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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day wants more life, fucker!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Yeah, I went original release with the headline. I like what “Give me life, father” means for Batty as a character in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, but there’s something chilling about the original line.

Blade Runner has been requested by the loyal readers, so I went ahead and pulled out one of my favorite pieces. Apologies for the tardiness of the pic, but the first day of SXSW snuck up on me. However today’s pic is pretty great, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

The great, pioneering effects genius Douglas Trumbull posted the below shot on his website and I knew right away I wanted to feature it in the column.

Watching rear screen projection like this makes me instantly nostalgic for my childhood, just as I’m sure the shoddy rear-screen projection plates behind actors driving in black and white movies make our parents nostalgic for their childhoods.

This is a neat one and I think you’ll dig it!

Click the image to visit the man’s website… but don’t look around too much. I’m sure you’ll see a few more Trumbull images in the coming months! Enjoy!



Tomorrow’s… erm… today’s… Behind the Scenes Pic will be released on time, I swear!

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  • March 12, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the Trumbull love…

    by blakindigo

    The best that ever did it…

  • Seriously, since December you've given up on the links. Why?

  • March 12, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Or have a separate page for all the past links

    by Shubniggorath

  • March 12, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    It never even occurred to me

    by MotherPussBucket

    that this scene was using back projection. Hats off to Trumbull for making it work so seamlessly. Usually when I think of back projection I remember the more obvious examples of it, such as the drop ship crash in 'Aliens'. Or the deliberately funnier examples as in Kramer driving to the airport in 'Airplane!' and Bruce Willis' cab ride in 'Pulp Fiction'. Long live Quint's BtSPotD!

  • March 12, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    more life FUCKER...

    by Georgepeppard

    is the only acceptable line. The final cut needs an alternate audio track choice on the next blu-ray.

  • March 12, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by GroolDemon

    Father just didn't cut it... Oh fuck... I went and made a pun. (cocks gun) BLAM!!!

  • March 12, 2011, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Best. Film. Ever.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Thanks for the nice pic!

  • With that quote, I though we'd see Hauer in the makeup chair, or a fake Tyrell head with busted eyes. How come you're a movie buff but the quotes are always so tenuous?!?

  • March 12, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    "I have seen things you people wouldn't believe"

    by disfigurehead

    Great film

  • March 12, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Thx Quint

    by scrote

    Saw this in the theatre on its first week and can recall having a ton of arguments with my pals afterwards regarding its brilliance. Coupled with the reviews that were coming out damning the thing I felt like the world's last sane individual. Awesome that it is now so highly regarded... Still my all-time favourite movie...

  • March 12, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    My favorite of my favorite movies. This movie made me into a film geek on the spot. Before i first watched it, i was just like many other guys who liked to watch movies. Right when this film started, right in the opening credits, i knew i was watching something special, something unique that i had n ver seen before. The images, the story, the music. My mind was blown. The first time i watched BLADE RUNNER was the best film experience i ever had in my life. It still is.

  • Ironically, CGI made me appreciate his optical visual effects work even more. I now have a much more appreciation of his achievements in 2001, SILENT RUNNING, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND, and what i think is his SFX masterpiece, BLADE RUNNER.

  • In fact, some of the delected scenes shown in the super-duper Blade Runner DVD, in wich are edited in such a way it looks like an alternative vesion of the movie and runs for 40 minutes, i would love to see a version of the film with those included, and thus add more 40 minutes to the film. I wish somebody would do that version. They culd coall it BLADE RUNNER: XL VERSION and i would watch it and buy it in an heartbeat.

  • March 12, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    BLADE RUNNER'S dialogues are great.

    by AsimovLives

    There's a lot of very memorable and quotable line sof dialogue from BLADE RUNNER. Which makes it even more impresive given that it's a movie which is not dialogue heavy. They went for quality not quantity. And it shows. Me and my mates can pratically quote this film line by line when we watch it. How i love this movie! I LOVE IT!!!

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  • March 12, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I prefer 'father'

    by performingmonkey

    Ever since I've seen it with 'father' I've felt that 'fucker' just doesn't sit right. It's too jarringly obvious and almost flies in the face of everything else that's being said in that scene. 'Father' has much more meaning and resonance IMO. The only reason anyone cares about the line change is that it's such a famous line 'I want more life, fucker.'

  • March 12, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by FuneralDirector

    I agree with you totaly, Blade Runner is absolutely one of the best movies ever made. The world feels so completely real, I just want to imerse myself in it for hours and drench my soul in all that gloroious rain and neon dystopia. I think what I expeienced the first time is similar to what some people (but not I) felt with Avatar; just getting lost in the atmosphere of another world. Though BR is so gritty and 'real', it's more to my taste than Cameron's playground. BTW did JJ Abking get his fetish for blue lense flare from this masterpiece?? Is there anyone he doesn't rip-off?

  • March 12, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    That opening video on Trumbull's website is amazing

    by George Newman

    i had No Idea of the extent of his accomplishments! Fantastic stuff there

  • March 12, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Which Version Should I See?

    by iakobos

    I saw Blade Runner on HBO somewhere north of 25 years ago. I wouldn't mind seeing it again but there's too many versions to choose from. So talkbackers, which one should I see now?

  • March 12, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    I always thought it was something else

    by c4andmore

    I thought it was Hauer's accent coming through. I thought he was saying "vater", like Dutch for father.

  • March 12, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    yeah change one of the most memorable lines in the film...

    by Rupee88

    ...that makes sense. (?). Almost as much as Greedo shooting first.

  • March 12, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by vulturess

  • March 12, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I think Jar Jar Abrams got his fetish from lens flares from watching LCOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND one time too many. It's another of his atempts to pass as the sucessor of spielberg.

  • March 12, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "Which Version Should I See?" All of them.

  • March 12, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You mean underrated.

  • March 12, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Watch The Final Cut first. Then the Int'l Cut. Then...

    by Karl Hungus

    ...the Workprint. You can probably skip the Director's Cut and the U.S. Cut, which are both redundant and incomplete. That time is better spent watching the Dangerous Days documentary and the other behind-the-scenes extras.

  • March 12, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah thats what i am taking about

    by KilliK

    tx for the pic Quint

  • March 12, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Yes it is way overrated. People are probably reminded of that if they have to sit through the entire movie again but it did have a few cool scenes and visuals and that's what they remember.

  • March 12, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I still watch

    by Deep13

    the original US cut. I get nostalgic for Harrison's voice over. "sushi, that's what my ex-wife called me... cold fish"

  • BLADE RUNNER is not a movie for shallow younglings who can only get their entertaiment fix from Micahel Bay movies. BLADE RUNNER is a movie that actually demands intelligence and attention. The very two things that the kidz do not consider as "teh kewl!" BLADE RUNNER is a movie for men and women. It goes way over the heads of "Teh Kidz" or idiotic 30somethings who still have the mental age of a 14 years old dumb illiterate kid.

  • March 12, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The first version of BLADE RUNNER i watched was the US version with the Harrison Ford's voice-over. and after allt his years and after watching both the so-called director's cut and the final cut, i don't miss that voice over at all. For me, the movie does work better without it. This from a old BR fan who knows and adores this film since 1986.

  • March 12, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I still have the old 1992

    by PedroM

    "Director's Cut" LaserDisc. Great picture and audio quality. BR is one of the best, like the ones they don't make quite like it anymore...

  • March 12, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Can we get some more Gremlins & Back to the Future pictures?

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • March 12, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I think Blade Runner is great..

    by Marat

    But it doesn't really tell a story too well. Honestly, it seemed to move at a television show pace. For me, the film was only a small glimpse of a large, rich universe. I fucking love it, but damn, like some other posters had read, I could use more hours of it. I'm just now playing the Video game from 1997 and it's a great addition to the universe. So on the merits of a film for telling a narrative, it's OK, but as immersing us in a world and convincing us this is the future...excellent.

  • March 12, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Best line from Blade Runner is

    by GroolDemon

    when Batty visits the geneticist that makes the eyes and says, "If only you could see the things I've seen with YOUR eyes..." All the while Leon keeps taking eyes out of the container and putting them on the guy's shoulder. Hilarious and disturbing all wrapped into one.

  • March 12, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I saw Blade Runner 26 times when it came out!

    by Jymn

    Yeah, I'm that old. I was absolutely changed by this film. I knew every line (although at the time I thought it was 'fucker' not 'father' - disappointing to know the reality). What people may not know is that it wasn't popular at the time. Critics were cool, attendance was meagre and Harrison Ford publicly denounced it. None of my friends liked it and they thought I was nuts (they're right, but that's another story). With all the attention Blade Runner has garnered over the years - let alone the critical reappraisal), I feel vindicated. BR has become one of the most influential movies of all time. While the set design and direction are wonderful and get the most press, it is David Peoples' writing that nails it for me. A couple of years ago, I was an extra in Battlestar Galactica. I was right in the action and received personal direction from Gaff himself! What a thrill. (I also found out Edward James Olmos is the 'Eddie' pictured on the back of the very first Eric Clapton album.)

  • March 12, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Scott needs to have Ford re-record the voiceovers and actually try this time--or hire a voice talent to do it. All versions are awesome tho.

  • March 12, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    by Jymn

    So many, my fave: "It's not an easy thing to meet your maker". Another: "revel in your time"

  • March 12, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    the original 1982 cut

    by j_difool

    is the only cut my friends. fuck what ridley says.

  • March 12, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Saw it twice in the theatre back in 82'

    by JAGUART

    I sat through it twice, back to back in the theater back in 1982. I was blown away by it, and when I saw Siskel and Ebert's dismissive review of it , it started a rift of opinion that I still feel toward Ebert to this day. Audiences, myself included, were expecting a swashbuckling Harrison Ford fresh from Star Wars and Indy, and you really did come out of the theater a tad let down, but since it was Ford, and Rutger Hauer was so awesome, you didn't care.

  • March 12, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by iakobos

    I knew someone would say that.

  • March 12, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I prefer the voice over...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Warts and all. The movie is slow and ponderous enough. Still, it IS a treasure trove of tech and quotes. A heady elixir indeed.

  • March 12, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I had to study the director's cut in high school

    by Monkey Butler

    And one thing we discussed was whether Batty said 'father' or 'fucker'. I always thought the ambiguity was intentional, because it set up a nice parallel, especially because it's said in a bedroom that looks like a church, to a guy who might as well be God. I was disappointed that Scott changed it in the Final Cut.

  • March 12, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Blade Runner

    by klytusnotdead

    and Star Wars in no peticular order, should be one and two on all fanboys list, if some noob has Inception or some other dumbfuk uber flavor of the month, in their top two all time, they should have their geek card removed and force to view that terrible what the fuk it's called Super 8 trailer. That scene alone in the pic with Olmos piolting and the Vengelis music and, Im sorry fanboys, the voiceover. Top two I says, one and two. End of line.

  • March 12, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    And it had to be me. My pleasure, though.

  • ... but probably the ones i would rank the highest is the whole conversation between Roy Batty and Tyrell. That's a remarkably well writen scene played by two actros at the top of their game. Everything works in that scene. The dialogue, the performance,s the camera placement, the light, the music, oh the music! Wow! As times pass by, the thignthat now strikes me the most about BLADE RUNNER's script is how literate the dialogue is, and how economical the script structure is. There's absolutly no fat in this film's script. Everything has a point to it. One scene leads to another. And there's always counter-points. For each action scene ther's a breether, for each dialogue ther's an action, for each scene that moves the plot there's one that's contemplative and builds mood. It's a text book example of a leveled, ballanced, precise and detailed scripting. If anything, i think that BLADE RUNNER has a perfect script. Where i a script writer, BLADE RUNNER would be my bbile on what to do. I know that today's scripts like BLADE RUNNER are getting out of fashion. Nowdays everybody beleives everytign has to be fast paced and everything has to be a climax and everythign is just action, action action, bam, bam, bam, put everythign in a fast and in a hurry so that the paying sap doesn't notice you are actually showing nothing at all. This is what i resent in so many movies made today, specially in SF, it's all about con jobs by distracting audiences into believing they are watching stuff happening, when in fact little to nothing is. BLADE RUNNER is like one of those script of old where, though it seemed that there was not much action hapening, in fact lots of thigns were happening in each scene. They could make lots of story happen in a scene and still have time for mood build up. today, you have lots of over-expented action shit happening and they tell almost nothing new or important to the story being told. It's shallow trickey instead of craft. BLADE RUNNER is scripwriting craft at it's best. Some still do like this, but it's not the prevalent style anymore. Today it's the trickey con job scripting of the likes of Orci and Kurtzman.

  • Yet there are no black men in the movie...always struck me weird.

  • March 12, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    did we evolve

    by proevad

    and not use racist terms anymore? or did we just get rid of all the black men?

  • March 12, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Ebert came around

    by proevad

    His original review was 2 and a half stars, so it wasn't as if he hated it. Anyway, it's on his Great Movies list now for those who weren't in the know.

  • March 12, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    They are in the background in the crowd scenes. One of the trannies in Taffy Lewis is black, and there's a black cop too. But there's no main black character in the film, yes. But there is in the 1997 videogame, if that serves as consolation.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    thought I had discovered a creepy new angle. oh well. thanks.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Why,is it necessary to have a black guy

    by KilliK

    in every damn movie? is there a law for that? how about asians and latins? or gays? anyway.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    it's not necessary

    by proevad

    that wasn't what i was saying.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    I've seen it two dozen times or so

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Still love it. Though reading about how it was made (its production was very troubled), I'm not entirely sure Scott can take full credit for the end result. It's as if a bunch of geniuses got together and made a movie around a common theme, but all independently of one another, and it all got slapped together in the editing room. BR is a complete mess that somehow became a cohesive masterpiece, almost in spite of itself.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    I saw Blade Runner when it was released when I was about 16 y/o...and already loved intelligent sci-fi by then Solaris and Gattaca are two excelent films. Blade Runner does have some cool ideas in it and a few memorable scenes, but somehow the pacing is not great and it's just overrated by many. That doesn't mean it's not a good film...just not a great one.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed your post jymn

    by Star Hump

    Great to read about the movie from someone who was really there. I wasn't quite old enough (close) and had to settle for watching it on VHS tape and cable movie channels. Back then, all we had was the voice over edition.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Trumbull's Site

    by Mr Lucas

    has some good videos. Check out the one where he explains how they shot the Hades landscape. Great stuff. Look at all the work that went into that model. CGI stuff just doesn't have that gorgeous look.

  • March 13, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Where's the ass on this picture?

    by Mundungus

    My mind won't make sense of it.

  • March 13, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I have noticed a lot of the newer younger people always complain about BLADE RUNNER being boring or too slow paced. I don't find BLADE RUNNER boring or slow in the slightest. i think the movie is perfectly paced for the story it tells. If the movie was faster pace,d it would had ruined the mood and the atmosphere that makes it so good and striking. I could watch a slower paced version of BLADE RUNNER and i would be happy as a clam. I dont know, is this a generational thing? Can it be the people of my age or whereabouts are far more pacient with slower paced more moody movies where the younglings only want fast paced very fact edited movies?

  • March 13, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    mr lucas

    by AsimovLives

    THe Hades model is indeed one of the most complext miniature model SFX ever made up to that time, and maybe even ever. It's stagerring the amount of work it went to make it, and all the clever tricks they had to use to make it work. Gives a new whole respect for all those old time SFX professionals.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Different Versions

    by D_T

    Just score the 5 disc set on BD. Original, Directors and Ultimate Cut (with the revised FX shots, etc.) $20-30 through most sources, a huge amount of supplemental material, beautiful transfer (audio *and* video). Definitely in my top 10 (of all time, any genre).

  • March 13, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Trumbull's Site - Amazing!

    by relayer

    That video on Douglas Trumbull's site explaining how they created the opening sequence (Hades Landscape) is absolutely amazing. True artistry at work. The thing is, that city still feels like a real place when I watch it. As compared to say all the CG cityscapes in the Star Wars prequels, which while they are nice CG, I never feel like I'm in a real place. They are still too CG-fake looking.

  • March 14, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Watched this in acid the other night...

    by Ray_Tango

    ... we had tears running down our faces during that opening with all the flames and so on. Then when we were peaking Rutger crushed his maker's eyeballs into his head! It was fucking MIND-BLOWING. A whole new perspective on something I already love so much. Thanks Ridley. Fuck I hope he can bring his A-game to this not-Alien-Alien-Prequel.

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  • March 14, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Final Cut is the best version hands down..

    by darthwaz1

    That blu ray is awesome, and I love ridley's new version. The other versions are cool to have, but I don't really want to watch them anymore. Final Cut is the shit!