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Blade Runner


  • Director's Cut
  • US Theatrical Version
Release: Jun 04, 2013 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB
This is a comparison between the Director's Cut and the US Theatrical Version. Both versions are included in the BBFC 15 - 5-Disc-Complete Edition released by Warner.

The differences:

12 voice over comments in the International Theatrical Version (ITV) = No difference in time
1 additional scene in the Director's Cut (DC) = 11 seconds
Alternate ending = DC: 43 sec / IKF: 99 sec

When talking about a confusing amount of different versions of movies, there's no way around Ridley Scotts Sci-Fi classic Blade Runner. There exist 5 official different versions. The original version, which is also called the workprint version, was shown theatrically to a test audience in 1982. The response by the audience was not too good, which was why the producers decided to recut the movie and then showed it to another test audience. This time, the criticism was much better. However, some were bothered by the violence, so they decided to leave that out for the nationwide release of the movie. The violence was cut out and the second official version was ready which was then shown in theatres all over the USA in 1982. For the international release the creators decided to release the complete version of the flick which then also included all the violence that was cut out of the US version. However, this version was not only intended for the international market but was also released on VHS and laserdisc in the USA - with more copies than the US Theatrical Version. In 1989, movie restaurateur Michael Arick found one of the workprint versions by accident. Without the knowledge of Ridley Scott, Arick showed this version on several festivals between 1990 and 1991, as well as a few theatres. Because of an unexpected interest of the audience, Warner Brothers asked for a Director's Cut version because they hoped for further commercial success. They talked to Ridley Scott and soon Michael Arick went to work to create/rush out the Director's Cut (which was by no means flawless) which was released theatrically in 1992. Ridley Scott named several reasons to why this is not his final version, however, it came a little closer to his original intentions when making the movie. Actually, the alterations are not that noticeable. All voice over comments were taken out and the ending was cut out, which is why it is shorter than the US Theatrical Version that it was based on. This is also why all the violence is absent from the Director's Cut, too. There is only one short sequence in the Director's Cut that was not included in the US Theatrical Version. In 2007 - the movie's 25th anniversary - they released the final version which was called "Final Cut" and actually is the version which Ridley Scott desired for years. Besides a few new and extended scenes, there is also new music and better special effects as well as a surperior sound quality.
8 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: They don't advertise for killers in a newspaper! That was my profession! Ex-cop! Ex-Blade Runner! Ex-Killer!
No difference in time.

9 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: Sushi! That's what my ex-wife called me! Cold fish!
No difference in time.

10 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: 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, gutter talk! A mishmash 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!
No difference in time.

11 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: In history books, he's the kind of cop used to call black men niggers!
No difference in time.

15 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: I'd quit because I'd had a bellyful of killing! But, then, I'd rather 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 if 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!
No difference in time.

23 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: I didn't know whether Leon gave Holden a legit address... but it was the only lead I had, so I checked it out!
Kein Zeitunterschied

No difference in time.

24 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: Whatever was in the bathtub was not human! Replicants don't have scales!
No difference in time.

24 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: And family photos? Replicants didn't have families either!
No difference in time.

34 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: Tyrell really did a job on Rachael! Right down to a snapshot of a mother she never had... a daugther she never was! Replicants weren't supposed to have feelings! Neither were Blade Runners! What the hell was happening to me?
No difference in time.

34 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: Leon's pictures had to be as phony as Rachael's! I didn't know why a Replicant would collect photos! Maybe they were like Rachael, they needed memories!
No difference in time.

41 min
While Deckard is thoughtfully sitting at the piano and presses some of the piano keys, the DC fades out and shows a unicorn running through the forest. When it is running, the DC cuts back to Deckard at the piano.
11 sec

56 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: The report would be "rountine 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!
No difference in time.

103 min
Voice over comment by Deckard: 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 do I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die!
No difference in time.

107 min
The ending contains alternative material. In the ITV follow several shots of the countryside from a birds eye perspective. Then the movie fades to Deckard and Rachael sitting in the car. From off-screen he tells us: 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'd have together. Who does? Then the scene fades out to a tracking shot of the countryside while the end credits start to roll which are shown while the tracking shot continues. The DC fades to black and in return shows more credits.
DC: 43 sec
Theatrical Version: 99 sec

DCTheatrical Version