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!
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.
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.
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.
Owner's replyFebruary 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!
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.