The filmed "happy ending" was shot in March and incorporated unused footage from Stanley Kubrick 's The Shining. In May , the American theatrical version was screened for a sneak preview audience in San Diego, California, but with the addition of two brief shots not present in the later theatrical cuts of the film. The first shows Roy Batty stepping out of a Vid-Phon booth a shot that re-emerged in The Final Cut and the second is an overhead shot of Deckard driving at the opening of the happy ending.
The San Diego screening garnered a more enthusiastic response than the Dallas and Denver showings, but some in attendance indicated its pace being too slow, so Scott cut the two aforementioned shots. The Vid-Phon booth segment was replaced with Roy looking at his clenching hand, accomplished by altering two shots that appear later in the film.
The international cut, also known as the Unrated Version, is largely identical to the American theatrical release but with extra violence added in three scenes. This is the version of the film widely available on home video throughout the s and the cut of the film that was distributed on a widescreen LaserDisc by Criterion with supplementary material. A television edit of the American theatrical version premiered on CBS in In this edit, cuts were made to the film's violence, profanity, and sexual content in order to meet broadcast restrictions.
The opening crawl also featured different text, read aloud by an uncredited actor. In , Warner Bros. However, Ridley Scott publicly disowned the workprint version of the film as his definitive Director's Cut, citing that it was roughly edited and lacked the score composed for the film by Vangelis. In response to Scott's dissatisfaction and in part because of the film's resurgent cult popularity by the early 90s Warner Bros. They hired Michael Arick, who had rediscovered the workprint of Blade Runner and who was already doing consultation work for them, to head the project with Scott.
He started by spending several months in London with Les Healey , who had been the assistant editor on Blade Runner , attempting to compile a list of the changes that Scott wanted made to the film. However, due to time constraints, several of these suggestions were never accomplished.
Some of these have never appeared in any version of the film, such as the re-insertion of a scene where Deckard visits Holden in a hospital.
Scott made three major requests for the Director's Cut. The first was the removal of Deckard's explanatory voice-over, an aspect of the film he had disliked since these were added after the Dallas and Denver screenings.
The second request was the re-insertion of a dream sequence of a unicorn running through a forest, which had been left out of the theatrical versions. The third was the removal of the studio-imposed "happy ending" seen in the theatrical cuts. Arick worked on the cut until January , trusting the rest to Warner Bros.
Meanwhile, Peter Gardiner began assembling a cut of the film, referred to as the Enhanced Workprint. Apparently unaware of Arick's efforts, Gardiner's goals were to add the rest of the Vangelis score and the unicorn dream into a restored version of the workprint, as well as redoing the end credits that had been made for the workprint's screenings. This version was approved by Ridley Scott, possibly unaware that this was not Arick's version. Deckard's dream in the Director's Cut before the full scene was restored in The restoration of the unicorn dream was a more complicated matter than had been anticipated, Arick and Healey were unable to locate any of the original negatives for any of the film's originally-trimmed footage.
As a result, Gardiner's version — which Arick finally became aware of in August — would not include the sequence. Scott threatened to publicly disown the cut because of absence. With only three weeks until the planned release, many of Scott's original requests were dropped in order to focus on the more significant ones, the unicorn dream being the top priority.
An outtake from the unicorn footage was soon discovered in a London film vault and cut into the film. Although Gardiner had continued to work on his cut officially named Blade Runner : The Final Director's Cut Version in case Arick's efforts were fruitless, Arick managed to complete the Director's Cut one week before its scheduled release.
Scott's other requests that ultimately made the cut were the removal of Deckard's narration, the re-insertion of the eye at the beginning of the film, removal of the happy ending, and a remastering of its audio and visuals.
While he was happier than before with the release of the film, he had never felt entirely comfortable with it as his definitive Director's Cut. In , Harrison Ford gave his view on The Director's Cut of the film saying, although he thought it "spectacular" it didn't "move him at all. However, it is of low quality compared to DVDs of today and even DVDs of the time due to it being produced in the early days of the format and using a cropped LaserDisc master.
It was re-released for a limited time with a new video transfer in in the months leading up to the release of The Final Cut. It featured a temporary track using Jerry Goldsmith 's score from Planet of the Apes. In response to Scott's dissatisfaction, Warner Bros. In response to the sold-out screenings of the workprint and to screenings of the theatrical cut in Houston and Washington, D. He gave a brief reason: "They haven't put anything in, so it's still an exercise in design.
Scott found time in mid to help put together a final and definitive version of the film with restoration producer Charles de Lauzirika , which was only partially completed in mid before legal and financial issues forced a halt to the work. After several years of legal disputes,  Warner Bros. Two-disc and four-disc sets were also released, containing some of the features of the five-disc set.
According to the documentary, actress Joanna Cassidy made the suggestion to re-film Zhora's death scene while being interviewed for the Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner documentary, and footage of her making this suggestion is inter-cut with footage of her attending the later digital recording session.
The Final Cut contains the original full-length version of the unicorn dream, which had never been in any version, and has been restored.
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London: Orion Media. ISBN New York Times. Retrieved January 21, Retrieved July 5, Retrieved October 22, September 7, Retrieved February 22, Playboy Magazine. Archived from the original on October 12, Retrieved May 21, New York City : PublicAffairs. Notes Director's Cut Germany Warner 2. This edition, known as the "Deluxe Edition Signature Series Box", is basically identical to the other US box set with the exception of the signed script.
The briefcase has a custom printed hard paper sleeve not plastic like everywhere else. Limited to copies in Australia.
Dick book that the movie is based on and an advert for the Blade Runner soundtrack east west edition!!! The briefcase has a custom printed hard plastic outer sleeve in German.
Limited to copies in Italy, all apparently sold as an exclusive on amazon. The briefcase has a custom printed hard plastic outer sleeve in Italian.
Reportedly limited to copies in Italy. Japan Warner SD-Y , 5 disc set, 2. In addition, there is a separate booklet that has the Ridley Scott letter and a Philip K. Dick interview written in Japanese, and a separate booklet that has the photo information translated into Japanese.
The briefcase has a custom printed hard plastic outer sleeve in Japanese. Finally, the entire briefcase is housed in its out separate, custom printed cardboard box. Limited to copies in Japan. Unknown how many this is limited to in South Korea. The steel case has a custom printed outer sleeve in Portuguese. Spain Warner Z4L Y , 5 disc set, 2. The steel case has a custom printed outer sleeve in Spanish. The briefcase has a custom printed hard plastic outer sleeve in Spanish.
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