Let's face it, Blade Runner may
have been a masterpeice of modern science fiction and is obviously our
favorite film of all time here at BZ, but due to some decisions made mostly
over dollars and cents, the film has some major plot and visual errors.
In this section, we will avoid the plot and dialogue errors
and pay more attention to the visual and continuity errors.
years now, in the film industry, there have been people referred to as
continuity editors. This person's only function on the set is to
make certain that the actors and set are exactly the way they were in the
shot just prior to the one they are getting ready to shoot. Make-up,
torn shirts, scars, things of this nature are important to continuity within
a film that will most likely not be shot in order of the scenes.
Worse, the shot they are getting ready to shoot may be taking place weeks
later than the last time the characters were shot in this situation. To
help make the job easier, these "continuity editors" rely on snapshots
In Blade Runner, I believe the continuity editor was truly put
to the task. In the end, much of this person's job was wasted due to last
minute changees during the editing stage.
much of what follows is not directed at the CE. But there may be
a few that are.
1) Gaff's Gaffed
As the rain comes down and the spinner
begins to purge, the cables can be seen lifting the full size mock-up skyward.
An error noticed by Scott and the editor but left in because the scene
seemed to work even with the visible wires.
As Gaff and Deckard ascend into the
heavans, the police HQ can be seen in the upper right hand corner of the
2) The man is
Besides the the police building
in this shot, there's the out of scale shot of the dyslexic YUKON building
While masked by the dead narration
by Ford in the original theatrical rtelease, the DC version seems somewhat
strange when Gaff seems to be talking to Deckard while enroute to the police
station and there's no dialogue.
3) Gaff's lip flap
during fly over with no sound.
4) Lip flap at Rachell's
and Deckard's meeting
5) Phone booth and Roy...
The close up of Roy's hand while
in the vid-phone booth is actually from the bathroom scene at the Bradbury
and the shot of his face is actually from the scene on the bed with Tyrell,
6) Titles on marquee
change between shots of Pris & Sabastion's scene.
7) Pris's crash into
the armadillo van was an accident that caused her to tear her tendons in
Pris's hair jumps back and forth from
being very wet to lightly spritzed in the Bradbury scene.
8) Bad Hair Day...
9) The stand in
used for the esper scene.
10) Is that a snake
scale in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Besides the fact that the snake
scale is actually a female canabas seed, the serial number at the base
of one of it's spines is slightly different than the one spoken by the
I wonder how the actor who portrayed
Omar Ben Hassan felt after the release of Blade Runner in 1982 when
he discovered he was not only in what could be considered the worst
dubbed scene with Harrison Ford, but also discovered, I imagine to his
dismay, that his name appeared no where within the credits.
11) He was dubbed
12) A hole in one for
There's nothing that a woman hates
worse than to be chased in heels. The answer? Remove the heels.
And they did.
During the glass scene, they cut to
her stunt double, a woman who looks nothing like Joanna Cassidy, in fact
she looks like a man, baby.
Deckard miraculously hits Zorah not
only in the same shoulder twice, but in the same hole.
Deckard's cut from Leon's and his fight
is already seen here before the fight has taken place. Well, at least
after some bad editing.
13) Scar face...
Also in this scene is Rachel, standing
in the background, behind Deckard. In fact, Gaff walks right past
her when he approaches Deckard with his cane of pain.
Also worth a mention is the fact that
both the cut and the Tsing-Tsao bottle are absent in the scene with Leon
due to the same editing problem.
14) Drink on Deckard's
15) Nit-picker: Pris's
16) The pyramid scene
with Sabastion and Roy shows it daytime.
17) Nit-Picker: Chess
pieces don't match game being played.
17) Oops! Wrong Spinner!
Ford is actually sitting in regular police spinner
for these shots, though he was supposed to be inside the ground spinner that his
character had been driving around in. NOTE: Curved door frame and light. The light is absent on the ground
spinner and there is little to noocurve to the ground spinner's driver pr passenger window.
18) Cables on spinner
in front of Deckard's spinner
If they didn't take'em out in the first
scene, why take'em out now?
19) Shadow of crew during
20) Bathroom scene out
21) Nit Picker: Deckard's
hands holding stone was shot upside down.
22) Rain shuts on and
off during roof scene.
23) Nit Picker: Deckard's
shirt is up and then down after Roy throws him.
24) It was a dark and
As Roy dies, he releases the
dove, which flies up and out of the stormy night into the sunny blue
sky. Yeah? And maybe the sun was so hot I froze to death.
Oh, Suzanna don't you cry.