On Episode 79 of The Film ‘89 Podcast, Steve and Skye are joined by regular guest host, filmmaker Bill Scurry, to discuss Ridley Scott’s seminal science fiction classic, Blade Runner (1982) which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Blade Runner is without doubt one of the most influential films not just within the sci-fi genre, but in any genre. Scott’s film had a troubled production and was something of a failure upon its initial release in June of 1982, but over four decades has seen it revived and rejuvenated and gain a huge following. For a time it attained cult classic status but unlike many films that fail on their initial release only to find appreciation later on, Blade Runner’s following has grown way beyond that of a mere cult film. Easily as influential a motion picture as the likes of Citizen Kane or Star Wars, Blade Runner has left an indelible mark on the landscape of cinema, a masterpiece of visual and technical filmmaking like few others, celebrated here by the Film ‘89 Team as they discuss in-depth the fascinating making of and lasting legacy of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece.
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