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Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores;
I have been watching various theatrical releases of Ridley Scott's seminal film (aren't they all?!) Blade Runner, and watching some fascinating deleted scenes and unfilmed story board sequences.

Vast numbers of articles, and indeed books, have been written about which is the best version and countless documentaries filmed by greasy quiffed critics examining what should and should not have been included.... and fans hold entrenched views about their preferred versions.

Me I want it all in there, keep the narrative, bung in the deleted scenes of Holden in the incubator, restore the unicorn sequence, include the newly filmed shots with Joanna Cassidy, go back and film the scenes that never made it off the storyboards and leave the fwuffy ending in there (knicked as it was, from Kubricks 'The Shinning') because I like it that Rachael and Deckard left Los Angeles to head north and live out their lives together (….not just coz I'm a big old softee at heart, but because that genuinely fits with the film......I don't normally like added on endings following test audience screenings)

So, to my mind, there's still another version to be released...

and it's all, sublime beautiful and atmospheric and I love every single bit of it.....

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and all based on the hallucinogenic novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K Dick. An author I could never quite get a grip on but the books certainly do make excellent jumping off places for films don't they?

I quite liked Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep".

It's why I guess I always knew what Decakrd really was.....

I may have to re read this at the weekend now....

The "making of" book is quite informative but was before the "final cut".

Alternative screens can include things as small as whether an eye has been rotoscoped to glow red....

Another versioning (including "unicorn") is that they were allowed to run because they were out of time.

I loved that level of detail in the various cuts.... and still delight in the refracted/retina glow on the owl in the Tyrel Corp.

i just love the film on so many levels and can still rember watching it with my uncle in 1987/8 ish when it came out on video.....

And wasn't that Unicorn left over frim from Scott's film 'Legend'?.....

Can't remember. What the original plan was was that it was an implanted dream that Rachel and Dekkard had had, and then the planting of the origami was then not just a signal that they had been visited - and let live (queue voiceover of "it's a shame they have to die") but that he knows what they are dreaming. That plot interpretation was dropped.

Gaff's origami was important I rember that - he folds the Chicken in Bryants office when Deckard is trying to get out of being brought back.

He makes the horny matchstick man to represent that Decakard has the 'horn' for Rachael and the unicorn (which made no sense in the original theatrical relase ) to reference Dackards implanted dream of the Unicorn.

Unicorns are a favorite device of Ridley Scott's and I believe he's used them in lots of his films.

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