Blade Runner: Tears in the Rain

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Blade Runner is one of those films in which people profess to like more than they really do. Or, perhaps through the lens of nostalgia or some facsimile, people enjoy remembering it more than they enjoyed watching it. Speaking for myself, I never liked it. And, among my film enthusiast peers (who confided in me in hushed tones), they too admitted their general malaise for the movie. Whatever ending or version one watches, the film never settles in a place in which characters are worth rooting for or where subtext is given more than a cursory glance. In short, it is a film ripe for an editor's eye who might be able to wrangle a more satisfying experience out of it.

Sadly, Ranger613's Tears in the Rain isn't quite it.

To the editor's credit, despite cutting a third of the original's run time, the edit never feels rushed. The only oddity worth mentioning is the lack of narrative conclusion to the part played by Sean Young. The idea that a replicant can be fooled into thinking it's human never has a subtextual callback. Her character is necessary though and cannot be completely edited out as she comes to Decker's rescue at a critical juncture that (probably) cannot be remedied with the tools available to any editor. To this extent, I forgive this short coming.

However, at just an hour and ten minutes, the film still felt laborious in the latter part of the second act and much of the third.

Two things that can save a dull movie are fascinating soundtracks and exquisite cinematography. Speaking to the latter, Ranger613 goes big by opting for a black-and-white, high-contrast take on the (admittedly) already great camera work from the original. However, puzzling to me was that his edit lacked sharpness and was unfortunately plagued with pixelation and artifacting in the darkest parts of the frame. When I saw that the film was under 90 minutes, and was over 7 gigs without extra features, I just assumed all those 1's and 0's would be going towards a crystal clean image. But this is not the case. I'm not sure if the editor had the ability to make this on a source that was HD, but if not, that was certainly to the detriment of this project. This is the kind of movie that needs a superior image to really sell the experience.

Regarding the film's score, it appears that the editor never felt compelled to address it. The synthesized sounds might, by some, be argued as a layer of subtext to model the plight of the replicants (synthetic humans, synthetic music, etc...). I find it a cheap reminder than we're watching something from the early 80's. I'm under the impression that an overhaul to the film's score would help breathe more life into the more mundane points of the movie. I admit I could be alone in this assumption.

Ranger613 has stated that his edit is not supposed to be a "fixed" version of the original (a film he, unlike myself, claims to be among his most cherished). Rather, this edit is merely a different or alternate take on the material at hand. In this respect, it really does come off as something unique from its source material. The original is a long, bloated experience, while this is curt and focused. This edit better correlates with the visualization of a short story, not a screenplay. I liked this, and I sense there's room to take this concept even further.

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Owner's reply September 12, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review. Sorry it didn't work for you, but its understandable as my edit is not meant to be an improvement but an homage to the original, and since you dislike the original, well.. Blade Runner is my favorite film, and I couldn't conceive of changing the music unless its to something from Vangelis' unused score (which I did, for the end credits and some other scenes). Even Jerry Goldsmith's temp music in the original workprint cut was subpar. Lastly... 'cheap 80's'? Hellz no. The 80's were Awesome!! Cheers.

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Blade Runner is in my top ten favorite films. I never grow tired of watching it and I am obsessed with the score by Vangelis. The original film is a visual masterpiece, entirely devoted to pulling the viewer into this vision of the future and letting us marvel at the awe and wonder of this strange new Los Angeles. This version is more personal. It doesn't replace the final cut of the film - although I'd much rather watch 'Tears in the Rain' than listen to the clunky narration in the theatrical version - but it is a nice way to really focus in on the replicants and their struggle: "living in fear." In many ways, I understand 'Blade Runner' more from watching this version. Being able to see Rutger Hauer's journey completely strung together and as - in a way - the film's protagonist put everything in a new light. Watching this film also made me wish the actual movie were in black and white, an underrated medium that elevates almost every film it's applied to. The only failure in this edit is the Sean Young character, who is introduced, saves Deckard, and then disappears. This isn't necessarily a failure on the editor's part - as the scene of her saving Deckard is necessary to the replicants' plot - but shows a limitation in creating a fanedit with this premise in mind. Still, I highly enjoyed this edit and couldn't help but shed a tear during Hauer's death.

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What we have here is a very creative take on a classic movie. First and foremost, the use of black and white is so effective it makes you wonder why Scott never released it this way in the first place. In addition, it's quite obvious that a lot of thoughts and planning went into the creation of this edit, for the movie remains consistent throughout even if the scenes have been reorganized. My only problem with the edit is the fact that the character of Gaff has been partially removed: prior to Deckard searching Leon's apartment, Gaff can been seen next to Deckard on the sidewalk, but seconds later he is not in the apartment. He could be considered a simple bystander waiting on the sidewalk if he was not to appear in a later scene (accompanying Bryant). Anyway, not very distracting for me to enjoy this edit!

As for the rest (music cues, editing, etc), this looked and sounded very professional to me. I look forward to watching future fanedits from ranger613. Speaking of the faneditor, I truly believe he did achieve his goals which were to offer us an edit from the replicants' perspective, and also present an innovative take of a movie he cherishes while being respectful to the source material. Thank you for that ranger613, I really enjoyed those 75 minutes from beginning to end!

Eric

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As an avid BladeRunner enthusiast, both the film and the book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) I was a bit sceptical that cutting out all narratives besides the Nexus's, would leave an incomplete story.
Oh how wrong I was, this edit is lean, very lean, but it cuts right to the bone ... the initial question that Philip K Dick poses by writing the original book, "do androids Drea.... ", yeah, not that, although...
what is being sentient, are androids, or other "engineered" intelligence capable of emotions, aka dreaming ....
This story stands on its own as a rock against a brutal stormy shore.
Making the closing scene on the roof, and the tears in the rain speech more powerful.

I get that a lot of ppl will not see it that way and just think this is a way to lean version of BladeRunner, and yes, I still like the full fletched version, but this cut has captured a spot in my BladRunner heart, way above the final directors cut.

I gave "only" an 8 for visual editing because, although making the movie very moody, by choosing a black and white version, I don't think it really adds to the "tears in the rain" concept, and especially in the closing scene (the chase in the old house) which is very fast and a lot of visual detail, the lack of colours makes the scene way more confusing in my opinion.


Thank you for making this edit, it enriched a BladRunner fan's life

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