July 18th 2016
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner
The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic "Blade Runner," culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage
Only a partial re-watch as I don't have three and a half hours spare time but as a document on the making of a classic, this is pretty insurmountable. I should probably use the information in this film to help me write a decent review...
Dangerous Days: 214 minutes of Blade Runner behind-the-scenes goodness. What it taught me:
• The three tenets of the film's aesthetic are "night, wet, and smoke"
• Harrison Ford hates voice-overs
• Guillermo del Toro loves voice-overs
• Miniatures and matte paintings are lost arts
• E.T. almost killed the film's legacy
• Filmmaking is so collaborative it hurts
• Blade Runner is the neo-noir (or perhaps a better term is pro-noir (pro in the "forward" sense) in that noir takes place in the '40s and '50s, neo-noir updates that setting, and Blade Runner pushes that setting into a dystopian future)
Who wouldn't like to have one of their favourite films dissected, analysed, pored-over and illuminated by the original cast and crew? Who wouldn't like to see more clips, outtakes, behind the scenes shots, unused footage and theorising? Who wouldn't want to hear about personal vendettas, battles with money men? On-set arguments, acting techniques? Who wouldn't want to see the SFX explained in minute detail, the soundtrack analysed, the cultural period it was released into explained? The replicant vs. human debate raging on?
Dangerous Days is the most exhaustive and fascinating documentary about a film I’ve seen. It’s constantly eyebrow-raising and full of fascinating facts, details and unseen screentests – the stuff any film fan (not just Blade Runner fans) love…
Watched this over the course of a few classes in my film production class. A wonderful in depth recollection of every aspect of the pre, post, and production cycle of Blade Runner. Even if you aren't a fan of Blade Runner but just want to see what really goes into making a ground breaking Sci-Fi film, this is a must watch.
A veritable treasure trove.
Spectacular and superbly detailed documentary on the making of Blade Runner. Yes, it's long and yes it does gloss over a few bits that most BR fans are already familiar with, but for the most part it is a remarkable look at a landmark film and a very satisfying exploration of the way that films were made 30 years ago, from concept to release... a must-see for anyone who loves the process of film-making as much as the finished product. In the end it's really a devoted testament to one of the last pre-digital sci-fi movies and as such could be considered a tribute to the entire era of analog effects films.
An incredibly in-depth insight into the making of one of the most influential and iconic films ever made, from script to screen, showing us the unbelievable work of how the stunning visual effects were achieved and the stories from cast members themselves. No holds barred, it digs deep into the conflicts that occurred during production, such as Ridley Scott's run-ins with the American crew and the awful decision to add voiceover narration in the theatrical cut. At 3 and a half hours long, this is probably best avoided by those that were on the other end of the spectrum and consider Blade Runner to be an overrated film, but the documentary is split into sections for different stages of production which means you can conveniently watch it in multiple sittings.
I was about an hour and a half into this 214 minute gargantuan making-of when I thought, "You know what, I have seen this." Watched it to completion though, so that should say something about its quality or at least my interest in the subject matter.
Had previously read the book of the same name too, and it's pretty brilliant as well.
At least an hour of this is Ridley Scott talking about smoke. And another hour of it is Hampton Fancher and the executive producers being fucking annoying as fuck.
Great behind the scenes of the tumultuous production of one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. At 3 1/2 hours it covers pretty much anything you could want to know about the film. It's hard not to be impressed by Scott's drive, vision, and attention to detail after watching this.
When I saw the 3 1/2 hour run time I literally said "the shit?" out loud. And now after seeing it I'm not even sure that was enough time to do the film justice. This may be the most comprehensive documentary about the making of a film you will ever see.
I always feel the need to remind my non-cinephile friends just how hard making a movie is. How easy it is to sit with arms folded in the theater or living room, waiting to be entertained. How easy it is to give no thought to all the people behind it, all with their own expertise, coming together to make something.
This documentary is a must see for anyone that loves film. You don't even need to be a Blade Runner fan.
Oh we ready
Great insight through all phases of the production.
It's a long one, but there is a ton of material here.
Don't let the 3+ hour run-time scare you off. This flew by and actually left me wanting more.
With the perfect amount of unseen footage and insightful interviews from people you actually wanted to hear from, Dangerous Days takes a giant leap forward in retelling the viewer the creation, formation and expectation of Blade Runner. Perhaps what I most appreciated about this documentary, is how it was able to highlight and convey just how much effort, time and thought goes into creating a picture like this. But when that picture fails at the box office or critically, like Blade Runner did, every single person, from the people who painted the interiors of the flying ships, to the person who stuck all the individual dots on Zhora's body, they all feel the hit, no matter how much blood, sweat and tears went into making it look how it did.
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