Good Guy Deckard

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No Voiceovers, No Unicorn Dreams, No Trapped Rachael Scene.
Less Talking, More Sympathetic Replicants, More Pollution, No Dates.

In an alternate future, an I.T. Specialist is called out of retirement for one last job that will force him to question what it means to be human. Deckard used to decommission robots that looked like toasters when he started. His job grew considerably darker as the robots became closer to humans. Roy and the other replicants are portrayed more as victims rather than villains. Sebastian is a sympathetic ally for both Pris and Roy, rather than being "conned" into helping. Gaff gets slightly more character depth as well, with some help from some shots from the deleted scenes.
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1982
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117
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Main Changes:
No V.O. - "Show, don't tell" philosophy (try to give more discovery of mysteries to the viewer) means no voiceover at all - not even the memory voiceover from Gaff as Deckard looks at the origami unicorn. The goal is to tell the story with the emotions of the characters instead of spoon-feeding info.

No Unicorn Dream - For me, the "Deckard is a replicant" question is more interesting as an open-ended question than the execution we got, so no unicorn dreams here. The audience today is much more aware of the tech and concepts of the movie than the average 80s viewer, so the movie keeps the original spirit but leaves more dots to connect for the modern viewer.

More Pollution - I love all the new higher Res releases of Blade Runner, but to me the better resolution removed a lot of the gitty pollution-like vibe to the world of Blade Runner. Here, the outside scenes are adjusted to feel dirtier, which also allowed me to insert upscaled footage of deleted scenes that hopefully stand out less.

No Dates - all references to the year dates are removed.

No "Trapped Rachael" Scene - I know I am going to get hate for this but there is one particualr part of this film which has not aged well. People like to say this movie is about replicants because of Roy Batty and crew, but simutaneously write off how utter fucked up Rachael's experience must be too, arguing that the scene is needed to show an aspect Deckards growth in regards how he treats replicants, how he fundamentally sees them.
Intention:
As I began to rewatch the movie with the focus PURELY on the experience of Rachael... She seems trapped. Think about it. She had nowhere to go, she knows she will be endlessly hunted, she wasn't allowed to leave, after being tossed against the wall, she was told she must repeat the words of the one guy who knows she really is, the one she knows is breaking rules by NOT killing her, and she doesn't want to piss HIM off. The rest of the world wants her dead. He is still her only chance. Hell, he reminder her of all this quite blatantly.

For instance, he tells her she must repeat his words, after keeping her from leaving, after telling her she will always be on the run from others like her. She does not have many options. Then, the lines they say at then end are parallel of his earlier need for her to parrot back his words, like she is conditioned, like she understands the rules. She seems more trapped as I watch more, in many ways he is exploiting her lack of options to his benefit. As much as we want to say he is bad, he is also COOL in this movie, and as much as people want to say "That is not an excuse for assault... it’s an exploration for why it happens," this movie does not question whether is SHOULD happen at all, it acts as an excuse for his actions.

I bring all of this up because of this whole "Deckard-centric" idea of a "bad Deckard." I agree many that that the whole point of the film is make audiences empathize with the Replicants, and I argue that the more the audience views Deckard in a "bad guy" view, the less the audience has to identify with the way the replicants are treated by society as a whole. The Replicants should be sympathized with, that they are a metaphor for a marginalized society. But by viewing Deckard as a bad guy, and making him the focus of the movie, it allows the audience to say "hey, its just bad guys that hurt these replicants, not the society as a whole." However, from the replicants POV, it's society as a whole that is the problem, not just Deckard. The less we focus on Deckard as an outlier society and more of an avatar of it, the more the plight of the replicants is made aware (especially if the "love" aspect is removed). The development of Rachael through this whole thing, and her development of not knowing who she is and who she can trust is actually pretty deep, while not completely obvious.

If we change one thing, giving Rachael more autonomy in wanting to stay near the protection of Deckard as opposed being trapped, her character arc becomes much more empowering. They don't "fall in love," he just begins caring for and protecting her.
Additional Notes:
So we go into my edit with a new perspective. No personal backstory for Deckard, no ex-wife. It is implied that Deckard is, in essence, a retired IT specialist from back when replicants were easily distinguishable from humans. His job grew considerably darker as the replicants became closer to humans. He starts from a place of lying to himself about not seeing humanity in the Replicants. And I tried to change enough to feel like a new experience, but left as much in as possible to honor this great movie. This is not a "Bad Movies Made less Bad" edit, more of a "Great Movies Made More Timeless" edit.
Other Sources:
One Alone - Vangelis
Piano in an Empty Room - Vangelis
Blade Runner - Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Special Thanks:
Special Thanks: Got some great help from reddit user u/Garrymad-gm to use Topaz AI to upscale the deleted scenes footage used, and to Malthus for gleaning me info of how to run Topaz myself!

And an additional big thanks to The Scribbling Man for helping fix the one frame error issue! Amazing solid work!
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Editing Details:
Main Changes:
No V.O. - "Show, don't tell" philosophy (try to give more discovery of mysteries to the viewer) means no voiceover at all - not even the memory voiceover from Gaff as Deckard looks at the origami unicorn. The goal is to tell the story with the emotions of the characters instead of spoon-feeding info.

No Unicorn Dream - For me, the "Deckard is a replicant" question is more interesting as an open-ended question than the execution we got, so no unicorn dreams here. The audience today is much more aware of the tech and concepts of the movie than the average 80s viewer, so the movie keeps the original spirit but leaves more dots to connect for the modern viewer.

More Pollution - I love all the new higher Res releases of Blade Runner, but to me the better resolution removed a lot of the gitty pollution-like vibe to the world of Blade Runner. Here, the outside scenes are adjusted to feel dirtier, which also allowed me to insert upscaled footage of deleted scenes that hopefully stand out less.

No Dates - all references to the year dates are removed.

No "Trapped Rachael" Scene - I know I am going to get hate for this but there is one particualr part of this film which has not aged well. People like to say this movie is about replicants because of Roy Batty and crew, but simutaneously write off how utter fucked up Rachael's experience must be too, arguing that the scene is needed to show an aspect Deckards growth in regards how he treats replicants, how he fundamentally sees them.
Cuts and Additions:
Full Change List:
• Workprint intro used of the definition of Replicants, remove the lines "Specifications and quantities - information classified", and "Copyright 2016."
• Removed the 2019 from the Los Angeles Title Card
• Most outside shots have been adjusted to feel more polluted, and gritty.
• Adjusted intro shots to create one long cut of the eye, merging the two separate shots together
• Slowed the shot zooming into the office in the Tyrell Building.
• Used the Deleted Scene Shot of Deckard reading the Newspaper (better shots of people at the bar IMO)
• Used the Deleted Scene wider shot of Gaff approaching Deckard (shows the noodles better)
• Removed Deckard's smirk when about to leave with Gaff.
• Cropped Gaff out of the shot of Deckard eating noodles while heading to the station (irks me that Gaff's mouth is moving but there is no dialogue)
• Initial shot of Bryant before Deckard enters his office removed
• Dialogue with Bryant adjusted so the replicants did not kill a crew of a shuttle to return to earth. Removed "If you ain't cop you're little people" to imply Bryant has something obligating Deckard to him.
• Added and adjusted the deleted scene to have Deckard walk by (but not talk to) an incapacitated Holden before his briefing with Bryant.
• During the Bryant briefing, removed mention of killings by Replicants and removed and references to dates. Also removed telling Deckard about "Nexus 6," since they are just the next model of Nexus, and Deckard only sees profiles on what Leon and Roy look like, not the female replicants he will eventually kill, keeping the "Have you ever retired a human by mistake?" question more important.
• Shot of Tyrell's office dimming is rotoscoped to keep the room dimming but shortening to remove the part where Deckard "fake removes" the machine from the briefcase. (something that bugged me ever since high quality version of this scene was released - I never noticed before but now I can't unsee it)
• Deckard's questioning of Rachael is edited to feel like many more questions were asked.
• Leon's apartment scene is adjusted, and shots from the deleted scenes were added: Deckard opens the drawer first, past the newspaper and matches and finds the photos, Leon walks by, Deckard checks under the mattress, then hears the buzzing neon from the bathroom (from deleted scene). Also, the deleted shot of the scale being put into the evidence bag is used, as the shot from the official versions makes the scale look heavy like a guitar pick, something that always bugged me)
• Deleted Shot of Leon emerging from subway used before seeing Roy in the phonebooth instead of Truck on the street.
• Hannibal scene trimmed so he doesn't mouth words without dialogue as Leon is poking around to his left.
• Hannibal doesn't ask if Roy is Nexus 6, he knows.
• Mention of Sebastian's first name are removed, so the connection to JF are only revealed when he rejoins with Pris.
• Deckard doesn't offer Rachael a drink initially.
• Shots of Deckard in his crappy kitchen with jello molds around removed when looking for a glass for a drink for Deckard.
• Theatrical cut of scene of Deckard at piano without unicorn dream used.
• Shots of excess curled photos on Deckard's piano removed.
• Photo enhancement scene edited to visually be easier to understand and less outlandish.
• Deleted scene of Deckard pulling scale off the fish of another customer's food added.
• Scene with inspection of the scale trimmed to remove the serial number mention. The Fish lady reads the serial number herself and that lets her know who made it.
• Hasan's snake shop no longer has a cop right outside (its a seedy area where this guy operates)
• Deckard doesn't ask Zhora if the snake is real. Zhora doesn't try to strangle Deckard, she just runs.
• Deckard chasing Zhora edited for more mystery.
• Discussion with woman selling liquor to Deckard adjusted so she knows him and what he orders there without asking.
• Date reference removed from fight with Leon.
• Deckard and Rachael scene tightened for pacing. Deckard begins bonding with Rachael, nothing more. No forced affection scene.
• Deleted scene of Bryant and Gaff in the briefing room added and adjusted to be reviewing audio of Deckards interaction with Zhora. This allows us to hear Gaff speak English so his last line in the movie isn't so odd that he speaks perfect English out of nowhere, and allows us to see his mutual contempt for Bryant.
• Couple shots of J.F's long nose toy guy looking weirdly at Pris removed.
• Removed Roy kissing Pris and JF interrupting them uncomfortably.
• Removed ominous looks by Roy and Pris about JF, so that JF seems willing to assist, not forced to.
• Slowed down the shot of the elevator slowing down.
• Removed implications that Roy killed JF after killing Tyrell. JF just ran away.
• Removed Roy's lines until after the grab's Deckard's hand through the wall.
• Deckard spitting at Roy removed.
• Gaff only tells Deckard "I guess you're done now" and walks away.
• Deckard doesn't ask Rachael if she loves him like a Munchausen syndrome victim.
• No Gaff V.O. while Deckard looks at the unicorn. It is up the the viewer to interpret what it means.

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TRIGGER WARNING: HERETICAL CINEMATIC BLASPHEMY FOLLOWS

BLADE RUNNER was one of those films that I just HAD to watch when I was a wee teenage lad due to the sheer legendary status that surrounded this film. What they were able to do in terms of sets, special effects, costumes, and a truly tangible atmosphere is simply astounding for a film that was made in 1987; and it's a film that has truly transcended time and still feels relevant today. But MAN does it DRAG! The film is gorgeous to look at, but there's only so much beautiful slow shots that one can take before the beauty just becomes stale from the constant bombardment of said beautiful slow shots! I wanted to like it, I swear! But the way the story was told was just dreadfully boring. Keo has a warning that states, "this edit is for a VERY small audience," but I insist that I could not be in the minority in finding this film a drag; I insist that most people say they like this film simply because they're afraid to go against the cinematic religious belief that "BLADE RUNNER IS A MASTERPIECE." In other words, most people are lying when they say that they enjoyed BLADE RUNNER. There, I said it!

That being said, this edit has really done a phenomenal job in streamlining the film without sacrificing AT ALL the atmosphere, story, and overall message of the film. In fact, the message was actually improved and made clearer in this edit! I mean, seriously, how could anyone find the Replicant gang sympathetic when they look so sinister and they kept casually killing people with little to no remorse throughout the film?! Keo fixes that. For the first time ever, I TRULY felt bad for Roy Batty in the end. And the pacing is dramatically improved, not ONCE was I ever bored watching this. And thank you for not including the goddamn unicorn sequence. It's a neat idea, but it does feel ultimately shoehorned in and it didn't really add much except forcing a "mysterious twist" within a film that didn't really need it.

My only complaint is not adding the year and all mentions of the year. I mean, why do that? Is it because the film takes place in 2019 and we're in 2022 and thus ruining the "immersion magic"? I mean, sure, but how hard is it to just imagine that this film takes place in an "alternate universe?" Eh, just a minor nitpick.

Thank you Keo. You've helped me to FINALLY appreciate the claims that this film is a "masterpiece." An excellent edit, plain and simple. And if you ever do a version that includes the voice overs, I would be intrigued in watching that as well!

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Thank you so much for removing that messed up scene that happens to Rachel in Decker's apartment. I read an interview where the actress said that scene was added as revenge against her because she refused to "date" the director. Completely messed up and had absolutely nothing to do with Decker or his "growth".

I enjoyed this edit tremendously. Much better than the original, IMHO. I found the original to be kind 9f slow and bored me at times. This edit flowed much smoother.

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Great edit. Excellent use of deleted scenes and alternate takes to give some scenes a bit more breathing room. My favorite in particular is Leon's entrance on to the street where Roy is with the large neon sign backlighting him. Great stuff. Good sense of pace to the edit, really brings Deckard's noir mystery story in focus.

Only nitpick would be a lack of any atmos/foley over the first part of the rescored scene where Rachel plays piano and takes her hair out. Adding that "Deckard apartment ambience" back in would add a lot to it I think. Great work, otherwise.

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Blade Runner is pretty much my favourite film and usually takes the top spot. It's always a bit awkward when your asked, "So, which edit do you like the best?" and that's tricky for me as I like different themes from all the edits. Narrative wise with "Good Guy Deckard" I'm personally glad the Unicorn scenes are gone as I never liked the whole Deckard replicant storyline and the sequel (if you bother to follow the sequel or accept it as canon) pretty much dismisses it anyway.

But with good comes the indifferent. I'm indifferent to this edit slightly as I think the whole Deckard and Rachael storyline is somewhat dead. Deckard seems more like her friend or fatherly guardian apart from towards the end where we see him approach her sleeping. This feels awkward and confusing to the audience since we aren't really given many romantic signs that have led us to this moment. So I'm afraid from a narrative point of view and with very little footage for the editor to play with, it just didn't work.

On another smaller note with the editor's vision, I'm not really sure if I felt any more or less sympathetic to the replicants. I felt we saw them less. But that didn't really make me feel anything remotely different towards the replicants from other edits.

As for the visuals, it all looks in place and the quality is great. Pollution-wise. I honestly couldn't see much difference. I'm not sure what was supposed to be more grainer and polluted? I'd probably have to see a side by side representation for comparison. But it looked pretty clear to me.

And onto the audio, the scene that leads up to the Vangelis "Love Theme" score where Rachael plays the piano, this didn't quite align unfortunately as I assume Rachael is playing to the soundtrack. I don't think the "Love Theme" is played at all throughout the film, but I'm happy to fall on my sword if I'm wrong. I couldn't fault the audio itself. Who can fault the Blade Runner soundtrack?

So overall it's an interesting take. I don't think it's my favourite. But it was different and it was worth watching to see what someone else could do with the footage that's available. It seems to have pleased a fair amount of people on here very recently so that's a recommendation for everyone else to watch it and see what they think for themselves. It's another experience to view Blade Runner.

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Owner's reply February 12, 2022

Thank you so much for the very thoughtful review!

While I am disappointed that you didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped, they are all fair criticisms! Some of my intentions didn't land well for you, great feedback to hear for possible future revisions.

The pollution levels probably would be noticable next to TM2YC's Penultimate cut, the cleanest version of BR I have ever seen. If thats not already in your library, it should be. Its amazing, and has voiceover and no voiceover versions, etc. Its the gold standard.



And the new Vangellis song was an unused song they released, to cover the saxaphone song that usually happens when Deckard forces himself on Rachel. You are right!

Anyways, in this hobby, quality constructive criticism come less often than hoped, so I thank you for the thoughtful feedback!

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Excellent edit, excellent. By removing every reference to the killing committed by the escaped replicants, you made them more sympathetic. I also liked the fact that Deckard in this version is forced to go back to work, because obviously Bryant has something against him (maybe Deckard actually retired a human by mistake, and Bryant knows about it ?).
No unicorn dream made the exact nature of Deckard more ambiguous, I prefer it this way, I never really liked the idea that Deckard is a replicant, I prefer to see him as Blade Runner who slowly becomes aware that replicants are actually more human than human.
The deleted scenes are cool, I feel even more sorry of Holden, now that we see him in coma.
Also thanks for sparing Sebastian, his death was unnecessary, the poor guy is already living hell, no need for Roy to brutally kill him.
My only complaint is about the unicorn origami in the end. Now that Deckard is no longer having that dream, it seems a little out of place. But maybe it can be viewed as a random origami left by Gaff meaning that he knows about Rachel, and he is willing to let them escape.

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