
11(73.3%)

The big spoiler: Deckard?

Human
0(0.0%)
Replicant
18(100.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)
Chorus of 15 demons || Preach it
Comments
From: nckitten Date: March 20th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I just watched this again recently and was reminded how good it was.

To me Deckard was a replicant - an interesting contrast to the human society around him. He had a desire to link with his past, the way the replicants he was investigating did, but in a time when it seemed everyone else was interested in living in the now and forgetting the past. He also had a shifting sense of humanity, one which had grown to encompass replicants when everyone else considered them to be sub-human slaves.

What I have never figured out is how Edward James Olmos' character knew what he was.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 20th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Someone in charge had to know that the tool being used to hunt down other lost tools was, in fact, a tool. Special dispensation to be on Earth, under eyes of authority?

To me, I kind of liked Deckard's humanity being left ambiguous. There's good arguments for both sides, and while personally I've sided for replicant, I think it was the questioning of it that was the real fun. Now, decades later, the fun is over for us. :-)
bzoppa From: bzoppa Date: March 20th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I have nothing to contribute, other than I haven't seen the theatrical version since high school. I saw pieces of it before, and the seizure by Daryl Hannah's character disturbed me as much as the first alien birth in Alien. I was really too young to watch a lot of what I did when I was little. For both of those scenes, there was no way I was any more than 6 or so at the time. Well, younger with the Alien one because I made mommy take me to see Aliens 6 times in the theater when that one came out.

You just reminded me I need to see the director's cut, though. I've read the novella but that had about as much to do with the movie as the short story "Minority Report" had to do with that film.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 20th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I really wish I could have seen the director's cut first. While it's blasphemy to prefer the voice overs, I think the disinterested monotone uninspired reading of the foreign-sounding voice overs actually ADDS to the movie in an unintended way. But I might just be biased, having watched that until later on in life.

Yeah, the seizure was creepy as a kid for me too.
chrome_storm From: chrome_storm Date: March 20th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Haha, was about to comment about Ridley Scott's explanation on Deckards humanity... but turns out it's in your answer!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 20th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I love how that ended up happening decades after the movie came out. Almost as much as I love Harrison Ford's reaction. "What? No I wasn't!"
chrome_storm From: chrome_storm Date: March 21st, 2007 01:16 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Haha, yeah that was awesome.

I laughed my ass off when I found out about Harrison Ford going "I THOUGHT WE AGREED HE WAS HUMAN!"
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 21st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Heheh. Like, duh, that's exactly what he wanted you to think because that's what the character thought!
chrome_storm From: chrome_storm Date: March 21st, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Ford's probably not even sure he's human anymore
lulong From: lulong Date: March 21st, 2007 12:50 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I love that movie! Did he really go and spill the beans like that? He finally told the world that Deckard was a rep?

Pooh. It was the not knowing that was half the fun!

;-)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 21st, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Yup! You can read more about it, and Ford's reaction, here.
lulong From: lulong Date: March 21st, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Ah, yes I do remember reading that before. I think my brain kinda went "nu uh!" and I just blocked it.

;-)

I still need to read the book. Have you read it? is it any good? I've heard mixed things about it. I got to see the movie for one of my classes, that was pretty cool. (I mean I had seen it as a child, but it was still pretty cool to waste a whole class watching it)
agentorrange From: agentorrange Date: March 21st, 2007 03:09 am (UTC) (Hard link)
In the poll I said Spielburg out of a brain fart. I ment Ridley Scott.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 21st, 2007 04:45 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Yeah, I was really curious.

"Wow, Spielburg weighed in on this and I didn't hear about it? Awesome! I can't wait to get the scoop from agentorrange!"
agentorrange From: agentorrange Date: March 21st, 2007 06:52 am (UTC) (Hard link)
*facepalm*
Chorus of 15 demons || Preach it