Since its release over thirty years ago, Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi noir classic “Blade Runner” has both captivated and confused audiences. Its dismal perspective on the future, the grimy yet enchanting streets of 2019 Los Angeles and even that weird unicorn sequence have solidified “Blade Runner” as one of the hallmarks of science fiction cinema.
But it wasn’t always that way, as revealed in a documentary on the making of the film.
“On The Edge Of ‘Blade Runner,’” which originally premiered on Channel 4 in 2000, details the entire history of the film’s production and is hosted by film critic Mark Kermode. From its rocky beginnings, to its rocky production, to its, well, rocky post-production and release, “Blade Runner” was in a near-constant state of turmoil. Interviews with the cast and crew, archival footage of Philip K. Dick (author of “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” from which the film is adapted) and even an unreleased scene recreate the anguish and wonder of the film’s creation.
Watch Ridley Scott, writers Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, producer Michael Deeley, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah and more discuss the making of the film in the three-part documentary below.