I particualrly wanted to avoid in Blade Runner's weaponry was
an indication of the common laser pistol." Scott said. "We
all felt that a bright streak of light coming out of a barrel
had become a horrible cliché, and we were sick to death
of it. Then David Dryer came up with the idea that our pistols
discharged a high intensity, particle-beam-type material that
imploded on contact, drawing in so much light on the way that
it became a black beam instead of a light streak. And whatever
section of the body it hit would collapse in on itself. That would
lead to a rather elegant demise, very little blood or gore."
thought this was an interesting concept" Scott concludes. "A
black beam would have been the dramatic opposite of the expected laser
ray. So we intended to later animate this dark effect and dub our weapons
Black Hole Guns."
In the movie, you can see the anti-matter blast that was animated into
the shot for four frames. This effect was used only once in the movie,
even though Leon takes a second shot in that scene, only the first shot
from under the table contains the animation of the anti-matter blast,
this was due to the constant threats of going over budget and schedule.
But you couldn't see this effect during the normal vision, unless you
analyze every single photogram in that sequence using the pause function.
says Deckard that there were six Replicants, three men, three
women. He also points out that one of them has been electrocuted
while trying to enter into the Tyrell Corp. Building, but he didn't
specify his sex. This means that we are missing one Replicant,
male or female. It has been thought that Deckard was the sixth
Replicant, but there are obvious proofs denying such hypothesis.
In one of original versions of the script Mary was the fifth Replicant
and Hodge was the sixth. In the workprint the error was corrected
and they settled that "two were electrocuted", but in the original
release they muddled it up again.
books about Blade Runner:
are many books inspired or dedicated to Blade Runner but not
all of that are still printend and selled in shops, so it could
be very difficult to find them.
The most interesting that I'm presenting are two:
MARVEL COMIC BOOK.
Published by "Marvel Comics Group" in 1982,
this book is been written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated
by Al Williamson, Carlos Garzon, Dan Green and Raplh
It was published in three different version:
book is a very good gadget for all the most relentless fans
but it's out of printing so it requires a good search on
pole sites like Ebay or similar to be found.
a complete list of books dedicated to Blade Runner you could visit
the Amazon'd.com site Amazon.com
It's an interesting book that groups all sketches and
projects that were been made in the pre-production by
Syd Mead and the same Ridley Scott.
this book is out of printing but... If you're interested
to find a copy, you could give a glance to EBAY