Feeds

Blade Runner tops sci-fi movie poll

Yes, but which cut?

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Blade Runner has clinched the top spot in a poll on the greatest sci-fi film of all time.

The 1982 cult classic, directed by Ridley Scott and based on a novel by Philip K Dick, won the top plaudit in a poll run by Totalscifionline.com. Blade Runner flopped commercially on its initial release and received only lukewarm reviews, but has grown in reputation over the intervening years.

Its dystopian vision of the near future, strong philosophical themes on the moral implications of genetic engineering, a seminal score by Vangelis and strong performances by Rutger Hauer (in particular) and others have all added to the film's appeal. Numerous re-cuts and reissues of the film over the years have, if nothing else, kept it on the shelves on video rental stores and (more recently) in Amazon's bestseller lists.

Blade Runner secured more votes than other sci-fi classics including 2001 and Star Wars.

Perhaps surprisingly, older films - such as Metropolis from 1929 - made it onto the list, suggesting impressive special effects are not needed to capture the longer term affection of moviegoers.

Pleasingly, Michael Bay's Transformer flicks appear nowhere on the list. Overlooked classics that fail to make the top 10 include Silent Running and Terminator 2. ®

Sci-Fi top 10

  1. Blade Runner (1982)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. Star Wars (1977)
  4. Alien (1979)
  5. Metropolis (1927)
  6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  7. The Terminator (1984)
  8. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  9. E.T. (1982)
  10. Solaris (1972)

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.