This is a gret take on Blade Runner; it never would have occured to me that this interpretation could work, but it works and feels sufficiently natural that you could be forgiven for thinking it was intentional.
The black & white visual style works very well - I know a couple of folks had issues with the high contrast, but I thought it worked really well. The editing itself was invisible, with some excellently-executed transitions between scenes.
If I had a complaint, it would be a very minor one that the sound levels seemed to vary a fair amount. The variation isn't so great as to be a problem, I just found myself knocking the volume down once or twice after raising it to ensure that certain bits of dialogue were audible. This may be down to the source material.
All in all, I thought this was excellent both narratively and technically. Great work!
I have seen just about every iteration of Blade Runner out there and own both the DVD set in the brief case and the Blu-ray equivalent with the Spinner model. I am glad that RangerKris decided to use the Final Cut as the source material, as this is the most refined of all of the versions in my opinion. I've watched this film in different forms, including both first runs in the theatre, at least 20 times and I thought I knew every nuance possible. That is why I was so intrigued that this Fanedit takes a completely new POV and doesn't try to "improve" on the original(s). Thank you RangerKris for that.
Technically, I'm not going to comment much as others have already dissected this with a fine toothed comb. Visually, I think the HC B&W looked gorgeous in 1080p on my large plasma display. I think it even made the scale model sets look more convincing. Aurally, the music edits were well placed and helped move the story from the new POV. It seems some other sound editing was done with the dialogue too, such as the scene in Abdul ben Hassen's shop. It seemed even more distinct than the fixed up version in the Final Cut.
My only slightly critical comment on the edit is one that others have mentioned: the non sequitur appearance of the police Spinner floating up in the background during Roy's last scene on the roof. The only thing I think you could have done there was just loop Roy's last close up (without the dove) to keep the poignancy of the moment.
All in all, very well done from a dyed-in-the-wool BR fanatic.
"My friends are toys, I make them." You're making friends too ranger613, at a very quick pace with these high quality edits!
I was skeptical, oh yes. Mess with one of the best sci-fi/fantasy movies of all time? Very brave my friend. But your chosen course was brilliant - make Roy the main character rather than Decker. Make the viewer sympathize more with the replicants. This required some drastic cuts and reworking. You accomplished this very well, I had trouble remembering the original sequence of scenes - actually it was done so well I rarely ever thought about it.
The only break that seemed a bit rough was early on, from the Pris/Sebastian meeting to Roy's fist and his "not yet". I was not particularly keen on the fist as the intro to Roy - I understand it sets the stage immediately that he is running out of time, but I think we find out his situation soon enough and don't really need that, and we see him do that with his fist again later. That's my only narrative comment though!
Quality of audio/visual was perfect, at least for my system. I love Rachel's song moved to the end credits, a more somber and reflective ending. The hero is dead.
Black and white took some getting used to, but it actually helped me feel as if I was watching an entirely different movie. In some of the scenes however, I did miss the color and the depth it provides. And with black and white I found I could not see some of the detail that I eat up in a good sci-fi.
Conclusion - I most definitely felt more compassion for the replicants with this edit. With the "questionable things" the replicants did removed from the film, they became the good guys.
P.S. - DECKARD IS NOT A REPLICANT!!!!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyJuly 03, 2014
Hi kellenpure ,thank you very much for the kind words. I knew this edit was going to be hard because it wasn't an improvement of mediocre material but a reworking of my favorite movie, a masterpiece. I couldn't have done it without the constant support and feedback of the community here, TM2YC went over it for me three times during its evolution and helped it develop from an interesting idea to a companion piece. I'm glad you liked Rachel's song, that piece was so perfect for the end, and I do agree that the film in many places lived in color. Like you said, the black and white gives it a new feel. I'm honored you found this cut enjoyable. I'll try to keep making decent edits for everyone to enjoy haha. I appreciate you taking the time out to review this very much, have a great day my friend :)
This was fantastic and the high contrast black and white looked amazing. I very highly recommend this edit of this movie. I've never been a huge Blade Runner fan, so I have not seen it more than once or twice, so I was really watching this more or less without previous knowledge. I was worried that there would be plot problems in focusing on the replicants, but there are no plot holes that I noticed at all.
This feels like an excellent art house sci-fi movie. And your title is perfect! I didn't even get it until Roy Batty speaks the words near the end. This was one of my favorite fanedits I have watched. It was the right length too. It would have been easy for you to pad this, but I appreciated that you stuck to the story you were telling. Just damned good all around!
I love this edit for two reasons, one the pace of the movie is drastically improved and I think it may actually be a better narrative than the original (more on that in a minute).
The biggest thing is probably going from color to noir. It worked for me, but in the end I still wish it had at least a tiny bit of color to warm it slightly.
That said, this edit flew by with perfect pacing and a great telling of the story. At one point I wondered to myself, do I miss Deckard's story/point of view? The answer was no, from a movie going experience. It made for a better movie and ultimately makes me wonder if the original narrative just wasn't done as well. It's hard to say for sure, since I can't go back and unwatch it to be completely be subjective.
Anyway, very well done and one of the best fan edits I have seen to date. Thanks for all the hard work and looking forward to seeing your next one!