Very nice edit. Eliminating the Deckard/replicant angle was a no-brainer, as it adds nothing to the story beyond shock-value -it's like one of those "What a twist!" tropes. Eliminating the narrator is also a no-brainer.
As far as the added scenes, the Holden scenes doesn't fit the tone of the movie and were rightly eliminated from the original. BUT... the trouble is there is major Gaff scene that is tied to them. Without that scene the Gaff character doesn't make much sense (beyond what the narrator tells us). So I'm happy with the trade-off, overall.
The one scene I didn't like to see go was the final scene with Rachel and Deckard in the car. It says a lot with very little. It's the only scene in the movie with light and it gives hope. We know they're going north and that someone will come after Rachel. But with Deckard there things might work out after all. That's a lot of storytelling on a scene that only shows two people on a car saying nothing. Still, it's only a minor thing.
Overall the watch was well worth it as it takes nothing important away and adds several juicy scenes, while rectifying a couple of bad calls from the original and the DC.
The extended version to blade runner is extremely well put together with only one noticeable stray frame at the start. While it may not be a version that will convert anyone who disliked the original (which ever version that maybe) as the film moves at a much slower pace. The video quality was a little poor often looking pixelated though it does add an almost work print / lost version vibe to the edit. the final montage is very well done though i'm glad this was shown after the credits. Overall this is a very good alternative version to add to the many official versions., if your a fan of blade runner then I recommend this edit.
“So far, all I've been able to track down is the avi.” – Dreamfever
Yup, if you look at the release info above you’ll see that the .avi is all that’s been released so far, like you I’ve been eagerly awaiting a tasty dual layer version of this edit. Modernknife seems to be taking his time over it which probably bodes well for the quality of the release but leaves us all getting rather impatient. Maybe we should start a petition…
Only joking, I’d much rather wait for a higher quality DVD than get a rushed job.
This is such a good version of the film but I do have to agree that, for me, the final montage does support the idea that Deckard IS a replicant what with the ‘made for each other’ line accompanied by the knowing Tyrell nod.
Great to see the shots of Deckard on top of the cars re-integrated at last though…
I’m also hoping, like Toty, to have the opening and closing titles re-inserted for the DVD, the film does seem a little, erm, naked(?) without them.
All in all, I can hardly contain my anticipation (yes, I’m a big Blade Runner fan), Modernknife has done a fantastic job giving us yet another but radically different vision of Blade Runner,