It's true that Blade Runner is an iconic film. It was adapted from the Phillip K Dick story 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', but soon took on a life of its own. (Ah, Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980) again : Death of the Author)
I have known film students write their dissertation on this film as it works on so many levels and when that happens, it is a magical thing. What Blade Runner is - a magical film - you can count them.... Casablanca - It's a Wonderful Life - Manhattan - Angel Heart - Withnail & I ..... Or are they just my magical films?
I remember watching Blade Runner for the first time at a late night showing in Derby at the Metro. I drove home to Nottingham with the roof back on my 2CV playing 'Memories of Green' on repeat. Vangelis is such an integral part of the film, as music always is, but in this case I would argue that the music in Blade Runneris a character in the film and one of the few to express true emotion.
The narrative attempts to access emotion through other characters but without depth. Even the test for emotion in the replicant holds back. The fear felt is not full fear, in fact all the emotion feels, to me fake, or hidden. Until this -pp-