Interesting news on the ‘proper’ director’s cut of Blade Runner.
Film Ick reports:
The director’s cut of Blade Runner is finally due later this year. Not the so-called director’s cut – the real director’s cut. The film the way, at last, Ridely Scott wanted it.
Joanna Cassidy’s official site has broken the news that she has completed reshoots of her scenes: “Joanna has just finished re-shooting her scenes from the original Blade Runner movie. Joanna is wearing her original outfit (which she kept over from the first production). These new scenes will be part of the upcoming special Blade Runner DVD re-release. Check back for more details”.
Plus, they have more information from another source about the re-shoots for the DVD:
The shots are for the sequence in which Cassidy’s character Zhora is chased through the streets. In the original film, the chase shows Zhora in flat boots but previously we saw her put on heels – the reshoots feature heels; the control wires for the squib that released Zhora’s blood was previously visible – not any longer; a wound make-up that was missing in some angles is now in place;
Zhora gets a second shot in the chest now, whereas she didn’t before; the lighting is much improved; several new angles have been taken and, depending on the edit, the sequence could end up looking rather different overall.
All very interesting but it makes you wonder how much longer we’ll have to wait for this landmark film to be available as Ridley Scott intended it.