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Blade Runner is perhaps one of the most visually stunning sci-fi films ever made in Hollywood; it also aused a fair bit of consternation on its release, as director Ridley Scott and the studio fought over what ending should be attached to the movie. On release, the studio got their way: a pretty positive denouement was attached to the otherwise dark and brooding film, going against the original edit by Scott. Numerous DVD and VHS releases have since rectified this oversight, featuring both the original theatrical edit and the intended denouement but it’s extremely rare to see the movie as it was intended to be shown on the big screen. Luckily, the Tyneside Cinema are giving audiences the chance to see the film the way Scott wanted it on Sunday 14th December.

For those unfamiliar with the film, it stars Harrison Ford in perhaps his best role as Rick Deckard (sorry Indy). He’s the titular Blade Runner, sent out to destroy four murderous replicants. The question of whether or not Deckard himself is a replicant is left totally ambiguous, staying true to the spirit of its source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. But really, most of the glory of Blade Runner lies in its cinematography, sometimes inspired by the Hartlepool skyline, and Vangelis’ epic, heartfelt electronic score.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut screens at the Tyneside Cinema on Sunday 14th December.

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