Blade Runner snubs Toronto

bladerunner_harrison_ford.jpg Blade Runner is one of the greatest sci-fi flicks of all time (the others being Star Wars, Alien, and The Planet of the Apes). The design, the weirdo streetscapes, Rutger Hauer as a tripped-out replicant,  super-dark Harrison Ford...genius.

But what makes Blade Runner truly interesting is that, unlike almost every other film, it has actually evolved since its first theatrical release. After it went over-budget, Warner Bros. stepped in and forced Ridley Scott to add a lame VO and cut out the now-legendary unicorn daydream. Then in 1991, a 'working copy' of the film was mistakenly sent to a screening, sans VO, and fans were intrigued. So Scott put out a 'Director's Cut', a film that revelled in the ambiguity excised from the first draft. Of course, the unicorn scene was back.

And now we have Blade Runner: The Final Cut. Cleaned up, restored and, according to Ridley, the film he always intended it to be. The DVD will hit stores December 18, but the film will be screened in New York and Los Angeles.

Which begs the obvious question: WTF? What about us, Ridley? Perhaps more accurately, what about me? I want to see the Final Cut in theatres, and find it pretty crappy that I can't see it in Toronto. I mean, we only have one of the world's largest film festivals. Why not throw us a bone?

So if you're like me, and cheesed off with Ridley for this deliberate snub, leave a comment and tell Nunc Scio what you think. If I get enough response, I'll bundle it off to Mr. Scott in one strongly worded email.

On a side note: how good is Ridley Scott as a director? Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down...the guy is like the Brett Favre of movies.

And while I'm totally nerding out...here's some fun news: Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead)  has been offered the role of 'Scotty' in the upcoming JJ Abrams directed Star Trek movie. Me likey.