Blade Runner 2049: New Vangelis CutFeatured
- Jagged Edge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (John Barry)
- Rosetta (Vangelis)
- Launch Approval
- Beaubourg Part I
- Mail from India
- BR Downtown
- Dream in an Open Place
- Beaubourg Part II
- Spotkanie Z Matka
- Piano in an Empty Room
- Mission Accomplie (Rosetta’s Waltz)
- No Expectation Boulevard
- Dimitri’s Bar
- Sweet Solitude
- Philae’s Descent
- Atom Blaster
- Thermo Vision
- Exo Genesis
- Movement 3 (from Soil Festivities)
- Perfume Exotico
- Origins (Arrival)
- Return to the Void
- Physical Energy
- Albedo 0.06
- Up and Running
- Added fanedit disclaimer.
- Changed the wording slightly in opening text crawl.
- Cut shot of eye opening and moved it to end of film (where the shot is played in reverse, so the eye closes instead).
- Trimmed Sapper bashing K into wall. Difficult to believe K would survive that much head trauma.
- Edited black levels in city shots so that detail can be seen easier.
- Reduced the film’s green tint to bring out detail and colour in several scenes.
- Cropped out subtitles of woman shouting at K in apartment. It’s not important to know what she says.
- Cut Sapper’s voiceover (“You new models are happy scraping the shit… because you’ve never seen a miracle”) when K is flying to Wallace Corp. Not needed.
- Cropped out “Wallace Corporation, Earth Headquarters” location title. We can pick this up from context.
- Reordered shots of Wallace Corp exterior so they flow better. We see the base of the towers first, then K’s spinner near top of the towers, before cutting to interior.
- Cut Luv in her office with a client. Nothing notable here, except a reference to “pleasure models” from the original Blade Runner. This edit generally leans away from nostalgia.
- Cut Luv’s line “Makes one feel desire” so that she simply says, “It is invigorating being asked personal questions. Do you enjoy your work, officer?” I thought it was weird that so many women hit on K in this movie (Joi, Luv, Mariette, Joshi). So I wanted this interaction to be more about Luv trying awkwardly to connect with K, rather than anything sexual.
- Cut Gaff in retirement home. K learns nothing here and the scene exists mostly for nostalgia.
- Cut all of Wallace’s dialogue in his first scene after line “Can you at least pronounce a child is born?” Jared Leto’s cliché lines and cartoon villain acting are terrible. The scene now ends with Wallace saying “But there is a child… Bring it to me.”
- Cut Wallace inspecting and killing newborn replicant. Wallace doesn’t merit this much screentime, and the violence is totally unnecessary.
- Trimmed shot of Coco bleeding on floor. Again, unnecessary.
- Cut location title when K and Joi visit the dump / orphanage. They’ve left the heart of the city (communicated by sign reading “Now Leaving Greater Los Angeles”), that’s all we need to know.
- Cut Ana staring at K and smiling after she offers to view his memory. She looks infatuated, for some reason (see earlier note about female characters hitting on K).
- Cut K and Joi discussing consequences of K deleting her from the console. I wanted to pick up the pace here, and Joi's death later doesn’t have a huge impact anyway.
- Changed colour of the imprint from K’s fall on the hotel carpet. The red imprint looks like blood, which is confusing, so I made it closer to orange.
- Cut Frank Sinatra hologram. It’s not impressive after seeing the other holograms, and “One For My Baby” isn’t very subtle. The jukebox now plays a Nelson Riddle instrumental of “Artificial Flowers” instead.
- Cut Freysa’s line “That’s why Sapper let you kill him.” This doesn’t match what we saw earlier. Sapper put up a fight, and K beat him.
- Cut Freysa’s line “When the time comes, I will show her to the world, and she will lead our army.” From what we’ve seen of Ana, the idea of her leading the replicant army is ridiculous.
- Cut Mariette’s line “More human than humans.” This is a pointless reference to the original movie, and it doesn’t make sense for the replicant resistance to use Tyrell’s old motto as an inspirational quote.
- Cut Freysa’s line “You must kill Deckard.” Freysa has no reason to be so cold. Presumably she cares about Deckard, if not as a former friend than at least as a fellow replicant and the father of Ana. Besides, the “kill Deckard” idea is still implied without being spoken.
- Cut Wallace’s line “All the courage in the world cannot alter fact.” No need to elaborate on his previous line about the jumping fish.
- Added line “Tyrell’s final trick: procreation” after Wallace’s line “To teach them all to fly.” In this edit, Wallace’s goal is simply to create replicants who can reproduce – for what reason, we don’t know. One can guess Wallace wants to be like God, or his ambition is endless, or whatever. It’s not important to the story being told.
- Cut Wallace suggesting that Deckard and Rachael were designed to fall in love and his discussion of that idea. This is bad fan fiction, unsupported by events of the original movie.
- Cut Rachael clone. It almost looks like her, but not quite, so it doesn’t work in my opinion. I also thought it was gross and sexist to kill off Sean Young’s character before the story started, and then trot out a young fantasy version of her and kill her again onscreen.
- Cut K’s flashback to Sapper saying “Because you’ve never seen a miracle” when K is standing on bridge. Not necessary and Freysa’s voiceover works better by itself.
- Inserted shot of Ana’s hand touching artificial snow while K is dying.
- Cut Ana’s line “Just a moment. Beautiful, isn’t it?” so final scene is purely visuals and music.
- Inserted fanedit name, faneditor credit and custom end credits, including complete list of new music.
Overall this is a superb fresh take on an already hard to improve film!
I too dreamed of hearing Vangelis cut of 2049 and at times it really took me a moment to step back and take a breath. PE selected the best tracks he could from Vangelis newer material to best compliment and even in places add tremendously to the scene as a whole. I would highly recommend this edit to anyone who has already seen the original it just gives you that extra little surprise to see what sample PE adds next. His actual cuts to the film also never detract from the over arcing story and simply make it better (the Wallace stuff always needed your edits).
Overall I would say the reason I marked Enjoyment down to an 9 is really down to two music choices that didn't gel with me and took me out of the mood of the scene but this is really only minor and was more down to my personal taste.
Please go ahead and do yourself a favor and watch this excellent edit of 2049.
Thanks again Problem Eliminator.
I really loved this take on Blade Runner: 2049 and found the execution flawless. Blade Runner and Vangelis go hand in hand so this was a fanedit that I hoped for, even before finding out one existed. Avoiding the original score was a smart move as the music is so familiar it might have seemed pastiche, which this edit isn't at all. Whilst I would have been happy for the Wallace scenes to be left in, I'm glad they were removed as Leto's performance is complete garbage and I can only think that he ended up where he did with that character because his scenes were brief and he wanted to leave an impression. If you were going to remove one thing, that would be it. Perfectly happy for the Rachel scene to go too, as it proved so controversial that seeing it breaks immersion every time.
Overall I would recommend this fan edit without hesitation. It sets out exactly what it achieves too and executes its vision pretty much perfectly. I won't say which version I prefer, because I think both this and the original compliment each other and I expect to alternate between them in the future, depending on my mood.
If you're interested in a Vangelis-scored Blade Runner: 2049 (and who wouldn't be) then you should definitely give this fanmix a go.
I can't love this movie, but I can't hate it either. It has fantastic visuals, at times a very dense atmosphere and some cool ideas. It also has boring, one dimensional villains, silly replicant resistance subplots and the tendency to shoehorn fanservice in an already thin plot. It also has a very forgettable soundtrack. I didn't know how much I missed Vangelis until the last scene where a few of his notes were played... and the scene came alive.
Problem Eliminator sure lived up to his name. Much of the unneeded fanservice was removed and Vangelis is back to raise the bar a couple of notches. Audio and video quality was great. The original Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies and even with PEs edits, many things in 2049 still make my eye tick with annoyance, but this is definitely a big improvement.
When I saw BR2049 in theaters, my only complaint was that the soundtrack wasn't quite cutting it: this fanedit solved this problem and made an already great film into a near perfect one; the new Vangelis soundtrack really makes the world of the movie feel so much deeper and more alive in my opinion.
The narrative is also made leaner through the excision of unnecessary "nostalgia-fodder" and some dialog i, like PE, found a bit annoying (namely, too many women hitting on K). I think cutting Wallace's screen time actually makes him into a much more menacing figure, hidden the shadows, although the dialogue in his intro now feels a bit clunky, especially on first watch.
The editing is flawless, and except for a few aesthetic remarks (I would've cut K screaming from the memory lab scene and I would've just got rid of the eye closeup entirely instead of placing it at the end, which I find a wee bit distracting) I have nothing but praise for this edit. Absolutely recommended!