I’m actually relatively new to Blade Runner. Having loved it the first time1, around five years ago, I thought it’d be good to revisit it, especially in light of the recent-ish sequel.
Scott builds a world so real and compelling you can almost reach out and touch it. He fleshes it out with endless amounts of little details, but never lets those take centre stage over the story and core ideas behind the film. It’s an opressive and unsettling backdrop to a wonderful screenplay.
I just watched this in 4K HDR and it looks astonishing. Scott’s artful style is brought to the screen in vivid colour like I’ve never seen it before. It’s not essential to see it like this, but I was surprised just how much it added to the whole experience.