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Movie Review: Director’s Cut of Blade Runner August 24, 2010

Posted by Michael in Movies.

Just watched the “director’s cut” version of Blade Runner on a Blu-Ray DVD with our new surround sound system.

My review:  Holy shit, that was good.

Blade Runner is one of those movies you don’t forget, so when you watch the longer director’s cut, it’s fun because you are always thinking, hey, this right here is shit they cut which I haven’t seen before.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say that this movie is almost as good as the original Rollerball.

There’s not much more I can say than that.

It doesn’t get better than this:




1. MCPO Airdale - August 24, 2010

The Director’s cut of Blade Runner was one of the first DVDs I purchased. Great, great flick.

2. geoff - August 25, 2010

Can’t wait until my son is old enough to watch that with me.

3. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - August 25, 2010

One of the best films ever.

One of many that my boys are not yet old enough to watch with me, but it certainly ranks as Harison Ford’s best work.

4. Cathy - August 25, 2010

Sinks in. Unforgetible. Beautiful.

Vangelis soundtrack perfect fit.

5. Enas Yorl - August 25, 2010

There are what, 4 or 5 versions of this out now? I’ve seen it a couple times and I just don’t care for it.

6. Retired Geezer - August 25, 2010

Ruh Roh… No Pie for Enas.

7. Nan G - August 25, 2010

Sean Young was stunningly beautiful in this movie.
The Frank Lloyd Wright home used as the interior of Deckard’s home is amazing.
It was also used as part of “The House on Haunted Hill,” over a decade earlier.
Too bad it is in ruins today.

8. Michael - August 25, 2010

No pie for Enas?

Dang, I say we lynch him. Who’s with me?!?

*grabs rope*

9. Enas Yorl - August 25, 2010

*Knits a blanket with Michael’s rope*
I will not apologize. It’s a dull movie.

10. Enas Yorl - August 25, 2010

Oh, and the title was dumb too. Need I point out that at no time was there any running with, on, or near any blades at any time during the movie? Hell there wasn’t even all that much running in the thing. Harrison mosty shambled from place to place. And he had a gun. No blades. A more accurate title would have been “The Gun Shambler”. Just sayin’.

11. MCPO Airdale - August 25, 2010

Enas – Of course you are aware that the movie is based on the short story, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip Dick. Decker (Ford) was the Blade Runner, a police assassin of rogue androids.

12. Enas Yorl - August 25, 2010

^Yeah, I know all that. I tried reading the story and never got very far with it. But why were they called “Blade Runners”? It’s never explained. It’s a bit of a non sequitur isn’t it? I guess it sounds cool, but it just doesn’t make any logical sense. Kind of like calling traffic cops “Poleaxe Sprinters” or something. Cutlass Lopers. Stilletto Scooters.

13. Enas Yorl - August 25, 2010

Oh, and also let me point out that this movie was a box office bomb, so clearly I’m not alone in my assessment. And I looked it up – there are seven different versions or “cuts” of this thing released over the years. SEVEN! Dude!

Seriously Scott – put down the scissors, walk away from the editing room and just let it go. It was a bad movie. You’re never going to make not be a tediously slow movie.

I don’t know why this bugs me so much but it does.

14. Cathy - August 25, 2010

more accurate title would have been “The Gun Shambler”. Just sayin’.

GLAR. Awwww. Can we laugh at ’em before we lynch ’em?

15. kevl - August 25, 2010

*sitting with Enas*

I’ve never seen Blade Runner. And I have a skull from Enas. My life is complete.

But is Harrison Ford dripping wet the entire movie? Does he take his shirt off?

16. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - August 25, 2010

^Yeah, I know all that. I tried reading the story and never got very far with it.

You speak ill of Saint Phillip the Dick?


I read “The Man in the High Castle” once a year. Comes off as a different story every time.

17. daveintexas - August 25, 2010

>> Does he take his shirt off?

No, he pretty much keeps it on, although when Roy breaks his fingers, you get the impression he wants to rip his shirt off.

18. MostlyRight - August 25, 2010

What’s all this “is Harrison Ford wet and shirtless” crap? All I want to know is how much new screen time does the replicant Pris get in the director’s cut, and is she doing android gymnastics?

19. xbradtc - August 25, 2010

B/R is one of those onion movies. You watch it again, and peel off another layer.

Scott always maintained that part of the reason it was a bomb is the original cut was not at all what he wanted. Hence, everyone says to watch the director’s cut.

Still, I can see where it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Those people should be shunned.

Or stoned.

But mostly stoned.

20. Cathy - August 25, 2010

Mostly Right, you will not be disappointed.

Joanna Cassidy, Zhora, shows us most of her front and back with those sexy scales. And she gets rough with Rick (Harrison Ford).

Well worth it, just to watch both replicant tough gals beat up on Rick before they die.

21. geoff - August 25, 2010

But why were they called “Blade Runners”?

Because they run with scissors.

22. geoff - August 25, 2010

Here’s what one guy says:

“The “temporary” title Blade Runner, first used for the July 24, 1980 fourth draft, came from a little-known book by William Burroughs, Blade Runner: A Movie (based upon The Bladerunner by Alan E. Nourse!)””

23. Mitchell - August 25, 2010

But mostly stoned.

Well I suppose that fits. All the actors in that snoozefest certainly seemed like they were stoned while filming this dreck. Is that my problem – I need to fire up a doobie before trying to watch this thing? And which “director’s cut” am I supposed to watch – 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7?

24. harrison - August 25, 2010

And the next time you watch it; chew on this:
Deckard is a replicant.

My favorite movie.

25. wiserbud - August 25, 2010

I have attempted to watch thismovie a few times and I agree with Enas.


26. Dick - August 25, 2010

If you had a hair on your ass, you’d post a clip from the greatness known as Rollerball.

27. Vmaximus - August 25, 2010

So Scalzi’s Do androids dream is a homage?
I did nor know.

28. Mitchell - August 25, 2010

Huzzah! I got a supporter!

I’d heard that a few times Harrison and the last time I watched it I had that specifically in mind. Alas, it didn’t speed up the pace any, nor did it make any of those characters more interesting or less wooden.

29. Dave in Texas - August 25, 2010

I liked it.

Pains me to say so. It was probably the flying cars.

30. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - August 25, 2010

Deckard is a replicant.

Duh. Are you slow or just not used to the PhilDick twist that he put into his better stories?

Huzzah! I got a supporter!

Wiser doesn’t count. He was born sublety-challenged. Everyone in the Inner Circle™ knows this, and simply makes allowances for it.

31. wiserbud - August 25, 2010

Wiser doesn’t count. He was born sublety-challenged.


Okay, maybe I was.

Movie still sucked, though. Harrison Ford sounded like he was half asleep during the entire narration. I guess the movie was even putting him asleep.

32. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - August 25, 2010

Okay, maybe I was.

I think wiser made an important breakthrough here tonight, everybody. Let’s give him a round of applause.

33. wiserbud - August 25, 2010


You guys are the best friends a jerk like me could ever ask for.

34. geoff - August 25, 2010

I never liked the “Decker is a replicant” take because who cares about replicant-on-replicant lovin’?

35. skinbad - August 25, 2010

It’s no Blind Fury, but not a bad movie.

I like the Ford Finger Gallery.

36. Cathy - August 25, 2010

Skinny! Hey sweets! Where ya been?

Missed ya.

37. Will - August 26, 2010
38. reason - August 26, 2010

Was it better than Back to the Future?

39. Lipstick - August 26, 2010

*Takes seat beside kevl and Enas*

But, oh, Rutger Hauer! mmm mmm mmm

40. Mitchell - August 26, 2010

^Woot! My minions grow stronger^

Ya Hauer was the only one who seemed to enjoy being in that movie. He’s great at chewing the scenery.

41. Lipstick - August 26, 2010

He’s great at looking hawt!

42. kevl - August 26, 2010

Amen Lips.
Rutger Hauer is teh hot.

43. geoff - August 26, 2010

Rutger Hauer manages to be awesome, no matter how bad the movie is. Blind Fury, Crossworlds, Split Second, – nothing can stop him from being awesome.

44. daveintexas - August 26, 2010

Nighthawks. An otherwise forgettable movie, Hauer played his sociopath/terrorist role really well.

45. Z - August 26, 2010


Freakin’ AWESOME!

46. Mark in NJ - August 26, 2010

The Hitcher (1986 ver – not the remake)

47. Z - August 26, 2010

The Hitcher (1986 ver – not the remake)

Yep, that’s what I meant. Damn my lazy ass for getting that wrong.

Awesome flick.

48. Jazz - August 27, 2010

I’m partial to the Final Cut version of Blade Runner, only because it’s the only version over which Scott had complete control. Both that and the Director’s Cut, though, are excellent and huge improvements over the original.

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