The NYT's Fred Kaplan has a piece about the "new" Blade Runner today — won't include any spoilers in this post, but the Director's Cut DVD reveals a "secret" about Harrison Ford's character. Snip:
"Here we are 25 years on," Mr. Scott said, "and we're seriously discussing the possibility of the end of this world by the end of the century. This is no longer science fiction."
The special effects that produced this vision were amazing for their day. Created with miniature models, optics and double exposures, they seemed less artificial than many computer effects of a decade later. But like film stock, they faded with time.
For the new director's cut, the special-effects footage was digitally scanned at 8,000 lines per frame, four times the resolution of most restorations, and then meticulously retouched. The results look almost 3-D.
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