The making of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is infamous for being troubled. The multitude of alternate cuts is testament to this and the documentary, Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner on the 2007 DVD of the film and Paul M. Sammon’s book, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner go into the film’s many production problems in great detail.
However, there’s something wonderful about seeing these screening notes, which are presumably from producers Jerry Perenchio and Bud Yorkin. My favourite bits being the notes on Harrison Ford’s voice over – “were they all on Drugs when they did this?” and “This movie gets worse every screening”.
It’s always great seeing something like this, detailing the behind the scenes machinations of film production – Blade Runner’s production being more problematic than most – or at the very least, most well known. Blade Runner went on to become a classic, and a belated sequel is currently being written by Hampton Fancher.