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Yet more mini-reviews for the big BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another pair of reviews of the upcoming BLADE RUNNER super awesome director's cut, which is coming out on an even superer awesomer DVD huge mega collection very soon. Ridley Scott just screened his new cut at the NYFF and we got some word on it. Sounds fascinating. What do you folks think?

Hi guys! A very quick review of "Bladerunner: The Final Cut". I saw the 9 PM screening on Saturday night at the New York Film Festival. The film itself is a subtly tweaked update of the "Director's Cut". For serious fans of the film, it's a must-see/must-have that finally fixes all remaining problems and loose-ends. "Bladerunner" is probably one of my favorites of all time - I know it inside and out - but most of the changes were still not obvious to me. The Warner exec in charge of this film was on-hand (along with Philip K Dick's daughter, screenwriter Hampton Francher, and two people who worked on the production of the original film). He said they made over 100 tweaks from the "Director's Cut". But to a casual fan it's likely to feel exactly the same. The more obvious changes include Joanna Cassidy's (Zhora's) death scene which was re-shot to get rid of the stunt double with the horrible wig (the new scene is seamlessly integrated into the film). Ben Ford (Harrison Ford's son) re-shot the scene, and played Deckard, when he goes to interview the snake dealer Abdul Ben-Hassan. According to the Warner exec, Harrison was busy but his son worked out perfectly because he's the same age that Harrison was in 1981/1982. He said this scene was re-done because the lip-sync in the original there was so awful. Also gone is the white dove flying into a perfectly blue, sunny sky at the end. The new shot is of the dove flying upward into a rainy, cloudy, and dark night sky. Additional gore has been restored to Batty gouging Terrell's eyes out and Batty inserting the nail into his palm. Also, camera men that mistakenly appeared in the final chase between Batty and Deckard have been removed as well. All continuity errors have been fixed. The sound and look of the film is better than ever! I can't wait to get this on DVD in December. Overall, it's a much-appreciated fan pleaser. This version puts to rest all previous issues with the film, and, at least in my eyes, now officially makes Bladerunner a perfect film. Before it comes out on DVD in December, the "Final Cut" will get a limited theatrical release in NY and LA. I encourage all "Bladerunner" fans to see it on the big screen! Amil

And here's one more!

So last night I saw BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut presented as part of the New York Film Festival at the Rose Theater inside Jazz at Lincoln Center. This is the FIFTH and final version of BR and this restoration of Ridley Scott's original vision is absolutely beautiful. Every single frame is stunning. The post-production crew from WB kicked butt and you can really tell the restoration was a labor of love. To say this movie has held up over time would be the understatement of the century. It completely holds its own and kicks butt. Seeing it on the big screen really changes the environment of the film. The LA cityscape is even more intimidating. The street scenes make you feel even more insignificant and lonely. I have watched this movie 50 times, but last night was the first time I realized that the off-world colonies probably were paradise compared to Earth. In other words, the people you see roaming around the streets of future LA are the losers. That's right. They are the people who got left behind because they couldn't pass the tests to be eligible to leave. I used to be upset that there were no black people in Blade Runner, but now I feel a little better about that. Anyway, the story is the same. The only substantive changes are some added gore and sound effects in a couple of the killing scenes. The sound is MUCH better and the score has been totally changed in some parts of the film. The dove release still looks fake. But they fixed Zhora's death scene and got rid of that horrible stunt double. According to the crew, who answered questions for about 30 minutes after the film, they got the original actress to come back and re-shoot parts of the death scene. Pris is a lot more violent and fierce in this version when she attacks Deckard. I think they cut the scene differently to show that she could easily and quickly dominate him. They also fixed the math problem with the number of missing replicants. If there is any way you can get to NYC or LA to see this, DO IT. If you decide to use this, call me Lakbone.

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  • Oct. 1, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST

    love me some blade runner

    by eggbeater

    . and first

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I thought the missing replicant

    by mgmontgomery

    was supposed to be one of the things that indicated Deckard is a replicant.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Third

    by The_Fredo

    You know, there's been so much work, so many cuts and versions and so much fighting to get Blade Runner just right. <BR> <BR> The irony will be when Len Wiseman or Ronald Emmerich gets a remake approved with a $300 million budget and casts Paul Walker and Jessica Alba in the lead roles.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Added Voice-Over

    by dpc01

    The scene where Deckard is being briefed on the various replicants that he needs to find by his superior has always bugged me. It's always seemed obvious that it originally just had him looking at pictures of the fugitives. The corny descriptions ("Beauty and the beast - she's both") have a change in audio level that doesn't match the on-screen dialogue. Like Ford's narration, it seemed to be studio-added, but remained in the Director's Cut. Did anyone else find it unnecessary?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Deckard is Replicant

    by THE KNIGHT

    that is all...

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Can't Wait

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Love this film. Love him or hate him, Ridley put his foot down and gave us a great film. At least he didn't go all SW Lucas on the new re-edits and did the right thing.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST

    RIDLEY SCOTT Quote from Wired Magazine

    by THE KNIGHT

    Wired: It was never on paper that Deckard is a replicant. <p> Scott:It was, actually. That's the whole point of Gaff, the guy who makes origami and leaves little matchstick figures around. He doesn't like Deckard, and we don't really know why. If you take for granted for a moment that, let's say, Deckard is a Nexus 7, he probably has an unknown life span and therefore is starting to get awfully human. Gaff, at the very end, leaves an origami, which is a piece of silver paper you might find in a cigarette packet, and it's a unicorn. Now, the unicorn in Deckard's daydream tells me that Deckard wouldn't normally talk about such a thing to anyone. If Gaff knew about that, it's Gaff's message to say, "I've read your file, mate." That relates to Deckard's first speech to Rachael when he says, "That's not your imagination, that's Tyrell's niece's daydream." And he describes a little spider on a bush outside the window. The spider is an implanted piece of imagination. And therefore Deckard, too, has imagination and even history implanted in his head.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    oh, and

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    FUCK Michael Bay.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Well there goes the continuity error that made.......

    by Doc_Strange

    The subsequent sequel books possible. Because of the error made within the film about there actually being five reps that escaped was the basis for Blade Runner 2 and 3 which were released some time ago. Don't know what people thought about them, however. Me, I thought they were not bad reads.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Yes Knight, Deckard is a replicant...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...we all heard Scott say it in the interview that was posted on this very site a kazillion weeks ago.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:50 a.m. CST

    The Blade Runner sequel books SUCKED

    by The Ape Giggins

    The ONLY good/interesting part was the idea that those islands off the coast of Scotland are temporal quirks and the only safe place to store starship jump reactors. That's it. If you love Blade Runner with a passion like I do, stay away from the books. They will just break your heart.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I can't wait and still hope they release the mega

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    briefcase ultramegafinal edition over here, in Ye Olde World.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Come to think of it, there are no jews or arabs in BR

    by newc0253

    i bet it's because they're living in harmony off-world somewhere.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST

    But how much ass does it kick?

    by Kirbymanly

    Did anyone else read the NYT article where Ridley's assistant claims to have "found" the footage recently of Deckard's unicorn dream and the final scene where he (when leaving with Rachael) picks up the Olmos-made unicorn and then the film ends. That was the f'ing '92 version! This guy, Charles de Lauzirika, is claiming he found this shit anf put it together for the new "final cut". What a fucking con!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 4:26 a.m. CST

    A Replicant Could Not Hold a Fuckin Candle

    by birdybirdmanreturns

    To Reeker, his ass would get drilled by that mother fucker quicker than shit.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Kirbymanly

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Lauzirikia found the original footage, outtakes were used for the 92 version. Lauzirikia knows his shit.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Is "Wait for me" incorporated in this one?

    by Lord_Soth

    That's about the best song on the soundtrack and it's not even in the film!!!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7 a.m. CST

    Does Deckard shoot first?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Tell me!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:18 a.m. CST

    most races were killed and cooked by asians

    by ironic_name

    ben ford?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    one question

    by ATARI

    Will the DVD have a DTS-ES soundtrack? If so, I'm there!!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Jay-sus Christ

    by Aquatarkusman

    How many times can one movie take your money? As for the ultimate question (whether Deckard is a replicant): how come he's so much weaker than the others? HE REPEATEDLY GETS HIS ASS KICKED!! Was he programmed to be a complete wuss?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:43 a.m. CST

    The Dove in the blue sky

    by Nazzim O'Bazzim

    I always loved the dove flying up into the blue sky. Sure, it didn't make any godamn sense, as the shot cuts back to Deckard at night in the rain, but I thought it was all poetic and symbolic, y'know. And stuff. Although it was just because it was shot later 'cause you can't make a dove fly in the rain.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    How fucking anal-retentive can you get?

    by Laserbrain

    So what if the dove flies up into a blue sky? It's little quirks and imperfections like that that make a film interesting. And getting Harrison Ford's son to double for him is going to be *less* distracting than Harrison Ford's lousy lip-synch? Whatever. I hate special editions- they never know when to fucking quit with the tweaking.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Only director's cut that keeps getting shorter?

    by Nazzim O'Bazzim

    I is kind of admirable that Ridley Scott keeps whittling his film down a little instead of inflating it. (He said in the Wire interview that this was a little shorter because some scenes had been padded to cover the narration, and I remember when the director's cut first came out that THAT was shorter than the original.) I can't think of any other directors cuts that actually make the film longer. I hope the 5-disc DVD has the original warts-and-all Bladerunner. Oh, and I liked the music in the opening of Touch of Evil, so suck it, Orson.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    And Deckard being a Replicant is a total wank

    by Laserbrain

    Here we have a nice simple story about a human who has lost his capacity for empathy being taught a lesson in said quality by a robot. A human gets his humanity back. That's the fucking point. All this replicant nonsense is cheap irony that detracts from the movie's easily readable meaning. In my opinion.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    erm.. correction

    by Nazzim O'Bazzim

    "I can't think of any other directors cuts that actually make the film longer." --- That should read 'that actually DON'T make the film longer'.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I'm with Laserbrain.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Deckard being a replicant is a goddamn gimmick. A half-assed excuse of a twist. And it fucking ruins the beauty of Hauer's monologue and the effect the whole story has on Deckard. Replicant Deckard = pointless. (Plus, he does get his ass kicked several times. What kind of lame ass blade runner replicant is that). He's not a replicant. Olmos read his diary, that's how he knew about the unicorn. He was just making fun of him for being gay. That's the truth. Anyone who contradicts me is an idiot.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Harrison Ford's son? WTF?

    by Spandau Belly

    I mean, unless this Ben Ford guy is identical in voice and looks, and a good actor who can imitate his father's performance this is the stupidest idea I've ever heard. Please tell me they use some crazy editing technique like only showing his hands or the back of his head or something.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Fuck Off with the Final Cuts

    by Internet Thug

    It is the final final final cut until they realize they can seel more dvd's or holodiscs or whatever the fuck comes down the pipe where they dig up the brain of Ridley Scott hook it to a generator where it tells them there is 30 seconds of unseen footage buried under a bunker in Hamburg.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Directors cuts that are shorter than the original...

    by 11dayempire

    Last of the Mohicans and Alien, for starters.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    And I've said it before but -

    by Laserbrain

    It is patently illogical for Deckard to be a replicant- how can he administer an empathy test if he is incapable of empathy? Nonsense.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Surely doesn't matter?

    by peagreenboy

    Doesn't the Voight-Kampff machine decide if the subject is a replicant or not?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Olmos was the Blade Runner

    by DigitalDong

    Its so obvious its crazy. Otherwise who the hell is he? Deckards babysitter, of course he is, Deckard is a replicant. If Deckard was human I don't think he'd need Olmos coming along everywhere changing his diapers.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The original story

    by DocMHumphrey

    Deckard wasn't a replicant in the book. Period. There was no reason for him to be one. The forbidden love between him and Rachel. It was illegal for him to sleep with her. I with the other folks who agree on the lameness of Deckard being a replicant. I've never understood the facination with so many people on here that love that notion.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Spandau Belly

    by Batutta

    I haven't seen this version, but the scene he reshot is a long shot through a highly reflective window. Maybe they redid the whole thing, or only replaced Ford's head, either way it's just a single long shot so it will probably work fine. The audio sync was ridiculously bad in the original, so bad I always though it was an avante garde choice of the director's.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Deckard is not a replicant.

    by eg4190

    It doesn't matter what Ridley Scott thinks, because an artist's interpretation of his own work is not authoritative. If replicants are such a danger to society that a special division of the police force has to hunt them down and kill them, why would they place a replicant within the police force? And if Deckard is actually a replicant designed to hunt replicants, then why would they make him so much weaker and dumber than his quarry? He can't be an older model, because then he'd be dead, and he can't be a newer model, because then it makes no sense that he's so weak.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Batutta

    by Spandau Belly

    If it's just for one long shot with Harrison's voice dubbed in, then okay. But if they actually have Benny Ford doing dialogue, that makes me cringe.<br>I'm going to buy that 4 discer with both the 92 director's cut, this new cut, and the theatrical cut just in case this new cut bugs me.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Deckard's NOT a frakking Replicant, you cunts!

    by Zardoz

    It makes zero sense if he is one, and I don't care that Ridley Scott himself has said he is; it's asinine to consider it! Whew! So, did they take the wires off of the Spinners? And where is this playing in L.A. and when?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Orcus...

    by hiroprot23

    It's showing in New York at the Ziegfeld theater starting Friday. You can get the tickets online through the usual outlets. I'm considering the drive down from Providence myself.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott is the Replicant!

    by C.K. Lamoo

    He's just trying to confuse the issue.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    in two hundred years people will still argue about this

    by ironic_name

    thats depressing.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    If that's true...then that reporter from NYT needs

    by Kirbymanly

    to get his shit straight

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    ben ford barley looks like his dad

    by ironic_name

    hes a chef. <P> check viewimage for pics.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    or barely

    by ironic_name

    add him to some hops for a smooth dark ale.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I agree with all the anti-replicant sentiment.

    by WONKABAR

    Laserbrain, Gilkuliehe, DocMHumphrey, eg4190 I'm with you 100%. Deckard being a replicant makes no sense, adds nothing and robs the Roy Batty speech of it's meaning. So, he saved Deckard simply because he recognized a fellow replicant? Whatever. And the stupid origami Olmos left at the end originally (before the Legend outtake) just meant "See, I was here, I know what you're up to with the robot and I'm gonna let you slide this time" that's all.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Oh, and dpc01...

    by WONKABAR

    Totally with you on the "Beauty and the beast - she's both" stuff. Man, that needed to go a long time ago.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 2:35 p.m. CST

    People who think Deckard is a replicant...

    by I Hope You Die

    ...don't understand the story. Apparently Scott didn't get the point of the script either. Fuck him.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    added gore

    by Norm3

    Is it really necessary! I'm so sick of gore gore gore!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    11dayempire...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    The Director's Cut of LAST OF THE MOHICANS is longer, not shorter. It's also not nearly as good as the theatrical cut.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    dr gonzo...

    by Grendy

    The reason the chief explains all about replicants is called Exposition. It is how you dump a lot of info onto the audience. As for explaining them to Deckard, I think it was to tell him about the different life-spans of the new models as well as show him the pics, and give him something to say while doing it. Duh. I took a plot-reading course, that's how I know this.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    The whole Deckard is a replicant thing...

    by onyxquill

    I could go wither way on it...but: Let the conspiracies begin! 1. Isn't it possible that he was the first of the new replicants (like Rachel - a prototype of sorts) to be put into the police force by the corporation and watched over? 2. The real Deckard was killed an replaced by a replicant by the corporation. 3. Maybe he was used to tracking down older models and needed a refresher on the latest technology as one talkbacker was wondering about the exposition on the 4 year life span in the beginning. 4. How's this for conspiracy, all humans live off world and everyone on earth is a replicant. 5. Perhaps Rachel and Deckard being newer models didn't have the life span issues. Who knows and who cares? I'm bored off my ass at work. P.S. I remember seeing a bit in the trailer for the new version that had some hot dominatrix chicks in a bubble and no mention in either of the reviews above. So how bout it? Any added eye candy or what?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I have spoken with David Peoples...

    by CopOnTheEdge

    ...and he's confirmed that the unicorn and the idea of Deckard being a replicant were NOT in any drafts of the script nor were they part of the original shooting schedule. Peoples said that the whole idea of Deckard being a replicant came from Ridley Scott reading one of his re-written scenes and wrongly interpreting that it revealed this concept. But then Peoples corrected him, and thought it was forgotten. But Scott ran with it and since he was in his "unicorn phase" with the Tom Cruise movie, he added a unicorn to it and shot it all. You don't have to believe me, but I heard it from the man's mouth myself, the man being one of our great screenwriters, David Peoples (Unforgiven). Scott's lying now for the press to sell the dvds, same thing that Donner does for all of his "Director's Cuts."

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I agree with CopOnTheEdge

    by onyxquill

    That makes a lot more sense. I think the other reason some might think Deckard could be a replicant was that some scenes showed the replicants eyes glowing under certain conditions and one point, Deckards glow the same way. It's when he's in his kitchen with Rachel.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I disagree with all of you.

    by DarthCorleone

    I think the ambiguity of whether or not he is a replicant enriches the story. I do like that the unicorn hints at it, but a definitive answer ruins it. As long as the answer is not explicit in the film, I'm happy. Ridley can say whatever he wants, but when the art is already out in the world separate from the artist, I'll interpret it as I like.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    deckard human feels RIGHT

    by Prossor

    my heart tells me that deckard as a human feels more right. that's all i need to know!!!!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Of course he's a replicant!

    by TheNorthlander

    The truth about Deckard is that before the events of Bladerunner, on another mission in LA, he was chasing another replicant based on his own DNA, only made supperior. In the battle, he was about to be defeated, when he told the replicant that there was something he knew how to do that the replicant didn't and that was how to die. Then he rolled into the machine that created the replicant and was diffused into silvery strands, like a spinning galaxy in a liquid universe. So then the replicant Decker takes his place, and two years later Bladerunner happens. It's all in an early screenplay for a Bladerunner prequel that was never filmed. You can find it on eBay.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Did I say "Decker"?

    by TheNorthlander

    I must have played Shadowrun on the SNES emulator one too many times (if that's at all possible).

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Is Deckard a Republican?

    by Koborover

    Does this new DC gives more answers on this?!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    "He's the kind of cop that used to call black men..."

    by Sulla

    One of my favorite films of all time, can't wait to see this cut! I still hold a soft spot in my heart for the VO though...I fuckin' love it.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree with above poster about Deck being human

    by Doc_Strange

    Why would the police force use replicants if they're so dangerous to humans? It doesn't make any sense, especially since they are outlawed by penalty of death. Wouldn't these Blade Runner reps inevitably all find out they're reps and revolt against their employers? Not a very smart move by the LAPD, but then again the LAPD aren't the smartest bunch period.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I'm still gonna hold out ...

    by CloudCleaver

    ... until they release Blade Runner: The Really, Really Ultimate Version

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Doc_Strange

    by TheNorthlander

    You're overthinking the story. The point is not why the police would use replicants (it's not set in LA btw), but what happens in the mind of the replicant if they would. Bladerunner is Cyberpunk, and Cyberpunk is all about machine becomming man (replicants are alive) while man becomming machine (Deckard isn't really human). That's the basic concept of Cyberpunk right there. See also Ghost in the Shell, Neuromancer, The Matrix trilogy for the exact same ideas told in different ways. Asking yourself why the police would use replicants is like asking why the machines in The Matrix would use humans to power themselves when they might as well use elephants. It's irrelevant. The point is that they do and what happens.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    BTW, have any of you people who think he's human...

    by TheNorthlander

    ...read the book?

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST

    eg4190

    by ewokstew

    Actually it makes perfect sense that he is weaker. If he is the next generation of replicant, say a number "7" his existence would only re-affirm the Tyrell Corp's own motto. "More human than human" To do this one of the obvious changes would be considerably less muscle density. Also, the fact that he wasn't a "combat" model may factor into the reasoning as well. When you think it through it does actually makes sense.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:32 p.m. CST

    "Elephants to power themselves" in the Matrix

    by Bobo_Vision

    Somewhere in Hollywood, a failed screenwriter has just read this talkback and has just got a masterstroke idea for a sci-fi screenplay about a robot species using elephants to power themselves, and possibly lions, whales, gorillas, and all sorts of animals. A veritable mechanized Noah's Ark...but one man will free them all. His name will also be Noah (sounds like Neo).

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    TheNorthlander

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yes, he's human in the book.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    He didn't mean "Replicant"

    by Teddy Artery

    What Ridley meant to say was he was a Republican. Now it all makes sense!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    northlander

    by Lt. Kaffee

    your jab at the escape from LA script had me cracking up

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST

    If I'm not mistaken..

    by dudemandude

    Decker gotta eat!!! Gotcha!!

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    There's more to this country than NY and LA

    by Mier1

    I hate all this bigotry by these two cities. They should at least have the decency to hit the big 4 cities and include Chicago and Houston. We have cultural centers and plenty of BR fans.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Club footage?!

    by codymr

    I heard that the FC added some footage at the club where Ford stops for a drink then calls Rachel. Peelers dancing in a cage wearing hockey masks etc. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Kirbymanly, do you know how to read?

    by Karl Hungus

    The NYT article says they only recently found the COMPLETE Unicorn scene. What was in the 1992 version wasn't complete, which has been known for quite some time thanks to Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner. So the NYT article is correct...and you are not. Just sayin'.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Dr. Gonzo

    by brattain

    I must have seen every version of BR ten or more times yet I always laugh at the scene where he has to be told about such fundamentally basic things as the 4 year life span. Yes, everyone knows that is what's called exposition, however, there were numerous ways to get that information to the viewer without making Deckard look like some newbie Blade Runner.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Sean Young

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    What a wacko she is. Anyone remember when she dressed like Catwoman and had Tim Burton hiding in his office? She was alright in Blade Runner, though.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The thing about Sean Young

    by ZoeFan

    ...is that while yes, she's completely out of her gourd. She was a VERY good actress for her time. And she was super sexy. Including Blade Runner, check out No Way Out or Wall Street.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I'm still not happy...

    by lynxpro

    Warner is going to use VC-1 for the codec on the Blu-ray release, matching exactly the HD DVD version. I don't want this film in VC-1, I want it in badazz AVC with a super high bitrate. All the best films should be presented as such...the best possible on the most capable format...Blu-ray.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Piss off, Mier1

    by lynxpro

    Sacramento is the sci-fi capitol of the world. We should have a going of the film just like we had with the Director's Cut. Still, the studio version is superior...the narration makes all the difference in the world.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Newc, Laserbrain, Aqua, Gilkuliehe, Spandau, eg, M.O.M.

    by half vader

    SO Newc, what about Abdul Ben Hassan then? The snake guy. <p> And Aquatarkusman, as for how many times can a movie take your money, ever heard of "Star Wars"?! <p> Aqua, EG and Gilkuliehe, as for the strength thing and I said this on the last BR TB, he's supposed to be a cop right? And it's advantageous to have a replicant searching for a replicant right? Sort of defeats the purpose if that cop is overtly aware of his true nature though. His inherent understanding would give him the edge and as they say in the film make him "the best". They already show that replicants can be specialised. Makes sense. Is Rachel super powerful? We don't really know, but probably not. She's Tyrell's Astro Boy but without the strength. All the irony and symbolism still holds if Deckard MAY be a replicant, too. I'm actuallyin the "he could be" camp, not "he is" so I'm not an "idiot who contradicts me (you). <p> Laserbrain Batutta & Spandau Belly, they only used Ford's son's mouth, and just to correct the lipsync (still using Harrison's voice, duh!). The ADRd stuff didn't match the mouth movements very well. Usually you don't really notice that stuff - there are slight mismatches all the time when they change lines in dubbing. Also, I think it's in that English doco but even if Scott insists he IS a replicant, Fancher and Peoples said they only meant to imply the possibility (the unicorn can mean Rachel has an extended lifespan), not state it outright. Doesn't even have to be interpreted literally. Which is exactly the sort of poetry you were talking about Laser. Speaking of which, the dove flying off as dawn breaks would be poetic (skirting cliché but at least the metaphor would be clear), not broad daylight with a dorky silver shed in the background. Fair comment and all, but so is changing it the way they did. <p> M.O.M. - predecesses? WTF? Try 'precedes' dude! ;) <p> Good one, Anchorite! I vote caveman.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    For a pic of the dancing girls in the tube

    by half vader

    with their hockey masks and clown hair, go to the Digital Bits review. Bill Hunt does call replicants androids which makes me crazy, but the piccies are cool (also the shot with Cassidy's head replacement). <p> http://tinyurl.com/2q4bnv <p> I wonder if the Hospital scene finally made it back in?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Billy Idol's "Cyberpunk"

    by lynxpro

    I wonder if anyone has tried using that album as a secondary soundtrack to "Blade Runner" much as Pink Floyd is used for "The Wizard of Oz". It is a very under-rated album...

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Memories-Of-Murder

    by TheNorthlander

    Yeah the term "cyberpunk" wasn't in use when the book was written, but it's still a cyberpunk movie. So it came out 2 years before Neuromancer, so what? That only proves how much influence it had in creating the genre.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Some nice arguements here...

    by WONKABAR

    http://tinyurl.com/3yvndq

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Lakbone - "last night was the first time I realized"

    by half vader

    and you say you've seen it 50 times? WTF man?!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:46 p.m. CST

    He will never be a replicant in my book

    by maxsterling

    No matter what Ridley Scott says.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Well, if what CopOnThe Edge says is true -

    by Laserbrain

    -then the writer and the director had different ideas about the Deckard-as-replicant issue. Who wins? Depends how you feel about the Auteur Theory, I suppose.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Computers

    by ooda

    I know this is a dumb question, but one that has stuck with me. I started watching the movie about a month or two ago for the first time, and while I was finding everything pretty believable (within reason), the thing that really got me was the old computers used in the movie. Actually, it wasn't even the old computers, but the old curved screens with the really computery writing. To anyone who has watched the Final Cut, have the computers and what's on them been changed at all?

  • Oct. 15, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Saw It. Changed My Mind. Brilliant As Is

    by www.valiens.com

    Man, they just don't make movies that look like this anymore. Shouldn't every film's set be treated like a character in the film?

  • Oct. 15, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    OODA - no change there, but...

    by www.valiens.com

    For me it was only distracting for about five seconds because I justified it this way: Everything in that world is old and grungy. It's like a planet of antique dealers who eat Chinese and never clean anything. Kinda fits the mold.

  • Oct. 18, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Replicant on Replicant ownage

    by 5 by 5

    Why is Deckard getting his ass handed to him all the time if he's a replicant? I'm not interested in hypothesis, rather an "offical" explanation if R. Scott is going to all the trouble of stating Deckard is a replicant. I'm not arguing that he's not a replicant, I'm just curious if anyone's explained that.

  • Oct. 29, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Not the same film you grew up with

    by catlettuce4

    Sorry Guys. I caught a screening at the Landmark and felt my favorite 80's sci-fi flick isn't the same anymore. The sound is different, the Noir narration is gone. The awkward blue sky for the dove is now dark. It's changing history. I miss the warts and all. Ps: Zhora still starts in heels and dies in flat workboots. Oops? Roy pushes a nail through his hand and missing is the cool echoing shout... It's just different. I miss my "cold fish". Someone should release a copy with Ford's Mickey Spilane dialogue back in. That's the film I grew up with. Not this.

  • Nov. 24, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Blade Runner "Inspiring the Future"

    by howdydoody

    Those are some great mini reviews, I saw a screening of the Final Cut and I think it is the best version of Blade Runner easily. btw has anyone heard of the "Inspiring the future" contest that was being held as a promotion for the final cut? People uploaded tons of fan art, literature, fashion designs and music to the site that was either directly inspired by the movie or just similar, its a great way to see some amazing fan art. The contest is in its voting stage right now. Check out www.bladerunnercontest.com

  • Dec. 30, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST

    ok

    by comicgeekoidtoo

    well, its clear: to Scott, the director, Deckerd is a replicant. His answer to why he's weaker, has his own life, allowed to wander around and "quit" his job? "Maybe he's a Nexus 7." This is idiocy. A movie makes a contract with the viewer that he';s going to get everything he needs to understand the story. The producer and writer of the film? According to them, in both they're commentaries and the book "On the Edge: The Making of Balderunner", Deckard is human. Otherwise, his journey to understand that replicants are a lifeofmr as valid as human beings make no sense. Seems to me Scott is just talking out his ass.

  • Dec. 30, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    and i dont think its better

    by comicgeekoidtoo

    the final cut is not better, the sad truth is that without the narration, the story doesn't make sense.