You can now stream the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack

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Blade Runner 2049 opens Friday. Cinematographer Roger Deakins had the biggest challenge of anyone on the film: how to make something fresh when every other sci-fi film of the 35 years has copied the Blade Runner look. She was made by Tyrell, who is the head of Tyrell Corp, the company that invented replicants.

Featuring input from across the musical spectrum, from synth pop legend Gary Numan and trip-hop king Tricky, to contemporary producers like Ikonika and Hans Berg, the doc also features Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, who sees the soundtrack as the ideal counterpoint to the film's dystopian vision.

Early in the slow-burning and sometimes very violent and graphic movie, set in 2049 LA, you'll meet star Ryan Gosling's blade runner, Officer K. And, as previews for the film make very clear, he eventually will come into contact with Ford's aged Deckard.

There's a euphoria around this release, a thrill that it isn't awful but something worthwhile (that, say it softly, it isn't the film you feared Ridley might have made) that means people are possibly overboarding it.

Press tours can be grueling for actors, especially when you're Harrison Ford, who thinks "it's always better not to talk about" the film and to just "f-ing do it".

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One of the most fun and/or heartbreaking aspects of the new film is K's relationship with Joi (Ana de Armas), a woman who exists purely as a hologram - and yet so much more. The problem is that almost every film about artificial intelligence mines familiar ideas about how humanity should treat its creations if and when they achieve sentience. They see it in the arrival of blade runners like K (Ryan Gosling), the new breed of replicant who hunt down the remaining older versions who still dream their dreams of electric sheep - ones like Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), who farms a piece of forgotten land and pays tribute daily to the miracle he witnessed decades ago. If you can get hold of a DVD of the original, I highly recommend you watch it so you will get the complete experience.

"Blade Runner" is likely to be too slow for some viewers - possibly after its engrossing first half - but if you give yourself over fully to Villeneuve and company, you will be rewarded. We guess that's what happens when whisky gets involved!

"I feel like that's where this is headed", Gosling responded. The only place the sequel feels less well served is in its soundtrack, where throat singing and Inception horns fail to capture the dark, ethereal quality of Vangelis' synth-heavy original score.

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