This month’s film is Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ (1982). I know it'll be a favourite of a few regular readers too.
The original theatrical trailer doesn’t do it justice, with the cod-private-eye voiceover, and no starring role for the wonderful Vangelis theme:
By contrast, the trailer for ‘The Final Cut’ version is much, much slicker, as is the film itself, shorn of some of the original slip-ups in editing:
Yet that, too, doesn’t do justice to the atmospheric soundtrack, played to best effort over that iconic shot of the dystopian skyline:
The story behind its making is almost as enjoyable as the film itself. Who could now imagine it with its originally-tipped leading man, one Dustin Hoffman? Would it have become as celebrated a sci-fi classic with a different cast?
We'll never know...