My local used book/cd/dvd store has the magical $3.00 rack. I check it every week. Sometimes there is absolutely nothing. Other times manna rains down from heaven. This week I scored the Special Collector's Edition of Evil Dead (1981) and The Director's Cut of Blade Runner. Not bad for $3 each!
Blade Runner is one of the ultimate Sci-Fi Thrillers of the 1980's. Hot off of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford was looking for something a little bit darker. He found it in Blade Runner which I describe as dark, brooding and a slow burner through and through.
The Director's Cut, supervised by the visionary Ridley Scott [Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster] looks amazing. Blade Runner is a beautiful film to look at and the colors and textures are much richer in this version of the film. Scott also changed the film a bit including nixing Ford's voiceover narration and change the ending as well. Other people can argue for days about his choices. As far as I'm concerned this film is great in whatever version you see it.
Blade Runner takes place in 21st Century LA which feels a bit like The Matrix without the green filter. This is not the kind of place you'd like to go for a holiday. The feeling is dark and depressing and never lets up through the entire film. Ford is wonderful as Deckard who is a "blade runner" who stalks genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment is to find them and kill them. The replicant cast includes one of my faves Rutger Hauer [The Hitcher, Buffy the Vampire Slayer] as well as Daryl Hannah in her most deliciously evil role ever. These two really shine in this film. Rutger always gives me the chills without him uttering a word and Hannah's death scene is just incredible.
I don't need to say anything else about this film. If you've been living under a rock and have never seen Blade Runner, put this one on the top of your list. While it is not horror, it has more suspense and dark elements than a number of horror films I've seen over the years. A true classic through and through.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.