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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Wraith's work on Blade Runner is outstanding. The addition of the narration helps to clarify particular sections of the storyline, which I found somewhat confusing and/or lacking in information in the Director's Cut (i.e. the non-narration version of the movie). The scene with Deckard (Harrison Ford) at the piano remembering the unicorn also greatly assisted in confirming that his character is actually a replicant with implanted memories (spoiler alert), and that his mention of an "ex-wife" is actually an implanted memory.

I could not find any flaws in the video or sound editing, and the entire production appears to be a work that has been made to a professional level of skill. Personally, I believed that it is a pity that this version is not available for widescale release to the mass public.

Keep up the good work Wraith!

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Had always avoided versions of Blade Runner with the narration on account of the generally poor reception to it, but on hearing it for the first time here it doesn't feel at all "harmful", even adding insight at certain points. I seem to follow Wraith's observation though, that one may lean towards or away from the voiceover depending on whether your first viewing included it or not, I find that I prefer the film without it.

Still nice to see the additional material all collected together, plus the extra enhancements that (in addition to the narration) help clarify some points that I never caught onto before. Thanks Wraith for putting his together!

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Wraith has done a great job seamlessly combining footage from all five versions of Blade Runner. It's near impossible to tell that material was added. As a fan of the original Blade Runner, I think that when I revisit the film, I will watch this version more often than the theatrical or the Final Cut (my preferred version).

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For any Blade Runner fan this is a must have piece. The VO versions i always liked better because it added a layer of feel to the movie. Having the new lines and the extra cuts made it a really stand out as a true version of Blade Runner.

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Very good edit. Up until the very end I wasn't aware of any cuts. It was only the shot after Roy puts his head through the bathroom tiles that I noticed a slight quality dip in picture and sound. But other than that: outstanding. I like the VO and think it adds to the overall enjoyment and "weirdness" (in a positive sense) of Blade Runner.
Thank you Wraith!

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