Fresh from unveiling his crime epic American Gangster, Sir Ridley Scott has released a new "final cut" of his 1982 film Blade Runner.
The latest version of his cult science-fiction thriller is now in cinemas ahead of a DVD launch in December.
You've called Blade Runner your most complete film...
I think it's my most personal film - Blade Runner and The Duellist. Both those films are very internalised; I was really functioning like an author on those.
Sir Ridley has been up for the best director Oscar three times
You can't share discussions about Blade Runner. What am I going to do - talk constantly about why it's raining, why it's dark, why it's this, why it's that? You can't. You've designed your overall scheme of things in your head and you try to honour that part of your imagination. I definitely think I pulled it off, for sure.
Why do you think it's stood the test of time?
MTV started around 1980, and I used to watch it. I think in its early days it was more interesting - these little filmlets cooked up by the bands and the director that were four, five minutes of really great entertainment. I'd get a lot of ideas off them. But then I started to notice bits of Blade Runner in there.
I thought, 'Where the hell did they get that? My god - someone's copying me!' It was a huge influence in a lot of rock videos: wet streets, smoke, funny people. There was an evolution occurring. That generation only really watched MTV, and that would be the generation we're talking about now.
How do you feel about the future of science-fiction?
Everyone and their mother are making science-fiction movies, and for the most part they all really lack story. The tail is wagging the dog - the special effects, instead of being the means to an end, are the end in itself.
Blade Runner's visual aesthetic has been hugely influential
Where do all the writers go? Writing is the single hardest thing to do. Once you get your design on paper, everything else is pretty straightforward.
It's been suggested you might win an Oscar for American Gangster. Would you like to receive one?
Of course, it'd be nice. I've been up three times, so of course I mind not winning - but by the time I get to the first party it's gone. In fact you're flooded with relief that you don't have to give one of those ghastly speeches. As you leave you feel disgruntled, but by the time you get the first drink in you really don't care.
Sir Ridley Scott was talking to the BBC's Rebecca Jones.