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I watched Blade Runner 2049 and really liked it. I think it might be one of my favorite movies. But all my nerd friends are giving me crap because I have never seen the original Blade Runner. I don't know which version to watch.

I'm worried I'm not gonna like the original because it sounds like another goddamn love story. So I don't want to just commit to watching all the versions. But if one of you smart sexy film buffs could tell me which version to watch, I would appreciate it.

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I just watched the long director's cut of the first movie, but honestly I liked 2049 better. Both were good but I thought the sequel was great.

Posted May 15th by Fox Forever

The Final Cut is widely regarded as the definitive version, as it was the only time Ridley Scott had 100% complete over the edit, and it's the one I always revisit.

2049 was fucking great, though. Saw it three times when it was in cinemas, and watched it a couple times on Blu Ray since. The original has always been one of my favourite movies, but 2049 came pretty damn close. Not to mention it's impressive that they managed to craft a worthy sequel in the first place that keeps both the legacy and ambiguous ending of the first intact.

I'm worried I'm not gonna like the original because it sounds like another goddamn love story.


If you were to dislike it, it wouldn't be for that reason.

Posted May 16th by Orion Nebula

I'm glad you guys liked 2049. The dudes in my town are just very anti-sequel I think, which is understandable I suppose.

The Final Cut is widely regarded as the definitive version, as it was the only time Ridley Scott had 100% complete over the edit, and it's the one I always revisit.

Thanks for the info Orion. :) It sounds like the Final Cut is the way to go.

2049 was fucking great, though. Saw it three times when it was in cinemas, and watched it a couple times on Blu Ray since.

I'm pretty jealous of anyone who got to see it in theaters. I saw it in my parents' living room where my mom kept interrupting all the really aesthetic scenes to complain about how slow it was.

If you were to dislike it, it wouldn't be for that reason.

That's somehow encouraging to hear. I'll try to watch it soon.

Posted May 16th by Cetasaurus
Cetasaurus
Formerly KM8

I prefer the Director's Cut, but I actually don't have a ton of problems with the theatrical cut. For as bad as Harrison Ford's narration is, I don't find it really detrimental to the film. And I kinda feel like every ending has become bad in some manner or other, so I don't care so much about that.

Posted May 28th by Jet Presto

Don't watch Blade Runner. Just watch the Youtube clip of the tears in rain speech and listen to Vangelis' love theme: the two greatest things from that movie are all there. You'll bore yourself to death watching the whole thing.

Posted May 28th by mariomguy

I watched the Final Cut and I believe that it instantly became one of my top 10 films of all time, possibly top 5. I have not watched the other versions and cannot compare them.

Please watch the entire film and form your own opinion of it. There are many striking images, characters and moments throughout; it is absolutely unable to be simplified down to one speech (robbed of impact by watching it out of context) and one theme.

Posted May 28th by nullfather

Obviously, don't listen to mariomguy, especially since he completely ignored that you said you loved Blade Runner 2049. There's a good probability you will like the original.

Posted May 29th by Jet Presto

Someone I know at work saw Blade Runner 2049, did not know of my disdain of Blade Runner before, and she told me it was the slowest and most boring mundane movie she ever watched. That was basically my experience watching the original.

The story could've been told in an hour and still feel long. Instead, it's a 2.5-hour bore fest with occasionally interesting visuals and quidbits (the Tyrell building, the fluorescent umbrellas, the unicorn/dream/android concept). But ultimately, it felt like a good premise and atmosphere stretched too thin.

Posted May 29th by mariomguy

Yeah, Blade Runner's a pretty polarizing movie. People tend to see it as either incredible or really dull. But if you liked 2049, you'll probably like the original, too.

Posted May 30th by Brocken Jr.

And I kinda feel like every ending has become bad in some manner or other

What do you mean?

Don't watch Blade Runner.

Please watch the entire film and form your own opinion of it.
Obviously, don't listen to mariomguy...

I'm gonna watch it, lol. Surprised I haven't gotten around to it yet, though.

...he completely ignored that you said you loved Blade Runner 2049. There's a good probability you will like the original.
But if you liked 2049, you'll probably like the original, too.

Yay. :)

Someone I know at work saw Blade Runner 2049, did not know of my disdain of Blade Runner before, and she told me it was the slowest and most boring mundane movie she ever watched.

[crying emoji]

Posted May 30th by Cetasaurus
Cetasaurus
Formerly KM8

I personally did not like blade runner. But I encourage you to check it out.

Posted May 30th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

But ultimately, it felt like a good premise and atmosphere stretched too thin.


I think that the premise is a little aged for the current climate (sci-fi tends to not have a good shelf-life), but I would disagree that it's thin. It's relaxed, certainly, but I liken it more to slipping into a warm bath and soaking it in instead of taking a quick shower that's just long enough to clean yourself off and not a second longer. It's definitely longer than it needs to be in order to tell the story...and that's not a problem.

mguy, have you watched the Ghost in the Shell movies? If yes, I would like to hear your opinion of them. If no, please avoid them. I don't think that you would like them. Anyone who likes Blade Runner should absolutely check them out, though.

Edited May 30th by nullfather

I actually think Blade Runner has aged pretty well, all things considered. Thing about Blade Runner is that it is one of the most influential pieces of sci-fi cinema. So many things have pulled thematically and visually from it since.

Posted May 30th by Jet Presto
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