Blade Runner: The Final Voiceover Restoration

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Every Frame, from all 5 versions NOW with added V.O.
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Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
117
Fanedit Release Date:
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
Cover art by Wraith (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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With TM2YC's 'Penultimate cut' and now Wraith's 'Final Voiceover Restoration', we are being spoiled for 'Blade Runner' edits recently. I go back and forth as to whether I like the voiceover - for me, it ticks the old school noir box Fancher and Scott originally intended, but there's something to be said for letting the moody silences and incredible visuals to speak for themselves.

Regardless, Wraith ably succeeds in exactly what he intended to do - an edit of every available frame from the main versions of the film, with the addition of extra voiceover lines where needed. It's seamless, and the extra lines I noticed absolutely fit the flow of the film. I'm sure that more work went into this edit than meets the eye, down to changing the pitch and speed of Ford's occasionally lacklustre narration. We get the best of both worlds with an extended unicorn shot (I still haven't found the little extra Wraith dropped in there - I have to ask him about that), but it unfortunately means we get the happy ending too. Within the scope of this edit, it was an essential addition, but pardon me if I press pause when the elevator closes the next time I watch this.

And here's the thing - I will rewatch this. There are days when TM2YC's 'Penultimate Cut' will be my go-to, and days when only the voiceover will do. With Wraith's edit, I can finally have my cake and eat it.

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Owner's reply May 01, 2021

Thanks for that and pleased you enjoyed it.

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