Blade Runner 2049 has, against all the odds, made it to the big screen. But, before you head out for Denis Villeneuve’s epic, should you watch the original?

The first Blade Runner was released in 1982 to a somewhat muted reception – reviews were mixed at best and it bombed at the box office – but in the 35 years since it’s graduated from underground cult curio to bonafide sci-fi classic. Those behind the sequel have said that you can go into Blade Runner 2049 without any prior knowledge of the original and understand it completely, but how true is that? Here’s a ...

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