Blade Runner 2049 featurette

“We want people to look at it and say, ‘Wow that’s a beautiful shot. How did they get it?'” visual effects supervisor John Nelson says in the new featurette for Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

That’s how I spent much of the time watching the featurette, which showcases more of the film’s stunning cinematography, courtesy of Roger Deakins, and establishes Blade Runner 2049 as the most visually breathtaking movie of the year. New footage delves into the story of Officer K (Ryan Gosling) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, returning to his famous role), as well as gives us a hint at characters that we hadn’t yet seen.

Watch the Blade Runner 2049 featurette below.

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Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show - The Dark Knight

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight.

The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. The gallery featured pieces honoring movies like Boogie Nights, Alien, Blade Runner, RoboCop, The Dark Knight, Mad Max: Fury Road and Collateral, as well as TV shows like Rick and Morty, Stranger Things, Futurama and more.

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ridley scott director's cuts

Few filmmakers have embraced the extended director’s cut as much as Ridley Scott. Plenty of other directors dabble in the form, but results vary. When George Lucas revisited the original Star Wars trilogy, adding new special effects and splicing in scenes that were originally left on the cutting room floor, fans grew irate. When Steven Spielberg digitally swapped-out rifles for walkie-talkies in a re-release of E.T., it was viewed as pointless. In the cases of Lucas and Spielberg, the filmmakers were attempting to improve on things that perhaps didn’t need improving, leading to the age-old question, “If it ain’t broke why fix it?”

But for Scott, the director’s cut is something of an art form. The Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne was famous for frequently not signing his name to his paintings, because he didn’t want to admit the work was done. He recreated the same painting again and again, sometimes even destroying canvases, in an elusive quest for perfection. Perhaps this is what Scott is doing as well; leaving the corner of the frame blank, delaying the final signature.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Comparison

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original sci-fi noir thriller Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that this year also marks the long-anticipated sequel that fans have wanted for decades.

As for what secrets lie in Blade Runner 2049, we don’t know, but we do know that the visuals of the sequel magnificently recreate the production design and art direction of the original film, at least as far as we can tell from the first trailer. If you’d like to see them side-by-side, a new video compares footage from the new trailer with comparable shots from the original film.

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blade runner 2049 posters

Returning to the Blade Runner series that helped cement his legacy as one of Hollywood’s most reliable action stars must have been a walk in the park for Harrison Ford. Maybe too much of a walk in the park, if these new Blade Runner 2049 posters are anything to go by.

Two new posters for Denis Villeneueve‘s sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic were released today, one featuring franchise newcomer Ryan Gosling,  who plays a hotshot blade runner Officer K, and Ford, who returns as former blade runner Rick Deckard.

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blade runner 2049 images

Every year in March, movie theater exhibitors gather in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, a convention spotlighting the newest advances in multiplex technologies and presentations from most of the major movie studios showcasing their film slates for the next year and beyond.

Tonight, CinemaCon kicked off with a presentation from Sony Pictures, showing off new footage and trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji, Baby Driver, Flatliners, Cadavers and Rough Night. Read on for our Sony CinemaCon 2017 presentation recap to learn what was screened and to hear our first impressions and reactions.

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blade runner 2049 edward james olmos

Decades before he confirmed himself as a bonafide science fiction icon as Admiral Adama in the great Battlestar Galactica remake series, Edward James Olmos had a key role in Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner. Now, we know that he’s following in the footsteps of original star Harrison Ford and returning to the rainy, grimy streets of future Los Angeles in director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

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Blade Runner VR Project

Perhaps the most fascinating prospect about the advancement of virtual reality in recent years is that it will allow us to explore some of the fictional worlds that we love so much. While this may not be as easy with some of the older films we love, new movies are creating VR experiences that go hand-in-hand with the stories that we’ll see told on the big screen. However, one software engineer decided to take it upon himself to recreate the set from one classic sci-fi movie in virtual reality.

The original Blade Runner is known for its depiction of a seedy futuristic Los Angeles that combines fictional technology with the visual style of a classic film noir. The apartment of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is one of the best examples of the film noir style and production design, and software engineer Quentin Lengele has recreated it in virtual reality so that you can walk around the apartment as if you were dropping by to give Deckard a hard time.

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blade runner 2049 rumors

Today brings us two pieces of Blade Runner 2049 news, both of which could be seen as spoilers and both of which should be taken with the necessary grain of salt. This paragraph exists to warn you away from reading further if you want to go into this one blind. So, you know, spoiler warning.

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blade runner 2049 mysteries

While the ham-fisted theatrical cut of Blade Runner felt the need to tie everything up with a neat little bow, the infinitely superior director’s cut and the even better “final cut” conclude on a more ambiguous note. Was Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard, a robot-hunting “blade runner” for the LAPD, a Replicant himself the whole time? Everyone has an opinion and the debate has raged on for years amongst fans and the people who actually made the film.

And with the sequel arriving next year, there are plenty of Blade Runner 2049 mysteries ahead of us, and it’s good to know that those closest to the productionseem compelled to keep one of the big unanswered questions from the original movie intact.

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