'Blade Runner' turns 25

Where were you 25 years ago, when the sci-fi movie "Blade Runner" hit theaters?

Odds are, not in one of the seats watching it at your local multiplex. The movie was considered a commercial flop. It took years for the film to be recognized as a masterpiece — it's dark, foreboding future world to be imitated and replicated in countless films since (including "The Matrix"). Ridley Scott's other science fiction entry, "Alien," was late to be recognized as a formative piece of film, so maybe he knew all along folks would come around.

Based on a Philip K. Dick story, "Blade Runner" stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. It's part detective story, part claustrophobic thriller. And it's visually stunning.

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of its release, which makes it a good time to rent the film whether it's your first viewing or your umpteenth.