Ridley Scott's iconic 'Blade Runner' didn't quite grab the imagination of its producers during its early screenings back in 1981.
Thanks to some purportedly original screening notes from executives Jerry Perenchio, Bud Yorkin and Robin French of Tandem Productions, we can see precisely what they thought of it after watching some of the early cuts.
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Blade Runner... early cuts weren't well-received (Copyright: Imgur)
Perenchio was among the most damning of the film, proclaiming: “This movie gets worse every screening.”
Much work still needed to be done, it seems, before its release the following year, with plot and dialogue described as 'confusing', and the film up to the death of replicant android Zhara damned as being 'deadly dull'.
While all the producers had their own views – largely negative – all seemed united in their hatred of Harrison Ford's controversial voice-over.
Under 'general comments', the VO is described as 'an insult'.
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