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I've seen all of the official releases of "Blade Runner" and have approached the multiple fan edits with equal amounts of dread and curiosity (how does one mess with a classic?) and I think I've watched them all, including the b/w noir version.

THIS RENDERING is by far above and beyond all the rest; it is like watching the film for the first time.

Is it the sound (emphasis and music significantly rearranged)? The changeups in plot points (now a fuller/deeper immersion)? Those were the questions I was asking myself while watching this in complete awe. Clearly, it's not any one particular thing that elevates this fanedit to what now should be considered the "Blade Runner gold-standard experience" other than recognizing the holistic insight and artistic skill of this one faneditor himself.

YES, watch it and become immersed unlike any version before it -- headphones highly recommended -- and I sincerely hope that those who were involved in the creation of the original(s) will find their way to this version and be likewise amazed.

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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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As someone who's always admired Blade Runner, but had a hard time liking it, this edit is a gift. The rapey parts are gone, and there's added deleted scenes that return some of the humanity to Deckard. While there are splendidly cleaned-up technical edits (TM2YC deserves all the accolades he received for the breathtaking BR: Penultimate Cut), this is possibly the most enjoyable version of the film, with a Deckard that's a little easier to spend time with. The choice to leave the entire film grainy so the deletions don't stick out works as a wonderful aesthetic choice.

My only quibble would be the presence of the unicorn origami at the end. With the excision of the unicorn dream, it doesn't seem to serve much purpose. Also, as someone who'll stick up for the narration, I'd love to see GGD with a voiceover, just in case Keo decides to revisit this edit. But if not, no great loss, this is still an essential version of one of the most gorgeous films ever made.

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(Updated: August 11, 2021)
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I felt that the visual quality could be relatively soft for an HD edit, which I assume is a result of the choice of sources. I know that a lot of different visual sources were used, so it goes up and down. I think some of the lower res footage was chosen because the editor felt it made the polluted city look grittier, but I'm personally not sure if it's worth it. Overall it's certainly not bad. The grading choices were good and generally seemed to be consistent.

Audio quality and volume could vary quite widely, so I'm assuming a variety of audio sources were being used as well. It was never an issue in terms of controlling my TV volume, but it was noticeable.

Audio editing is generally solid. I think there were maybe two transitions that felt a bit quick to me. Score choice wasn't always to my taste, but I think I'm so used to the score for the final cut that I wasn't keen on hearing much that was alternate. This is subjective though. I am curious as to where the scoring came from for when Rachel is playing the piano, though? I found it a little odd that her playing wasn't synced to the music, though if that's how it is on the source that's fair enough. I don't think that's the same music that plays on the Final, Director's, Theatrical or Workprint cuts though, is it?

Visual editing: Between 54:57 and 54:59 there is a frame jump, which I believe was created by a line being cut (I think a date reference?). This is jarring and shouldn't have been made IMO. A cut like this can be done but the gap needs to be seamless. I have managed to get away with some similar cuts by using software like RIFE or DAIN to replace the missing frames, so that's something I'd recommend trying; otherwise I think I'd try something else, like tweaking what he says as opposed to removing it. Other than this, I think there was one shot during the Bryant briefing that seemed a bit too quick to have been in the original, but I wasn't certain.

Narratively, I think this works very well and is a solid option. It felt a little unnatural that there was less time spent with Sebastian and Priss, like maybe we spend a little too much away from that part of the story, but I'm honestly not sure if this is just because I'm used to something different. Because of that, I hesitate to let it affect the score.

I have seen an edit try to remove the date-rape with Rachel and not execute it very well IMO, but here Wakeupkeo just makes a very simple cut - one I'm surprised to have not seen utilised before - and it works nicely. The pacing is great, and I've always felt Blade Runner was a bit indulgent - I'm not sure if there were many trims for pacing... I don't see mention of it on the cutlist, but it really did feel like it flowed better. The photo analysis scene seemed mercifully short - thank the heavens!

On a subjective level, I prefer "father" to the F bomb - I'm not sure why there's an argument there. The F bomb just seems random in the context of the scene, and father is more thematically appropriate IMO - but each to their own! I also didn't think the deleted/extra scene with Olmos added anything, personally, and was the most obvious in terms of a quality shift.

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. Not the first BR edit I've watched, Won't be the last. There is no perfect cut and I find all these different interpretations interesting. Keep on hacking, folks. Chop it into fine dust :)

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Owner's reply August 29, 2021

Thank you to The Scribbling Man for helping me fix the frame issue you saw, the edit is now even better for it!

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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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