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
Want to watch Blade Runner, but you either only have 1 hour and 15 minutes or are someone who finds the official versions of the film boring? You're in luck, rangerkris' technically flawless Tears in the Rain edit distils the film down to a relatively fast paced action noir. The film retains it's title as one of the most visually stunning films ever made, but in a whole new way with the switch to black and white. The only slight issue, as other people have mentioned, is that Rachel is introduced, kills Leon and then disappears, but it didn't bother me at all.
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.