[Musical Monday] Blade Runner

Happy Monday, everyone. Today is the 68th birthday of Dutch actor Rutger Hauer. For this week’s edition of Musical Monday I thought I’d take a look at arguably his most famous film, Blade Runner.

Released in 1982 and directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner is set in the not too distant future where man has the technology to build replicants, human clones who serve in the colonies outside Earth. Hauer stars alongside Harrison Ford and Daryl Hannah.

The score was composed by Vangelis, and it received a BAFTA nomination at the 1983 awards ceremony. Unfortunately, it lost out to John Williams and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. It did take home the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design/Art Direction, though.

Vangelis’ score is very synthy, and echoes the film very well. For me, the standout song from the soundtrack is the love theme, which features British saxophonist Dick Morrissey.

PS. Click here to read my short and snappy Favourites Friday post on Blade Runner. Though I wrote that post in October 2010, Blade Runner remains one of my all-time favourite films.

11 thoughts on “[Musical Monday] Blade Runner

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  1. I dunno, this music is all a bit too porno for me! I really love the music over the end credits though; pure Vangelis, and brilliant. Amazing film though, I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen recently, and it was simply stunning. To be honest I never really got Bladerunner before, but on the big screen it just sucks you in, and it’s a real feast.

    1. Haha, this did make me chuckle. I can definitely see why you think it’s a bit porno!

      I’d love to see it on the big screen, it would look a-may-zing!

    1. It really is a fantastic film. I’d like to give Philip K Dick’s novels a read, starting with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, of course 😀

  2. It’s funny to listen to this today of all days, because it is raining outside and I pressed play on the video and happened to look out the window as it is raining…rather appropriate I’d say.

    I like the score (I never really paid attention to it before), but it’s one of those scores that doesn’t do all that much for me without watching the film.

    I should go watch Blade Runner again now. Thanks Claire!

    1. Very appropriate, T! I don’t think it is a particularly stand out score either but it matches the tone of the film very well.

      I think a rewatch is in order for me at the weekend too 🙂

  3. I love Blade Runner as well – as far as the music goes i picked up a cassette tape many years ago of the new american orchestra playing Blade Runner and that got me loving the vangelis soundtrack. I know everyone hates the new american versions but i love them – memories of green is particularly
    good as is tears in rain.

    Ive got every version of the film and am a total geek – i have never known a film to take over my life so much – im in the 50’s now but i can still remember seeing it on its cinematic release in 1982 and thinking wow this is amazing.

    Memories.your talking about Memories.

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