Blade Runner Easter Egg - A Tribute to Ray Bradbury

In the scene where Deckard is parked outside of the building where J.F. Sebastion lived, the name of the building is The Bradbury. This may or may not have been a tribute to one of the all time great science fiction writers. But, I like to think it is.

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Contributed By: EricKoch on 12-15-1999
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Springerboy writes:
This is definitely NOT an easter egg I'm afraid. The Bradbury is a real, legitimate building in LA, and was built in a very neo style in the 40's. Ridley Scott received permission use the building during Blade Runners filming, although everything you see above the 2st floor in the exterior shots is a matt-painting (sfx in other words). They actually used the Bradburys interiors too (rare to use both in and outside of a real building), so all the scenes in the hallways and elevator outside Sebastians apartment are the genuine Bradbury. (One other point regarding the Bradbury, in the scene outside the building when Sebastian first meets Pris, Darryl Hannah runs away and slips into the car, breaking a window. This WASN'T planned, and Darryl actually splintered her elbow in the process, although being a real trooper she ignored the pain and finished the scene first - source: BladeRunner: Future Noir, Paul Salmon).
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You are wrong. The Bradbury Building was built in Los Angeles in the 1893 (not the 1940's) and it was named after the man who paid for it to be designed and built. It was NOT named after Ray Bradbury.
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Penguuuu writes:
The Bradbury building can be seen in a lot of other films, it is a law firm where Jack Nickleson works in Wolf. As someone pointed out it's the offices for What woman want and it is the building at the end of 500 days of Summer, where J.G.L's character has the interview.
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Jonny Quest writes:
The Bradbury Building can also be seen in the classic Outer Limits episode "Demon With a Glass Hand" (With Robert Culp on run from aliens from the future) and the Quantum Leap episode "Play it Again, Seymour" (The one where Sam is a private eye who looks just like Humphrey Bogart).
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if you're (un)lucky enough to live in the LA area by all means, check out the bradbury. if you're enough of a fan of the film or book to be reading this then it's worth it; quite a catching interior. but be warned, the 'doorman' tried to pawn a Cult disc off on me while i was there. what?
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Sebastian's truck appears again, with the window broken, when Leon tries to kill Deckard.
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DaveinSF writes:
The previous comment is incorrect; the building's name is in fact spelled exactly like the writer's name: Bradbury. If you would like to view several photographs of the building, inside and out, see http://www.bladezone.com/contents/fan/articles/la_tour/la_tour.html
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Skeet writes:
As a totally unrelated side note, HBO (I think) used to have a short anthology series called "Ray Bradbury Presents" or something to that effect, where Bradbury served as the narrator a la Rod Serling. I believe the opening of the show, in which Ray rode up a wrought-iron elevator in a eerily lit building, was filmed in the Bradbury building as well.
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eddy_hyde writes:
I went on a tour of the Us and visited quite a few movie buildings, including the Bradbury. Since then i have seen the interior in loads of films, the last one was 'what women want' i think. If i am not mistaken some of the exterior used in the film is from the building next door (or so a hostel guide said, and it looks about right) On the blade runner buildings, one of the other buildings in the skyline is a famous skyscraper in Chicago (just to the right of the navy peer, looking at the city). cant remember the name, but its a black square pyramid building, and features a couple of times in the BR skyline.
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Freeza Frost writes:
is the "square pyramid" building the sears tower? poor foreigner... never seen the sears tower.
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anyman writes:
I don't know whether or not it was meant to be a well-deserved tribute to Mr. Bradberry, but in fact "Bradberry" is the name of the building, which is historical site in down-town Los Angeles, on Broadway, I think. It's a beautiful building worth visiting.
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