Serenity Comes in 7th
I keep intending to get the digitally enhanced director’s cut version of Blade Runner but I keep forgetting and I only venture out to ‘shops’ about once a quarter. I see that it is still popular on the torrents and that there is a 4.5GB 720p Blu-ray cut up there.
For anyone who has not seen Blade Runner it is set in 2019 and there are these genetically engineered organic robots that are almost impossible to distinguish from humans. They are called ‘replicants’ and they are not allowed on Earth. They are only supposed to be used off-world for dangerous missions or other off-world work.
But from time to time some of these very intelligent replicants make it back onto Earth and it is the job of blade runners, who are specially trained ex-policemen, to find them and extinguish them.
Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford in what many consider his best acting role.
Although Blade Runner was made in 1982 the filming and special effects rival that of modern sci-fi movies. There are many who think that the filming techniques used by the director Ridley Scott for Blade Runner provide a better viewer experience than modern sci-fi movies because he had to use techniques and approaches that were not able to be so dependant on computer generated CGI effects.
Blade Runner has won many and various awards since its release and is one of a number of films, such as Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, that has been selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the USA National Film Registry because it was determined to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
In a poll just completed by SFX Magazine—where they wanted to work out the Top 100 science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies of ‘all time’—Blade Runner got the most votes and, hence, got the Number One spot. The complete Top 10 are:
- Blade Runner
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Fifth Element
- The Matrix
- Serenity (the Firefly Series movie)
- Back to the Future
- The Dark Knight
I like it that two of my all time personal favourites, The Fifth Element and Serenity, made it into the Top 10 at 5th and 7th.
I own copies of both of these, in fact I own two copies of Serenity. I have the original Australian DVD release and then when they brought out the ‘collectors’ edition double-DVD tin cover version about six months later I bought that as well. The actual movie in both editions is exactly the same but the tin cover is kind of cool.