1982 Blade Runner Convention Reel Is A Fascinating Relic With An Awful Soundtrack

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction with Prometheus has been met with mixed reviews, but some of the negativity can almost certainly be attributed to the fact that his previous SF outings are to this day two of the most influential films of the genre. With Alien and Blade Runner, Scott created two of the best SF films of all time, despite Blade Runner not finding much box-office success in its original release. If only people had a better idea what they were in for when they bought a ticket…

That’s where this intriguing little pop-culture relic comes in. Below is a 16mm featurette created to be shown at various conventions around the country in the months leading up to Blade Runner‘s June 25, 1982 release date. It features interviews with Ridley Scott, Syd Mead, and special photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull talking about the making of the film, and opens with an atrocious disco soundtrack that single-handedly answers the question, “How do you make Blade Runner look uncool?”

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