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The director of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve was asked this very question and his answer can be found at DenofGeek.com So when Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Vileneuve met with reporters at San Diego Comic-Con, someone inevitably had to ask which version of Blade Runner is Blade Runner 2049 a sequel to. "The thing is that I was raised with the ...


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Maybe this Wikipedia site is of help. To sum up the most important things: 1982 Original workprint (failed in audience tests, not released): no voice over no happy ending no unicorn dream 1982 US theatrical release: voice overs happy ending (Deckard and Rachel drive through the countryside) no unicorn dream 1982 International release: more violence in ...


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No, it is not necessary, but will ultimately enhance your understanding and experience In order of importance, story-wise, I would say the short films are ranked as follows: Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 2036: Nexus Dawn 2048: Nowhere to Run Incidentally, this is also my recommended order of watching, as it is chronological and will therefore make most ...


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This is described in the anime "Blade Runner Black Out 2022", which serves as one of three prequels to Blade Runner 2049. With the introduction of the Nexus8 line of replicants, humans became more violent toward them and started to hunt and kill them. A few of them tried to erase the database of replicants. Iggy, Trixie and Ren, the technician responsible ...


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Actually, the movie is quite ambiguous about whether Deckard is actually a human or a replicant, Ridley Scott takes him as a replicant, while Harrison Ford believes he is human. Even though Deckard shows more and more emotions as the movie goes on, the same is true about the other replicants. The ambiguity is IMHO, indeed an important part of the point of ...


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I'd say a large part of why it's seen as so iconic is because it's influenced a lot of what came after. The movie was released in 1982, and has been referenced as being a huge source of influence for several created works that came later, such as the widely popular Battlestar Galactica reboot that was on TV in the middle of the last decade, as well as games ...


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Maybe it's because with origami you can go from a simple non living material such as a simple sheet of paper and mold it into something that is a representation of a living thing. Although this might never get a true answer I like to think it has something to do with the artificial creation of something representing life or dreams. When thinking further ...


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One of the main themes of the movie is the question, what makes us human and especially, if the replicants in their desperate struggle for survival are in the end not more human than the cold blooded killing Blade Runner. In this way this scene may be interpreted as Roy showing a humanitiy, Deckard would have probably not shown to him. And I also think Roy ...


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In Blade Runner Black Out 2022, one of the three short films release prior to 2049, it is shown that in an attempt to wipe replicants out of databases in Los Angeles, they detonated a nuclear device above the city. We can assume that this detonation worked similar to modern nukes in that it creates an EMP which destroyed most data archives in the city.


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TL;DR The replicants' eye glow is meant to reveal their mechanical artificiality to us (and by extension, their lack of a human soul), as if their eyes are merely lenses reflecting light. Long answer Eyes are the windows to the soul. Unsurprisingly, then, eye symbolism is rife throughout Blade Runner: the Voight-Kampff machine focusing on the iris to test ...


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Summary: Yes, he probably should have seen it coming. But, it was a good plot device to highlight Roy's mental superiority. Detailed: It's worth pointing out that, although Ridley Scott denied it was intentional, this game uses the conclusion of the Immortal Game: The Immortal Game is a chess game played by Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky on ...


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Lots of reasons: Books and movies are different art forms - direct and strict conversions from one form to the other rarely work (unless they have large fan bases, such as LoTR, Harry Potter, etc). The movie was written and re-written several times by several screen-writers. You can imagine they all brought their own visions and ideas to the screenplay. ...


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The director says it's not necessary to see Blade Runner first Director Denis Villeneuve said that he intended for it to be accessible to first time viewers. "That was one of the challenges ... to create a movie that would be in total relationship to the first one, but could stand on its own," he said when we met to discuss the film in London recently. "...


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Roy and the other replicants have been engaged in a desperate struggle to live, and Roy has been running most of the show. The struggle was Roy's and though it has been carried out on the cerebral level where he is the most able (i.e. get to Earth, find Tyrel, get access, force him to provide a fix...) it has been a desperate time nonetheless. When he finds ...


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The Voight-Kampff test as it appears in the book and the movies comprises a series of questions designed to elicit an emotional response intended to measure empathy. The 'machine' is just intended to measure the involuntary response, in a similar way to a polygraph today. It's not entirely clear from the list of questions which ones 'score' more highly ...


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While Paulie_D already gives a very good answer right from the director himself, after having seen the film we can take a closer look at its story1, be it only to pretty much confirm what Villeneuve says, that it's ambiguous and ultimately unimportant (i.e. all versions). Let's first take a look at what the most significant differences are, the ones ...


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According to the first movie's press kit, they were "A genetically engineered creature composed entirely of organic substance." If you think about it - they are so physically indistinguishable from a real human that they must be screened through psychological and emotional testing (otherwise, x-ray's or blood testing or other medical testing would be used). ...


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It appears as though the leading cause of death in replicants is a form of cellular death, akin to 'old age' in humans. Remember that in the first movie, Tyrell admits that the short lifespan was not by design, but was the only way they could create them in the first place when he says: “You were made as well as we could make you.” Much like humans, ...


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The novel is less subtle about posing the question about who is an android or not. In the novel Deckard goes to retire an android who makes a phone call for help before being killed. The police who show up are from a 'shadow' police department who are nearly all androids themselves living under cover. Deckard escapes with a blade-runner who works with ...


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What does Blade Runner mean? The world of the Blade Runner films is based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968). However, the name 'Blade Runner' was taken from a different book called The Bladerunner (1974) by Alan E. Nourse, in which the term "bladerunner" (one word) is used to describe black market suppliers and ...


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The explosion is the gun going off -- in other words, muzzle flash -- and/or the beam (that purple light) subsequently coming up through the table. From there, the beam passes through the thermos before striking Holden, which sends him through the wall. To provide more info on the beam shot by the gun, here's an excerpt from a Blade Runner fan site that ...


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Step by Step. Leon shoots Holden from under the table but through the table The blast penetrates through a vacuum flask containing either coffee or tea (not oil) before hitting Holden. Holden is spun around in his chair and through the wall by the blast, presumably Leon stands during this action. Leon then finishes the job by shooting Holden again.......


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Anybody without an eye code who can pass the Voigt-Kampff test is human (but unfortunately we don't see this in either film) There are two ways to detect a replicant that we see in the films: the Voigt-Kampff test and the Nexus-9 eye code. Humans will pass the Voigt-Kampff test, but the audience is never shown anybody who does In Blade Runner, Nexus-6 ...


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Whether Deckard is himself a replicant is left deliberately ambiguous. In the original novel, a security force exists in addition to the regular police force in Los Angeles, whose operatives are termed 'blade runners' and who are actually replicants, created to do that special job of locating and terminating replicants that go 'rogue'. It's a kind of 'set a ...


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There are a couple of premises I'd dispute there. In the book, the reverence for living things is because they are so rare and don't exist any more. There is a longing for contact with real life, so part of that desire and longing is because they are so rare. "I'd kill the wasp" is not, actually, the expected answer. The answer is irrelevant. The response ...


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Replicants certainly do have emotions - Roy Batty exhibits anger and ultimately sadness; several of them exhibit fear at being discovered and retired. However, they are relatively underdeveloped, emotionally speaking. Replicants are physically matured and "born" at full adult growth - they don't go through a childhood to socially and emotionally mature like ...


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According to Ridley Scott, yes, he is a replicant. In the Director's Cut version, the biggest clue for analysts was the appearance of a unicorn on screen while Deckard is lost in thought. The image of the mythical creature appears again towards the end of the film when he picks up an origami model discarded by another character, Gaff. As the replicants ...


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From the Blade Runner Wikia, the machine: ...measures contractions of the iris muscle and the presence of invisible airborne particles emitted from the body... [The test] is used primarily by Blade Runners to determine if a suspect is truly human by measuring the degree of his empathic response through carefully worded questions and statements. So it ...


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The Wikipedia page referred to gives an exhaustive list of the differences, in terms of deleted scenes. There are indeed many scenes in the Final Cut which were omitted from earlier releases. But this is not really to the point. The answer to the question is what differences those changes have made to the plot. The Final Cut (2007) is a very different ...


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I think that has to do the book, the movie adapts. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? all people are a bit like zombies, they only want to go away from earth or follow a strange religion like Deckards wife does. In a scene in the book, another Blade Runner suspects Deckard to be a replicant and makes a test with him. I think, Philip K. Dick wanted to ...


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