The Theatrical Version (UK DVD by Hollywood DVD, BBFC 18) was compared to the Director's Cut (US Blu-ray by Scorpion Releasing).
The American Jonathon Ratcliff takes over a management position in an advertising agency in Athens, Greece. He starts a relationship with his secretary Claire but at a model shooting he meets Rachel. A few years ago, she was raped in front of him and he couldn’t help her. Traumatized by this memory, he secretly begins to observe Rachel. One night, he gets caught. During his escape he runs into a tree and wakes up again in the hospital. He has lost his sight due to the collision but the doctors cannot find any medical cause.
He receives help from the ophthalmologist Dr. Steiger, who has developed a new procedure in which Jonathon has an implant placed in his head. The implant is connected via headphones to a walkman in which a sonar system has been installed, enabling Jonathon to recognize contours again. Equipped with this new capability, Jonathon can detect a serial killer who has chosen Rachel as his new victim.
Blind Date illustrates what the “ancient” Greeks (in 1984) defined as an "ultimate high-tech thriller". It was directed by none other than Nico Mastorakis, who should be remembered for his Greek shocker Island of Death. Already at the beginning of the film where Jonathon arrives at work with an "I love my Dentist" t-shirt, you realize that something is not right here. While you think about how to interpret the statement about more dental hygiene, you might not fully understand central elements like Jonathon's obsession with Rachel, as they are only poorly developed. What exactly happened in the past is only hinted at and why Jonathon turns into a stalker instead of addressing her directly, remains a mystery.
Girlfriend Claire seems to be sexually open-minded as she's planning a birthday surprise party while sleeping with Jonathon and has little trouble with his stalking. The high-tech aspect of the movie with the sonar device in a walkman, including the questionable explanations, seems more than antiquated today. The killer hunt doesn't get going until the very end of the movie and is more based on a chance encounter by Jonathon, who rather spends his time beating punks in the subway. If the description doesn't sound very convincing, there are good reasons to watch the movie anyway.
The US Blu-ray by Scorpion Releasing is advertised with the sentence "Scorpion Releasing proudly presents this cult classic from a brand new 4k scan of the original director's cut, supervised by the director.". Not mentioned on the Blu-ray cover is that the bonus material contains the theatrical version. But as we discovered by comparing them, the differences between the two versions are marginal. The real theatrical version is included e.g. on the UK DVD by Hollywood DVD.
The central question now is whether the Director's Cut is worth it. Answer: Yes, definitely, because many of the new scenes are so stupid it’s nearly unfathomable. Jonathan confesses to his girlfriend Claire that he now has to stalk Rachel. Under tears, Claire accepts the situation (very understanding). Dr. Steiger demonstrates Jonathan with an experiment how he can inject music into his head. The best scenes of the Director's Cut are Dr. Steiger's hints about dangers and risks of his sonar walkman after (!) Jonathon has it already implanted. The Director's Cut underlines the trashy aspects of the movie even more, whereas you have to admit that the new scenes aren't elementarily important for the movie's lack of understanding.
Theatrical Version: 95:18 min. (PAL)
Director's Cut: 105:37 min. (NTSC)
A short part of the opening credits is missing in the theatrical version.
The theatrical version shows the "Omega Entertainment" logo instead.
Theatrical Version: 10 sec.
DC: 10 sec.
The car's been on the road longer. Jonathon parks the car. A man is waiting in the hotel lobby. Rachel gets out of the taxi and goes to the hotel. Jonathon follows her and secretly watches her on her date.
DC: 56 sec.
Jonathon's been on the ground longer. In the next scene, Jonathon is in the hospital. Claire is standing next to him when he wakes up. She says that he is in a hospital and everything is going to be fine.
DC: 45 sec.
After the arrival of Jonathon and Claire in his home, another scene follows. Jonathon tells Claire how he couldn't help Rachel back then. Claire says she won't give up on Jonathon. He replies that this is something he has to do for himself. Claire says that she is hurt and anxious after Jonathon's confession, which she can't hide. In the next shot, Jonathon can be seen a little earlier.
DC: 1:01 Min.
The scene in Dr. Steiger's office begins earlier. Dr. Steiger wants to show Jonathon how his method works by demonstrating it in an experiment. He puts two electrodes on his arm and explains how a doctor could use electrodes to bring music directly into the heads of deaf people. Dr. Steiger plays music from a tape recorder that Jonathon hears directly in his head. Dr. Steiger claims that he uses the same procedure for eye sight.
DC: 1:00 Min.
The consultation goes on even longer after Jonathon says he wants to try the method. Dr. Steiger tells him that the surgery is irreversible and Jonathon will never see in a normal way again. The camera revolves around Jonathon. The next shot shows Dr. Steiger getting a glove on in the operating room.
DC: 32 sec.
Dr. Steiger further explains that Jonathon can only recognize outlines of persons and objects. If he is close enough, he can see faces in a 3D view. Jonathon thinks that this will be enough for him. Dr. Steiger warns Jonathon not to use the device for too long, otherwise his brain could be damaged. At the beginning, he suggests to use the device for a maximum of two hours in 15-minute-blocks.
A small side note: This information would have been very important before Jonathon agreed to the surgery, which permanently killed his eye sight.
DC: 57 sec.
Jonathon lies on the bed and raises his walking stick. His alarm clock rings. Jonathon supplies the game console with power.
The theatrical version starts again when he puts the plug into his walkman.
DC: 40 sec.