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Matt Reed
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Posted: 30 August 2017 at 5:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

This is the first of three shorts being released on YouTube ahead of the premiere of BLADE RUNNER 2049 on October 6.  All three take place between the original film and the sequel.  Click on the link to watch "2036: Nexus Dawn". 

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When I first heard Blade Runner was going to get a sequel I thought it was a terrible idea, but I have to say the trailers and the short film "2036: Nexus Dawn" have actually got me wanting to see it. I'm kind of glad Ridley Scott isn't directing it, because I haven't really cared much for his last two Alien outings.
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Not seen the original.

There are so many versions now, I'm not sure which one to watch. There's the theatrical version, Director's Cut, 1992 cut and final cut. Those are the ones I know of. What's next, Assistant Composer's Secretary's Cut?

Which one should I watch, guys? And please don't say all four. I have no inclination to do that. ;-)
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My favorite version is the theatrical version but I don't think I'm in the majority there as a lot of folks hate the voice over that was foisted on Ridley Scott. I have seen the first director's cut but none of the rest even though I have a bluray that has them all on it, so honestly not sure which is the best version, just know that I loved the theatrical cut likely because it was the one I saw first. 
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I have never been a big fan of Blade Runner. I prefer the Director's Cut to the original theatrical release, but still the film -- for me -- benefits more from isolated moments of high quality (Roy Batty's final words, the stunning look of San Angeles) than from a  compelling narrative whole.

 And it's a horrible adaptation of Dick's novel; it leaves out many brilliant elements and basically ignores the book's tenets.

The trailer for the sequel makes me want to avoid it.

Robbie, do yourself a favour and just read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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I'm a huge Philip K. Dick fan, have all of his books, but I thought Blade Runner was a great film and while it's true that it's a crappy adaptation of the Dick novel, it's still a visionary film, worth watching for the scenery alone. I basically just look at the movie and book as two separate entities doing their own thing, likely because Ridley Scott never even finished reading the book. Dick died before the film was completed but he did like the excerpts of the film that he saw. Story wise, the film moves at a pretty slow pace, but I feel it's one of Ridley Scott's best films (along with Alien) and all of the actors in it give a pretty great performance, Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer in particular. I do think you should read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? But don't skip the movie, Robbie. They're both great. The Guardian lists it as the 3rd best science fiction film of all time. 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/oct/21/blade-runner-sc ott-science


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By the way, Robbie, if you want the actual director's cut, although the 1992 version is called the Director's Cut, it's not really as Scott wasn't able to work on it much due to working on Thelma and Louise. The actual director's cut is the 2007 Final Cut where Ridley Scott had complete control over everything. But again, my personal favorite is the theatrical version, which tends to be how I am with most films, as that's the film I first fell in love with even if it's not the one the director wanted. See also: the Star Wars special editions, ET: The Director's Cut, etc.

Also there are an unbelievable 7 different versions of Blade Runner!
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That sort of paranoia and questioning of one's identity seem rather Phillip K. Dick-esque, to me, but I'd rather there not be a definitive answer to that question. Scott has made his own thoughts clear, yes, but the question has never been answered onscreen...and now it might be.

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It was also answered definitively by Philip K. Dick, who created it. Are we only crusaders for fidelity to source material if it's super hero movies?
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7 versions? Wow. 

Thanks for the info, Shane, I'll settle on one version soon.
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I only recently watched this about 4 years ago and was mesmerized.
Theatrical cut. Darryl Hannah was so good it scared the shit out of me.
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For proper historical context, I'd go with the theatrical cut. For the best overall viewing experience, I'd go with the 2007 Final Cut, which dispenses with the much-maligned narration and tacked-on epilogue.

Watching both would be the ideal choice, since it provides great insight into the film's evolution, and how much of a difference a few tweaks can make.

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Cheers, Greg. I might do that. I will do that

I don't mind watching two (and one of them was always going to be the theatrical cut), but I found the numerous versions to be overwhelming. Who said choice was a good thing? ;-) 
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