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Post Sat Jul 14, 2001 8:29 am

Come and share your first time seeing Blade Runner with us. I shall break the icew ith my first experience. <BR><BR> <BR><BR>It was the last week of highschool 1982. I had just turned 18, and not only was I now old enough to buy and drink beer in Virginia, I was allowed to go to an "R" rated movie without my dad. The first film i saw without a chaperone? Blade Runner. I went with a bunch of my buddies from school, and we all piled into the Greenbrier theatre, which has long since gone. We were talkative going in, all excited about our hero, Han Solo, being in a new sci-fi film. And then the lights went down, and the sound came up and the curtains drew back. Then, there before us was Blade Runner. Pounding down handfulls of popcorn and huge cgulops of Dr. Pepper, we all sat and quietly watched this film. Oddly, we'd all seen Star Wars together and The Empire Strikes as well as Raiders, and I couldn't recall all of us being so quiet. Then the film was over, the lights came up and we all quietly got up and left. Never speaking about the film afterward. All of us in sort of a state of shock. Then a week went by and we all decided we wanted to go to the movies again. It was decided that we weren't sure of not only liking Blade Runner, but did we even understand it. I had read the book a week before seeing the film, and I knew what to expect a bit more, but I too was still in shock. We all agreed; we needed to see it again to be sure. So we had bought the latest issues of Starlog and Cinefantastique and sat around in a buddy's room and talked about the FX and Ridley Scott's genius. As saturday came, we headed to the Greenbrier again, and went to the 2pm matinee. <BR><BR> <BR><BR>Then, two hours later, we exited out the front of the theater acting like our normal selves by not shutting up about the film. "Wasn't that AWESOME?!" and "That was sooo flocking Kewl!" were some of the things we would say this time. We had gotten it this time, and we loved it. <BR><BR> <BR><BR>To this day, despite his disliking the film himself, I still feel Harrison Ford did his best acting in Blade Runner because for once he wasn't the "every guy" or hero... He was an anti hero. <BR><BR> <BR> <BR>_________________ <BR><img src="http://www.bladezone.com/forum/images/repdetect.gif" align="left">Gerry aka RepDetect<br>gerry@bladezone.com<br>or<br>repdetect@yahoo.com <BR><BR><br><br><br><BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: RepDetect on 2001-07-19 13:11 ]</font>
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Post Sun Jul 15, 2001 2:29 pm

My first time was with my mom and my aunt. <BR>I mean, the first time I saw Blade Runner, you sickos!!!! Anyway, it was in Lewiston, Idaho, at the local drive-in theater. (Anyone remember those?) I don't remember being blown away by it. Oddly enough, I never watched it again till I came across Jeter's first sequel book and decided I needed a refresher course in Blade Runner. A few years later, and now look at me . . . I'm lucky enough to work with the talented gang at BladeZone and do celebrity interviews and stuff. <BR>Oh, and I'm totally blown away by BR now. <BR>--Aaron 'Harry Bryant' Brinkley <BR><BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Harry Bryant on 2001-10-08 04:02 ]</font>
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Post Sun Jul 15, 2001 6:24 pm

I unfortunately didn't get to see Bladerunner in the theaters when it was first released, but had to wait several years later to see it on VHS. It had taken me several years to finally get around to viewing it because some of my friends who saw it hated it, and had all warned me against it and said I wouldn't like it. Boy, were they ever wrong!
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Post Sun Jul 15, 2001 7:50 pm

I never had the fortune of seeing Bladerunner in a theatre. I was 2 years old when BladeRunner came out in theatres I only recently have been caught up with the movie. I became totally obsessed with the movie a little more than a year ago, when I bought the Directors Cut DVD. I can never shake the movie from my mind now. BladeRunner is permanently etched in my memory, and I think about it everyday.
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2001 10:28 am

I was eleven years old in 1982, so the initial release passed me by. I first saw Blade Runner on TV, three years later - I was a bit squeamish at that age so I only got as far as the Zhora shooting before turning the TV off - I don't remember being that impressed at the time either...

I bought the theatrical version on VHS around 1990 - I'd overcome my fear of 'gore in movies' by that point (my favourite movie at the time was 'The Thing') and so managed to see the film the whole way through. I loved it, but felt I'd 'missed' important plot elements and so had to watch it again the following day.

Later, I lent the video to some of my friends - they hated it. In the mid-nineties, the local multi-plex had a special showing of the directors cut - I went to see it with a girlfriend - same old story, I loved it, she hated it. It truly is a movie best viewed on a big screen.

I don't know a single person (present virtual company excepted) who has a positive thing to say about Blade Runner. I guess it has limited appeal...
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Post Wed Jul 18, 2001 4:10 am

Well, my initial memories of seeing BR for the first time are a little sketchy, but as I recall, I was home from college at the time, and I saw the film in a theater in Yonkers, NY. (about 20 min from my former home in the Bronx) I didn't know quite what to make of it when I first saw it. I was blown away by the visuals, and I think that is what made me go back and see it again, paying closer attention to the dialogue and storyline. It would take some time however before BR would really take hold of me as it has today, and to be sure that happened after it came out on video. I used to own one of the movie advertisements they used to pass out at theaters to promote the film, but for the life of me, I can't find it anymore.
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Post Fri Oct 05, 2001 11:50 pm

I can never forget my first time: March, 1982. Yes, I know 3 full months before It was generaly released. Like many on this message board, I was in High school in the Denver area. Strumming through the paper in the library, there was an ad for a special sneak preview. No title was given, however, it was the poster with Ford's head drawn, blended in over the Los Angeles PD (of 2019 that is) I knew that second what movie this was!! I HAD to ditch class that day!! Much to my surpise, I asked my film teacher, she said yes when I askd to take off early!? <BR> <BR>Even then, I had to borrow $ from a friend, dash in the car and run off to the Capitol Theater. It had an address on a major street (I dont recall now). I made it there barely in time to get in a long ass line (naturally) Thankfuly, I knew this line, at this point, was not that long. <BR> <BR>Waiting for 5 hours passed like a breeze. Or they could have dragged on as I do not recall anything, till we were let in to take our seats. The rumors were flying that Ridley scott was along with many other studioi exe's ...and a possible hint of Mr Ford himself. <BR> <BR>The lights went out. The audience cheered and whooped as the credits rolled. Here again, I dont recall much of the audience's reaction as I was wholly absorbed into this lushious vision. <BR> <BR>Afterwards, I was oddly excited from such a dark, slow film. Walking out into the lobby, there was a crowd that gatherd around this one red headed man. This man was talking to people as they walked out asking what they thought of this film. He seemed geniunly concerned about what people thought. Somehow, in my excitment, I jumped into this converstation. My joy just had to be shared with someone else that seemed intersted. Babbling on about how the look of the film drew me in and kept my attention, even though it was dark, gritty and etherial. I was hooked from minute one. There was only one bit of Voice over at the end. My comment then was suggesting that since this is an incredible "hommage" to Noir, the voice over should be there. I had NO idea what had actualy happend in the film - it made me want to see it again to pick up something I didnt catch the first time. <BR> <BR>I like both versions of Blade runner...directors cut and original.
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Post Sun Oct 07, 2001 12:42 pm

My first time was exactly two weeks ago. I kid you not. I finally crawled out of the rock that I'd been living under and I saw it. And as for my reaction----I'm here aren't I? <BR>Skooter <IMG SRC="/forum/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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Post Thu Oct 11, 2001 3:46 am

Wow two weeks ago eh? Well, welcome aboard.
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Post Wed Dec 12, 2001 5:27 am

On a 14" portable TV back in 1988. I popped down to the video store and grabbed this Harrison Ford movie off the bottom shelf. I was a big fan of 2000AD and sci-fi in general, the world of Judge Dredd and such. <BR>Blade Runner blew me away, absolutely loved it. Every second. <BR>Now I own it on DVD, having seen both versions in the cinema since, and of course worn out both versions on VHS tape..and instead of a 14" portable TV, I project it onto a 72" screen <IMG SRC="/forum/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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Post Fri Dec 14, 2001 3:27 am

I recall seeing it in a theater that still stands today in Islip, Long Island. I saw the film with a bunch of my friends and my brother, I think a few days after it opened. We all piled into my brother's 67 mustang and got to the movie theater an hour early( I was anal about getting to the movies on time, and i think it was a Friday night, so I thought there would be a line!) I was only 15, but I was blown away by the visuals and the very adult tone of the story! My friends had mixed reactions and my brother didn't like it(Phillistine that he is!)I remember walking out of the theater behind a couple and another couple was coming in for the late showing and asked the exiting couple how was the movie? The guy replied, "weird" and I thought that it was far from weird, that it was groundbreaking(yes, at 15, I was a movie nut and still am!)But I guess BR proved the unwashed masses(at the time it was released)wrong...20yrs later and here we are still talking about it! <IMG SRC="/forum/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif"><BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: POLITIKO on 2001-12-14 09:28 ]</font>
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Post Sun Dec 16, 2001 4:26 am

*sigh* <BR>I wasn't evern born when BR came out (hark at the young 'un). My first time was.. oohhh.. 3 years ago. I recorded it of the TV and reeeeealy liked it. Then lost the tape. However, when channel 4 showed the film again, this time with the 'On the Edge of Blade Runner' documentory, I was hooked once again, and now with the original on VHS on the DC on DVD, I'l never lose Blade Runner. HAZZAH!
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Post Mon Jan 07, 2002 2:01 pm

I never had the opportunity to see "Blade Runner" at the cinema. Years ago a friend of my father's had one of those old laser disc players and had invited us over to watch a couple of movies one summer afternoon. The first movie we watched was, of course, "Blade Runner". I don't think that either of them cared for the movie that much, but I evidently did. I can remember my first impressions of the movie, but I can not even begin to remember the name of that second movie we watched.
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Post Tue Jan 08, 2002 8:01 pm

I was 11 in 1982, and I already was a science fiction movie fanatic. My problem was that I couldn't convince my parents or my brothers to take me to see it. My uncle told me it was strange, and he wasn't even sure that he liked it. Despite the fact that I had seen Alien, was a Harrison Ford fan, and enjoyed science fiction movies with quality special effects, I kept getting negative input on this movie. It was a little depressing considering that the more people didn't want me to see it, the more I wanted to. <BR>Finally, it came out on the pay channels in 1983. I watched it alone at 10:00 P.M. on a Saturday night on a cable channel called SPOTLIGHT. The opening scene was simply eye candy; I was blown away. I loved everything about it. I couldn't understand why people didn't like it. In my mind, it was the most realistic depiction of a future cityscape I had ever seen. I liked the fact that I ended up wanting the replicants to find the extra life and freedom they were looking for. I liked the glowing eyes, the spinners, Tyrell's corporation, the blimps, Chew's eyes, artificial pets, global weather gone awry. Upon repeated viewings, I always came away with some detail I hadn't noticed before. Blade Runner is simply one of the greatest movies of all time. I've been a Ridley Scott fan ever since. <BR>
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Post Tue Jan 15, 2002 5:39 am

I saw it when released - I was at university and went to see it with friends. I have to be honest and say it wasn't instantly my favourite film of all time. I did buy the video in the '80s though, so obviously liked it quite a lot (I don't buy many films). <BR> <BR>My interest has intensified over the years to teh point where I now know more about the intricacies of it, the background, the filming, etc. than is entirely healthy for me. All I can say is if I'd known I was going to get to like it so much in the future, I would have done more than simply nab the poster mag when it came out - I'd have the full set of all the articles ever printed! Sad, but true. <IMG SRC="/forum/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif"> <BR>
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