Earlier this year, sci-fi fans waited with bated breath for Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe with Prometheus. Regardless of how well the film tied into that franchise’s mythology, it proved successful enough to warrant a sequel of its own.
Now, fans of Scott’s other sci-fi classic - 1982’s Blade Runner - have reason to get excited with the imminent release of the 30th anniversary Blu-ray, which Warner Bros. is promoting with a recently recut trailer for the film.
It’s interesting to note that the trailer (above) seems to emulate the intense quick cuts that drew fanboys to freeze frame the Prometheus trailer and hunt for clues as to its storyline. Indeed, if Blade Runner were a new release today, its trailer would likely build on the thriller aspects of the film, as well as the dystopian metropolis that Harrison Ford’s Deckard navigates on his quest to "retire" Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his band of humanoid "replicants."
For the sake of comparison, here’s a look at the film’s original trailer:
This trailer truly reflects how much the marketing side of the business has changed in thirty years. Whereas the original trailer clocks in at almost 3.5 minutes and navigates much of the film’s story, the recut version espouses plot for style and strange visuals, remaining relatively spoiler-free. Luckily, Blade Runner is one of those timeless films that holds up either way.
From the film’s enigmatic ending to its influential future landscape to its memorable performances - Hauer in particular shined - the world of science fiction owes a lot to Blade Runner. After all, there’s a reason that talks of reviving the franchise refuse to fade "like tears in rain." Scott has gone on record saying that he is planning a sequel (with a female protagonist), and the original film’s latest home video release is likely one way that Warner Bros. (which holds sequel rights) intends to gauge interest in a follow-up.
Prometheus marked Scott’s first full-on science fiction tale since Blade Runner and successfully reinvigorated the Alien franchise. Let’s hope Blade Runner is next.
Will you be picking up this latest Blade Runner release, Screen Rant readers? And while we’re on the topic, does it whet your appetite for a sequel? Sound off in the comments.
Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will be released October 23rd.