Yes. I love Blade Runner. In fact, it’s one of my favorite films ever. Ever. The futuristic, post-apocalyptic Los Angeles with the flames blazing into the grey air, the always rainy streets, and Darryl Hannah dressed as a baby doll. Philip K. Dick’s short story about what defines a being as real and not, to me, hits me deeper than most stories about the subject. Guy like Dick, Bradbury, Matheson, and especially Kurt Vonnegut took the human condition and put it under a very humane microscope. Making us look at the ugly things we do and question why we do them. Blade Runner was a perfect example of that. We find a technology to create artificial intelligence, so what do we do? We make human-looking slave labor, what else? Rick Deckard is the good soldier that does what he’s told. But by the end questions these actions and even realizes it doesn’t matter if the life is real or artifical, they are lives. At least that’s what I’m going with.
Dick’s short story, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ was a more condensed idea while the film expounds on these theories. Besides the incredible special effects of Douglas Trumbull, the music by Vangelis grabbed me as a kid and made the relationship between Deckard and Rachael all the more intensified. Vangelis’ sweeping synths and breathy saxophone gave you the feeling of some futuristic Mickey Spillane story. The music is a character itself. It stayed with me long after I’d forgotten certain moments of the film. I knew I had to own this soundtrack at some point. I can remember being a kid and recording Blade Runner off of TV late one night, then a week later recording Brainstorm, a film directed by none other than Douglas Trumbull. It was a week of incredible sci fi that stayed with me up to now.
I grabbed this soundtrack last summer and sadly haven’t listened to it since I first got it. Happy to say I’m glad I got it as it’s making the evening one of reminiscing and great memories. It also reminds me of one of Harrison Ford’s best film performances…besides Force 10 From Navarone. He was in some other sci-fi movies. A series I think. Oh well, they must not have been very big.
Btw, “Memories of Green” on side two still makes me tear up like a little punk.