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Scott Allen Miller <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 13:04:15 +1000
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Pip Chodorov wrote:
> In the scene already mentioned in BLADE RUNNER, a computer is able to zoom in
> on details in a photograph, without losing any detail, <snip> and this is
> used to discover a tiny clue hidden in a snapshot <snip>
> in most cases, at some point the grain becomes too big to decipher
> further details. In BLADE RUNNER, there is no grain, and one can zoom in on
> forever smaller details.
Not only does the technology in _Blade Runner_ allow unlimited
magnification, but it also seems to add a three dimensional quality to the
photograph. If I remember correctly, a mirror in the photograph is magnified
in such a way that the interior of the bathroom it is reflecting
is increasingly revealed. We get to see what was previously behind the wall
in the original, two dimensional photograph, namely, the bathtub. I want one
of those machines!
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