Now Blade Runner is one, if not the most influential movie for my personal style and design, even my website is influenced by the style of the movie, as mentioned by one of my friends.
New York Time’s slide show of BR
Video: Final Blade Runner Cut
The Ridley Scott-approved Director’s Cut (1992, 116 minutes) was prompted by the unauthorized 1990–1991 workprint theatrical release and made available on VHS and laserdisc in 1993, and on DVD in 1997. There were significant changes from the theatrical version. Ridley provided extensive notes and consultation to Warner Bros. although film preservationist/restorer Michael Arick was put in charge of creating the Director’s Cut. It was re-released as part of the 5-disc Ultimate Edition in 2007.
In October 1989, Arick discovered a 70mm print of Blade Runner at the Warner Bros. vaults while searching for footage from The Alamo. When the Cineplex Odeon Fairfax Theater in Los Angeles learned of this discovery, the theater management got permission from Warners to screen the print for a film festival set for the following May. Until the screening, no one was aware that this print was that of the workprint version. Owing to this surprise, Warners booked more screenings of the now-advertised “Director’s Cut” of Blade Runner in 15 American cities.
Ridley Scott publicly disowned this workprint version of the film as a Director’s Cut, citing that it was roughly edited, lacked a key scene, and the climax did not feature the score composed for the film by Vangelis (it was a temp track using Jerry Goldsmith’s score from Planet of the Apes). In response to Scott’s dissatisfaction, Warners briefly allowed theatrical screenings of the workprint beginning in the fall of 1991, but only at the NuArt Theater in Los Angeles and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. As a response to these sold-out screenings of the workprint (and screenings of the theatrical cut in Houston and Washington, D.C.), in addition to the film’s resurgent cult popularity in the early ’90s, Warner Bros. decided to assemble a definitive Director’s Cut of the film, with direction from Scott, for an official theatrical re-release in 1992.
Roy Batty Quote
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those … moments will be lost in time, like tears…in rain. Time to die.