Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner

Blade Runner is not my favourite film.

That said, I saw it twice in the cinema when it was first released; watched it whenever it popped up on television in years subsequent; bought the Director’s Cut laserdisc; the Director’s Cut DVD (my first ever DVD); the five-DVD limited edition set in the reproduction Voight-Kampff briefcase; and then finally the bluray. If I can ever afford 4K, I’m buying it in 4K.

So it probably won’t come as a surprise when I say that this is second edition of Future Noir I’ve bought. I picked up the first in the late 1990s. This edition carries on the story of the film, recounting everything that’s happened to it since the 1996 publication date. (Mainly a wealth of information about Blade Runner: The Final Cut, and long interviews with Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Rutger Hauer.)

It’s fascinating. I love it. I went through all 586 pages in four happy days. If you’re even remotely a fan of the film, this is the book for you. And if you’re on the fence about the film, then reading it will make you head straight to the nearest video store to buy a copy so you can have another look.

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