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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Reshoots for Blade Runner's 25th?

Dark Horizons reports that Joanna Cassidy, who plays the famous replicant Zhora from the classic sci-fi film Blade Runner, has recently finished re-shooting scenes to be included in the film's upcoming 25th anniversary DVD boxed set.

From Cassidy's website:

Joanna has just finished re-shooting her scenes from the original BLADE RUNNER movie. Joanna is wearing her original outfit (which she kept over from the first production).
This could be really exciting - nearly as much as the fact that Cassidy still has that sweet outfit from 25 years ago! Apparently, director Ridley Scott has a great track record for extended/director's cut reissues - both Legend and Kingdom of Heaven received better reviews for the DVD release than they did for the theatrical. My only worry is that Blade Runner (one of my absolute favs, as previously mentioned) could suffer from the same conflated pretentious nostalgia that inspired George Lucas when re-releasing the Star Wars films (IV, V, VI) or the 30th anniversary release of Night of the Living Dead (not Romero's fault). The reshoots for both of these films, while I'm sure causing Lucas's beard to twitch and his beady eyes to start wiggin', made my childhood dreams distort in a pile of digitally induced CGI reflux. (For the record, 35mm black and white looks way better than miniDV with the color removed).

Lets hope that this release will be as cool as we all hope. And maybe if we're lucky, they'll shoot some more scenes with Edward James Olmos! Hey, if androids can dream, so can we!

[Link] to the Dark Horizons article.

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