I mentioned in May the HSC unit In the Wild which pairs Blade Runner with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. One problem I had coaching students doing this unit was my not having a copy of the movie, but yesterday (after a vain series of searches for the past two years) I managed to get one from Hum in Oxford Street for only $14.95. I had seen the original and inferior commercial release many years ago at the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe and frankly had no idea what was gong on, aside from being overwhelmed by the spectacle. Last night’s viewing made much more sense.
Earlier in the week I had seen the DVD (Surry Hills Library this time) of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was surprised at just how close it is to being a silent movie, aside from the music track. Today the famous “Star Gate sequence” near the end looks uncomfortably like a display on Windows Media Player; it was so revolutionary at the time. Still, given 2001 is pushing forty years old now, it is an amazing piece of work.