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Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line

Blade Runner draws you to insight instead of just excitement. I love how the story twists from the original assumptions of its myth: from inhuman replicants who are far more human than us. To have all our memories, which will do us no good and be forgotten in the end, and yet is there a soul (the dove) that flies away in the end.

  • Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (USA/England) 1982, Warner Brothers
  • List price: $64.99 (four discs)

Many find The Thin Red Line slow and the voiceover drives them nuts. They can’t see what it has to do with a war movie, but they don’t realize it isn’t a war movie. It’s an insightful look at the human condition on the level of Greek myth and the Bible. During the battle scenes, the voiceover asks, “Who is in charge here?” as we slaughter one another for fruitless dreams of owning the land. It isn’t a war movie, so don’t approach it as one.

  • The Thin Red Line (USA) 1998, Criterion Collection
  • List price: $39.95

Douglas Scott McCarron

Writer, director, musician; dougmccarron.com

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Blade Runner draws you to insight instead of just excitement. I love how the story twists from the original assumptions of its myth: from inhuman replicants who are far more human than us. To have all our memories, which will do us no good and be forgotten in the end, and yet is there a soul (the dove) that flies away in the end.

  • Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (USA/England) 1982, Warner Brothers
  • List price: $64.99 (four discs)

Many find The Thin Red Line slow and the voiceover drives them nuts. They can’t see what it has to do with a war movie, but they don’t realize it isn’t a war movie. It’s an insightful look at the human condition on the level of Greek myth and the Bible. During the battle scenes, the voiceover asks, “Who is in charge here?” as we slaughter one another for fruitless dreams of owning the land. It isn’t a war movie, so don’t approach it as one.

  • The Thin Red Line (USA) 1998, Criterion Collection
  • List price: $39.95

Douglas Scott McCarron

Writer, director, musician; dougmccarron.com

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