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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    THE ARISTOCATS
    BRAM STOKER S DRACULA
    THE SPIRIT
    INCEPTION
    BLADE RUNNER
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Casino Royale (2006)
    Cinema Paradiso
    Schlindler's List
    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
    Aliens
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    THE ARISTOCATS
    BRAM STOKER S DRACULA
    THE SPIRIT
    INCEPTION
    BLADE RUNNER

    I saw a really cool version of 'Blade Runner' on blu-ray for really cheap, and although I've never watched it, I had to buy it. I plan on watching it real soon. I hear it's one of the best sci-fi films of all time, so I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

    @talos7, 'Schindler's List' is an unbelievably emotional, powerful film. The girl in the red dress explains all the tears.
  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
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    My Top Five Favorite Films:

    5. The Godfather Part II (1974)
    4. Stand By Me (1986)
    3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    2. Casablanca (1942)
    1. Vertigo (1958)
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded the Ballrooms of Mars
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    Blade Runner is amazing.
    I watch Inception often, I just love it; a very satisying film for me.
    And I must say, I do love The Aristocats. :)
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    BLADE RUNNER

    I saw a really cool version of 'Blade Runner' on blu-ray for really cheap, and although I've never watched it, I had to buy it. I plan on watching it real soon. I hear it's one of the best sci-fi films of all time, so I'm sure I won't be disappointed.[/quote]

    @Creasy47, I agree with @4EverBonded, Blade Runner is a stunningly beautiful, intelligent Sci-Fi film. I must warn you though that many a person has fallen into the trap of thinking that Harrison Ford + Sci-Fi + early 80s means exciting vehicle action and explosive pyrotechnical spectacle all the time. Blade Runner is, quite on the contrary, a visually impressive detective noir story dealing with identity issues and uneasy love. Ford plays an anti-hero; he's neither Indiana Jones nor Han Solo in this film. Blade Runner is sufficiently slow paced to allow us to absorb each moment, feast our eyes on the beautiful sets and our ears on Vangelis' truly amazing score.

    Does the version you bought on BR have an extra title like 'The Final Cut' or 'The Director's Cut' or some such thing? Several versions of the film exist, you see, and depending on which one you have, there may be a barely tolerable narration by Ford and a slightly different ending involved. And then there's the infamous line with the F-word, in some versions replaced by 'father'. Just let me know the version, and I'll be able to tell you the differences. ;-)

    It wasn't love at first sight with Blade Runner for me but then I was perhaps too young at the time to appreciate anything else but Indiana Jones in a futuristic world. As I grew older, however, and my taste shifted towards more intelligent Sci-Fi, Blade Runner quickly moved up my ranking of best Sci-Fi films to a warm number 2 spot, second only to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I consider it Ridley Scott's best film, only slightly better than his other piece of art, Alien, and I can't get enough of its score. A fascinating book was written on the making of this film, http://www.amazon.com/Future-Noir-Making-Blade-Runner/dp/0061053147/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1379810827&sr=8-21&keywords=blade+runner, and you might in time feel interested in reading the original Philip K. Dick story Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep. That novel inspired huge chunks of the film, but key elements of its plot were either changed or omitted to benefit the film script. I myself favour the film: Dick's book is good but IMO not his best work, whereas Blade Runner, for me, is one of the very best films ever made.

    I'm very curious to hear your opinion on the subject. ;-)

  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
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    DarthDimi wrote:
    I must warn you though that many a person has fallen into the trap of thinking that Harrison Ford + Sci-Fi + early 80s means exciting vehicle action and explosive pyrotechnical spectacle all the time. Blade Runner is, quite on the contrary, a visually impressive detective noir story dealing with identity issues and uneasy love.
    It wasn't love at first sight with Blade Runner for me but then I was perhaps too young at the time to appreciate anything else but Indiana Jones in a futuristic world. As I grew older, however, and my taste shifted towards more intelligent Sci-Fi, Blade Runner quickly moved up my ranking of best Sci-Fi films
    I am happy to say that I couldn't agree more. I had the same experience. I was expecting an action movie and when I didn't get it I was extremely disappointed. Fast forward to my adulthood and when I watched it again I fell in love with it. The story is so deep and the characters are amazing. Someone once told me that Star Wars is akin to beer while Blade Runner is much like a fine wine. I agree. I like both for what they are.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    DarthDimi wrote:
    there may be a barely tolerable narration by Ford and a slightly different ending involved. i
    And THAT'S my favourite. The original theatrical. The international cut is a tiny bit better IMO.
    "Barely tolerable" narration?

    Kids.....

    [-(
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    chrisisall wrote:
    DarthDimi wrote:
    there may be a barely tolerable narration by Ford and a slightly different ending involved. i
    And THAT'S my favourite. The original theatrical. The international cut is a tiny bit better IMO.
    "Barely tolerable" narration?

    Kids.....

    [-(

    @chrisisall, I always felt the narration to be redundant. It serves the purpose of explaining that which is perfectly obvious. Also, the narration completely destroys the wonderful moment we have with Rutger Hauer and his "tears in the rain" monologue. Here I am, mesmerized by this epic moment, and suddenly we hear Ford and his monotone delivery. That's like having a four star main course and after that a lollipop for desert. ;-) Even Ford hated the idea of a "let's spell it out for the less intelligent audience members" narration, which is why he made it deliberately monotone and uninteresting. ;-)

  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Philip K. Dick also did 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,' did he not? The one that turned into the 'Total Recall' film? The one I got is the '30th Anniversary Collector's Edition,' and for $15 on blu-ray, it screamed 'Buy me.' It contains The Final Cut (2007), the original theatrical cut (1982), the international theatrical cut (1982), and the director's cut (1991). It also came with a really nice booklet.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    edited September 2013 Posts: 17,722
    DarthDimi wrote:
    Even Ford hated the idea of a "let's spell it out for the less intelligent audience members" narration, which is why he made it deliberately monotone and uninteresting. ;-)

    Yes, I know the story, he sat down and read it all once, cold, then left. You can hear the pauses as he goes from page to page. He put absolutely nothing into it.
    And by doing so, inadvertently nailed both Deckard's character, and the style of 50's film noir narration!
    It's not about spelling it all out for the audience (though that's certainly what the suits had in mind originally), it's about the atmosphere it created.
    I was in a test audience for the movie before it was finished- it turned out to be what would end up as the theatrical cut with the narration- when I came to that little part that asked if there was anything I didn't enjoy/thought should be changed I wrote "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!"
    B-)
    Creasy47 wrote:
    The one I got is the '30th Anniversary Collector's Edition,' and for $15 on blu-ray, it screamed 'Buy me.' It contains The Final Cut (2007), the original theatrical cut (1982), the international theatrical cut (1982), and the director's cut (1991). It also came with a really nice booklet.
    Yeah, I have that. Ever watch the deleted scenes? It plays like an alternate cut of the movie there are so many, and alternate narration as well.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Blade Runner is amazing.
    I watch Inception often, I just love it; a very satisying film for me.
    And I must say, I do love The Aristocats. :)

    Anyone who loves The Aristocats is a friend of mine.
    Regarding Blade Runner , the book DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP is very diffferent from the film, still an excellent read. I think it was set in 1994.
    The director s cut is the un narrated one, and it has a short dream sequence that was cut from the original release. Both versions work fine, but give very different viewing experiences. If you own a disc with both, see the unnarrated first. I cannot say why without ruining the ending. That is the scene where the narration adds something unexpected.
    WE REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE is indeed the book that inspired Total Recall.
    Another film based on PKD is MINORITY REPORT. Dick was one of the most original and influential sci fi writers of the last century, along with Clarke, Asimov and Gibson, I think.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    The director's cut is the un narrated one, and it has a short dream sequence that was cut from the original release.
    If I read correctly, that's actually an unused sequence from Legend, heh heh.

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    Blade Runner is one of the best movies ever because of three words: "Tears in rain." Without everything else that made the movie so amazing, that scene alone puts it in my top ten.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Blade Runner is one of the best movies ever because of three words: "Tears in rain." Without everything else that made the movie so amazing, that scene alone puts it in my top ten.
    Agreed to the Nth degree.

  • I saw Blade Runner on release, and didn't think much of it (at the time) to be truthful. Even now, thirty years later, I wonder sometimes what all the fuss can be about. I don't mind a good sci-fi now and again, but guess I just didn't take to that one release

    Some five other movie releases that have been good viewing

    # Rosemarys Baby

    # Saboteur

    # Don't look now

    # Target

    # A night to remember (How the Titanic sinking SHOULD be portrayed. Forget over extravagant crap like the James Cameron feature)
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    I personally find James Cameron to be an apalling director. He started off well with Terminator and Alien, but quickly turned to shit like Titanic and Dances with Pochontas-Gully in Space, better known to the western world as Avatar.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Cameron's work has been love or hate for me, honestly. Either absolutely fantastic projects, or pure drivel.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    Cameron's work has been love or hate for me, honestly. Either absolutely fantastic projects, or pure drivel.

    My viewpoint exactly, though much more of it is hate rather than love.
  • 1. Dr. Strangelove
    2. The Third Man
    3. Brazil
    4. A Shadow Of A Doubt
    5. Some Like It Hot
  • Esprit wrote:
    1. Dr. Strangelove
    2. The Third Man
    3. Brazil
    4. A Shadow Of A Doubt
    5. Some Like It Hot

    That's a quite brilliant list there
  • Thanks, @WillyGalore! I'm pretty sure I've watched Strangelove at least 50 times.
  • chrisisall wrote:
    Blade Runner is one of the best movies ever because of three words: "Tears in rain." Without everything else that made the movie so amazing, that scene alone puts it in my top ten.
    Agreed to the Nth degree.

    YES.

    Blade Runner is breathtaking. It looks like it could have been made yesterday, too.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
    edited September 2013 Posts: 28,694
    Esprit wrote:
    1. Dr. Strangelove
    2. The Third Man
    3. Brazil
    4. A Shadow Of A Doubt
    5. Some Like It Hot

    That's a quite brilliant list there

    I concur. Stanley Kubrick, Carol Reed, Billy Wilder, Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and George Raft all in one list?! Absolutely inspired.
  • Esprit wrote:
    1. Dr. Strangelove
    2. The Third Man
    3. Brazil
    4. A Shadow Of A Doubt
    5. Some Like It Hot

    That's a quite brilliant list there

    I concur. Stanley Kubrick, Carol Reed, Billy Wilder, Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Walter Matthau all in one list?! Absolutely inspired.

    I think you mean Tony Curtis @0Brady ;-)
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    Oh, speaking of Matthau, the original Pelham 1 2 3 is another one of the best movies ever.
  • ^ Oh good call. Way better than the testosterone fueled. by-the-numbers remake.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
    Posts: 28,694
    Esprit wrote:
    1. Dr. Strangelove
    2. The Third Man
    3. Brazil
    4. A Shadow Of A Doubt
    5. Some Like It Hot

    That's a quite brilliant list there

    I concur. Stanley Kubrick, Carol Reed, Billy Wilder, Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Walter Matthau all in one list?! Absolutely inspired.

    I think you mean Tony Curtis @0Brady ;-)

    Yep, and George Raft as well. I typed Jack Lemmon and my mind subconsciously thought of Grumpy Old Men, then I placed Matthau's name in there without realizing it. Oh well. I just got up, so what can you do? ;)
  • Oh, speaking of Matthau, the original Pelham 1 2 3 is another one of the best movies ever.

    Agreed! It's very gripping and one of Matthau's best performances.
  • Seven_Point_Six_FiveSeven_Point_Six_Five Southern California
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    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Silence of the Lambs
    Red Dragon
    Seven
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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