Rating: 10 stars
Seen 4 times
In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Rated R | Length 117 minutes
Robert Reiter | Steve Pope | Jirô Okazaki | Rose Mascari | Charles Knapp | Tom Hutchinson | Kelly Hine | Sharon Hesky | Leo Gorcey Jr. | Judith Burnett | Carolyn DeMirjian | John Edward Allen | Morgan Paull | Bob Okazaki | Alexis Rhee | Dawna Lee Heising | Ben Astar | Kimiko Hiroshige | Hy Pyke | Kevin Thompson | James Hong | Joanna Cassidy | Joe Turkel | Brion James | M. Emmet Walsh | William Sanderson | Daryl Hannah | Edward James Olmos | Sean Young | Rutger Hauer | Harrison Ford
My friends Pat and Jay came over for Thanksgiving and we topped the evening off with a first time viewing of Blade Runner: The Final Cut off the five-disc BlueRay edition I bought a full year before (literally my first BluRay purchase). I had yet to unwrap and watch any of the versions on the disc since then, so we decided to do the honors.
I think we were all in awe over the pristine quality of the film, both visually and aurally. Stunning!
Blade Runner is a film I hold in the highest regard, along with Scott’s other masterpiece, Alien. Both have withstood the test of time and are classic pieces of celluloid science fiction, which is a nearly impossible feat to pull off once, let alone twice.
The Final Cut version loses the voiceovers and removes the ambiguity of the ending. Without having watched the other versions in the recent past, I can’t tell you which version I prefer, but I can say I didn’t miss the voiceovers.
I’m really looking forward to taking the time to not only watch the other versions of this, but to also listen to the commentary tracks, something I rarely do these days.