Blade Runner: The Final Voiceover Restoration

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Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
117
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Fanedit Running Time:
122
Time Added:
5
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Brief Synopsis:
Blade RUnner exusts in 5 versions The Theatrical Cut (117min), The International Version (117 min and a bit), The Director's Cut (116 min), The Final Cut (117 min) and The WorkPrint (113 min). This version tries to do two main things:
- include every frame from the Theatrical Cut, International Version, Directors Cut and Final cut
- add a handful of additional VO lines, correcting them for pitch and pace so they sound like Deckard
Intention:
To creat a Voiceover version using every frame from the four main versions and some additional Workprint shots and 2 mins of additional voiceover lines culled from 45 mins of available material.
Other Sources:
Blade Runner limited edition Score CD
Blade Runner Re-recorded Score CD
Blade Runner motion GIF
Special Thanks:
TM2YC, who made the ultimate edit (The Penultimate Cut) and said " the more the merrier" when I suggested not releasing this. THANKS!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The base for this edit is the FINAL CUT grade, but where material is used from other version, I have placed a tiny marker in the lower right (in the black area) which if NOT the Final Cut, tells you where the material is from . DC= Dir Cut, IV, International Version, WP = workprint....yes there are a few tiny segments in there, but NOT the hospital visit.

Much like my CE3K Edit, I wanted it all which also means there is now a unique unicorn sequence with some telling added VO - nuff said.

This sounds like a light edit, but the longest unbroken Final Cut section runs 19 minutes and there are over 100 meanderings in and out of differing versions to get EVERY OFFICAL FRAME. As an example, ina 2 min stretch as the camera pans down on Deckard at the Sushi bar, the edit goes into the WP for a line of dialogue, then DC, IV, DC, Xtra VO, FC, Xtra VO, FC, TC, FC, IV and finally back to FC. coz the shots vary in length, and , fo inatance, close up n the sushi plate. This however is NOT not padded out with workprint material. Just a couple of shots. les than 30 secs overall. The blue hue from the Theatrical cut in the Ice lab and a few other scenes has been retained as well.

SO,,I hear you ask, what are the extra lines?

Trust me, they are VERY carefully selected. If you want all the VO, watch the workprint...this ain't it. This is my perfect-dream version of Blade Runner . I no longer have to shout "I saw his thumbs go in, I'm sure it was like that", and "where did the VO go"....and "that's a different unicorn". Well , I've managed to retain all the shots of the horned beast with a little surprise too. Much like The Godfather, it turned out to be a far harder edit to pull off that I anticipated, but I've sat on it for near on 3 years, so here ya go. I even rendered it without any VO, just in case I one day get pissed off with it, but VO is the one submitted.
Cuts and Additions:
- included every frame from the Theatrical Cut, International Version, Directors Cut and Final cut
- add a handful of additional VO lines, correcting them for pitch and pace so they sound like Deckard
- Plus a unique Unicorn sequence
- preserved the blue hue for a few scenes

A handful of extra lines (2 mins in total) from over 45 mins of available VO; only relevant lines to the plot points of existing dialogue or character ere chose. Then I had to slow them down since they tended to be delivered quickly. Then pitch correct them coz they were spoken in differing tones of voice, thus making it consistent.

How much time gets added with EVERY FRAME versions? 5 mins. RT 121.5 mins
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This is the better way to watch this movie. Like other ones too and this one is so much better! Should replace original for some people. Good work and this is expected from Wraith.

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Another perfect edit from Wraith!

I'm a fan of the voiceover but I feel that TM2YC edit Slightly edges this one but it's nice to have these two vastly different but equally excellent edits to choose from.

Great work, as usual!

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I can never get enough of Blade Runner and have long-wanted a version in this vein, I just had no idea it already existed!

I found the work to be very well done - the pitch-correction helps with the general immersion and I even think the original voiceovers would've benefitted a lot (and possibly avoided a lot of criticism) from having the same applied to them.
The edits aren't jarring and it's clear that every effort has been put in to alleviate any concerns you could have there. As a complete movie I did fear that the pacing would suffer slightly with even a few minutes being added but any additions felt carefully-selected and necessary so I have nothing to complain about there.

I don't really know much about fanedits but I enjoyed this a lot. I think anyone who already loves Blade Runner will certainly find something to enjoy here and therefore I recommend it highly.

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This happens to be exactly the kind of edit that I was planning to do for a long time, minus the voiceover, but I am totally on board with this vision. Carefully selected lines at specific points to enhance the narrative. This actually, is growing a lot on me, more for the reason of intoxicating amount of love and attention invested into audio editing, than the feeling that explanations are needed. I am not sure I even want to watch this movie anymore, without having Wraith's special touch on it.

But, the best thing of all, Wraith has mimicked my planned OCD approach to collect every frame from every official BR cut to date, in one movie! THIS, in my opinion, makes this edit one of the most valuable, out there. Are you aware how much time you saved me, friend?! Of course you are, this beast must have been as much a source of frustration and lost sleep, as it is a clear labor of love! Thank you!

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An outstanding version! Wraith's work is beyond reproach. High quality audio and video production. Loved the voice-over.

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