The Blade Runner Vid-Phon (No, That’s Not a Typo)
Regarding the “Vid-Phon” from Blade Runner: Thanks to the HD release of the film, and a certain mystery photo showing four phones lined up in a row (Photo by Richard A. Coyle), I’ve attempted to ID all the known phones with the best available references.
I think I have also spotted a Vid-Phon not ID’ed in the film before now. I therefore believe there are a minimum of 5 phones: those in the four-in-a-row photo, and the hero (which, oddly, does not appear in that shot).
Please see the following image:
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In the bottom row, from left to right, these are the known phones:
El Graffito – Mounted on the wall next to the exterior stage door of The Snake Pit. Time: 55:19.
The Hero (No. 1?) – This is the phone inside The Snake Pit that Deckard uses to call Rachel. Time: 50:30.
Backstage – In the backstage hallway inside The Snake Pit, when Deckard is reading his newspaper and waiting for Zhora, there are a row of phones along the wall. These are very difficult to individually identify, due to general blurriness. This single phone is visible just well enough to get a positive ID. Note also the “Out of Order” tape. Time: 52:23.
The “Sub” (No. 3?) – This phone is visible behind Deckard when he calls Rachel from The Snake Pit. This is the phone documented in “The Vid-Phon Report,” by Masakazu Takeda, published in Japan in June of 2004. Time: 50:30.
This still leaves the “?” phone as yet unaccounted for.