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Blu-ray review: 'Blade Runner' 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

‘Blade Runner' still stands as one of the best science fiction epics of the last 30 years.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Staff Writer Published: November 23, 2012

‘Blade Runner'

30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Director Ridley Scott's visionary future noir is 30, and now only seven years away from the year in which it is set, incredible as that may seem. For those who've never seen this cult-favorite-turned-critically-acclaimed-classic, there's still time to grab a copy of “Blade Runner” 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition before its expiration date.

Based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by the brilliantly imaginative and off-the-beaten-track speculative fiction author Philip K. Dick, and adapted for the screen by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, “Blade Runner” defied the usual science fiction conventions of a sleek and shiny yet-to-be world with a grittier, grimier version of the future that bore a closer resemblance to shadowy '40s gumshoe thrillers and hard-bitten '70s crime movies.

Los Angeles in 2019 is dark and rainy 24/7, with incredibly massive and towering buildings and flying “spinner cars” rising above seedy, overcrowded and trash-strewn streets that resemble a cross between the bawdier districts of downtown Saigon during the Vietnam War and New Orleans' old strip-joint row.

This is the stomping ground of Rick Deckard (a perfectly jaded-looking, trench-coated Harrison Ford), a special police “blade runner” who hunts down fugitive “replicants,” which are humanlike beings manufactured to do dangerous and/or degrading work on Earth's off-world colonies.

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