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December 20, 2007

The Final Cut

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Ridley Scott has had (yet) another go at it, releasing Blade Runner: The Final Cut in its own bewildering array of formats and packaging (via Ace). One bit of good news: Hockey-masked geisha dancers.

As you'd expect, the film's editing has been massaged here and there, but this time to Ridley's exact instructions. Like the 1992 version, this new Final Cut omits the Deckard narration and the happy ending. Ridley has made subtle trims here and there to tighten the footage (without the narration, he felt that some shots went on a little too long). But he's also added material. For example, the unicorn scene is now a little longer and more effective (it's actually the originally-intended version, the complete footage for which couldn't be found for use in the '92 cut). A little bit of footage from both the "international" and "workprint" versions has been inserted into the film as well, including a number of street/atmosphere shots and more intense moments of violence involving the various character deaths. And here's something fans will appreciate: This is only a publicity still (unlike the two previous images, above, which ARE actual screen shots from the new version), but those of you who recall the infamous hockey-masked geisha dancers will be pleased to know that they do appear in The Final Cut...

Having tried and failed to watch my dvd of the 1992 version on a 22" monitor, I believe this is a film that could benefit from a little touching up of special effects rendered unwatchable by this higher resolution age. Curious Flea-readers can check out the trailer for this edit at the release' official MySpace page or give the original soundtrack a listen (and especially "Damask Rose"). Now off to lust after these old time Spinner replicas and this remarkably economical LED umbrella.

Update: On the subject of retouching Harrison Ford films, Han Solo shot first. That is all.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 20, 2007 07:24 AM


...give the original soundtrack a listen...

The soundtrack is teh awesome. My favorite piece is the end credit theme. Somehow very sad, and yet content, and then it segues into Roy's "Time to die" speech.

Posted by: Angie Schultz [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 20, 2007 03:31 PM

Awww, Yeaaghh, Han Solo shot first; what is Lucas' problem? And in another rub-it-in-my-face moment, I chanced to see an Abbey Road t-shirt in Target today, with the infamous non-smoking Beatles crossing the road... what's wrong with [some] people?!

Posted by: Wrymouth [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 21, 2007 11:29 PM