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Blade Runner 2049 opened yesterday (well here in Melbourne at least). Being a big fan of the original I was somewhat nervous about the sequel. Let's face it, sequels are more often than not a pale imitation of the original, and when the original is such an iconic movie, the risk is greater.

Well thanks to Telstra cheap tickets, I went last night with the missus and I'm pleased to report that this sequel nails it. The balance between the old movie and the new is right, the cinematography is stunning and the sound is awesome. I enjoyed the story and thought the performances were strong and I'm especially glad they didn't lean too heavily on Harrison Ford.

It's worthwhile seeing this on the biggest screen in your hemisphere, I saw it at Vmax which was great.

For a taste you can view the trailers, official trailer 1, official trailer 2.

 

Also, they released 3 shorts that cover some of what happened between the 1st Blade Runner and the second. Do you need to watch them before you see the movie? Not really, but they do add a little insight into some of the dialog in the movie and they don't in any way spoil the movie itself so I'd recommend viewing them before you see the movie. It's a little annoying that all 3 have the same intro and clips from the trailer, but you can skip past those.

 

Short 1, Black Out 2022 (anime)

 

Short 2, Nexus Dawn 2036

 

Short 3, Nowhere to Run 2048

 

Anyway, just go and see the movie :)

 

Oh, and it is a long movie, something that took me by surprise. The running time is 163 minutes!

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"No drinks beforehand" - Got it. ;)

 

Good to hear! I did have my doubts. Pity about no Vangelis.

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"No drinks beforehand" - Got it. ;)

 

Good to hear! I did have my doubts. Pity about no Vangelis.

 

 

Yeah, nah. :)

 

There are snippets of music from the first movie inserted where appropriate(especially at one VERY appropriate moment!) and the new soundtrack builds on the original.

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I want to see it quite badly, but have never finished watching the original, because 9 yr old me could never stay awake.

 

Is there a particular cut of the original you'd suggest I watch?

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I want to see it quite badly, but have never finished watching the original, because 9 yr old me could never stay awake.

 

Is there a particular cut of the original you'd suggest I watch?

 

 

The 'Final Cut' is probably my favourite, anything but the US cut :).

 

When they remastered it for all the remakes they cleaned it up a lot so as long as it's not the original and it's on blu ray you'll be fine. I have the 5-disc blu ray set if you want to choose a specific version :)

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I want to see it quite badly, but have never finished watching the original, because 9 yr old me could never stay awake.

 

considerably older me couldn't stay awake either, on the several occasions i tried

 

the first time i blame on cask wine, but subsequent attempts suggest it was the movie

 

vangelis soundtrack is auditory quaaludes i think

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vangelis soundtrack is auditory quaaludes i think

 

Philistine. ;p

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I was asked if I wanted to go watch it last night... had NFI they'd made it, thought it was just a rerun, remaster or another edit.

 

I'd have to watch the original again, the review on IMDB recommends The Final Cut as the one to prequel it with.

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The final cut is what we've got lined up to watch, maybe tonight. Was soooooooo long ago I first viewed it I don't even remember the music, but am sure Vangelis has to rate a bit higher than scruffy's quaaludes ... least I hope so. God knows when I get to watch the latest one, I doubt it will be at a cinema.

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for all i know the movie is great

 

i'm just suggesting that vangelis is inexplicably sedative to me

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for all i know the movie is great

 

i'm just suggesting that vangelis is inexplicably sedative to me

 

 

With Hans Zimmer as one of two composers used for the new movie the chances of it being how hum were pretty low. He does manage to keep some Vangelis-like aspects but is much more aggressive IMO. I found the line between sound effects and music to be blurred with much of Zimmer's stuff which I don't think is a bad thing.

 

Oh, and if you have Spotify you can stream the score from the new movie right now.

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Our local take-away here does a great fish&chips. King Snapper it was a lovely big fillet each. We got in early with the food and the flick :)

 

Pris is obviously the influence for today's Harley Quinn, at least that's what was brought to mind for me.

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Our local take-away here does a great fish&chips. King Snapper it was a lovely big fillet each.

 

Did you remember to order two, "No, two!", sigh, and then say "With noodles!" ;)

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There's already a sequel set for release later this year:

 

 

Judging from the trailer, there's still a cyborg running about while much of the new cast appear to be terrifying, inhuman androids. Perhaps this is an indication of the fate of humankind following the 2049 "prequel" movie (potential spoiler). Looking forward to watching all three instalments of the franchise in a marathon.

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Our local take-away here does a great fish&chips. King Snapper it was a lovely big fillet each.

 

Did you remember to order two, "No, two!", sigh, and then say "With noodles!" ;)

 

Hah ! That scene,along with Pris's lethal thighs, was one of the few I remembered. Also it didn't escape my notice that it's set in 2019. Frankly, I'm appalled - given that both the vender and Decker are residents - they cannot communicate sufficiently well enough to get the order right ;)... at least I'm assuming that.

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Frankly, I'm appalled - given that both the vender and Decker are residents - they cannot communicate sufficiently well enough to get the order right ;)... at least I'm assuming that.

Given that the vendor translated Gaff's cityspeak ("He say you Brade Runner"), I'd reckon the old boy understood just fine and was putting it on. Why is another question.

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Woo!!! Seeing the new one on Tuesday so figured it was time to revisit the original...Stoked I did and totally looking forward to the new one!!!

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Frankly, I'm appalled - given that both the vender and Decker are residents - they cannot communicate sufficiently well enough to get the order right ;)... at least I'm assuming that.

Given that the vendor translated Gaff's cityspeak ("He say you Brade Runner"), I'd reckon the old boy understood just fine and was putting it on. Why is another question.

 

Ooopsie. I blame the king salmon, It really did command full attention.

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Ooopsie. I blame the king salmon, It really did command full attention.

<shrug> I didn't have salmon to blame, and I messed up the scene quote. (He was trying to order 4 of something: "No! Two (fingers on hand hand), Two (and the other) - Four")

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Woo!!! Seeing the new one on Tuesday so figured it was time to revisit the original...Stoked I did and totally looking forward to the new one!!!

Post your thoughts when you’ve seen it :)

 

In folks I know there seem to be 2 camps emerging - those who yawned at the first and think the same of the second and those who loved the first and thin the second is great. Not surprising really :)

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In folks I know there seem to be 2 camps emerging - those who yawned at the first and think the same of the second and those who loved the first and thin the second is great. Not surprising really :)

No, not really. :) Very encouraging for those of who loved the first, though.

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i wrote elsewhere here:

 

Blade Runner was...kinda boring.

...the themes are fascinating. the movies oozes mood and atmosphere. there is time to think, digest, and be swallowed up in turn by its pervasively bleak and palpably realised future vision. it broods; never feeling compelled to fill every spare moment with vacuous dialogue or explosions.

problem is, it also yawns. and its just not held together in a way that matches the narrative and thematic complexity of the short story on which it is (loosely) based. such a shame.


i have to say, its a uniquely impressive movie for sure. the imagery and mood of so many of its sequences is weirdly indelible in my mind, distinct and familiar as if it were my own recurring dream. the same cannot be said for so many movies ive enjoyed far more.

but i think thats part of the reason its so overrated. it entices one to read into it far more than was ever really there. and while i can understand the hate for the narrated version, without it there was even less substance. but thats another reason. its insistance on dank inscrutibility lends it a counter-cultural coolness that was always ripe for a cult following in retrospect.

ive yet to see the 'Final Cut' version. i think i will watch that and then set to work on it. because this film could be edited to about 1/2 its length, gain something of a pulse, and lose very little of its dreamy dystopian juju. i would love to see that movie! the speedball antidote to all the quaalude versions.

 

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i was encouraged by this thread to have a word to uncle terrence about the final cut version

 

still in two minds as to whether it will get a viewing, and i already have the original version and have avoided watching (or more accuratel;y, attempting to watch) it for quite some years

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hmm. i hope i didnt imply the final cut version is the severely truncated beast my own personal speedball version will be. (i see it could be read that way)

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Ooopsie. I blame the king salmon, It really did command full attention.

... and I messed up the scene quote. ...

 

And there I was hoping to show my relaxed / not so pedantic nature :P~

Final cut did not seem so short a movie. I was looking for the end a little before time. The closed in darkness of the film was erking me, I really really wanted some sun ;)

... just a little blue sky would've settled me down some. << I guess feeling like that, is the intent and part of the whole experience

@ scruffy ... Stan is showing a version too. just not sure which

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