Blade Runner – The Final Cut (US 2007)

Blade Runner – The Final Cut looks and sounds better than ever

Blade Runner – The Final Cut looks and sounds better than ever

Even if the difference between ‘the final cut’ and the ‘director’s cut’ is minimal it was still worth releasing because, in the DVD version at least, it both looks and sounds better than ever. I’ve probably seen the film 15 times in its different versions and can still enjoy the narrative.

Scott’s new version is more gory than the others; the explicitness of the violence was an issue in 1982 but is fairly standard now. What makes Scott’s vision stand out is the amazing detail in the mise en scene; the scenes are cluttered with detritus making real Philip K Dick’s kipple.

The other thing I noticed even more, in this version, was Rachel’s doll-likeness. The blacks seem blacker so when she’s standing behind Tyrell all you can see is her head. She is literally disembodied.

One of the masterpieces of modern cinema just got slightly better.

NB My Film Note: Blade Runner is available here.

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  1. I managed to see this before Christmas at Pictureville and I was just amazed at how the film felt. It had a truly unique vision that I had never seen before, the Hades landscape is definitely one of the greatest opening shots of all tim. Obviously as it is a Ridley Scott film its visual impact is greater than it is in other films (Transformers, blah, Michael Bay) and the whole work is deeper than you think. It has the same message that more recently A.I. carried about what is human as one of the questions left unanswered at the end is: Is Deckard a Replicant? A fascinating work.

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