Sci-Fi Fix–Blade Runner returns to the big screen


More than four years ago here at we asked readers which single image defined all of sci-fi for them, and the above scene from Blade Runner placed second behind David staring at audiences in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  This weekend you can see Ridley Scott’s neo-noir, sci-fi masterpiece back again on the big screen, and introduce a new generation to one of the most incredible conceptions of the future ever to come out of Hollywood the way it was intended to be viewed by the director.

This Sunday, January 10, 2016, and next Wednesday, January 13, 2016, you can catch Blade Runner at Cinemark Theaters nationwide.  Check out the Cinemark website here for local screenings.  The theater chain offers three screenings, the first Sunday at 2 p.m. and two on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  All start times are local time.

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The future is almost here–Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? reveals a world of life-like borgs called Replicants hiding among us in the year 2019.  The battle to create the vision that director Ridley Scott intended for you to see is the stuff of sci-fi legend and makes George Lucas’s re-cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy pale in comparison.

Based on the poster used to advertise Blade Runner as part of Cinemark’s classic series, these screenings appear to be showing Blade Runner: The Final Cut–Scott’s definitive edition that eliminates Harrison Ford’s narration and an upbeat ending, adds a dream sequence not included on all prior versions, and cleans up dozens of scenes, including re-filmed sequences.  Audiences are split on the result–purists miss Ford’s cool, noir voice-over throughout the film, while others prefer the stark, bleak recut.

Don’t miss your chance to see this sci-fi classic in theaters while you can!

C.J. Bunce




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