Blade Runner: The Final Cut

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Nov 20 2007

Granted a brief theatrical showing prior to its all-singing-all-dancing DVD release (the perfect Christmas gift!), ‘The Final Cut’ isn’t, content wise, radically dissimilar to 1992’s ‘Director’s Cut’ (ie no narration, no happy ending, hello unicorn), but the overall effect is astounding. A critical and commercial failure back in 1982 but hugely influential on two generations of filmmakers, video directors, and ad men, Scott’s masterpiece has, thanks to exemplary restoration work, never looked or sounded this good. Backgrounds are denser, colours richer, effects have been digitally cleaned and corrected, with newly shot footage of Joanna Cassidy replacing the stuntman in a wig who crashes through the shop window after Deckard (Harrison Ford) shoots Zhora in the back, and the blue sky that Batty (Rutger Hauer) previously released the dove into at the end now overcast and rainy. Dialogue has been tweaked too, fixing at least one major narrative inconsistency, while Sean Young’s voice sounds less metallic, more human than before. Ignore Scott’s perplexing insistence that Deckard’s a replicant in this version, and give yourself up to the film’s visual splendour. Bold, bleak and still brilliant.
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Fri Nov 23, 2007

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117 mins

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Magmabulle

The best science fiction ever made in my opinion; Ridley Scott has created a great atmosphere in the dark and constantly raining Los Angeles.

Magmabulle

The best science fiction ever made in my opinion; Ridley Scott has created a great atmosphere in the dark and constantly raining Los Angeles.

TA Warren

Ridley Scott has kept us waiting for 25 years for his definitive version of Blade Runner. He has complained bitterly that the previous Director's Cut was a shoddy compromise forced on him by the studio since its release 15 years ago. So why then do we get the Final Version being virtually identical to the 1992 cut? Admittedly, with a cleaned up print and spruced up special effects the movie has never looked better, especially on the big screen. We now have about 30 seconds of extra violence with Tyrell's eye-gouging, Deckard' nose being pulled, Pris' shooting and extra inserts of the nail piercing Batty's hand. But this footage was already in the standard European cinema print in '82. Minor shots of dancing girls and a slightly different unicorn sequence also add nothing new to the mix. Where is the 15 missing minutes? Where is the hospital scene with Deckard and Holden? Tyrell's crypt? Still, it's not botched like Uncle George's Star Wars tinkerings. A true classic.

TA Warren

Ridley Scott has kept us waiting for 25 years for his definitive version of Blade Runner. He has complained bitterly that the previous Director's Cut was a shoddy compromise forced on him by the studio since its release 15 years ago. So why then do we get the Final Version being virtually identical to the 1992 cut? Admittedly, with a cleaned up print and spruced up special effects the movie has never looked better, especially on the big screen. We now have about 30 seconds of extra violence with Tyrell's eye-gouging, Deckard' nose being pulled, Pris' shooting and extra inserts of the nail piercing Batty's hand. But this footage was already in the standard European cinema print in '82. Minor shots of dancing girls and a slightly different unicorn sequence also add nothing new to the mix. Where is the 15 missing minutes? Where is the hospital scene with Deckard and Holden? Tyrell's crypt? Still, it's not botched like Uncle George's Star Wars tinkerings. A true classic.