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  • Director's Cut
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Release: May 02, 2008 - Author: Sean Bateman - Translator: klepp - external link: IMDB
Running time of the German DVD : 111:52 minutes PAL (incl. Warner-Logo at the beginning and the end of the film)
Running time of the Criterion LD : 116:59 minutes NTSC (without Warner-Logos)

The time information refers to the German DVD.
The following details have been removed respectively added for the Director's Cut:
00:08:25 Removed Off-commentary:
They don't advertise for killers in a newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-Cop. Ex-Blade Runner. Ex-Killer.

00:09:14 Removed Off-commentary:
Sushi, thats what my ex-wife called me - Cold fish.

00:10:35 Removed Off-commentary:
The charmer's name was Gaff. I'd seen him around. Bryant must have upped him to the Blade Runner unit. That gibberish he talked was cityspeak, guttertalk a mismash of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you. I didn't really need a translator. I knew the lingo. Every good cop did. But I wasn't gonna make it easier for him.

00:11:50 Removed Off-commentary:
Skin jobs. That's what Bryant called replicants. In history books, he's the kind of cop that used to call black men "niggers".

00:15:47 Removed Off-commentary:
I quit because I'd a belly full of killing. But then I'd be a killer than a victim. And that's exactly what Bryant's threat about little people meant. So I hooked in once more thinking that it I couldn't take it, I'd split later. I didn't have to worry about Gaff. He was brown nosing for a promotion so he didn't want me back anyway.

00:23:08 Removed Off-commentary:
I didn't know whether Leon gave Holden a legit address. But it was the only lead I had so I checked it out.

00:24:32 Removed Off-commentary:
Whatever was in the bathtub was not human. Replicants don't have scales.

00:24:36 Removed Off-commentary:
And family photos? Replicants didn't have families either.

00:34:32 Removed Off-commentary:
Tyrell really did a job on Rachael. Right down to a snapshot of her mother she never had, a daughter she never was. Replicants weren't supposed to have feelings. Neither were blade runners. What the hell's happening to me?

00:34:57 Removed Off-commentary:
Leon's pictures had to be as phony as Rachael's. I didn't know why a replicant wouls photos. Maybe they like Rachael's.
They needed memories.

00:40:56 Added scene:
When Deckard is sitting at the piano, a scene with a unicorn has been added. 13.43 sec


00:56:41 Removed Off-commentary:
The report would be routine retirement of a replicant which didn't make me feel any better about shooting a woman in the back. There it was again. Feeling in myself. For her, for Rachael.

01:22:34 Violence-cut:
Roy keeps pressing his thumbs in Tyrell's eyes, causing blood to gush out. 2.64 sec


From here on the scene is edited differently in the Director's Cut, additionally a scene of Roy pressing his thumbs in Tyrell's eyes (1,97 sec) and one of him pulling them out (1,88 sec) were removed. Since a cutaway to Tyrell's owl (2,04 sec) was added and an insert of Roy was extended (3,76 sec) the scene is actually a little longer in the DC/US-Theatrical version.

Left: Director`s Cut/US-Theatrical version| Right: International Theatrical version


01:29:19 Violence-cut:
Pris puts her fingers in Deckard's nose in order to break it. 6.80 sec


01:29:42 Violence-cut:
Deckard shoots at Pris a second time, she keeps screaming and fidgeting on the floor. In the
Director's Cut/US-Theatrical version we only see the first and the third shot. 3.72 sec


01:35:59 Violence-cut: The scene of Roy pressing the nail through his hand is longer in the international Theatrical version: we see the nail coming out of the back of Roy's hand. 4.78 sec


01:43:15 Removed Off-commentary:
I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life, anybody's life, my life. All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.

01:47:41
The Happy End where Deckard and Rachel can be seen in a car and the matching Off-commentary were removed. The Director's Cut ends with the two of them entering the elevator and the closing door.
53.14 sec Removed Off-commentary:
Gaff had been there, and let her live. Four years, he figured. He was wrong. Tyrell had told me Rachael was special, no termination date. I didn't know how long we had together. Who does?



End credits:

Left: Director's Cut | Right: US Theatrical version / international Theatrical version

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