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.
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!
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 don't watch as many fanedits I should these days, but there are some that people obviously want to see, and it appears that me too!
Why some fanedits brings a lot of interest?
- Clever take on a very well known and loved movie: check.
- Smart editing (here: reorganization of some scenes that feel like if they still happen in chronological order): check.
- A strong visual change that serves the purpose of the movie (here the B&W): check.
- A narrative that still works very well despite a lot of cuts: check.
Some minor things that bugs me a little:
- Some pixelate picture from time to time. But overall it's beautiful. Just a bit too much compression on the smoke, the fog... things like that.
- We see a police flying car stopping by the roof top in the background during the last scene (Roy's face down - blurry car in the background). It's not jarring as it is, but it made me think about what comes next in the original movie.
- Movie's maybe a bit too short now, but hey it's the price for having this interesting new take.
Of course I loved the relation between Deckard and Rachel in the original (it's the soul of the movie to me) but somehow THIS take of the movie does not need it and it does make the replicants the main characters. The relation between Roy and Priss is now the soul of the movie, and it works.
A very good fanedit that gives you what it was supposed to give.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replySeptember 12, 2014
Thanks very much TMBTM! Means a lot coming from you